2000 Asian Women In Business Programs

December 14, 2000
AWIB held its annual holiday party to celebrate the end of 2000 and the beginning of the new year. The celebration was held at a seasonally decorated Flatiron loft in Manhattan. The catered event showcased the food of cookbox.com and included a raffle drawing, grab-bag exchange, and lots of good cheers.

November 28, 2000
"Laughing Matters"
, was a jointly sponsored initiative of the CUNY Graduate Center and the 21st Century Women's Leadership Center, a Collaboration of AWIB, 100 Hispanic Women, and the New York Coalition of 100 Black Women. This multi-ethnic workshop explored the history of ethnic and female targeted humor. Jokes were analyzed in terms of gender and ethnic politics, with particular attention to the implications for women of color. Featured comediennes included: Esther Goodhart and Vijai Nathan.

October 30, 2000
AWIB held its Year 2000 Gala Awards Dinner at Tavern on the Green. The celebration also marked its Fifth Anniversary of providing programs and services to the small business community. The theme of the awards ceremony was "Celebrating Women Leaders in the New Economy". Awards were presented to successful Asian women entrepreneurs who have achieved success in the New Economy.

The night began with Cocktails at 6:00 in the beautiful Tavern Gardens. The reception was followed by an elegant sit down dinner where awards were presented to some of the most successful and gifted women entrepreneurs. A varied and interesting silent auction took place throughout the evening.

This years Award Winners:

Wendy Cai
Isabella Chung
Bhana Grover
Mie-Yun Lee
Cecilia Pagkalinawan

AWIB's growing reputation as an effective organization brought forth an unprecedented number of Corporate Sponsors for the Gala Dinner.

Platinum Sponsors and Co-Chairs: Fleet Bank and The Prudential Insurance Company.
Gold Sponsors and Co-Hosts: The New York Times and, Salomon Smith Barney.
Silver Sponsors: Admerasia, AsiaCentral.com; Chase Manhattan Bank; Con Edison; IBM; Mercedes Benz USA, Inc; Citigroup, and AT&T.
Bronze Sponsors : Aetna; BuyerZone.com, Time Warner; Merrill Lynch and Co., Inc.; TIAA-CREF and Verizon.
Supporting Sponsors : Bloomberg and Air India


October 26, 2000
"Rags and Riches"
was a jointly sponsored initiative of the CUNY Graduate Center and the 21st Century Women's Leadership Center, a Collaboration of AWIB, 100 Hispanic Women, and the New York Coalition of 100 Black Women. Top women of color in the fashion industry explored the growing ethnic trends and the diminishing cultural roadblocks in New York's largest marketplace. From designers to fashion magazine editors, the "rag trade" was examined as friend or foe to females of color.

September 14, 2000
The 21st Century Women's Leadership Center, a collaboration of AWIB, 100 Hispanic Women and The New York Coalition of 100 Black Women, held a grand opening of its new headquarters at 204 Second Avenue, New York City. The guest of honor, The Lt. Governor of New York State, Mary O. Donohue, inaugurated the new Center. The ceremony was attended by local elected officials, community leaders and key members of the collaborating organizations. The 21st Century Women's Leadership Center is the culmination of a successful working relationship between the major minority women's organizations and marks the first permanent multicultural collaboration in the Northeast.

July 25, 2000
AWIB hosted a sold out session on Venture Capital for Women. The seminar began with a Venture Capitalists panel discussion. The panelists were a group of top Venture Capitalists who gave the attendees an insight on investment strategies, valuation, market outlook and much more. This was followed by an entrepreneurial panel discussion where women who have successfully raised capital, shared their experiences. The seminar gathering of 250 people enabled business owners to meet various Venture Capitalists and Investors as well as with other like-minded businesses. For a more detailed description of this event and panelists, please go to Venture Capital for Women. The seminar was held at the Cornell Club in mid-town Manhattan.

