Asian American Business Expo - Event Program
7:00 AM
Exhibitor set-Up
Loading Dock: 1234 S. Union Ave, Chicago, IL 60607 (See map)
8:30 AM 
Doors open to the public.
Guests check-in. (Please pre-register online to avoid long lines.)
Networking
9:15 AM

Opening Ceremony

  • 9:15 AM National Anthem
  • 9:17 AM Welcome Remarks by Special Guests
  • 9:20 AM Welcome Remarks by George Mui, US Dept of Commerce MBDA & White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
  • 9:25 AM Recognition of sponsors and volunteers
Letter from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Letter from the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Letter from the US Department of Commerce MBDA
10:00 AM

The Making of an Asian-American Leader - Stage
Panel discussion on the finer points of reaching the C-suites in Fortune 500 companies, or becoming a prominent political leader.

  • Moderator: Attorney Austriaco, Austriaco & Associates
  • Co-Moderator/Contributor: Maria Odiamar Racho, Allstate
  • Featured Leader: Major General James H. Mukoyama, Jr.
  • Featured Leader: Dr. Raj Rajaram, CCJM

Should You Get an SBA Loan? What You Need to Know - Room D
When would an SBA loan such as the 504 or 7(a) make sense for your business and when should you go with a conventional loan? What are the advantages of an SBA loan over a conventional loan, and vice versa? Presented by Hanmi Bank, this workshop will help you make the right financing decision that will save you thousands.

MAAP (Asian-American Mentoring Professionals) Part 1 - Room E
A group of seasoned Asian-American business professionals discuss strategies and challengers in their career paths. Moderated by Khai Yang, Allstate.

11:00 AM
How to Reduce Property Tax on Your Residential and Comemrcial Real Estate - Stage
If you own real estate, this workshop can help you reduce your property tax on your home and commercial real estate. You'll learn money-saving strategies from Reveliotis Law, a law firm that handles over 3,000 cases of tax reductions each year! You'll also meet Cook County Commissioner Dan Patlak who will answer your questions about appealing property tax.

How to Use the Small Claims Court to Your Advantage - Room D
Most people have seen it on TV but few have used it. Also known as the People's Court, the small claims court offers individuals a low-cost and simpler way to resolve disputes with the help of a judge. Attorney Gary Zhao, partner at SmithAmundsen Law Firm, will show you how to use the small claims court to your advantage.

MAAP (Asian-American Mentoring Professionals) Part 2 - Room E
A group of Asian-American business professionals are groomed for leadership positions. Moderated by Khai Yang, Allstate.
12:00 PM
Lunch is served from 12 PM to 2:30 PM near the Stage
Please buy your lunch ticket in advance.

Menu:
  • Vegetarian biryani - from Viceroy of India
  • Goat biryani - from Viceroy of India
  • Combination fried rice (beef and shrimp) - from TropiCuba
  • Sweet plantains - from TropiCuba
  • Salad - from TropiCuba
  • Korean noodles - from Woori Village
  • Fruits
The Making of a Young Leader, Part 1 - Room D
This program is for students 14 to 18 years of age. The program helps students (1) develop leadership skills, (2) gain awareness of social justice issues, and (3) understand the importance of advocacy.

MAAP (Asian-American Mentoring Professionals) Part 3 - Room E
A group of Asian-American business professionals are groomed for leadership positions. Moderated by Khai Yang, Allstate.
1 PM
ThinkSales and Grow: How to Double Your Sales with Half the Effort! - Stage
This workshop will make an immediate difference in how you sell and how much money you ultimately make. Taught by Gail Zelitzky of Silver-Robins Consulting, LLC

The Making of a Young Leader, Part 2 - Room D
This program is for students 14 to 18 years of age. The program helps students (1) develop leadership skills, (2) gain awareness of social justice issues, and (3) understand the importance of advocacy.

MAAP (Asian-American Mentoring Professionals) Part 4 - Room E
A group of Asian-American business professionals are groomed for leadership positions. Moderated by Khai Yang, Allstate.
2 PM
Healthcare for Small Businesses and the Self-Employed - Stage
The landmark Affordable Care Act legislation sought to expand health coverage for many small businesses, including the 22 million individuals who are self-employed small business owners. With the recent announcement of Land of Lincoln Health company closure this year, and some large insurers pulling out of the Marketplace exchange next year, what options are left for small businesses and the self-employed under the law? Presented by the Small Business Majority. Presented by the Small Business Majority.

The Making of a Young Leader, Part 3 - Room D This program is for students 14 to 18 years of age. The program helps students (1) develop leadership skills, (2) gain awareness of social justice issues, and (3) understand the importance of advocacy.

How to Talk to Strangers and Influence People - Room E
A group of successful and very charming professionals will reveal their secrets to making friends and influencing people. You don’t want to miss this lively discussion that will uncover the charmer in you.

The charming moderator: Lakhi Siap, AScene.com

The charming contributors:
  • Mabel Menard, University of Phoenix
  • Andy Ai, PNC Bank
  • Gayle Newcomb, Business & Certification Consultant
  • Anil Chugh, Marketing Consultant/Retail Expert
03:00 PM

Event Closes