Past Events - 2007

Asian American Architects and Engineers

Wednesday, April 18, 2007


2007 Open House Membership Event

You are cordially invited to join us at AAAE's Annual Membership Event:

Caltrans District 4
Alameda County Transportation Authority (ACTA)
SamTrans/Joint Powers Board (Caltrain)

Contract Opportunities
DBE Program Update

SPEAKERS: Ms. Trinity Nguyen - Chief of Consultants Services, Caltrans District4
Ms. Christine Monsen - Executive Director, Alameda County Transportation Authority
Mr. Raymond Lee - DBE Officer, San Mateo County Transit District/Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain)
Mr. Robert Padilla - Disparity Study Project Manager, Caltrans Division of Civil Rights
DATE: Wednesday, April 18, 2007
TIME: Canton Dim Sum & Seafood Restaurant
655 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
All AAAE Members who RSVP and PAY the 2007 Membership Dues by April 13, 2007
  NON-MEMBERS - $40*
All Non-Members and Guests of AAAE Members who RSVP by April 13, 2007
All AAAE Members and Non-Members who RSVP after April 13, 2007

*If you RSVP and do not attend the event, you will be charged $40.
Please contact Samantha Low (415.398.1398 x 103), if there are questions about this event.

Please click here for RSVP form and flyer.

Asian American Contractors Association

Annual dinner will be held on April 20, 2007

At Far East Restaurant
631 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94108
TEL: (415) 982-3245
FAX: (415)362-8865
At 6pm

Feature speaker: San Francisco Supervisor Ed Jew

AACA Annual Dinner

The 2007 UCB Business Banking Solution Kick-off and SBA Information Event

Tuesday, May 1, 2007


ASIAN Inc. Open House at 1167 Mission Street

Friday, May 4, 2007

Host: ASIAN, Inc.
Location: ASIAN, Inc.
1167 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA
When: Friday, May 4, 6:00pm
Phone: 415-928-5910

After 25 years at our Pine Street location, ASIAN, Inc. has moved to its new home at 1167 Mission Street. You are cordially invited to our Open House, where we will be showcasing our new office space and new programs.

Please join us and the many friends of ASIAN, Inc. for food, drink, conversation and entertainment to celebrate a new chapter of our history in San Francisco.

Remember this day and mark your calendar: Friday, May 4, 2007 at 6:00PM

Outreach Meeting from Department of Transportation

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Department of Transportation invites you to attend an outreach meeting for the MacArthur Maze 580 Connector Emergency Project. The outreach meeting is a networking opportunity for you to meet with potential prime contractors and to market your firm to them.

Saturday, May 5, 2007
3:00 P.M.
Hilton Garden Inn in Emeryville
1800 Powell Street, Emeryville, CA 94608, (510) 658-9300.

Click here to download invitation letter.

Asian American Architects and Engineers

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

You are cordially invited to join us at AAAE's Membership Event:
2007 Membership Event
What is Sustainable Design?"
Why should AAAE members be interested?
What are the Incentives from the Government?

SPEAKERS: Ms. Richard Chien - Residential Green Building Coordinator, SF Department of the Environment
DATE: Wednesday, May 16, 2007
TIME: 5:30PM - Registraion, Hors d'oeuvres and Networking
6:30PM - 8:00PM - Program
LOCATION: The Chinese Historical Society of America
965 Clay Street (between Powell and Stockton)
San Francisco, CA 94108
Parking is available at Portsmouth Square, on Kearny Street between Clay and Washington Streets, and St. Mary's Square at Grant and California Streets
All AAAE Members who RSVP and PAY the 2007 Membership Dues by May 11, 2007
  NON-MEMBERS - $40*
All Non-Members and Guests of AAAE Members who RSVP by May 11, 2007
All AAAE Members and Non-Members who RSVP after May 11, 2007

*If you RSVP and do not attend the event, you will be charged $40.
**We only have 50 spaces for this Event, therefore, please RSVP at your earliest convenience.

Please contact Samantha Low (415.398.1398 x 103), if there are questions about this event.

Please click here for RSVP form and flyer.


Asian Business Association of Silicon Valley

Thursday, June 14, 2007

When: Thursday, June 14th, 5:30-8:30 pm
Where: Our new office in Mountain View:
475 N. Whisman Rd, #100 Mountain View, CA 94043
Why: Join us for an evening of inspiration, networking, food and spirits!

Celebrating 10 years of service to Asian businesses throughout northern California.

