Asian-American and other minority-owned businesses looking to do business with major corporations and government agencies can gain assistance through the newly formed Southeast chapter of United States Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce, said P. I. Joy, chapter president.

The Southeast chapter, which is a member of the 20-year-old national, non-profit business organization, held its first business event at the headquarters of United Parcel Service Inc. last month.

“Although our primary focus is educating businesses, we want to work with other community organizations,” Mr. Joy told GlobalAtlanta.

Besides the emphasis on quarterly educational programs, the organization will also concentrate on providing match-making assistance between corporate buyers and Asian-American businesses, said Mr. Joy, who is founder and CEO of Think Development Systems Inc., a software developer and chairman of the American United Bank.

Officers and board members include: Chairman Rengen Li, manager of supplier diversity at Coca-Cola Co.; Sandeep Gauba, president and CEO of Metasys Technologies; Sunny Park, president of GBM Inc;

Elizabeth Poythress, president of HRI International; Chandler Sharma, principal partner of Smith White, Sharma and Halpern;

Jackie La Joie, supplier diversity manager at AT&T Corp; Mark Lui, procurement analyst at Coca-Cola and David Yu, president and director of Summit National Bank, a subsidiary of Summit Bank Corp.

For more information, contact Mr. Joy at (770) 723-7777 ext. 44 or by email at