The US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC) has released a video interview with Sumsak (Andy) Chamnarnkong, co-owner of Gub Khao Thai Restaurant in Paterson, New Jersey. The interview highlights how the restaurant overcame pandemic challenges with the support of USPAACC and the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Community Navigator Pilot Program (CNPP). Mr. Chamnarnkong discusses the impact of pandemic-driven inflation, utilization of CNPP services from USPAACC Northeast, and how USPAACC’s assistance expanded the restaurant’s online and offline reach, ultimately boosting customer base and sales.
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Community Navigator Pilot Program (CNPP), launched on December 1, 2021, is a forward-thinking initiative aimed at assisting small businesses in post-pandemic recovery and fostering growth. By funding organizations in collaboration with the SBA, the program establishes a network of local entities to connect small businesses with a range of resources, including financial assistance, operational guidance, contracting opportunities, marketing support, training, and more. Focused on breaking barriers, the program specifically targets underserved communities.
USPAACC, the largest and most established nonprofit organization, is a key player in advocating for Pan Asian American/AANHPI businesses in the U.S. With an extensive network of members, partners, and affiliates nationwide, USPAACC provides services and programs to support the success and growth of Pan Asian American/AANHPI businesses.
In October 2021, USPAACC achieved Tier 1 National Hub status from the SBA, securing a $500,000 grant to implement CNPP services. Operating as a National Hub, USPAACC oversees 14 State Spokes, catering to diverse segments of the Pan Asian American/AANHPI business community.
Gub Khao Thai Restaurant, founded by Hathaichanok (Linda) Chamnarnkong and Somsak Chamnarnkong, is a family-owned establishment in Paterson, NJ, offering authentic Thai cuisine. Despite challenges starting during the pandemic, the restaurant received vital assistance from CNPP through USPAACC Northeast. This support included securing a $19,214 grant from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, addressing operational hurdles, and enhancing online/offline outreach. The grant proved crucial, covering over 20 percent of the restaurant’s annual revenue in 2022, enabling improvements and contributing to increased customer base and sales. Currently employing four full-time staff, Gub Khao Thai Restaurant plans further expansion as it continues to thrive.
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