Meet our guest speaker Sylvia Kwan, a finalist on CBS' Survivor Fiji

The Real Business Jungle: Lessons from Survivor Fiji

Sylvia founded Kwan Henmi Architecture/Planning, Inc. in 1980. Her projects contain sustainable design components: Moscone West Convention Center, The Paramount residential high-rise, and AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. Sylvia's personal recognitions include being named among San Francisco Business Times 75 Most Influential Women in Business, the American Diabetes Association's Woman of the Year, Asian Women's Resources Center's Outstanding Asian Woman Award, and the Asian Business League of San Francisco's 2000 Award for Achievement in the Business Community.

I got a rude awakening as soon as I arrived on the island for Survivor Fiji: my natural friendliness, leadership capabilities, and intelligence -- all traits that have made me successful in daily life -- turned out to be danger signs for me in the eyes of my tribemates. They want non-threatening, unassuming women, not strong and capable ones.I was a woman who was a leader (bossy); intelligent and educated (uppity), and most likely wealthier than them (She doesn't need the million dollars!). Why did I agree to join this show?!

Sign up for free membership until the end of 2007 and receive a rental car discount with Enterprise Rent-A-Car!

Network with business owners, other business associations and corporations!

This event is FREE!

RSVP today! Space is limited:

Click here for the complete flyer.

Our Mission

The Asian Business Association of Silicon Valley (ABA of SV) was founded in 1995 to serve Asian American small businesses in the surrounding five-counties of the bay area: Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda, San Francisco and Santa Cruz. Promoting the concept of a stable and thriving economy, we collaborate with business owners, other nonprofits, public sectors, private corporations and other interested parties to gain access to economic advancement through involvement, education, and community representation.

Caltrain Vendor Outreach

Small and Disadvantaged Business Vendor Fair

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Caltrain, 1250 San Carlos Ave.
2nd floor auditorium, San Carlos, CA 94070

The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board Invites you to be a part of Caltrain's future.

Over the next 10 years, Caltrain will allocate nearly $1 billion on capital programs. Our DBE Outreach Program is an opportunity to learn about upcoming projects, meet key Caltrain staff and discuss business opportunities with our prime general engineering consultants: HNTB, Parsons Transportation Group, and Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Meet Key Members of our Team
Tuesday, June 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Caltrain, 1250 San Carlos Ave.
2nd floor auditorium, San Carlos, CA 94070

Seating is limited. Please e-mail or call (650) 508-7737 for registration or more information.


The focus of this event is to offer the small business community--and in particular the disadvantaged business enterprise community--an opportunity to meet with us and hear about upcoming projects that we have planned for the next two years. The intent, of course, is to develop relationships that are mutually beneficial.

Your participation is encouraged. Please plan to stay for the entire program and network with key members of our team.

The following is the program (tentative) for the day's event:

  1. Welcoming remark
  2. Introductions and Purpose of Event
  3. Capital Program Overview - Bob Doty; presentation of agency direction, Project 2025 and change in contracting strategies
  4. Program Manager Presentations - presentation of projects that are on-going and planned for the next two years
    1. Steve Minden - San Mateo County;
    2. Joe Metzler - Santa Clara County;
    3. Ilde Burgos-Gil - San Francisco; and
    4. Rick Schmedes - Systemwide and electrification
  5. Introduction of GECs - description of projects currently assigned to their respective firms
    1. Dave Clarke, HNTB
    2. Carla Vincent, PTG
    3. Domenic Spaethling, PB
  6. Closing remark
  7. Networking/Lunch

Asian American Contractors Association

Saturday, June 30, 2007

1pm - 4pm
Green Building Picnic:
19th Avenue and Martin Luther King Drive (Near Lincoln)
San Francisco, CA

The Asian American Contractor's Association is presenting an afternoon picnic event in Golden Gate Park featuring leading green builders and architects along with speakers from the Albert Group, the architectural firm, Kwan Henmi, and Assistant President pro Tempore Senator Leland Yee.

More vendors and speakers will be added.

This event is sponsored by the Asian American Contractor's Association.

Hanson Lee, AACA (415) 760-6318
Paul Lucas, Sun Electric Systems (415) 715-0275
Donna Davis, Best to Be Green (415) 640-2484


Contractor Outreach Event for Small Businesses and DVBES for the Oakland Touchdown 1 construction contract

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Caltrans District 4 Headquarters
Auditorium, First Floor
111 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 95817

On Tuesday, July 10, 2007 (4:00pm - 6:30pm) the Toll Bridge Program, Caltrans, District 4 will host a Contractor Outreach Event for Small Businesses and DVBES for the Oakland Touchdown 1 construction contract. This event is a follow-up to our first outreach event that took place on March 29, 2007.

