Monthly Events

The Asian American Business Association offers monthly networking events that bring members together for continuing education and exchange. Check out our next event below.


Asian American Business Expo. Saturday, 9/10/16 8:30 AM3:30 PM Location: UIC Forum, Chicago, IL Join hundreds of business professionals at this prestigious business event. You will love the networking and the free business seminars.


How to Lower Your Property Tax

Saturday, 10/29/2016
10:00 AM-12:00 PM CDT
Location: 1030 Higgins Road, Suite 101
Park Ridge, IL 60068

If you own real estate (commercial or residential), this workshop can help reduce your property tax. You'll learn money-saving strategies from Reveliotis Law, a law firm that handles over 3,000 cases of tax reductions each year!


The Wealth-Building Seminar Series:
Saturday, 5/7/16
10:00 AM -12:30 PM
Location: University of Phoenix - Schaumburg Campus
1500 McConnor Parkway, Suite 700
Schaumburg, IL 60173

Strategies for Preserving Wealth II
Making the most of Social Security
Outliving your income


The Wealth-Building Seminar Series:
Saturday, 4/30/16
10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Location: Tandoori Restaurant
234 W Roosevelt Rd
Villa Park, Illinois 60181
Strategies for Preserving Wealth I
Financial Security
Wealth conservation


The Wealth-Building Seminar Series:
Saturday, 4/23/16
10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Location: University of Phoenix - Schaumburg Campus
1500 McConnor Parkway, Suite 700
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Strategies for Building Wealth II
Income for life
College funding
Retirement income


The Wealth-Building Seminar Series:
Saturday, 4/16/16
10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Location: University of Phoenix - Schaumburg Campus
1500 McConnor Parkway, Suite 700
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Strategies for Building Wealth I
Steps to financial success
Starting an investment program


Workshop: Strategies for Managing Risks and Increasing the Value of Your Business

Saturday, 12/12/15
9:15 AM-11:00 AM
Location: Schaumburg, IL
You've worked hard to grow your business. Now it's time to protect what you've built by attending this free workshop. Experts will discuss strategies for managing risks and increasing the value of your business.


Asian American Business Expo 2015

Saturday, 9/12/15
8:30 AM-3:00 PM
Location: Chicago, IL
Join hundreds of business professionals as we come together for the biggest business conference in the Asian-American community. The Asian American Business Expo is a one-day event with exhibit booths and insightful workshops. Admission is free. Online registration is required.


Workshop: What You Need to Know about Doing Business with the State of Illinois

Wednesday, 5/20/15
9:45 AM-12:30 PM
Location: Skokie, IL
If you're bidding on a state contract, this workshop will help you understand the process and avoid pitfalls. You will meet Norma Sutton from CMS's Bureau of Strategic Sourcing. She will discuss how to bid as a "prime," how to get in as a "sub", as well as best practices and common mistakes in RFPs.You'll also meet Thomas Cha from Wintrust who will talk about treasury management strategies when you're fulfilling a large contract. Also, meet Le Chen from Vendor Capital Finance who will show you how to get paid quickly.


Workshop: What You Need to Know about the SBA Loans

Saturday, 4/11/15
10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Location: Rosemont, IL
The SBA loan program offers many options for different business needs, including the SBA Express, 504, 7A, Export, International Trade, Disaster Assistance, Economic Injury, Veteran, Military, and even a Micro Loan. If you're considering an SBA loan, this workshop will help you understand the process and avoid pitfalls.


Asian American Business Expo 2014

Saturday, 9/6/14
9:00 AM-3:45 PM
Location: Chicago, IL
Join hundreds of business professionals as we come together for the biggest business conference in the Asian-American community. The Asian American Business Expo is a one-day event with exhibit booths and insightful workshops. Admission is free, but online registration is required.


Workshop: How To Increase the Value of Your Business

Friday, 8/1/14
10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Location: Skokie, IL
Experts from Wintrust Wealth Management and attorneys from Roberts McGivney Zagotta will deliver an enlightening education on how to make your business more valuable.


Workshop: How To Increase Cashflow for Your Retail Business

Wednesday, 6/11/14 10:00 AM-12:30 PM Location: Lombard, IL Retail consultant Anil Chugh, as well as Tanya Triche of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, will show you best practices that you can implement to generate more cashflow.


