May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month and May 2nd-7th (2022) is National Small Business Week.

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success.

To honor both these important dates, we’re highlighting five of our members who are Asian/Pacific American small business owners.


Koko Hayashi – Hera Hub Mission Valley

Founder at Koko Face YogaMirai Clinical sells deodorizing products with Japanese persimmon, such as soap, body wash, shampoo, and room deodorizers. Born and raised in Japan where Face Yoga has been popular, Koko Hayashi has been practicing Face Yoga over a decade and started teaching this practice in 2018.

Kristin Nguyen – Hera Hub Carlsbad

Kristin Nguyen is a Partnerships Marketing Expert and Founder & CEO of Vision This Marketing Co. She founded her company to help businesses establish lasting relationships with partners and achieve business goals they didn’t even think were possible. She has seen firsthand the difference that influencer marketing, strategic brand partnerships, and social media can make for businesses, and she is passionate about driving real results for brands she cares about.

Debbie Chen – Sorrento Valley

Founder, CEO at Hydrostasis, Hydrostasis works with smart device manufacturers in both consumer and clinical applications to enable hydration monitoring capabilities. The company provides actionable, real-time, and personalized hydration information that impacts performance, health and safety. 

Katherine Zacharias – Sorrento Valley

Katherine has been an Independent Life and Health Insurance agent for over 29 yrs
Her specialties are…

  • Educating people about Tax Free Retirement
  • Educating middle Americans about Living Benefits (life ins you don’t have to die to use)
  • Helping people secure their child’s/grandchild’s retirement with only $50/mo.
  • Educating people on how they can get the upside of the market without any of the downside risk or loss of money
  • Educating people on their healthcare options

Kristalee Overdahl – Hera Hub Washington DC

Founder and Principal at Virescent Group, Virescent brings sound business acumen from the for-profit world and couples it with nonprofit best practices to provide a data-driven, outside-in approach tailored to nonprofits. Virescent partners with nonprofits to strengthen their organization and improve their ability to achieve their mission. Virescent’s sole focus on capacity building includes actionable planning, seizing targeted growth opportunities, elevating board governance, and providing hands-on implementation support.


National Small Business Week will be observed May 1-7, 2022. It will celebrate our small businesses, provide critical resources and recognize SBA partners for their support in providing startups and small business owners with counseling and advice, skills development, disaster preparedness and recovery, as well as access to capital, government contracting, and market opportunities to start, grow and build resilient businesses. 

More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.