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Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges: Understanding the Arkansas Asian Business Community with Yang Luo-Branch
Episode 24527th November 2023 • I am Northwest Arkansas • Randy Wilburn
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About the Show:

"There are global opportunities in business, and most of those opportunities emanate from right here in Arkansas.”

 - Randy Wilburn

In Episode 245 of the I Am Northwest Arkansas podcast, Randy Wilburn engages in a captivating discussion with Yang Luo-Branch, President of the Arkansas Association of Asian Businesses, and board member Michael Mourot. They delve into the dynamic landscape of the Arkansas Asian business community.

Yang Luo-Branch shares her inspiring journey of founding the organization, focusing on her deliberate efforts to bridge the cultural gap between Asia and Arkansas. She underscores the critical role of communication in building relationships and fostering mutual understanding. Michael Mourot expands on this by highlighting the diversity within the Asian business community, clarifying that it encompasses a wide range of countries beyond China.

The conversation also explores the "five personas" of the Arkansas Asian business community, revealing the vast potential for growth and networking in the region. Through their stories and insights, Yang and Michael are instrumental in creating a more inclusive and prosperous business environment in Northwest Arkansas. This episode is a rich source of information for anyone interested in the evolving dynamics of the region's business landscape.

What you will learn in this episode:

  • Expand your business horizons and tap into the thriving Asian market by joining the Arkansas Association of Asian Businesses (AAAB).
  • Learn the secrets to bridging the gap between Arkansas and Asia, opening up new avenues for growth and success in your business.
  • Gain a competitive edge by understanding the importance of cultural understanding and communication when conducting business with Asian counterparts.
  • Unlock the power of building strong business connections in Asia and discover the endless opportunities it can bring to your company.
  • Support and promote Asian businesses in Northwest Arkansas to foster a diverse and inclusive business environment that benefits everyone.

All this and more on this episode of the I am Northwest Arkansas podcast. 

Important Links and Mentions on the Show*

Email Arkansas Association of Asian Businesses (AAAB)

Email Michael Mourot

Arkansas Association of Asian Businesses on Instagram

Arkansas Association of Asian Businesses on Facebook

Arkansas Association of Asian Businesses

Arkansas Association of Asian Businesses on Linkedin

Connect with Yang Luo-Branch on LinkedIn

Connect with Michael Mourot on LinkedIn

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