Greater Dallas Korean American Chamber of Commerce
(GDKACC) is a chamber of commerce
A chamber of commerce is a form of business network, e.g., a local organization of businesses whose goal is to further the interests of businesses. Business owners in towns and cities form these local societies to advocate on behalf of the business community...
that represents Korea
Korea ) is an East Asian geographic region that is currently divided into two separate sovereign states — North Korea and South Korea. Located on the Korean Peninsula, Korea is bordered by the People's Republic of China to the northwest, Russia to the northeast, and is separated from Japan to the...
n-American businesses and institutions in Koreatown, Dallas, Texas and in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
The Greater Dallas Korean American Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1976 as a resource for the Korean-American business community in Dallas, Texas. Dallas has the largest Korean American
Korean Americans are Americans of Korean descent, mostly from South Korea, with a small minority from North Korea...
community in Texas and second (to Atlanta) in the Southern US. Most of the chamber's members and businesses are located in the sizeable Koreatown
Koreatown is a term to describe a Korean ethnic enclave within a city or metropolitan area. Similar terms may include Little Seoul or Little Korea.-Beijing:There are more than 150,000 Koreans living in Beijing...
found in northwest Dallas, Texas (United States), also known as the Asian Trade District. Many Koreans refer to the area as the "Korean Trade District", since the majority of businesses in the area are Korean. This area in the northwest part of the city is characterized by a large number of Korean-owned businesses serving the city's sizeable Korean American community.
The chamber is led by a board of notable Korean-American business professionals that includes CEO of CVE Technology Group
, Howard Cho. Michael Lee, 2011 President-Elect of the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce, has served as president of the Greater Dallas Korean American Chamber of Commerce since January, 2009.
Today the chamber is supported by roughly 1,000 businesses and organizations across twelve counties, and its members represent nearly 50,000 area employees. The chamber's mission statement is stated as:
“ As the most prominent representative of Korean American business entities in Greater Dallas, GDKACC fulfills a multi-faceted mission. In addition to supporting locally-based Korean American executives to provide the members with practical information and to promote friendly relations among the members, GDKACC is active in the development of "corporate diplomacy" initiatives to build economic cooperation and to advance closer relations between the Korean American community and other business communities in Greater Dallas. ”
The chamber works together with other Korean American organizations operating in Koreatown, Dallas, Texas. These organizations include the Korean American Coalition - Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex Area Chapter (KAC-DFW)
, the * Korean Society of Dallas
, the Korean Trade Promotion Corporation (KOTRA)
, the Korean Senior Citizens Association of Dallas, the Korean Women's Association, the Asian District Development Association of Dallas and numerous others. GDKACC also has on-going partnerships and programs with non-Korean and other chamber organizations including the City of Dallas, the Dallas Police Department (Texas), the Dallas Regional Chamber
The Dallas Regional Chamber--formerly known as the Dallas Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce—is a chamber of commerce that represents businesses and institutions in North Texas, including the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area...
and the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce
. In May 2010, the chamber also signed a strategic memorandum of understanding
A memorandum of understanding is a document describing a bilateral or multilateral agreement between parties. It expresses a convergence of will between the parties, indicating an intended common line of action. It is often used in cases where parties either do not imply a legal commitment or in...
with the Korean Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI)
in Seoul, Korea.
Recent notable speakers before the Greater Dallas Korean American Chamber of Commerce include Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vice President Don-geun Lee, Korean Consul General Yun-soo Cho, Dallas Regional Chamber President Jim Oberwetter, and Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert.