2007 Highlights of Asian Women In Business

DECEMBER 11, 2007
AWIB’s Holiday Party, a perennial crowd favorite, was held to a packed house. This marked our twelfth annual party, and brought together AWIB’s members, friends and supporters to bask in the holidays’ warmth and cheer. As usual, the party was filled with tasty food and drinks and plentiful raffle prizes. A special thanks to Julie Azuma, AWIB Board Chair, for graciously opening up her home once again for the event. Click to view our pictures and the event flyer.

NOVEMBER 28, 2007
AWIB held two workshops for business owners to get Minority/Women-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) certification with New York City. The workshop walked attendees through the New York City certification requirements and how to use it as a tool to gain valuable access to City contracting opportunities. The workshop was conducted as part of AWIB's role as Community Outreach Partner for New York City Small Business Services to help Asian-owned businesses get M/WBE certification and access to City contracts.

Budding entrepreneurs received a comprehensive look at the vital steps to starting and running a business during AWIB's four-part series Starting your Business 101. Week 1 offered an in-depth look at "Writing a Business Plan" and was conducted by Joyce Moy, SBDC LaGuardia Community College. Week 2 took attendees through "Marketing Basics", including the key elements of a Marketing Plan, marketing and public relations strategies, online marketing and more. The class was conducted by Lisa Gordon Senior Publicist, HJMT Communications and Leslie Yngojo-Bowes, President/Founder, U.S. Asian Wire, Inc. Week 3 helped attendees navigate "Legal Structures and Tax Issues" involved with a business. The workshop was structured by Lily Hui, Partner, Holtz Rubenstein Reminick LLP and Samiya Mir, Partner, Katona & Mir LLP to be highly interactive resulting in a lively Q&A session. Week 4 concluded the series with "Financing and Insurance". Larry J. Pontillo, Business Development Specialist, SBA and Nicole Wong, VP, HSBC explored financing options available through banks and the SBA. Sandra K Lee, CEO, Harold L. Lee & Sons, Inc. Insurance Services provided information on the need for and types of insurance that various businesses require. In addition to start ups, the workshop also attracted existing business owners looking to hone their skills and learn from industry experts. As usual the series received glowing evaluations. AWIB will offer the series again in March, so if you missed out on the November series, be sure to sign up early for the next one.

OCTOBER 16, 2007
The 2007 Asian Women In Business Leadership Awards Dinner, Twelfth Anniversary Gala was a resounding success. Six outstanding Asian women - from the small business and corporate world were feted for their exemplary achievements in the business world and their commitment to the community. The evening, which attracted over 600 was also a celebration of the accomplishments of Asian women and AWIB's annual fundraiser. It was supported and attended by over 40 sponsoring corporations as well as government and community leaders and entrepreneurs. The 2007 AWIB Corporate Leadership Award was presented to Dr. Maykin Ho, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs, Romita Shetty, Managing Director, Lehman Brothers, Christy Rupert Shibata, Executive Vice President & CFO, NBC Universal. The 2007 AWIB Entrepreneurial Leadership Award winners are Michelle Bunting, President & Owner, Horizon Pediatric Systems, Inc, Donna D'Cruz, President & Founder, raSa Music, Mei Xu, President & Owner, Pacific Trade International, Inc. Guests at the Gala included Hon. Ellen Young, NY State Assemblywoman; Hon. John Liu, NYC Councilman; Hon. Christine Quinn, Speaker of the NYC Council; Minister Zheng Zeguang, Chinese Embassy; Ann Dexter-Jones, Reiki Master, Writer & Adventurer; Steven H. Strongin, Partner, Head of the Global Investment Research; Yon Cho, Managing Director, Global Head of the Real Estate Private Equity Mezzanine; Mark Hoffman, President, CNBC and many others. More. Take a look at pictures from the Gala. View the 2007 Invitation.

