About Us

Who We Are

The CalAsian Chamber of Commerce operates the Sacramento Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Export Center under a cooperative agreement with the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) of the U.S Department of Commerce. As one of the four MBDA Export Centers across the U.S., Sacramento MBDA Export Center provides minority-owned business enterprises (MBEs) and other small entrepreneurs with the information and guidance necessary to build a solid foundation for their export business. As your primary resource, MBDA Export Center services can help you learn everything you need to know about exporting, including one-on-one advisory services, workshops and seminars, international trade missions and other technical assistance.

Our Mission

The Minority Business Development Agency mission is to promote the growth of minority-owned business through the mobilization and advancement of public and private sector programs, policy and research. The Sacramento MBDA Export Center supports this mission by helping MBEs to build scale and capacity; increase revenues; create and retain jobs; and expand regionally, nationally and internationally.

Meet Our Team

Our team is committed to providing ethnic minority-owned business enterprises (MBEs) with the information and guidance necessary to build a solid foundation for their export business.

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Maye Saephanh

Maye is the Director of Global Initiatives and the Sacramento MBDA Export Center. Her role includes providing oversight, strategic planning and direction, and management of all projects implemented by the export center.
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Cassie Fortes

Program Development Officer
In her role as Program Development Officer, Cassie develops partnerships with trade organizations and subject matter experts to plan and execute international trade activities to serve potential and existing clients.
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Sonia Duenas

Program Development Officer
As a Program Development Officer with the Sacramento MBDA Export Center, Sonia develops project activities, initiatives, and partnerships with organizations and subject matter experts to help Minority Business Enterprises succeed in both trade, and exports to foreign markets.
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Mariana Guevara

International Business Development Specialist
Mariana works as an International Business Development Specialist providing personalized technical assistance, and supporting minority business enterprises (MBEs) to increase participation in trade and export opportunities.
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Frank Fernandez

International Business Development Specialist
Frank is an International Business Development Specialist providing technical and administrative assistance to facilitate the success of minority small businesses through exporting opportunities.


We are looking for hard-working, community-minded people to help achieve our vision. Here are our current job openings:

Project Director (MBDA Business Center)

Business Development Specialist
(MBDA Business Center)