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Chamber Profile: Jane Nguyen

Jane Nguyen, Arbonne Independent Consultant


Jane Nguyen is a consultant with Arbonne, a direct sale health and wellness product company based in Irvine, CA. Self-described as adventurous and very independent, Jane says she moved to the U.S. from Hong Kong in her 20’s, and was introduced to this 37-year-old company through a home party seven years ago. “I was very aware of many harmful effects from chemicals in daily care products but hadn’t been able to identify a right brand from my own research at that time.”

A graduate of Pace University with a degree in Psychology, Jane connects with others by letting them “first get to know who I am and what I care about. I like to help others in need so I do enjoy supporting different causes through donations and fundraising events.” Therefore, it’s not surprising that Jane chose to help others by selling Arbonne, which she describes as a group of more 500 products in six household categories that are vegan, non-GMO, and gluten free. Jane says her typical client seeks a green, holistic lifestyle and wants to invest in products that promote natural healing while avoiding cruelty via animal testing. “It is more important than ever that the public understand … how different chemical ingredients alter our body condition and brew diseases without our knowing it! Like me, many Arbonne consultants and clients went through their own personal health challenges and reap the benefits from redirecting their own purchases to a safer and better brand!”

Jane, a fighter against the unjust treatment of women and children worldwide, subscribes to a philosophy of “faith and personal integrity, patience and persistence” and strongly believes that “direct sales is legit and the fairest form of business model allowed in many countries.” Jane enjoys travel, tennis, artistic pursuits and says she finds inspiration at the ocean and in the mountains as well as from her Arbonne family. “First my health and then my personal outlook in life is more positive because I have realized that I am willing to step up in order to achieve my dream. I would love to transform or inspire others who may have the same dream (to pursue) a lifestyle that is more appealing to them! Most of all I am able to have fun while I am running my Arbonne business at the same time.”

Jane is pleased to offer Chamber members a free “preferred client membership” and various promotional offers and discounts that vary throughout the year. Contact Jane at janedoowin@yahoo.com or (845)729-0288 for details.

If you would like a spotlight on your business, please contact John@FlushingChamber.NYC or 646-820-5163.

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Cody Ann Herrmann @ Queens SOUP


Cody Ann Herrmann is the lead project coordinator for the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce’s Queens SOUP, a crowd-sourced community-dinner model to provide small grants to community projects and civic initiatives. She is a passionate New York City based community organizer with an interest in participatory design methods, public space, and local sustainable development.

A long-time Flushing resident and environmental activist, Cody spearheaded the first ever innovative Greater Flushing SOUP networking event last spring, which was inspired by a similar program first launched in Detroit. The concept: a $5 donation grants attendees a ballot and a plate at a potluck community meal, also funded by generous sponsorship from local businesses. During the dinner, four local community groups pitch their plan to improve Queens– at the end of the presentations, attendees voted for their favorite initiative. The winning team at the Greater Flushing SOUP, the Earth Citizens Club of Flushing and their Adopt-A-Block project won over $800 at last April’s event.

Through multidisciplinary arts, community engagement exercises, and grassroots organizing, Cody applies an iterative, human centered approach to environmental problem solving. With a strong entrepreneurial spirit, she also helps to manage Woody and Pete’s Honky Tonk Lyceum (@QueensLyceum) – an experimental multi-use space which operates as an organic coffee shop, art gallery, and community classroom run by Hydroponic Garden Centers Inc. in Flushing, Queens. Through community outreach driven by Cody, the Lyceum has developed into an engaging environment, serving a dynamic crowd of residents, students, creatives, and commuters. All events are predominately run by a dedicated group of volunteers and collaborators, resulting in an eclectic mix of free and low cost programing. The Lyceum hosts a rolling open call for individual artists and artist collectives of all mediums that are interested in staging performances, or exhibiting works in the gallery.