SEPTEMBER 12, 2007
AWIB's Networking Reception and Membership Drive attracted a great mix of new and long term members. The event offered a perfect post-summer networking opportunity to share information and build business connections. Many more flocked to the event to join AWIB as members, learn more about the organization and how to make the most of their membership. AWIB selected ten new members to make elevator pitches for their businesses - which ran the gamut from franchises to food import to accounting and engineering firms. AWIB's member receptions have proved to be a valuable resource for attendees, and has resulted in new ideas, business alliances as well as friendships. Adding to the evening was a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception including a popular sushi station, provided by host Citibank. Pictures

AUGUST 7, 2007
AWIB members and ice cream lovers packed the Mercedes Benz showroom in midtown Manhattan for our Summer Ice Cream Tasting and Networking. Attendees got the perfect solace from a humid New York evening as they savored premium ice cream surrounded by the luxury of new models from Mercedes. Asian inspired flavors such as Kulfi-Pistachio Cardamom, Almond Cookie, Lychee were just a few of the dozen ice creams featured. Two sparkling wines were served in accompaniment to further highlight the flavors. The indulgence was also educational - as attendees learned about the story behind two successful Asian-owned ice cream companies - Adirondack Creamery, a hobby turned profitable enterprise and the other, Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, a family business turned into a landmark. The sold out event also offered an excellent networking opportunity for participants.
View event flyer.

JULY 11, 2007
AWIB members and special invitees enjoyed a Private Reception & Viewing of the Asian Galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Attendees were all praise for the event, which gave them a chance to take in the Met's spectacular and extensive collection of Asian art. AWIB's private receptions at the Museum are eagerly anticipated events among our members and supporters. These unique events offer a beautiful backdrop for networking or partaking in a conversation with fellow art lovers.

JUNE 19, 2007
A dynamic panel of top Asian women executives wowed and inspired a full house of corporate Asian women at Born to Lead: Asian Women Trailblazers, AWIB's 2007 Corporate Asian Women's Leadership Conference. Representing the cream of the crop from media, finance, law and consumer products industries, the women candidly shared their insights and strategies on opportunities, challenges and other key issues for corporate Asian women.
The speakers were:
Yvonne Chan, Partner, Paul Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. A laid back New Zealander whose legal prowess as partner in a top US law firm is enviable. Her international background spans China, New Zealand and the US. She stressed on the importance of following a career one enjoys and not to let work overwhelm one's life.
Michelle Kim, VP, Chief Counsel, Time Warner Cable. Her current role as legal head honcho for the country's second largest cable operator came after she consciously moved away from litigation - an area that she didn't see as her forte. Networking and an effort to explore outside her comfort zone landed her the opportunities which led her to Time Warner Cable.
Punita Kumar-Sinha, Senior Managing Director, The Blackstone Group. A minority woman in an overwhelmingly male field. Not satisfied with just an MBA, she pursued a Ph. D in Finance at Wharton to stand out among competition! Despite not being part of informal male networks, she is today a formidable force in the investment industry as Portfolio Manager and Chief Investment Officer for both the India Fund and The Asia Tigers Fund.
Seong Ohm, Senior Vice President, Sam's Club. Overseeing a staff of 40 and a budget of $5 billion seem to come easy to Seong. Her career choices have been dictated not by the size of the paycheck but by the opportunities to learn and the value she attached to a company. That, and a tremendously supportive family have catapulted her to the top of her field.
The moderator for the panel was CNN correspondent, Alina Cho. Although she had been on her feet since 3:00 am for work, Alina cheerfully and brilliantly guided the discussion.
Wendy Cai, Chair of AWIB's Corporate Leadership Advisory Board welcomed the attendees. She also urged attendees and their corporations to donate to the AWIB Scholarship Fund. The Fund was established in 2006 to encourage and promote exceptional Asian female students who have demonstrated leadership abilities.
The Born to Lead event was held at Time Warner's spectacular headquarters in Manhattan and included a networking reception. This was the third annual conference held as part of AWIB's Corporate Initiative. Since its inception in 2005, the Initiative has featured trailblazing Asian women executives engaging in a dialogue on success strategies for corporate Asian women as well as leadership pinnacles they have yet to conquer.

Here's a look at the speakers and pictures from the conference.

