In wake of the murder of George Floyd small businesses were deeply affected by a wave of looting, vandalizing, and theft of merchandise and goods. These unfortunate events forced many essential businesses to shutter, creating a wider gap of food insecurities in underserved Chicago neighborhoods. The Arab American Business & Professional Association, along with its board of directors unanimously agreed the time has come to not only advocate for Arab American small business owners, but to also address the need of building a stronger relationship with members of the communities these businesses serve.
With this mind, ABPA is proud to introduce the ABPA Small Business Task Force. The SBTF mission is to serve as a unified voice for all Chicago Arab American Small Businesses when dealing with issues or concerns that pertain to all business owners. The group will address and implement a plan of action to help build a stronger relationship with the owners and their patrons. The Small Business Task Force will be chaired by Chicago Businessman and Activist Ahmad Al-Khatib. Mr. Khatib will form the group which will include owners representing essential businesses located in the Chicagoland Area.
ABPA is a business organization that facilitates networking opportunities among the Arab American Community and promotes trade and investment between the U.S. and the Arab World. Additionally, we organize and offer programs to our members and the broader business community that provide a better understanding of the Arab Culture and the way to be successful in doing business in that important and affluent region of the world. Moreover, we welcome Business delegations from the Middle East and assist affiliated Chambers of Commerce and Business Councils in organizing trade and investment delegations to the region.