Celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2022 across Illinois

Celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2022 across Illinois

 

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) will celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month throughout May 2022. DCEO, through its Offices of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE) and Regional Economic Development (RED), will present virtual events featuring business resources, highlight the AAPI community's resilience and contributions to Illinois, and recognize AAPI businesses.

Proclamation

Governor Pritzker has officially proclaimed May as Illinois Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. View the proclamation.

Webinars

Resources For Illinois AAPI Business Owners
Tuesday| May 3, 2022 | 12:00-1:00 PM | webinar

Whether you're already a business owner or aspiring to be one, please join us in a virtual resource event to learn about no-cost (free) business resources such as financial capital programs, one-on-one business advising, business education programs, and more to help you launch and grow your business!

Welcome

  • Vanessa Uribe: Deputy Director, DCEO-Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE)

Panelists

  • Chettha Saetia: Director, Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA)
  • Lakhi Siap: Outreach and Marketing Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)-Illinois District Office
  • Liem Le: Outreach Director, Goldman Sachs 10KSB
  • Megan Nakano: Executive Director, Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Illinois (AACCIL)
  • Michelle Lura White: Women's Business Development Manager, DCEO-Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE)

Q & A Facilitator

  • Salvador Garza: West Central Region Manager, DCEO-Office of Regional Economic Development (RED)  

 

Illinois Changemakers Creating Companies: A Conversation with Health Tech Entrepreneur Sona Shah, CEO & Co-founder of Neopenda

This fireside chat presented by the South Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Illinois and DCEO-OMEE is being rescheduled to a June, in-person event. More information to come soon!

 

Let's Rise Together: How to Support Illinois' AAPI Community
Tuesday | May 24, 2022 |12:00-1:00 PM | webinar

Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) leaders and community members nationwide have continued to combat anti-Asian sentiment, as hate crimes and harassment skyrocketed nearly 340% in 2021. Illinois AAPI leaders and organizations have remained resilient and coalesced to fight AAPI hate through education, empowerment, and action. The Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History (TEAACH) Act, a first of its kind legislation that prompts schools to teach AAPI history, has proved monumental. Join us to hear directly from AAPI leaders about how all Illinoisans can rise together to support Illinois' AAPI community members.

Opening Remarks

  • Michelle Lura White: Women's Business Development Manager, DCEO-Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE)
  • Sylvia I. Garcia: Director, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)

Moderator

  • Joey Mak: Executive Director, Chicago:Blend | Board Member, Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA)

Panelists

  • Abbey Eusebio: Anti-Hate Action Center Manager, Chinese American Service League (CASL)
  • Avy Kea, CPRW: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Program Manager, ActiveCampaign
  • Geri Sanchez Aglipay: Region V Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, J.D.: State Representative (D-Glenview), State of Illinois
  • Sangini Brahmbhatt: Development of Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago

Q & A Facilitator

  • Joseph "Joe" McKeown: Northeast Region Manager, DCEO-Office of Regional Economic Development (RED)

Closing

  • Vanessa Uribe: Deputy Director, DCEO-Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE)

 

From International Student to Tech Entrepreneur: A Conversation with Chowbus CEO & Co-founder, Linxin Wen
Tuesday | May 24, 2022 |7:00-8:00 PM | webinar in Mandarin

While studying in Illinois as an international graduate student, Linxin Wen co-launched in 2016 Chicago-based food delivery startup Chowbus to highlight small, independent restaurants featuring authentic Asian cuisine. Since launching, Chowbus has raised close to $62 million in investments, grown its operations throughout the U.S, and expanded the product from delivery only to the restaurant's POS and full-service platform. Join us to hear Linxin's best practices and ideas!

This virtual event in Mandarin is presented by the Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community (CBCAC) and the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO)-Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE) during DCEO's Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2022.

Welcome

  • Grace Chan McKibben: Executive Director, Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community (CBCAC)
  • Michelle Lura White: Women's Business Development Manager, DCEO-Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE)
  • Ram Villivalam: State Senator (D-Chicago), State of Illinois
  • Vanessa Uribe: Deputy Director, DCEO-Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE)

Moderator

  • Chengyi "Coral" Wu, PhD: Advocacy Coordinator, Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community (CBCAC)

Featured Guest

  • Linxin Wen: CEO & Co-founder, Chowbus

从国际学生到科技企业家:与Chowbus首席执行官兼联合创始人温林鑫的对话
 5/24 星期二 下午七点到八点   络研讨会,  普通话进行

2016年,作为伊利诺伊州的一名留学生,温林鑫与人合作创办了食品配送公司Chowbus,与正宗亚洲美食为特色的小型独立餐厅合作。自推出该平台以来,总部位于芝加哥的Chowbus已经筹集了近六千多万美元的投资,扩大了服务范围,如今Chowbus在美国的23个主要城市与4000多家特色餐厅合作,提供餐馆餐馆外送,POS以及其他全套技术服务。加入我们,聆听温林鑫的最佳实践和想法!

此线上活动由华埠更好团结联盟 (CBCAC) 和伊利诺伊州商务与经济机会部 (DCEO)-少数族裔经济赋权办公室 (OMEE) 于 2022 年AAPI--亚裔美国人和太平洋岛民--传统月期间举办。

欢迎

  • Grace Chan McKibben, 陳本恩,執行主任,华埠更好团结联盟 (CBCAC)
  • Michelle Lura White, 女性业务发展经理, 伊利诺伊州商务和经济机会部 (DCEO)--少数族裔经济赋权办公室 (OMEE)
  • Ram Villivalam, 伊利诺州州参议员 
  • Vanessa Uribe, 副主任,伊利诺伊州商务和经济机会部 (DCEO)--少数族裔经济赋权办公室 (OMEE) 

主持人

  • Coral Wu 吳政儀 PhD, 政策倡导统筹员, 华埠更好团结联盟 (CBCAC)

特邀嘉宾:

  • Linxin Wen 温林鑫, CHOWBUS 首席执行官兼联合创始人

 

Grow Your Online Business in 2022: From Experts Who Have Done the Work
Wednesday | May 25, 2022 | 10:00 – 11:00 AM | webinar

Interested in starting an online business or are you a current e-commerce owner looking to increase your revenue? Join us to learn directly from experienced e-commerce owners who will share their experiences and advice from running an online business through social media, Amazon, and additional e-commerce platforms.

This virtual event is presented by the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA) during the May Advancing the Development of Minority Entrepreneurship (ADME) series, which is a monthly series co-hosted by DCEO-Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE) & the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

Moderator

  • Edgar Jimenez: Business Advisor, Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA)

Panelists

  • Chettha Saetia: Director, Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA) | Former Founder and COO, McKlein Company LLC
  • Morris Jamlang: Co-owner – Founder – Creative Director, Equilibrium U.S.G. (Urban Survival Gear)
  • Oliver Carnate: Owner and Founder, Top Prado Blades and Kali Center Chicago
  • Phalkun Phoeng: Co-owner and Director of Operations, Equilibrium U.S.G. (Urban Survival Gear)