October 2020 Newsletter

How to Throw a Chinese Thanksgiving
"Step one: Buy a regular, good ol' American turkey.

Step two: Roast turkey, with modifications veering towards the Chinese way. That is, rub the bird with five spice powder, or Sichuan peppercorns..."

For this month's newsletter intro we let the food do the talking, which is appropriate for both Thanksgiving *and* Chinese culture in general.

The photo and quote above come from a SeriousEats.com post by Chichi Wang. Click on the hyperlink for her guidance on how to have a Thanksgiving dinner with a different flavor profile.

In this issue of the Greater Columbus Chinese Chamber of Commerce newsletter, you will find the following:

  • Chinese Chamber Member Spotlight: Vorys Sater Seymour & Pease

  • Chinese Chamber Member News

  • Chinese Chamber News

  • Community News

  • Upcoming Chinese Chamber (in bold) and partner events (in italics):
  • 10/29 Fall Networking with the Cleveland Chinese Chamber
  • 11/10 China Town Hall
  • 11/18 HireOhio Virtual Career Fair
  • 11/19 Nursing in the US and Greater China in 2020
  • 11/19 China Business Conference (America-China Society of Indiana)
  • 12/10 Pan-Asia Business Forum

Fun fact: On October 27, 1910, a consortium of US banks led by JP Morgan loaned $50M to the Qing government to be used for currency reform and economic development in Manchuria. This loan was meant to balance actions by Japan and countries in Europe. Fifty million 1910 dollars would be about $1.37 billion in 2020.
Member Spotlight
Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP provides business and legal counsel to clients throughout the United States and around the world. Since its founding in 1909, they have grown into one of the largest law firms in the country, with nearly 375 attorneys who are located in seven offices in Ohio, Texas, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

Their practices span the spectrum of legal services, and include all forms of litigation, labor and employment law, corporate law, commercial law, and tax law. The ranks of our lawyers include Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers, dozens of former federal and state law clerks, and individuals selected by their peers to head state and national organizations focused on antitrust, bankruptcy, and trial practice, among other areas.
Member News
One Columbus Named "Best in Class"
In a survey conducted by Development Counsellors International, 18% of all consultants surveyed said One Columbus was "Best in Class." Only one other city garnered more votes... and not by much!

This honor came as no surprise to anyone familiar with our hometown economic development organization! Click here for more about this honor and about One Columbus.

The Columbus Chinese Chamber is proud to have One Columbus on our board of directors.
Morrison Medical now offers a face mask with a transparent plastic eye shield. The shield that is attached to this three-ply mask has a fog-resistant coating and provides protection from blood pathogens, body fluids, or harmful chemical splash.
For more details about this made-in-Columbus product, please visit the Morrison Medical website.
Huntington is proud to announce its Lift Local BusinessSM program. As part of their recently announced Community Plan, they are committing $25 million to support women, veterans, and racially and ethnically diverse businesses in accessing the capital they need to start or grow their business.
As the #1 Small Business Administration (SBA) lender in our region for the past 12 years, they developed this expanded program to help in breaking down the barriers to traditional financing that diverse businesses often face.

Features include:
• Access to capital at a low cost to the business
Zero origination fees
• Huntington pays SBA fees
• Lower credit score requirements
• Free financial education courses ($1,500 value)

For more details, please visit Huntington's Lift Local Business web page.
This piece of news comes from the wayback machine:

Back in March, Jason Manganaro, VP of Sales at the Columbus office of SPARX Logistics, was quoted in the Columbus Dispatch as saying, "I think the worst [of the pandemic] is yet to come, unfortunately. We’ll see the effects of this for months." Don't you hate it when you're right?

Throughout the pandemic, SPARX has been working hard to make sure customers' shipments to and from Asia arrive in a timely manner.

