March 2020 China Happenings
Engaging at home and abroad.
China Happenings highlights the latest opportunities to engage in the Columbus community and the Chinese market.
G4C COVID-19 Response
We're all in this together

The coronavirus crisis has shown just how intertwined global communities are: from transmission to treatment, we are all in this together.

The Greater Columbus Chinese Chamber exists to promote connections that help people in Greater China and in Greater Columbus.

In this issue of our newsletter, you will find:
* Ways to give help
* Ways to get help
* Resources that can help you and your organization remain, recover, and rebuild.
* New Chamber member introductions: JobsOhio, Joslyn Law Firm, Sparx Logistics, and the National East Asian Language Resource Center at OSU
* Photos from our most recent event, at Sparx Logistics

Also with this issue, we say thank you to outgoing executive director Zachary Grammel and welcome incoming ED Dr. Patrick McAloon.

Since joining us in September 2018, Zach has done a fantastic job. During his tenure, the Chamber continued to grow , held many well-attended events , and held our first annual gala . We wish him the best as he begins his master's degree.

Be well and stay safe.
Ways to Give Help
1. The Columbus Chinese Physicians Association (CCPA) has a Go Fund Me page to raise money for buying protective gear for healthcare workers in Central Ohio facilities. They are already over 25% of the way toward their goal of $40,000.

2. The Columbus Foundation has established an Emergency Response Fund to help support local nonprofits through this tough time. Visit their website to give.

3. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has set up a drop off point for donations of unopened medical supplies. Visit this page to find out what they are accepting.

4. The United Way of Central Ohio is accepting money and goods. For more information, visit their Covid-19 Community Response Fund web page.

5. Hot off the presses: Today, Governor DeWine announced a procedure for Ohioans to send to his office email descriptions of resources they can offer to others, both labor and material.
Ways to Get Help
1. Columbus Chinese Chamber member Columbus Region has put together an extremely comprehensive Covid-19 response web page listing resources available to central Ohio businesses, including those from:
* SBA loans and other Federal government agencies
* State government
* Local government
* the private sector

2. Central Ohio nonprofits struggling to make ends meet during this time can apply for funds from the Columbus Foundation 's Emergency Response Fund .

3. If you are or know a healthcare provider looking to source protective gear such as masks and suits while US production ramps up, the Columbus Chinese Chamber has members who can connect you with suppliers in China. To learn more, or if you are a Chamber member that has relevant supplier connections, please email us at .
Resources to Help Your Organization Stay Current and Viable
1. On March 31st at 9:30am EDT, the TN China Network is hosting a webinar entitled "Update on Covid-19, Global and Local Impact ." Go here for details and registration.
2. The American Chamber of Commerce in South China has produced a white paper entitled "Special Report on the Impact of COVID-19 Outbreak on the Supply Chain". Click here to download.
3. Bill Bishop's Sinocism blog has an interesting take on the ongoing spat between the PRC and the US over origins of the virus.
4. SupChina posts news and stats on a COVID-19 Global Dashboard , updated daily.
New Member Profiles
JobsOhio is a private nonprofit corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion efforts.

The Columbus Chinese Chamber is proud to be a frequent partner of JobsOhio in showing visiting Chinese investors and government officials that Central Ohio is a great place for business.

JobsOhio and the Chinese Chamber coordinated the business and government pieces of last year's 40th anniversary celebration of the Ohio-Hubei sister state/province relationship attended by Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted and Hubei Vice Governor Zhao Haishan.
The Joslyn Law Firm is proud to be regarded as one of Ohio’s top criminal & DUI defense firms.

The firm’s managing lawyer, Brian Joslyn, has been ranked by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys as one of the 10 best criminal defense lawyers in Ohio, and Columbus CEO Magazine selected Mr. Joslyn as a top criminal lawyer in Columbus.

Contact Joslyn Law Firm for a free consultation and ask about their Chinese Chamber discount for certain cases.
SPARX Logistics was founded with the philosophy of gathering the best and brightest minds in the global logistics industry to provide our customers with cutting edge systems and superior service.

Their slogan explains the company's approach to customer relationship-building: listen to the ideal wishes of each client, then leverage our vast resources and longstanding industry relationships to create customized solutions packages that make those dreams a reality.

Contact Sparx' Columbus office for your logistics needs.
Since 1993, The Ohio State University National East Asian Languages Resource Center (NEALRC) has contributed many initiatives designed to increase learners' abilities to master advanced levels of language and cultural competence.

Among the many resources made available through the NEALRC are learning materials for more than a dozen languages, pedagogy and program development resource and guide books, teacher training, and intensive language summer institutes.

The Chinese-fluent US-China Business Council executives who graduated from OSU ( see below ) are graduates of the NEALRC-affiliated OSU Chinese Flagship program.
Recent Chamber Events
On March 12, SPARX Logistics and the Chinese Chamber teamed up to hold "INCOterms 2020 + Coronavirus Impact," a presentation by Tom Cook of Blue Tiger International .

At t his extremely informative talk, attendees learned about the changes in definitions of international shipping terms that happen once every 10 years (e.g., FOB, CIF, etc.), and why it is important for buyers and sellers to be explicit when it comes to who has responsibility for shipped goods and when. Tom also touched on the impact of COVID-19 on companies' logistics strategies.
Help Wanted
The US-China Business Council (USCBC) is seeking candidates for the position of Business Advisory Services Manager in its Washington, DC headquarters. Successful candidates will be native speakers of English who are fluent in Mandarin Chinese. Please go here for a job description and application instructions.

Two VP's and a director in the USCBC are alumni of the Chinese program at the Ohio State Univers ity.

The USCBC also puts out a daily email aggregating highlights in US-China business news. One interesting item in the March 26 newsletter is that 1.3 billion consumers is still attractive to US companies.
Many Thanks to Zach Grammel...
The Chinese Chamber is sad to say goodbye to outgoing executive director, Zach Grammel. Zach is transitioning to the pursuit of a master's degree... while continuing his full-time work in the College of Engineering at OSU. We wish he could do all three and stay with the Chamber!

Zach had big shoes to fill when he took over from the Chamber's first ED, Bonnie Hou, in September 2018, but fill them he did. Zach's meticulous planning and superior aesthetic taste has made a success out of every Chamber activity since his arrival. We will miss Zach as ED, but know that we are gaining another champion in the community instead of losing an ED.

Keep in touch with Zach by connecting on LinkedIn .
... and Welcome to Dr. Patrick McAloon
Pat was most recently executive director of the US Heartland China Association , a non-profit chaired by former Missouri governor Bob Holden that focuses on connecting good people in the center of the US with good people in China for economic and cultural exchange.

As a founding member of the Chinese Chamber, Pat has attended nearly every Chinese Chamber event since its inception in 2015. He also joined Bonnie Hou and Chris Stellato to deliver the Chamber's China Business Bootcamp in 2017.

Pat is a small business owner, is the author of the guidebook Studying in China , was a 1st place winner in the 2004 Chinese Bridge Competition world finals, and holds a PhD in Chinese language pedagogy from the Ohio State University.

He looks meeting you at future Chamber events.