1997 Asian Women In Business Programs


December 1997
AWIB held its annual Holiday Party at the home of our board member. Over 70 members and friends of AWIB attended. Ten of the partygoers were lucky enough to win elegant raffle prizes generously donated by our members. In keeping with the season, the home was decorated with a Christmas tree over 6 feet tall complete with all the trimmings.


December 10, 1997
The New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) invited interested AWIB members to a special Showcase and Networking Session for architectural and engineering companies. AWIB Members Anne Ho and Sanjya Tidke attended the event and were able to show their professional materials at display tables. They reported that the event was beneficial for meeting professionals from large architectural firms and public agencies.


December 1, 1997
AWIB and Mikasa sponsored a reception and holiday preview at the Mikasa Home Store at 30 West 23rd Street in Manhattan. Attendees were able to purchase beautiful houseware at a 15% discount while making new friends and contacts.


November 18, 1997
Chase Manhattan Bank sponsored a "Women of Color Economic Development Forum" in partnership with AWIB, the NY Coalition of 100 Black Women and 100 Hispanic Women. About 150 attended this worthwhile forum where women were able to have small round table discussions on such topics as Doing Business with Corporate America, Niche Marketing, Investments, Financing, Technology, Human Resources, and Business Plans. AWIB member Felicitas Izar (President of Izar Associates and the recipient of the 1997 AWIB award for entrepreneurial achievement), facilitated the discussion on technology. Bonnie Wong spoke about AWIB's mission and desires to work with other women's organizations to further our common goal of economic growth for small businesses.


November 13, 1997
AWIB was a sponsor of the "Asian American Business Leaders" seminar at Asia Society. Amy Besa, owner of Cendrillon Restaurant, and AWIB member, was a panelist and spoke about her personal experience starting her acclaimed restaurant.


October 29, 1997
A group of AWIB members met with Lehrer McGovern Bovis to discuss procurement opportunities. Lehrer McGovern is one of the largest construction companies in the world and we were pleased they invited us to submit the names of women business owners as possible vendors.


October 20, 1997
At AWIB's 2nd Annual Awards Ceremony and Dinner, four successful Asian women entrepreneurs were honored for their contributions to the economic vitality of US economy. Special awards were given to two of AWIB's best volunteers. The guest speakers were Charles Gargano, Commissioner of the Empire State Development Corporation, and Geraldine Ferraro, former candidate for Vice President of the US and co-host of the CNN Program Crossfire. Over 300 people attended the event which was held at the elegant Bombay Palace restaurant, 30 West 52nd Street, New York, NY. The event was sponsored by Con Edison, Prudential, Bell Atlantic, Cathay Pacific, HongKong Bank, European American Bank, Avon Products and Chase Manhattan Bank.


September 26, 1997
AWIB sponsored a "Procurement Opportunities for Minority and Women Owned Businesses" conference as part of its series of business development information and networking events. The conference was held at the Con Edison Headquarters in Manhattan and sponsored by Con Edison, Bell Atlantic and Citibank. The topics covered included prime and subcontracting opportunities, federal, state and city procurement processes, 8A and other minority/women certifications, and private industry opportunities.


August 3, 1997
Kathy Kwong, an AWIB member, was featured on a front page article in the business section of New York Newsday. The article outlined the growth of minority women owned businesses. Bonnie Wong was quoted in the article and spoke about the growth of Asian women entrepreneurs.


July 25 & 26, 1997
AWIB was a participating organization in The Philippine Trade Fair & Fiesta '97 at the New York Coliseum. The special two-day event was a unique blend of trade exhibits and cultural festival and brought together Philippine and American exhibitors. AWIB conducted special workshops on business topics.


June 25, 1997
Participants learned how to use the Internet to market and promote their products or services in AWIB's "Increasing Your Business on the Internet" workshop. Types of business information available on the World Wide Web and the essentials to getting started was covered.