To find your local SPARX office, visit their website; if you are in Central Ohio and looking for logistics support, please contact Dan Vitale at daniel.vitale@sparxlogistics.com.
Chinese Chamber News
The Greater Columbus Chinese Chamber of Commerce is now a member of the US Heartland China Association (USHCA).

The USHCA is a 501(c)3 non-profit founded in 2003 by U.S. Senator Adlai Stevenson (IL), lawyer and professor John Rogers, and Governor Bob Holden (MO), former Chairman of the Midwest Governors Association.

Their mission is to foster and support a positive, productive, and mutually beneficial relationship between the United States and China by creating more channels of collaboration and opportunities for economic growth in the American Heartland Region.

Members of the Columbus Chinese Chamber of Commerce enjoy a discounted membership rate when becoming a member of the USHCA: $200/year for our members vs. the regular rate of $350/year.

Membership in the USHCA offers:
  • Access to members-only events
  • Access to members-only online content
  • Qualification to be represented on one of the USHCA's committees. These committees, composed of decision-makers and thought-leaders nationwide, work with Governor Holden and the management team to create economic opportunities throughout the region.

Columbus Chinese Chamber members interested in joining the USHCA, please contact executive director Pat McAloon for your USHCA membership registration discount code.

Readers who are not yet Columbus Chinese Chamber members, you can become a member through our website or contact Pat McAloon for more information.

The Columbus Chinese Chamber is teaming up with the Midwest USA Chinese Chamber of Commerce Pittsburgh office to offer workplace cross-cultural communication training.

Delivered by a team of experts from Pittsburgh and Columbus - including from Chinese Chamber members Porter Wright and Columbus School of Chinese - the training is offered as a series of 3, 6, or 9 one-hour sessions that help employees recognize and adapt to the many different styles of communication that exist in the modern workplace.

Better communication leads to improved trust, which leads to increased productivity with internal and external clients.

If your company is interested in this program, please contact Pat McAloon for more details.
Community News
Small Business Grants from the State of Ohio
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced a $125 million grant program to help small businesses that have been harmed by the effects of COVID-19.

The grants will provide $10,000 to small businesses in Ohio with no more than 25 employees. The program will be administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency.

Eligible businesses that are approved to receive grants can use the money for a variety of expenses, including mortgage or rent payments; utility payments; salaries, wages, or compensation for employees and contractors; business supplies or equipment; and other costs.

For more details, visit https://businesshelp.ohio.gov/
Greater Columbus Sister Cities International Hosts Virtual Marathon
With international travel impossible because of a global shortage of in-flight meal trays, Greater Columbus Sister Cities International came up with a way to keep a long-running(!) October tradition alive: a virtual marathon exchange for runners in Columbus and all of our sister cities!

Above: Hefei-Tainan Sister Cities Sub-Committee chair Eric McGraw and friends recording their virtual marathon last weekend.
Recent Chinese Chamber Events
Take-homes from the event on October 20th:

1) Many people come to Columbus for school and remain after graduation to leverage the resources that Central Ohio universities provide

2) There remain many opportunities for cross-border business between Central Ohio and the Chinese-speaking world

3) Columbus: come for the universities, stay for the locally-made whiskey

You can watch a recording of this event on the Columbus Chinese Chamber's YouTube channel.
Upcoming Chinese Chamber Events
10/29/20 CMH meets CLE in our Fall Networking Event
4-5pm EDT on Thursday, October 29, join the greater Cleveland and Columbus Chinese chambers of commerce for online networking with professionals in Northeast and Central Ohio.

Attendees will be randomly assigned to a series of virtual breakout rooms so that they can meet a variety of people.

11/19/20 Nursing in the US and Greater China in 2020
The Greater Columbus Chinese Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the US Heartland China Association and Eastern Michigan University to offer the November installment of the USHCA's "The Way Forward" webinar series.

This distinguished panel will talk about the experiences of nurses during Covid-19, as well as describe fascinating cross-border collaboration in hospital-building and educational exchange.

