African Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest

The African Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest provides resources, trade leads, education and partnerships


The African Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest (ACCPNW) is a membership based, non-profit organization. The mission of ACCPNW is to promote an environment of direct trade and business prosperity between Africa and the Northwest United States.

ACCPNW provides also free business seminars to local minority business owners. The training courses range from the process of starting and sustaining a business to the techniques of effective business development.

ACCPNW was established in January of 1998 and held the First Annual Africa Day Business Forum during the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Meeting in November of 1999. During the past ten years, ACCPNW has continued to establish itself as a focal resource for business partnerships between Africa and the Pacific Northwest.

ACCPNW has partnerships with government trade related organizations and local non-profits as well as a strong network in the local business community. We are a resource for information on U.S. and African trade policy, and an advocate bringing attention to Africa’s increasing trade potential. The Chamber continues to work closely with Congressman Jim McDermott who is well-versed on African trade and the author of the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA).

The majority of our members are African immigrants who currently reside in the Pacific Northwest. We are working to build and strengthen business capacity for African Immigrants and Refugees residing in Washington State. Many are business owners who are interested in developing business opportunities with their homeland. We also have an active American membership that is interested in developing trade and investment opportunities in the many emerging markets across Africa. ACCPNW has a solid membership base and is continuing to expand. Become a member today!


Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review
  • Demographic/Census Data
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Plan Development

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise
  • Purchasing an Existing Business

Import and Export Assistance

  • Networking/Exploring Exporting

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program

Networking Organizations

  • Demographically Based
  • Geographically Based
  • International Trade
  • Small Business/General

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • African American Business
  • Business Issues Related to a Specific City
  • Small Business Policy
  • Women's Business

Regulatory Compliance

  • Government Requirements
  • International Regulatory Compliance

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Selling to Foreign Governments & Businesses
  • Women, Minority & Business Disadvantaged Certification

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Startup Business Counseling

Technical Assistance

  • Commercialization
Primary ContactPeter Gishuru
Addresss2001 6th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
Phone(206) 769-9183