1998 Asian Women In Business Programs 

December 14, 1998
AWIB's Holiday Party was a fun event for networking and making new friends and business contacts. 85 people attended and was able to enjoy the good food of caterer and AWIB member, Nora Lew.

December, 1998
AWIB and member, Joan Chan (President, Oriental Lumberland) were featured in a New York Daily News article on "Enterprising Women". Bonnie Wong was featured in an article by the Minority Business News USA Newspaper (November 15 - Decemeber 15, 1998 edition).

November 19, 1998
AWIB held a Leadership and Management Skills seminar conducted by Jean Raymundo Lobell, a 1998 AWIB Community Service Award Winner. Jean is the President and founder of AcXel International, Ltd, an international human resources consulting firm. The seminar helped participants discover what skills they had and how they could maximize their potential as leaders and managers.

October 20, 1998
AWIB's 3rd Annual Awards Ceremony and Dinner honored four sucessful Asian women entreprneurs who received recognition for their contributions to the economic vitality of the US economy. The dinner was held at the elegant Puck Building in downtown New York City. The event was extremely successful and almost 400 people were in attendance.

September 16, 1998
AWIB held a Networking Reception for members only at the loft of Julie Azuma. Over 45 members attended this casual and friendly event. Members were able to make new business contacts and catch up with old friends.

July 7, 1998
Almost 200 people attended this reception party celebrating the official launch and unveiling of our website: www.awib.org. The AWIB website was underwritten by AT&T and designed by Cyverasia, a division of Admerasia. "Minority women-owned firms grew at three times the overall business growth rate in the US during the past decade. Having a site designed for Asian women is recognition of the tremendous contribution this segment of the population has made," stated Donna Chancellor, Corporate Affairs Director of AT&T.

June, 1998
Congratulations to AWIB member Cecilia Pagkalinawan for being chosen by A. Magazine as one of their 10 Women to Watch in their June/July issue! Cecilia is the president and founder of Boutique Y3K, Inc., an on-line commerce company with clients including Nine West, Del Laboratories and financial service companies.

June 16, 1998
AWIB designed this seminar on "Writing a Business Plan" to focus on writing a business plan specifically for lending institutions and investors. Professor Joyce Moy (Professor of Business Law at Queens College) talked about the marketing sections of an effective business plan. Linda Yam, a Controller at Morgan Stanley, reviewed accounting points that all business owners should be aware of, as well as the proper format of financial statements. Marcia Okon of Structured Funding Group, a venture capital company, spoke about what she looks for in a company's business plan before investing.

June 9, 1998
Q Channel (sponsored by Samsung) interviewed Bonnie Wong for a television series to be broadcast in Korea on Asians in America. AWIB Board Member HwiSook Taylor was also interviewed for the series.

June 6, 1998
AWIB was a partner in the "World of Women Leaders," an all day conference at the Waldorf-Astoria in Manhattan. The conference was presented by the NY Coalition of 100 Black Women, in partnership with AWIB and 100 Hispanic Women. The conference was designed to show women of all colors how they can take control of their own finances and how to use their economic leverage both personally and professionally to advocate for their businesses, communities and families. Several Asian women served as facilitators and speakers to make the event a racially mixed and rewarding experience. A future conference is planned to continue the exploration by women of color of their joint issues and concerns.

June 5, 1998
100 Hispanic Women held its 3rd annual event at Tavern on the Green in New York City. AWIB attended the Anniversary Breakfast to help celebrate.

May 28, 1998
AWIB attended the New York/New Jersey Minority Suppliers Conference. Procurement officers of numerous corporations were on hand to publicize opportunities and make contacts. AWIB member Kathy Kwong attended the Conference with staff and they reported that it was beneficial for personally meeting the right people at the larger corporations.

May 20, 1998
AWIB attended an Exporting Conference on the "Methods to Successful Exporting for the Apparel, Accessories, Jewelry, Cosmetics and Home Fashion Industries". Panel discussions ranged from "Identifying Foreign Markets" to "Choosing the Right Distribution Channels."

May 13, 1998
AWIB attended Crain's Top 100 Minority Executives Luncheon at which Yee-Ping Wu, a 1997 AWIB Entrepreneurial Achievement Award Winner and President of M Pen, was recognized for exceptional achievements.