Our panelists are:

  • Dr. Pamela Cipriano, VP, International Council of Nurses; Dean, UVA School of Nursing

  • Siew-Lee Grand-Clément, VP, Clinical Operation, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center International; UPMC China Chief Nurse and Quality Officer

  • Dr. Tsu-Yin Wu, Professor and PhD program director, Eastern Michigan University School of Nursing

Register here If you are in healthcare, don't miss this event!
12/10/20 Pan-Asia Business Forum
This event, brought to you by Chinese Chamber member City of Dublin, is a joint effort of the Japan-America Society of Central Ohio (JASCO) and the Asian Indian American Business Group (AIABG).

Our expert panel will share information about the business environment in, and opportunities for, working with China, Japan, and India:

  • Vinita Mehra, Director, Chinese Chamber member Kegler Brown

  • Dave Cook, Partner, Chinese Chamber member Vorys

  • Diana Jia, Attorney, Chinese Chamber member Porter Wright, and Chinese Chamber board member

  • Michael Bowman, Senior Manager, Chinese Chamber member Schneider Downs

Upcoming Partner Events
11/10/20 China Town Hall, Part I: OSU Institute for Chinese Studies lecture "Navigating Emerging US Sanctions on China"
5-6:30pm EDT on November 10th, the OSU Institute for Chinese Studies, in partnership with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations (NCUSCR), presents their local speaker for the 2020 NCUSCR CHINA Town Hall: Wei He, President, Infinity Institute.

Amid escalating US-China conflicts, the U.S. and China imposed a series of sanctions on each other and communities that have been involved in US-China trade, business or scientific collaborations are under increased scrutiny.

This talk will illustrate the emerging US sanctions landscape and strategies the affected communities could adopt.

11/10/20 China Town Hall, Part II: NYT Best-selling Author Ray Dalio
7-8pm EDT on November 10, the OSU Institute for Chinese Studies is partnering again this year with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations for the 2020 CHINA Town Hall.

The CHINA Town Hall series connects leading China experts with Americans around the country for a national conversation on the implications of China’s rise on U.S.-China relations and its impact on our towns, states, and nation. 

This year, join renowned investor, philanthropist and New York Times best-selling author Ray Dalio for the CHINA Town Hall keynote on the forces that underpin the most important global issues of our time, and the critical roles of the United States and China in an era of monumental worldwide change.

For more information and registration: https://www.ncuscr.org/event/CTH-2020-ray-dalio
11/16/20, 11/18/20 HireOhio Virtual Career Fair
Click image above for details and registration
12/15/20 US Heartland China Association Webinar
How can American companies continue to thrive in the Chinese market? How can the U.S. and China find ways to prosper together beyond 2020?

The USHCA is honored to host Craig Allen, President of the US – China Business Council, and Albert Xie, Vice President Public Policy and Government Relations GM China, in this dialogue focused on these important questions.

Member-only discussions will follow after the public program.

11/19/20 America-China Society of Indiana Annual China Business Conference
While the Pandemic prevented ACSI from hosting an in-person China Business Conference & Annual Gala, they have decided not only to take everything online, but to expand the event like never before.

Companies, partners, and speakers are no longer restricted by visas and transportation, allowing greater participation from across the U.S. and China.

If you are not able to participate during the 8am-noon livestream on November 19th, all presentations, panels, and discussions will be recorded for you to access at your convenience.

Additionally, an innovative business-to-business matchmaking system and Virtual Exhibition Booths allows participants to choose a public or private forum to connect with other businesses.

For details and registration, visit the event website.

ACSI is offering discounted admission to Columbus Chinese Chamber members: $30 off the non-ACSI-member rate of $75.

Contact Pat McAloon for your Chinese Chamber member ACSI event discount code.
Chinese Chamber Members
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Special thanks to Chinese Chamber charter members Huntington Bank and One Columbus.
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