July 10, 2000
This AWIB sponsored workshop was designed to help businesses target their markets. Entitled, "Niche Marketing for Small Business" it focused on the benefits of targeting small qualified groups and steps a business owner can take to adopt niche marketing. Featured speakers were advertising and marketing experts, Jeannie Yuen and Olga Luz Torado. They were followed by two successful Asian women business owners, who are also members of the board of directors of AWIB: Esther Yip and Julie Azuma. Julie is President of Different Roads to Learning and DRL Books, Publishing Company, which sells tools and books for learning disabled children on the Internet. Esther is President of Stratton Management, Inc. which manages a diverse portfolio of operating companies. She owns Wendy franchises, manufactures consumer and industrial electronic products, manages commercial properties and is an equity investor. The program took place at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter in Manhattan.

May 30, 2000
Bonnie Wong (AWIB President) was among a group of Asian Americans honored by Comptroller Alan Hevesi during Asian/Pacific Heritage Month. The ceremony was held at City Hall and was followed by a reception in the rotunda.

May 23, 2000
AWIB hosted a seminar entitled "Writing an Effective Business Plan." This session focused on the essential elements of a dynamic business plan and the criteria used by lenders to loan or invest in business ventures. It covered topics such as mission statement, strategic thinking, industry analysis, customer service, marketing, management, financial statements, taxes, competition, budgeting, and expansion of products and services. Speakers included Joyce Moy, Professor of Business Law at Queens College. It was held at the corporate facilities of Fleet Bank.

May 10, 2000
AWIB's Spring Networking Reception was designed to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month as well as to provide a forum for AWIB members and supporters to make business connections and meet new friends over wine and hors d'oeuveres. The event was hosted by Time Warner Inc. at its executive facilities in the Time Inc. Building on the Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan. The featured performers included the best of New York City's commediennes who provided the over 175 attendees an evening of great laughter. The night was a resounding success as AWIB attracted nearly 30 new members from this event.

April 17, 2000
Kathy Kwong (Member of the AWIB Board of Directors), Bonnie Wong (President) and AWIB were featured in an article in Newsday, entitled "Think Small, Win Big". The story is about how many women and minorities find support in small, targeted business groups such as AWIB!

March 28, 2000
The AWIB workshop Effective Public Presentation Skills was designed to help attendees sharpen their communication skills. They learned practical strategies to enhance their speaking abilities and help them create a commanding presence. Participants discovered the best tools and techniques to speak with conviction, authority and persuasion - qualities which are crucial for interviews, meetings and presentations. Speech expert Sam Chwat, who is known as the "speech therapist to the stars", conducted the session. He has coached Robert De Niro, Julie Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio and other actors.

February 29, 2000
Grow Your Business Through the Internet: A Blueprint for the Perfect Business Web Site
was the topic of AWIB's February workshop which was designed for business owners who want to harness the power of the web to build and expand their businesses. Attendees learned the possibilites of increasing their revenue potential and received a blueprint for the perfect website to showcase their businesses. The panel of speakers included internet experts and business owners on the net who shared valuable secrets to get the most out of their web sites. The workshop was sold out with an overflow audience of 75 people at the facilities of IBM.

February 6, 2000
Eliminating the Mindblocks to Success workshop was featured in a column on Money in NY Newsday.

January 27, 2000
AWIB started the new millennium with a look within ourselves when it staged a workshop entitled "Eliminating the Mindblocks to Success". The journey to become a successful woman entrepreneur is full of interferences, mindblocks and roadblocks. How do we move beyond these hurdles? How can we maximize our abilities and build on our strengths? This seminar identifed the major issues that hold woman back and provided practical solutions that help women get beyond struggle and achieve success. Some of the topics covered were negative attitudes, dealing with crisis, self-esteem, fears and anxiety attacks, money and success. The seminar was conducted by Marcia Rosen, known as the Woman's Business Therapist. A lecturer, consultant and author, Ms. Rosen has a new book out entitled "The Woman's Business Therapist: Eliminating the Mindblocks to Success."

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