MAY 17, 2007
AWIB's Annual Conference: Procurement Opportunities for Minority/Women Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) drew a full house of small businesses, Fortune 1000 companies and various government agencies. From construction to manufacturing, technology to food, M/WBEs from across business sectors participated in this highly successful event, which for the second year in a row attracted over 400. AWIB's Annual Procurement Conference has become a leading event for M/WBEs in the tri-state area, and also included participants from across the Northeast.

The Conference offered a day packed with business growth opportunities, including educational and interactive panels, special sessions, one-on-one meetings, and of course numerous exhibitors.

Conference Highlights:

Corporate Procurement: Corporate America offers a huge business potential for small businesses. AWIB's panel on 'Selling to Corporate America' featured procurement and supplier diversity representatives, who discussed their company's procurement needs and process and shared strategies and tips for M/WBEs to get a foot in the door. A lively Q&A session ensued and many stayed back to introduce their companies to the speakers and network well after the session ended.
Participating companies were Ahold (James Sturgis Jr., Director Supplier Diversity), Con Edison (Vernon Blair, Program Administrator, Supplier Diversity), Nationwide (Dan Towslee, Director of Operations, Supply Management Services), United Technologies Corporation (Cassandra Charles-Gerst, Manager, Corporate Supplier Responsibility & Diversity ), Wal-Mart Stores, Inc (Curt Jones, Operations Market Manager).

Government Procurement: Two panels, one on 'Selling to New York City' and the other, 'M/WBE Opportunities with State Government & Regional Authorities' offered information on M/WBE certification and how to get in on the billions spent by New York City and regional authorities on procurement each year. AWIB's 'Selling to New York City' session was co-sponsored by NYC Small Business Services.
Participants in the City panel were Dept. of Citywide Administrative Services (Christine Norman, Deputy M/WBE Officer - Office of Contracts), Dept. of Education (Donna K Gilmartin, Director of Customer Services), Dept. of Environmental Protection (Ira Elmore, Deputy Agency Chief Contracting Officer), Dept. of Parks & Recreation (Brett Meaney, Deputy Director of Contracts), Dept. of Small Business Services (Glenis Henriquez, Director of External Affairs & Suzanne Veira, Executive Director, Procurement Initiatives), FDNY (Barry Greenspan, Deputy Agency Chief Contracting Officer). Participants in the Regional Authorities panel were Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Zenaida Chape, Assistant Director, Outreach Programs), New Jersey Transit (Ernest Williams, Director of Certification and Outreach Programs), New York Power Authority (Len Walker, Director- Hydro/Transmission & Special Procurement), Port Authority of NY/NJ (Ida Perich, Manager, Business Services & Labor Force Development).

Construction Opportunities: With construction booming in the region, the potential for M/WBEs is tremendous. Our special session which was open only to construction & related companies included senior representatives from major construction projects and companies - offering information as well as a chance for attendees to ask questions and network with the key players. It included Bovis Lend Lease (Frank Voci, SVP and John Leeper, VP, Project Director), Columbia University (Warren Whitlock, Director, Construction Coordination), NJ Transit (Lisa Marie Codrington, Manager of Contract Compliance), Phoenix Constructors (Bill Quinn, Agency Liaison), Tishman Construction (Henry Estrada, Senior VP).

Corporate Matchmaking: AT&T, Ahold, Bank of New York, Battery Park City Authority, CBS, Con Edison, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, KeySpan Energy, Major League Baseball, Nationwide, Time Warner, United Technologies, Wal-Mart and Xerox met with nearly 100 pre-qualified business owners based on products and services the corporations were looking to source. Based on the excellent feedback we received from both sides, several deals are in the making.

