ABIRC’s Executive Director, Blong Xiong, Appointed as a State Executive Director with the USDA

On Thursday, January 13, 2022, the U.S. president, Joe Biden, announced the appointment of several individuals who will be taking on a leadership role with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). One of those individuals is ABIRC’s very own Executive Director, Blong Xiong. From the linked article ( “As the Executive Director for Asian[…]

ABIRC Distributes CUSP Funds to Farmers

ABIRC Distributes CUSP Funds to Farmers

In December 2021, ABIRC staff distributed CDFA-California Underserved Small Producers Program (CUSP) checks to small, disadvantaged BIPOC farmers in Fresno County, Merced County, and Sacramento County. There was a total of 70 small farmers who were approved for funding, 35 in Fresno County, 18 in Merced County, and 17 in Sacramento County. The grant amount[…]

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ABIRC Attends the SCORE Banquet

On Wednesday, December 8, 2021, ABIRC was invited by our partner at PAC West Bank to attend a banquet hosted by SCORE. The purpose of the SCORE Banquet was to appreciate and acknowledge all their hard-working volunteers who have stepped up to help small businesses during these tough times that the COVID-19 pandemic created. We’d[…]

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ABIRC Attends the “Open for Business” Press Conference

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021 marked one of this year’s biggest events, as the Asian Business Institute and Resource Center (ABIRC) and our partner organizations–Valley Small Business Development Corporation, Fresno Metro Black Chamber, Access Plus Capital, and Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation–were recognized during the “Open for Business” press conference held in downtown Fresno. Wells Fargo has[…]