2013 Highlights of Asian Women In Business

December 12, 2013
Holiday Party

AWIB members and friends gathered at AWIB chairperson Julie Azuma’s lovely Flatiron apartment on Thursday to celebrate the holidays in style.  Smiles were on everyone’s faces as they ate and drank to their heart’s content while mingling and conversing in a warm, festive atmosphere.  Guests helped themselves to the seemingly endless supply of delicious Chinese and Vietnamese food while making sure to save enough room for dessert, which included ice cream from Chinatown Ice Cream Factory and cookies and red velvet cupcakes (which Bonnie baked herself!).  Lucky winners of the raffle drawing walked away with cool prizes, which included dining certificates to upscale restaurants, hotel stays and a gift basket from the French beauty brand Talika.  It was a lively, fun-filled evening of great food and casual networking, and if you missed this AWIB end of year party, we hope that you can attend events we have planned throughout 2014!

View the flyer and photos from the party!

December 5, 2013
Holiday Trunk Sale

AWIB members and friends came out for a special girls' night out to support a great cause while preparing for the holiday season. Our first trunk sale was a success as guests rushed to get the best deals on designer handbags, eye-catching jewelry and much more. AWIB members were highlighted throughout the evening including Tam Tran, founder of Lost Wax Studio, who offered jewelry demonstrations on how to make gemstone rings - just as she does during her biannual workshops at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

View the invitationphotos and Tam Tran's bio.

December 4, 2013 
Financing Your Business

Our popular “Starting Your Business 101” workshop series wrapped up on December 4 with a class on financing one’s business that covered the wide array of options available for funding a business, ranging from SBA-guaranteed loans to angel investing to crowdfunding.

To kick things off, Leon Terrano and Jeannie Clark from Flushing Bank unraveled the mystery behind obtaining bank loans as they told the audience what banks generally look for when screening loan applications from business owners.  Next, Cindy Chin, founder and CEO of CLC Advisors, LLC, discussed the hot topic of crowdfunding and also talked about other alternative financing options including angel investing, private equity, and venture capital.  She revealed some helpful hints on how to pitch one’s business idea to investors, drawing from her years of experience as an advisor to various startups. 

Last but certainly not least, Paul Yun, founder and CEO of Escargot NY, a New York-based smartphone accessories company, shared his personal success story of raising money through Kickstarter to launch his startup and gave the audience some useful advice for running a successful crowdfunding campaign.  As usual, many of the workshop participants stayed afterward to chat one-on-one with the speakers to seek personal advice that addressed their particular situations.

Couldn’t make it to the workshops this time?  No worries—you can catch our “Starting Your Business 101” workshop series next year as we feature another group of awesome speakers who will share tips to help you launch and grow a successful business.  And we have many other workshops planned for 2014 which will help you grow your business.

View the brochure and photos.

November 26, 2013
On and Offline Marketing Strategies

AWIB’s “Marketing—On and Offline Strategies” workshop was well received despite the inclement weather which threatened the NY metropolitan area.   Small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs gathered at Microsoft on November 26 to hear three marketing experts speak about effective and practical ways to promote one’s business on a limited budget.

Sandy Hussain, founder and CEO of fashion startup LUXLY, kicked off the workshop with her presentation on traditional marketing strategies for startups and small businesses.  Then Kunwei Lin, a digital marketing specialist who has worked at award-winning ad agencies, gave the audience a wealth of information on SEM/SEO, social media, and video marketing.  Neerja Patel, founder of Neerja PR, rounded out the workshop by explaining some public relations tools that can be used to engage with customers.

As usual, the workshop ended with a networking session, during which participants had the opportunity to share information with one another and to ask the speakers additional questions.  Many of the attendees commented on how useful they found the workshop to be and were pleased by the fact that all of the speakers were very willing to share helpful tips based on their own business experiences.

View the program announcement and photos.

November 19, 2013
Legal Structures, Taxes & Record Keeping

Once again, our “Starting Your Business 101” workshop series is proving to be extremely popular.  Our November 19th workshop on “Legal Structures, Taxes and Record-keeping” had a sold-out crowd, as participants gathered at Microsoft to hear presentations by two speakers on some topics that are highly important (yet often hopelessly confusing) for small business owners and entrepreneurs:  business laws, taxes, and accounting! 

Both speakers for this workshop are AWIB members and have been longtime supporters of the organization. Samiya (Simi) Mir, partner at Katona & Mir, a law firm specializing in employment and business law, kicked off the workshop by giving a very articulate presentation on the various legal issues that entrepreneurs must consider when setting up and running a business.  Chunyee Miot, a NYS-certified public accountant with over 10 years of experience, then delved into the nitty-gritty of tax laws and proper bookkeeping for the second half of the workshop. 

Throughout both presentations, participants frequently asked thoughtful and pertinent questions, to which the speakers happily responded by giving detailed explanations and citing specific examples to illustrate their points.  Both speakers were engaging and very knowledgeable, taking some dry and difficult topics and breaking them down clearly and concisely for the audience. 

Like the first workshop on writing a business plan, this workshop also received unanimously positive reviews (and ran over by 30 minutes!).  Most of the attendees seemed to show no signs of fatigue during the 3-hour-long workshop, as they diligently jotted down notes, asked questions during the presentations, and eagerly waited in line after the presentations to have more of their questions answered by the speakers.

Participants said that they found the workshop to be highly informative and useful, and many of them said they even received some helpful one-on-one advice from the speakers.  Chunyee graciously stayed after the workshop to answer additional questions from the attendees, some of whom said they found her to be so nice and helpful that they wanted to hire her as their accountant.    


View photos from the workshop.

November 6, 2013
Diwali Celebration

AWIB and Lladró, which sells exquisite porcelain figurines hand-crafted in Spain, teamed up once again this year to celebrate Diwali, the “festival of lights.”  Visitors walked through the doors of the Lladró boutique on Madison Avenue to find themselves transported to a seemingly enchanted world of beautiful porcelain figurines, which ranged from depictions of Hindu gods and goddesses, to ballroom dancers, and even Japanese Kokeshi dolls.  Guests strolled around the elegant white  interior to view the porcelain pieces on display, often pausing to chat with other attendees while sipping a glass (or two, or three…) of champagne and snacking on delicious Indian food.  Our guests commented on how inviting the store felt and thanked the Lladró staff for their wonderful hospitality.

It was a casual and fun-filled evening of networking that brought together dozens of people from all different ages, ethnicities, and professional backgrounds to share in celebrating the tradition of Diwali.  Many of the guests also opted to receive free henna tattoos from the incredibly talented henna tattoo artist Sana Amir Kadri, who drew beautiful and surprisingly intricate designs in a matter of seconds.  

View the invitation and photos from the event. 








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