To expand and strengthen Filipino-American entrepreneurship and business development activities in the greater metropolitan Washington, DC area, and to become a meaningful force in the growth and development of communities within the region.
To develop programs, seminars, and events that have a positive impact on the business community; to connect and foster open and consistent communications across communities; to support and augment our members; and to foster community outreach initiatives that benefit the entire region.
"The Filipino embraces civilization, and lives and thrives in every clime, in contact with every people."
— Jose Rizal
Philippine National Hero
In 1992, participants at the Philippine Heritage Federation's Annual Conference came together as business leaders, professionals, and individuals interested in promoting Filipino-American commerce. At the conference, they discussed their common concerns and interests. The caucus also expanded their knowledge on the importance of networking, information exchange, financing, business opportunities, contracting, and technical assistance in the success of any business enterprise.
Following the conference, a group of leaders called a series of meetings to further discuss lessons learned. As it turns out, the conference had inspired them to find solutions to not only everyday business challenges, but obstacles unique to minority business enterprises. This pivotal event also motivated them to become more strategic about meeting their business needs. These entrepreneurs would then found a Chamber of Commerce in April 1993 as a platform to better address their collective business and entrepreneurial goals.
Today, after 25 years, PACC-DC is changing the way entrepreneurs are doing business and contributing to their communities. PACC-DC is developing new and comprehensive programs and seminars that will positively affect business and foster community outreach initiatives that benefit the Metropolitan Washington DC area.