The purpose of this event is to give small businesses and DVBEs an opportunity to network with MCM Construction (MCM), the apparent low bidder for the Oakland Touchdown 1 construction contract. This event will insure that small businesses and DVBEs have the opportunity to network with the apparent low bidder so, in the event the contract is awarded to MCM, there will be timely access by small businesses and DVBEs to the prime contractor before subcontracts and supply contracts are negotiated.

The event specifics are as follows:
Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2007, 4:00pm - 6:30pm

4:00pm - 4:20pm Registration
4:20pm - 4:30pm Remarks
4:30pm - 6:30pm Networking

Caltrans District 4 Headquarters
Auditorium, First Floor
111 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 95817

The networking session format will provide participants the opportunity to meet one-on-one with MCM representatives. During registration, small businesses will sign-up for 5 minute timeslots with MCM staff that represent a particular area of need.

Potential sub-contracting opportunities for this contract MAY include, but not limited to, the following items/types of work:

Concrete Removal
Concrete Work
Equipment Repair
Furnish Miscellaneous Construction Materials
Furnish Small Construction Tools
Hall Off Hazardous Soil
Haul in Precast Concrete Materials
Haul in Rebar
Haul in Steel Piles
Haul Off Excess Soil
Hotel Rental
House Rental
Mechanical Equipment Metal Roof
Polyester Concrete
Portable Toilet Rental
Property Rental
Resilient Base
Site Grading
Small Tool Repair
Structure Excavation
Structure Backfill
Tire Repair
Underground Work
Water and Sewer Pipe

To register for this event please send your complete contact information (including first/last name, business name, address, city/state, telephone and e-mail address) to:

Registration Deadline is 12:00 noon on Tuesday, July 10, 2007

We encourage small businesses and DVBEs to bring with them to the event: 1) business cards; 2) marketing material for your business; 3) information about your work experience and contract values of past contracts your have successfully executed; 4) client references; 5) information about your bonding capacity (if applicable) and 6) information regarding your state Small Business or DVBE certification status.

If you have questions regarding event registration, please call 510-622-1708 or send your inquiry to

For information regarding State certification, please click on the following link:


Friday, July 20, 2007

8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
"Stockton Grand" formerly
Radisson Hotel Stockton
2323 Grand Canal Blvd.
Stockton, CA
Telephone: (209) 957-9090

Participants: Malcolm Dougherty, District 6 Director; Olivia Fonseca, Chair; Members of the Caltrans Statewide and District Small Business Councils; Caltrans Staff and Guests

Time Agenda Items Presenter
8:30am Welcome/Introductions/Opening Remarks Chair District 6 Director
8:50am Item #1: Approval of SBC Minutes of June 15, 2007 and Statewide Committee Reports Statewide Chair
9:15am Item #2: District 6 and District 10 Updates Malcolm Dougherty and Kome Ajise, District 6 and District 10 Directors
11:00am Item #3: District, SR 125 and Disparity Study Updates Caltrans
11:20am Item # 5: Public Comment/Good of the Order All
11:30am Adjourn - Next Statewide Small Business Council meeting August 17, 2007 - Sacramento  

Parking at the Stockton Grand Hotel

Parking is located adjacent to the Stockton Grand Hotel with plenty of parking for guests and visitors. There is no charge for parking. Handicap parking is close to the hotel entrance.

ACCESS TO MEETINGS. For individuals with disabilities, the California Department of Transportation, Office of Civil Rights, will provide assistive services such as assistive listening devices, sign-language interpreting, real-time captioning, note-takers, reading or writing assistance, or training/meeting materials in Braille, large print, on audiocassette, or on computer disk. To obtain such services or copies in one of these alternate formats, please contact the Morris Caudle at, (559) 444-2585.

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General Membership Meeting

Thursday, August 9, 2007

5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Four Seas Restaurant
731 Grant Street
San Francisco, CA

and Cocktails: 5:30 pm
Dinner and Speakers: 6:30 pm


  • Fred V. Abadi, Ph.D., Director of Public Works, San Francisco DPW Do you work for The City? Here's your chance to talk to DPW about what you want from them & they can do for you!!!
  • Russell Snyder, District Manager Associated General Contractors of California AGC is the nation's largest and oldest construction trade association. Learn what they are already doing for you in The City, and in Sacramento, and the many resources they have available.