Save the Date
Event: The Asian American Business Expo 2014
Date: Saturday, September 6th, 2014
Time: 9 AM to 3 PM
Venue: UIC Forum, 725 W Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60607


Workshop: "How to Increase The Value Of Your Business"
Wed, 7/19/14 at 10 AM
Skokie, IL

More info coming soon...


Workshop: "How to Increase Cashflow for Your Retail Business"
Wed, 6/11/14 at 10 AM
Viceroy of India, Lombard, IL


Would you like to know how you can take your business to the next level?
If you want to create a thriving retail business, the Asian American Business Association invites you to its workshop on How to Increase Cashflow for Your Retail Business on Wednesday, June 11th at 10 AM at the Viceroy of India Restaurant in Lombard.
Retail consultant Anil Chugh, as well as Tanya Triche of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, will show you best practices that you can implement to generate more cashflow.
Space is limited. Please register now!

Event Program: 9:45 AM - Registration
10:00 AM - Welcome remarks by Shelly Ng of the Asian American Business Association. Introduction of Speakers, Sponsors and Attendees.
10:30 AM - Workshop Part I - by Anil Chugh, Retail Consultant
11:00 AM - Q&As
11:15 AM - 15-Minute Break
11:30 AM - Workshop Part II - by Tanya Triche of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association
12:00 PM - Q&As
12:30 PM - $2 off lunch buffet for attendees only. ($9.95 - $2 = $7.95 plus tax.)
This program is made possible by the support from Northstar Lottery and Viceroy of India.

Space is limited. Please register now!


Workshop: "Franchising: What You Need to Know Before Buying or Selling a Franchise"

Sat, 5/25/13 at 10 AM Hoffman Estates, IL

Franchise businesses are expected to grow faster and create more jobs than the rest of the economy in 2014, according to the International Franchise Association Education Foundation. The number of franchise businesses in America in 2014 is expected to increase by nearly 13,000, bringing total establishments to more than 770,000

Workshop Part I: What You Should Know Before Buying a Franchise? For many entrepreneurs, franchises are a better option than start-ups. If you are thinking of starting a business, should you buy a franchise instead of starting from scratch? What should you look for when considering a franchise to buy? Are you the right type of entrepreneur to operate a franchise?

Workshop Part II: How to Expand Your Business through Franchising?
For many growing businesses, franchising is a great option to gain market share and increase profits. If you are looking to expand your business, should you consider selling franchises? Is your business franchiseable? Would you be an effective and profitable franchisor

Space is limited. Please register now.


Workshop: "SBA 504 and 7(a) Loans: How to Use Them to Grow Your Business"

Sat, 4/22/14 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM (CDT)
Rosemont, IL

Have you heard of the SBA 504 and 7(a) loans?Last year, $1.6 billion was loaned to small businesses across America under the 504 and 7(a) loan programs.

These two popular programs serve specific business needs, and having a good understanding of them will give you more options when its time to expand your business.

Do you need funding to set up a new business? Or to acquire or operate an existing business? Are you looking to buy commercial real estate or business equipment? Do you need working capital?

Find out how to grow your business with the SBA 504 and 7(a) at this FREE workshop hosted by Wintrust Community Bank in Rosemont, Illinois.


Workshop: "How to Choose the Right Health Insurance for Small Businesses"

Sat, 12/14/13 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM (CST) Rosemont, IL

With all the changes in healthcare laws, what is a small business to do when it comes to getting health insurance coverage?

The Affordable Care Act includes a variety of measures for small businesses to increase access to quality, affordable health insurance. Depending on whether you are self-employed, an employer with fewer than 25 employees, an employer with fewer than 50 employees, or an employer with 50 or more employees, different provisions of the Affordable Care Act may apply to you.

Get your questions answered at this FREE workshop taught by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, next Saturday, December 14th, 2013 at the Popular Community Bank in Rosemont, Illinois.


Workshop: "How to Do Business with the State of Illinois"

Sat, 9/13/13 at 10:00 AM 160 N LaSalle St., Chicago, IL

How would you like to have the State of Illinois as your customer? The State has millions of dollars of contracts set aside for businesses owned by minorities, women, disabled persons, and veterans.

Is your business certified under these categories?
Where can you find contract opportunities?
How do you bid for them?