Conference Exhibitors: Over 30 exhibitors took part in the conference offering a wealth of information to attendees, including M/WBE certification, procurement, and more. It included Bank of New York Battery Park City Authority Bovis Lend Lease, CM Consortium, Tishman Construction, FDNY, Internal Revenue Service, Jacob K Javits Convention Center, Lower Manhattan Const. Command Center, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Nassau County Office of Minority Affairs, New Jersey Transit, New York Power Authority, NYC Dept. of Citywide Administrative Services, NYC Dept. of Education, NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection, NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation, NYC Dept. of Sanitation, NYC Dept. of Small Business Services, NYC Housing Authority, NYS Dormitory Authority, Port Authority of NY & NJ, US Commercial Service (US DOC), US Dept. of Labor, US General Services Administration, US Postal Service, US Small Business Administration, Amco Uniform, Oriental Lumberland, Inc.

The conference was held at the Bank of New York in Manhattan and a special word of thanks to them for providing the space as well as breakfast and lunch for the event.

Pictures from the Conference.
Take a look at the conference agenda and flyer.

APRIL 30, 2007
The secret to enjoying Korean food with wine was unraveled in AWIB's Kimchi Meets Wine: Pairing Wine with Korean Cuisine. AWIB members and guests embarked on a delicious culinary experience, heightened by a carefully selected variety of wines. Food and wine guru David Rosengarten skillfully guided attendees through the tasting process as we dug in to plates of pa jun (Korean seafood pancakes), jab chae (sweet potato noodles), bulgogi (beef), bibimbap and a medley of banchan. Each wine was sniffed, sipped and slurped and in true democratic fashion, attendees voted on the ones that best complemented each dish. The evening debunked the myth that the strong flavors of Korean cuisine are impossible to pair with wine. The event was part of AWIB's ongoing Asian Food & Wine series, exploring the diverse cuisines of Asia.

APRIL 24, 2007
Asian Women In Business' workshop Open Doors to New Business Opportunities provided information on M/WBE certification and leveraging it as part of a business' marketing and growth strategy. The workshop, which was held in conjunction with Manhattan Borough President, Scott Stringer, and the NYC Department of Small Business Services was part of our role as SBS' Community Outreach Partner to help Asian businesses get M/WBE certification and access to City contracts. AWIB has held several such workshops to assist Asian business owners (women and men) looking for new avenues to sell their products/services. A lively networking reception followed the workshop. Kerri Jew, Deputy Commissioner, Division of Economic and Financial Opportunity also spoke the event, which was held at the Manhattan Borough President's Office. A special word of thanks to Rajbhog Foods/Bombay Kitchen for the delicious food and Anheuser Busch for the beer. View the event flyer and pictures.

APRIL 18, 2007
AWIB's newest members came together for an evening of learning and networking at our first New Member Reception. Our New Member Breakfasts have been a big hit with early birds. But with many requests for an evening event, we decided to hold a reception to accommodate our late risers. Members enjoyed discussing business over a glass of wine and a bite to eat. It was also a chance to learn more about AWIB and how to maximize their membership. Ten members got to make elevator pitches for their business - which ran the gamut from wholesale to signage providers to lawyers and designers. The event was held at Sovereign Bank in Manhattan. Pictures from the event.

MARCH 30, 2007
AWIB held a workshop on M/WBE Certification and New Business Opportunities for the Asian Community in conjunction with US Congressman Gary Ackerman (5th Congressional District of NY). The workshop was part of AWIB's role as Community Outreach Partner for New York City Small Business Services to help Asian-owned businesses get M/WBE certification and access to City contracts. The workshop, which focused on businesses in Queens and Long Island, walked attendees through the certification process and how leverage it to grow their businesses. AWIB's outreach efforts have helped Asian business owners (both men and women) learn about new avenues to sell their products and services. View event flyer and pictures.
If you want to find out about similar upcoming workshops, call us at 212.868.1368 or take a look at our events calendar for updates.

MARCH 28, 2007
AWIB held the second of two M/WBE Certification and Procurement Opportunities workshops for business owners in the Korean community. The workshop dealt with getting certified as a "Minority/Woman-owned Business Enterprise" (M/WBE). AWIB has been designated by the NYC Council and the NYC Department of Small Business Services as a partner in outreaching to Asian-owned businesses to obtain certification and gain access to City contracts as part of their M/WBE Leadership Association Program. Attendees at the workshop learned the steps in the certification process, the eligibility requirements and how to leverage their certification to get NYC business. View event flyer.