General Membership Meeting

Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2007

Four Seas Restaurant
731 Grant Street
San Francisco, CA

5:30 Sign-in and cocktails
6:30 Dinner and Speaker

Members free; non-members $10

Topic: "The Top Ten Pieces of Advice
From Your Business Attorney"

Guest: Michelle Leu Zaccone Carr, McClellan, et al.

Whether you're a sub, or a prime, in private work or public jobs, this is advice you can't afford to miss!

How often do you get a chance at hundreds of dollars worth of FREE legal advice?????????????????????

The Twelfth Annual AAAE Golf Tournament

Friday, September 21, 2007

Check-in @ 11:30 A.M.

Four Person Team Scramble

Fundraising Endowment for Asian, Inc.


If you are not available that day, but wish to contribute, send a check and be recognized as a sponsor and friend of Asian Inc.

Due to extremely high demand, there are only 80 slots!
Spaces will be held only upon receipt of payment by August 31, 2007.

Please make checks payable to AAAE and mail to:
Kendall Young Associates
720 York St., #104
San Francisco, CA 94110
T: 415-552-1118 F: 415-552-1372


ASIAN Business Association of Silicon Valley
Workshop Seminar Series

Thursday, October 18, 2007
5:30pm - 7:30pm

ABA of SV office
475 N. Whisman Road, Suite 100,
Mountain View, CA 94043

Asian Business Association of Silicon Valley
Workshop Seminar Series
Access to Capital

  • Learn how the Current Market Conditions are affecting Access to Capital
  • Learn What are the Current Products and Programs available
  • Learn about the Latest Qualification Requirements
  • ...and Much, Much more!

Cost: $-0-! (reg. $25.00!)

Admission, program, speaker and refreshments sponsored by: CitiGroup


2007 AAAE Celebration Banquet

Friday, November 2, 2007

Hotel Nikko - 222 Mason Street, San Francisco

Sustainable Design - Local Solutions for Global Environmental Issues

AAAE Annual Banquet Click here for Invitiation in PDF

AAAE Banquet RSVPClick here for RSVP in PDF

Bonding and Insurance Workshop

Date: November 15, 2007
Time: 2 – 5 pm

Oakland Private Industry Council – 1212 Broadway,
2nd Floor (Room 205),
Oakland, CA

This is the first workshop that will be offered as part of Caltrans’ Toll Bridge Small Business Education and Training Program (SBETP). The SBETP will consist of a series of classes, designed to provide those small businesses in construction and professional services with relevant information to prepare them for public works and State construction contract opportunities.

This interactive workshop on bonding and insurance basics will address:

  • What differentiates bonding from insurance
  • The process of securing bonding and insurance
  • How bonding and insurance are utilized as risk management mechanisms on construction projects
  • How to increase your bonding capacity
  • Standard bonding and insurance requirements for public works and State construction contracts
  • The parameters of underwriting
  • What criteria financial institutions use for granting surety bonds

Ingrid Merriwether, President and CEO of Merriwether & Williams Insurance Services is the workshop instructor. Ms. Merriwether has over 27 years experience in the bonding and insurance industry, and has created successful bonding assistance programs for entities including the City and County of San Francisco, City of Los Angeles Community College District, and the Port of Oakland—facilitating over $221 million in bonding for small contractors. Ingrid also teaches insurance courses to new and small business entities.

Date: November 15, 2007
Time: 2 – 5 pm
Location: Oakland Private Industry Council – 1212 Broadway,
2nd Floor (Room 205),
Oakland, CA

Registration Is Required!
The workshop is provided at no cost to participants, but space is limited. To register, go to and fill out the online registration form.

The SBET Program Manager is Derek J. Pool, P.E., Small Business Manager, Toll
Bridge Program

For more information please contact:
Sharon Kyle c/o
Caltrans Toll Bridge Small Business Education and Training Program
By Phone - (510) 587-8671, or Email –

Sneak Preview of District 4 Work
Contract Outreach for Prime Contractors, Sub-Contractors and Small Business

Tuesday, November 27, 2007
2pm - 5pm
(Registration begins @ 1pm)

Woodfin Suites Hotel
5800 Shellmound, Emeryville, CA 94608

General bid information will be provided on 30 projects with anticipated advertisement dates through March 2008 and involving over $450 million in construction costs.

For additional information, please contact:
Brian White at (510) 286-5825


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