May 13, 1998
AWIB attended the International Business Expo 1998; the Expo brought together exporters, importers, export management and trading companies, international service providers, entrepreneurs and other small to mid-sized companies with an interest in international business. The organizers of this event included Empire State Development, Export Import Bank of the US, US Customs, US Department of Commerce, US Small Business Administration and the World Trade Magazine. AWIB Member Yun Pang found the Expo useful for making contacts and meeting new people.

May 5, 1998
AWIB attended and collected information about opportunities in the construction and related industries at the Construction Contractors Exchange Program sponsored by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The exhibitors were vendors doing business with the Port Authority that were seeking subcontractors.

May 3, 1998
The theme of the 19th Annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival was "History, Legacy and Pride." The festival featured a time-line wall to illustrate outstanding Asian Pacific American contributions and historical events. In addition to AWIB, other Asian American social service, civic, educational and cultural organizations participated.

April 28, 1998
AWIB attended the 16th Aviation Networking Conference at JFK International Airport to research procurement opportunities for members. The Conference gave Queens-based businesses the unique opportunity to network directly with procurement officers from JFK and LaGuardia Airports.

April 23, 1998
AWIB, in partnership with the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce sponsored "Doing Business in Asia" featuring Mr. T.S. Chung, Director of the Advocacy Center of the US Department of Commerce. Mr. Chung talked about the particular concerns of doing business in Asia and how the Advocacy Center can be of assistance to businesses. The Advocacy Center levels the playing field for US exporters who are competing for international procurement contracts by putting the resources and authority of the government behind the small business owner. The event was of special use to business owners exporting a product or service to Asia since everyone had an opportunity to meet other business owners and learn what Fortune 500 firms already know about maximizing their opportunities abroad.

April and May 1998
In April and May, there was considerable media exposure to the topic of minority and female business owners. On April 16th, Bonnie Wong was interviewed by Sonya Feifer of Channel 12 (Long Island News) for a segment on minority business owners. Some of the newspapers and magazines that interviewed Bonnie for articles on this topic were: International Franchising Association Newsletter; Nation's Business, the magazine of the US Chamber of Commerce for an article which appeared in the July edition; and, the April 21st issue of The Wall Street Journal for an article, "Minority Businesses Increase Cross-Ethnic Marketing."

March 25, 1998
Mark LaVergne and Amelia Abad conducted an AWIB workshop on "Effective Public Presentation Skills." Mark is an International Director of Toastmasters International. Attendees were able to learn how to network effectively and speak in public situations involving clients and potential clients.

March 12, 1998
Jean Raymundo Lobell, an AWIB workshop leader, received the Governor's Award for Excellence from Governor George Pataki. Jean is the president and founder of AcXel International, Ltd, an international human resources consulting firm. She is the first Filipino-American to serve on the board of the United Way of New York City. She is also the chairperson of the Asian American Federation of New York and a founding board member of the Filipino-American Human Services, Inc.

March 11, 1998
AWIB coordinated a luncheon featuring Charles Gargano, Commissioner of the Empire State Development Corporation. The luncheon was held in partnership with the Chinese Bankers Association of New York, Greater Blouse, Skirt and Undergarment Association (a membership organization of manufacturers), the Chinese-American Jewelry Association and the Chinese-American Import/Export Association. The luncheon was part of our Small Business Forum, which brings together Asian owned small businesses and important government officials to further the growth of business in New York. The sponsors were Bell Atlantic/Yellow Pages, Brooklyn Union Gas Company and MetLife. The variety of associations attending the luncheon represented a broad cross section of the business community, and offered all attendees an opportunity to meet people and make contacts beneficial to their business.

February 24, 1998
AWIB held a seminar about the consulting business for attendees to learn first hand from the personal and professional experiences of a panel of successful women consultants: Kayo Nakatani of Nakatani Resources, a human resources and management consulting firm, Felicitas Izar of IZAR Associates, a computer technology firm and Marilyn Esposito of Marketing Communication Consultants, a full service marketing communications firm.

January 21, 1998
Esther Yang Carter conducted an AWIB Workshop entitled "How to Deal with Difficult Personalities." She discussed how to make a business more effective by dealing with "difficult" clients, customers or contacts.


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