The 18,000 Asian-American owned businesses in Ohio account for $6.8 billion in receipts. The high-growth Chinese and Indian markets hold promise for Asian-American businesses.

The 18,000 Asian-American owned businesses in Ohio account for $6.8 billion in receipts. The high-growth Chinese and Indian markets hold promise for Asian-American businesses.

In 1993, the Asian-American business owners in the Columbus area banded together to earn a place in the city's minority business program. Proprietors of Indian, Pakistani, Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian, Korean and other Asian backgrounds joined forces to advance Asian-American business interests in Ohio and abroad.

"We lobbied the city of Columbus to include Asians as a minority group," says Asian-American Commerce Group Board President Shyam Rajadhyaksha, vice president and corporate secretary of Columbus-based DLZ. "We serve as a liaison between Asian-owned businesses, city government and Fortune 500 companies. A lot of these programs have supplier diversity programs," says Rajadhyaksha. "We connect them to our members."

No single ethnicity or national background dominates its board membership.

The 18,000 Asian-American owned businesses in the state account for $6.8 billion in receipts, according to data from the state development office report on Ohio's Asian-American population. The high-growth Chinese and Indian markets hold promise for Asian-American businesses.

That will surely be a topic of discussion at the 2015 Ohio Asian Awards on Aug. 22 at Hollywood Casino Columbus. The AACG will recognize local leaders and organizations for their contributions to Asian-American's success. Categories include: business entrepreneur, business leader, community leader, elected leader, healthcare leader, lifetime achievement, leader in media, philanthropist leader, restaurant/hospitality leader, supplier diversity and technology leader.

Six hundred guests are expected to attend. Nominations, tickets and sponsorship packages are available to the public at OhioAsianAwards.com.