African Business Innovation Center (ABIC)
Representative Adam Smith submitted the following Community Project Funding request for the African Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest.
$750,000 was successfully included in the House Committee on Appropriations Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 appropriations bill.
Each Representative may request funding for up to 15 projects in their community for fiscal year 2023. This does not guarantee the projects will be funded.
“We are thrilled with Congressman Adam Smith's continuous support of African immigrants and refugees in the state of Washington. The African Business Innovation Center (ABIC) is African community project spearheaded by African Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest with Urban Black as the developer. ACCPNW is a 23-year old organization which works to build and strengthen business capacity for African immigrants, refuges and people of color. It also promotes an environment for direct trade and business prosperity between Africa and the Pacific Northwest.” - Peter Gishuru, President and CEO, ACCPNW
“For decades, the African Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest has spurred business and trade between our region and Africa. Through the creation of the African Business Innovation Center, the Chamber will be able to directly serve African immigrant communities and communities of color right here in South King County,” said Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.). “The Community Project Funding request supports the vision of the African Business Innovation Center to be a mixed-use space for small businesses, workforce training, import and export assistance, banking services, and more that will encourage economic growth in South King County and beyond.”
The African Business Innovation Center (ABIC) is envisioned to be a business, economic, and trade hub to help address growing inequities and underinvestment within the workforce and small business community in South King County, especially for African immigrant communities and communities of color. The proposed project will be a mixed-use development to provide space for small businesses, programs and services for African communities, and vocational training and workforce training.
The project will leverage decades of experience from the African Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest and other partners to specifically help promote economic activity in King County. The current vision would also include space to house community-based organizations and other service providers for African communities and small businesses such as import/export assistance, immigration and legal services, and banking.