June 14, 1997
The NY Coalition of 100 Black Women organized a one day conference, "The World of Women Leaders", at the Waldorf-Astoria. Asian Women In Business and 100 Hispanic Women were the co-sponsors of this exciting event where women and men explored cultural values, trends and techniques of leadership. Numerous Asian women served as facilitators and speakers to make the event a truly biracial, bi-cultural experience. A networking reception after the conference topped off an entire day of learning and making new contacts.


June 10, 1997
"Negotiating Strategies for the Successful Woman" taught participants how to assert themselves in negotiations to ensure winning contracts and agreements. Attendees learned negotiation strategies to help them deal with suppliers, employees and business associates.


May 22, 1997
Bonnie Wong, Executive Director, appeared in a one hour television special on WNET/New York. The program, entitled "Women Inc." The program is a wonderful and uplifting presentation and shares the personal experiences of those who made it. It also covered the essentials for starting and succeeding as a small business owner.


May 22, 1997
Megha Bhouraskar, an AWIB Board Member, was a recipient of the Governor's Award for Community Service, during Asian Pacific Heritage Month. Megha, a partner in the law firm of Poppe and Bhouraskar, is one of the more active AWIB board members, and volunteers her time to several non-profit groups. She received her award at a ceremony held at the American Broadcasting Corporation gallery.


May 21, 1997
The AWIB sponsored "Successful Selling" workshop was designed to help make selling a natural and successful part of running a small business. Attendees learned how to sell their products or services more effectively, how to close that important sale and what actions are needed to take to reach sales goals.


May 19, 1997
Bonnie Wong was a speaker during the opening plenary session of the Governor's Economic Summit for Women in Albany. The two-day conference was attended by 1100 women from around New York State. Connie Chen, an AWIB Advisory Board Member and frequent workshop leader for AWIB, was also a speaker. Governor Pataki, Libby Pataki, Amy Millman, Elizabeth Dole and other leaders were among the featured keynote speakers.


April 28, 1997
AWIB was featured in a half page article that appeared in the Business Section of Newsday. The article, entitled "Rising Beyond the Glass Ceiling" was a very positive piece featuring Megha Bhouraskar, Renee Tang and Bonnie Wong.


April 16, 1997
AWIB sponsored an "Operating a Retail Business" workshop for potential retail operators and retail owners interested in expanding. Government representatives, experienced retail/real estate attorneys, commercial real estate brokers and three Asian women retail owners shared their stories about running their businesses. A reception preceded and followed the workshop which afforded an opportunity for attendees to network and speak to the many presenters.


April 8, 1997
AWIB sponsored a "Networking Reception" where wine and good food was served. It was held at the loft of AWIB board member Julia Azuma. AWIB members and supporters made new business contacts and friends during a casual and relaxed evening.


March 25, 1997
AWIB members and friends went on a private group tour of "The International Asian Art Fair" at the Seventh Regiment Armory. Participants admired art from South East Asia, the Middle East and the Far East and then shared coffee in the small cafe area.


March 5, 1997
AWIB, in partnership with the US Small Business Administration, presented a "Financial Resources for Women" conference. The event was co-sponsored by the Coalition of 100 Black Women and 100 Hispanic Women and held at the Con Edison Headquarters on 4 Irving Place in Manhattan. Women business owners had the opportunity to speak to representatives of over 15 banks and business organizations from the New York area and listened to inspiring histories of successful women business owners.


March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, 1997
Individuals interested in starting a new business as well as existing business owners with a need to write a business plan, attended the AWIB sponsored Small Business Program, a 5-part course. The program consisted of 15 hours of training on business planning, marketing strategies, financial accounting and management, business law, insurance, and computer applications. Each session was facilitated by experts in particular areas of business and small business owners.


February 24, 1997


AWIB sponsored a workshop entitled, "Designing Your Own Home Page", for business owners on a budget. Topics covered were the most cost effective way of designing a home page, the use of software, using your own creativity and outside resources.


January 22, 1997
AWIB, the New York Chinese Businessmen's Association and the Manhattan Neighborhood Renaissance co-sponsored an "International Trade Financing" program. Bank and government representatives walked through the trade financing process and discussed government and private sector financial programs that are available for importers/exporters.


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