If you want to do business with the State of Illinois, don't miss this workshop taught by Carlos Gutierrez from Central Management Services - Business Enterprise Program.

Space is limited. Please register now


Workshop: "How to Make Your Business Attractive to Investors"
Sat, 5/25/13 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM (CDT)
Benedictine University, Lisle, IL

Whether you are looking to attract investors, expand your business and take it to the next level, exit or sell your business, this seminar, taught by business attorney Vihar Patel, will give you practical solutions to maximize the value of your business.

  • Learn how to use best practices to reduce compliance and litigation risks.
  • Learn how to incentivize and train employees to improve efficiency for your business.
  • Learn how to maximize the return on your customer relationships, goodwill, inventions, creations and works to make your business more profitable.

Space is limited. Please register now!


Workshop: "How to Get Certified with the City of Chicago"
Thu, 5/16/13 at 10 AM
South Loop, Chicago

How would you like the city of Chicago as your customer ? The City of Chicago contracts for over $2 billion of goods and servicesannually. The City has an open bid and solicitation process to ensure fairness, competition and best value. The City also seeks to use City of Chicago- certified firms.

Attend this workshop and learn how to become a Chicago-certified company so that you can bid on the many projects that the City has to offer.

Space is limited. Please register now!


Workshop: "How to Get Certified by Cook County, Illinois"
Thu, 4/4/13 at 10 AM
Downtown, Chicago

How to get certified by Cook CountyHow would you like to have Cook County as your customer? Cook County has millions of dollars of contracts set aside for businesses owned by minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans

  • Is your business certified under these categories?
  • Where can you find contract opportunities?
  • How do you bid for them?

If you want to do business with Cook County, Illinois, don't miss this workshop taught by Cook County's Procurement Office.

Space is limited. Please register now!


Workshop: "How to Do Business with the State of Illinois"

Thu, 3/7/13 at 10 AM
160 N Lasalle St, Chicago, IL

Lois White, Business Consultant, SpeakerHow would you like to have the State of Illinois as your customer? The State has millions of dollars of contracts set aside for businesses owned by minorities, women, disabled persons, and veterans.

  • Is your business certified under these categories?
  • Where can you find contract opportunities?
  • How do you bid for them?

If you want to do business with the State of Illinois, don't miss this workshop taught by Carlos Gutierrez from Central Management Services - Business Enterprise Program.

Space is limited. Please register now


Workshop: "Best HR Practices for Small Businesses - to Attract Talent, Cut Costs and Reduce Risks."
Sat, 3/2/2013 at 10 AM
Benedictine University, Lisle, IL

Small businesses often overlook the importance of human resources.

  • Do your employees feel valued?
  • Do you have a process for employee evaluation and development?
  • Are you in compliance with all workplace legislation?

If you own a business, you must attend this workshop taught by Leslie Day of Precision Payroll of America. Leslie will show you HR strategies that will help you keep good employees, cut business costs, and reduce legal risks

Space is limited. Register now.


Workshop: "How to Write a Business Plan to Get A Business Loan"
Fri, 2/15/2013 at 10 AM
Popular Community Bank, Rosemont, IL

Trying to get a business loan? Improve your chances by having a business plan ready. You need a plan that will help you convince your banker to make a favorable decision.

Join us at our next workshop where business plan expert Lois White will teach us how to write a business plan to get a business loan. This is no ordinary business plan workshop. This is Business Plan Writing 505 - an intensive, high-level workshop that you cannot afford to miss if you really need that business loan.

Space is limited. Register now.


Workshop - Sat, 10/27/2012 - 10 AM - Benedictine University, Lisle, IL

$78 Million for Small Businesses Did you know that Illinois recently received $78 million from the federal government to help small businesses? Did you know that this money could be offered as a loan or venture fund? Join us at our next monthly networking where Mr. Art Williams from the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity will tell us all about this new $78 million and how you can access


Workshop

"Open Source Solutions for Business Problems: Tools that Can Save you Thousands"

Businesses big and small are using open-source software to cut cost and improve porductivity. If you are not tapping into open source, you're missing out because chances are that your competitors are.

The open-source community offers accounting, office productivity, project management, communication, customer relations management, and many other types of software for little or no cost to the users.

This workshop can save you thousands of dollars as experts from the open-source community will teach us how to find the software that fits our business needs.