Cody first got excited about community organizing through her work with the Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership’s (TNP) and Trumbull County Land Bank’s (TCLB) community lead land reuse projects in 2015. Cody worked with TNP and TCLB throughout that summer to increase capacity building efforts within the Ohio Housing Finance Agency’s Neighborhood Initiative Program, Lots to Love, funding community lead projects in vacant lots.

Cody graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York. During her free time she enjoys studying public spaces, cycling, thrifting and talking about local water quality.

Join Cody and get involved in environmental and community based initiatives through Queens SOUP! This coming Earth Day, April 22, 2017, Queens residents borough wide will have the opportunity to participate in the first ever Queens SOUP, a crowd-funded micro-granting community dinner, hosted by the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce (GFCC). Learn more and apply here: https://goo.gl/forms/ccRaXrVUSFkSSRSP2. Application deadline– March 31, 2017.

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Kenny Lam @ Scanwell Logistics

Kenny Lam is the newest member of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce. As the Marketing Developer at Scanwell Logistics, Kenny helps business owners navigate overseas trading relationships and shipping logistics.

On March 11, Kenny will be hosting a free seminar on new trading solutions for imports/exports, trading companies, product sellers, and e-commerce businesses. The seminar will take place at the Hyatt Place and lunch will be served.

For more information about the March 11th seminar, RSVP here or contact Kenny at KennyLam@scanwell.com or at 646-651-0852.

Scanwell Logistics, headquartered in Hong Kong, was founded in 1981.  Since then, Scanwell has become one of the leading providers of international logistics and freight forwarding services for small and mid-size firms.  With more than three decades of experience, 60+ offices globally, 200+ worldwide alliance partners, and 3,500+ professionals, Scanwell offers complete and seamless logistics solutions with service levels and long-standing relationships with vendors, warehouses, local trucking and distribution channels.

Kenny graduated from CUNY Baruch College with a bachelor’s degree in Finance. In his free time, Kenny enjoys trying out different adventures involving food, travel, music, sports, and video gaming.



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Christopher Kui at Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE)

Christopher Kui is one of the founding members of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce and currently serves as Chairman of our Board of Directors.  We’re fortunate to have his expertise and guidance.

Christopher Kui is a pioneer of the community development movement and a long-time champion of community services and civil rights, advocating for the Asian American and immigrant communities of New York City. Mr. Kui serves as the Executive Director of Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE), a community development corporation established in 1974. Mr. Kui is also the founder and Chair of the Board of Directors of Renaissance Economic Development Corporation (REDC), an AAFE-affiliate and U.S. Department of Treasury certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), providing financing and technical assistance to immigrant, minority, and women-owned small businesses. REDC counsels over 600 small businesses each year and has lent out over $43 million to over 1,000 businesses during the past ten years. During hurricane Sandy, under Mr. Kui’s leadership, REDC was able to provide technical assistance and a combination loans and grants to over 200 small businesses totaling over $3.5 million citywide. The New York Press called Mr. Kui “…a beacon in dark times,” awarding him the Downtown OTTY Award (Our Town Thanks You). In 2014, Money magazine named Mr. Kui one of the recipients of the 50 Heroes, 50 States award, which selects a hero from each state that represents extraordinary efforts in improving the personal finances of others—in this case, within New York State in the area of community development.

During Mr. Kui’s tenure, AAFE raised over $100 million to build more than 700 housing units for low-income and homeless individuals and families and over $300 million in mortgage financing on behalf of immigrant and low-income families to purchase homes. Mr. Kui has initiated and oversees programs to improve the lives of the largely immigrant community, including: social service access for families and seniors, technical assistance to emerging Asian American organizations, assistance to small business owners, and homeownership and foreclosure prevention counseling.

In addition to serving as Commissioner on the New York City Planning Commission from 2003–2007, Mr. Kui has also served on the transition teams of NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Mayors Michael Bloomberg, Rudolph Giuliani and David Dinkins, and NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo.

For more information, visit AAFE.

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