MARCH 2007
AWIB held another of its Starting Your Business 101 workshop series on small business ownership. The four-session series covered all the key topics a budding entrepreneur should know before going into business. It also offered a chance for existing business owners to brush up on key topics, including "Are You Entrepreneurial Material?", "Legal Structures and Tax Issues", "Marketing Basics," and "Financing". The instructor, Joyce Moy, AWIB Member and Executive Director, Economic Development, LaGuardia Community College, as usual received very high ratings for conducting a content and learning rich workshop.
View event flyer.

MARCH 20, 2007
AWIB held the first of two M/WBE Certification and Procurement Opportunities workshops for business owners in the Korean community. The workshop dealt with how to get "Minority/Woman-owned Business Enterprise" (M/WBE) certification. AWIB has been designated by the NYC Council and the NYC Department of Small Business Services as a partner in outreaching to Asian-owned businesses to obtain certification and gain access to City contracts as part of their M/WBE Leadership Association Program. Attendees at the workshop learned the steps in the certification process, the eligibility requirements and how to leverage their certification to get NYC business. View event flyer.

MARCH 6, 2007
Asian Women In Business featured Pearl Chin, Owner of Knitty City, in another installment of our popular "Success Stories" series. Each installment takes an upfront and personal look at Asian women entrepreneurs at their place of business. Pearl spoke about how her two decades of wholesale experience greatly contributed to her success as a retail operator. She strongly believes that all experiences, good and bad, can lead to new opportunities. Her can do attitude and love of creative work is what fuels her success. She takes knitting out of the 'grandmother's only' category and even offers classes for men and children. Attendees were offered 10% off on purchases that night; many took advantage of that discount and stocked up. The event was held at Pearl's store, Knitty City, 208 West 79th Street, NYC. Take a look at the event flyer and pictures.

FEBRUARY 28, 2007
AWIB held the second of two M/WBE Certification and Procurement Opportunities workshops for garment-manufacturing business owners on how to get certified as Minority/Woman-owned Business Enterprises. AWIB has been designated by the NYC Council and the NYC Department of Small Business Services as a partner in outreaching to Asian-owned businesses to obtain certification and gain access to City contracts as part of their M/WBE Leadership Association Program. Attendees at the workshop learned the steps in the certification process, the eligibility requirements and how they can leverage their certification to get NYC business. View event flyer

FEBRUARY 22, 2007
AWIB's workshop Speak Up and Speak Out: Mastering the Art of Public Speaking and Presentations was led by the dynamic Tessie Tiaba who has conducted public presentations workshops for AWIB for the past 5 years. The class covered everything from identifying and maximizing one's strengths, developing a natural and confident style to tips on overcoming speech fright and nervousness to create maximum impact while speaking. As always, Tessie received glowing reviews from all participants for her strong platform skills, wide knowledge and strong belief in assisting others to speak their best. The workshop was held at Nationwide's midtown office. Look at the flyer and some pictures from the event.

FEBRUARY 07, 2007
AWIB held the first of two M/WBE Certification and Procurement Opportunities for the Garment Industry workshops. It covered how to do business with New York City and the significance of being a certified M/WBE. The workshop walked attendees through the requirements and process of getting certified as well. The event was held as part of AWIB's role as community partner for New York City's M/WBE Leadership Association Program through which AWIB provides technical assistance, workshops, networking opportunities, outreach and more to business owners. View event flyer.

JANUARY 23, 2007
AWIB held a workshop Win Win Negotiating: Proven Techniques to Achieve a Desirable Business Outcome. This workshop covered the key steps of the negotiating process; from different styles of negotiating, anticipating and analyzing the other side's needs, to being creative, assertive and convincing. The workshop was conducted by Lisa Renee Pomerantz, expert negotiator, mediator and arbitrator, and helped attendees lay the ground for long term business success through win-win negotiating. It was held at Microsoft in midtown Manhattan. Click to see photos.

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