Nominations open for annual Chinese Canadian Entrepreneur Awards

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Chinese Canadian enterprises have been playing an important role in the economic market of York Region and well beyond.

Centred in Markham, the Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs’ mission is to encourage entrepreneurship and to strengthen the competitiveness of Chinese Canadian businesses in the world.

Through the annual Chinese Canadian Entrepreneur Awards since 1997, ACCE has been recognizing the contribution of Chinese Canadian entrepreneurs to the prosperity of the country.

Nominations for 2022 ACCE Chinese Canadian Entrepreneur Awards are open until Nov. 30.

The nominee must have at least one person of Chinese origin who plays a major role in the management of the business operation, and the nominee’s business must be properly registered with an operating office in any province of Canada.

There are eight awards categories, including Entrepreneur of the Year, Best Startup, Best Community Service, Young Entrepreneur, and Best Asia Pacific Business. All winners will be invited to the exclusive ACCE winners’ club to participate in mentorship and job shadowing programs.

“For 25 years, ACCE has encouraged entrepreneurship and promoted the value of exploring new opportunities and creating solid business ventures,” says Paula Cruickshank, senior vice-president, Ontario, Business Development Bank of Canada.

The 2021 ACCE's Best Asia Pacific Business Award was given to Shaun Sakdinan, president of 4D Cityscape Inc. in Stouffville. The global company has its own offices in Hong Kong, Dongguan, China, and Toronto. Its products are now available in over 30 countries.

Sakdinan is a Chinese Canadian from Thailand. His company 4D Cityscape was founded in 2010, through which he created unique, four-dimensional puzzles of the skylines of famous cities from around the world as they evolved over time.

The company has experienced tremendous growth through international licensing and distribution partnerships since its establishment. Especially during the pandemic, people were forced to stay at home and desperately needed an alternative to social gatherings to relieve depression.

4D Cityscape’s four-dimensional puzzles have their roots in Hong Kong, which is also the heart of the toy industry, where 75 per cent of all major buying in the industry is decided.

Emily Mo, director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade office (Toronto), complimented Sakdinan on his contribution to the Canadian, Hong Kong and other global business markets. She also encouraged Canadian businesses to make use of the Hong Kong platform to expand and grow in Asia.

As a member of ACCE and the winners’ club, Sakdinan said he gained great help from the organization, such as advice on recruitment, office management and investment.

“It's not easy for an immigrant to start a business here, and I've been fortunate enough to receive a lot of help, and to those small entrepreneurs who are struggling, I say, keep trying, keep learning until you find the right idea or service.”

ACCE is a not-for-profit organization incorporated in 1994. It seeks to assist Chinese Canadians in developing new businesses by providing quality training in the form of seminars, workshops, conferences and special programs on relevant business topics, as well as a network where members can share resources and provide mutual support.

To increase efficiency and reduce barriers brought by language and culture, ACCE also assists in facilitating communication between government officials and new businesses. For more information, visit https://www.acce.ca/new/.

Scarlett Liu, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Economist & Sun

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