Past Events - 2008

Second Sino-U.S. Small and Medium
Enterprise Investment Forum

Tuesday, December 9, 2008 9am - noon

Sheraton Gateway Hotel,
600 Airport Boulevard
Burlingame, CA 94010

A Business Matchmaking Event

Small businesses from the United States are invited to a unique opportunity to meet small and medium enterprises from China. Meeting will include presentations by U.S. and Chinese companies followed by one-on-one meetings.

The China Center for Business Cooperation and Coordination

(, operates under the authority of China’s National Development and Reform Commission. The Center, as it is known in China, is charged with promotion and development of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) within China and the development of international cooperation to encourage investment within China and abroad. The Center’s main task is to connect the various regions and departments of the Chinese government in charge of SME-related development with foreign businesses for advancement of small and medium enterprises in China.

The Second Sino-U.S. SME Investment Forum in 2008 will provide an opportunity for exchange and matchmaking between SMEs and investment funds from both the United States and China and facilitate conditions for SMEs in China to seek financing channels, integrate into the global market and participate in international business. This is an excellent opportunity for US companies to begin developing contacts with potential Chinese business partners.

Participating Organizations

  • U.S. Small Business Administration
  • City of San Francisco
  • East Bay CITD
  • Greater San Jose Hispanic
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • CINA

Participating firms from China (Partial List)

  • Shenzhen Chuangyin Industrial Co., Ltd.
  • Masson Group Company, Ltd.
  • GuangDong Power Grid Corp.
  • GuangDong Electric Power Industry Development Co.
  • Wulian Wood Industry Group Co., Ltd.
  • Dongguan Mai Plastic & Hardware Product Co., Ltd.
  • Guangdong Dahua Sugar Industry Co., Ltd.
  • Jiajie Packaging Industry Co., Ltd.
  • Guangzhou Automobile Group Component Co., Ltd.
  • Shenzhen Sunshine Engineering & Design Co., Ltd.
  • COSCO Guangzhou Construction Industry Co.
  • Zilin Foodstuff Co., Ltd.
  • Taiyuan Heavy Machinery Group Co., Ltd.
  • Shenzhen Radio Electronics Technology, Ltd.
  • Shenyang Sci-tech Guarantee Investment Co., Ltd.
  • Haining Hongshi Elevator Decoration Co., Ltd.

RSVP now and through November 6, 2008,

Click here for the flyer.


Special Event - ABA-SV

Thursday, November 13, 2008 6pm - 8pm

475 N. Whisman Rd., Ste. 100,
Mountain View, CA

Comm. Rachelle Chong of CPUC will be our “Special Event Speaker” on “Green Initiative for Low Income and Small Business Owners”

For more information about Commissioner Chong:

Certification Workshop by
Supplier Clearinghouse-Asian, Inc.
This event is FREE
Light dinner will be provided.

RSVP now and through November 6, 2008,

Click here for the flyer.

SFMTA BusinessWorks - Free Seminar Series

October 9th - November 20th, 2008

Seminars will be held weekly beginning October 9th. Space is limited to 25 participants. To secure an application call today!!!

Contact: Andrea H. Lowe @ 510-893-5693 or

Click here for the full flyer in PDF


Architectural & Engineering Networking Fair

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

CALTRANS Central Region Architectural & Engineering Fair

Clovis Veterans Memorial Building
453 Hughes, Clovis, CA 93612

7:30am - 11:30am

A&E NETWORKING FAIR “Strengthening Partnerships”

Caltrans Central Region invites you to attend this unique networking event to learn about upcoming contracting opportunities, meet key staff members, and network with other potential prime consultants and small businesses. The Department is a strong advocate of small business participation on A&E contracts, including Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise. Caltrans Central Region recognizes the strength of networking and building partnerships. The A&E Fair will enhance opportunities for small business participation, enable businesses to shake hands and share qualifications, and build partnerships between Caltrans and other private firms both large and small.

Click here for the full flyer in PDF

Register online at

Registration deadline: October 10, 2008


Asian Inc. 37th Annual Gala

Friday, September 12, 2008

Intercontinental hotel
888 Howard Street,
San Francisco, CA

Cocktail Reception at 6pm
Dinner at 7pm

Asian Inc. 27th Annual Gala

Click here for the full flyer in PDF

GROW YOUR SMALL BUSINESS in Rail & Transportation

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

California State Building/ Milton Marks Auditorium
455 Golden Gate Avenue,
San Francisco, CA 94102
Near Civic Center-BART/MUNI, Civic Center Plaza Garage

8:00 a.m. registration, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. program

Free Forum Sponsored by:
Assembly Majority Whip Fiona Ma, CPA
Northern California Minority Business Enterprise Center
Office of Small Business, City & County of San Francisco
U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce

GROW YOUR SMALL BUSINESS in Rail & Transportation

Gain a competitive advantage as a small business:

  • Access present and future transportation contracts
  • Learn about free and low cost resources
  • Build success in transportation on the federal, state and local levels
  • Network with decision makers

Speakers from:

  • U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT)
  • California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
  • Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)
  • Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (GGBHTD)
  • S.F. Municipal Transportation Agency (MUNI)
Limited seating, please RSVP Online by Friday, September 19, 2008 Email for more information:


Lockheed Martin Corporation Supplier Information Sessions

Tuesday, August 26, 2008, 8am - 4:30pm - Sunnyvale, CA
Thusrday, August 28, 2008, 8am - 4:30pm- Los Angeles, CA

August 26, 2008:
Lockheed Martin facility in Sunnyvale, CA

August 28, 2008:
Sheraton Gateway Hotel LAX
6101 West Century Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA

Space Systems and
Information Systems & Global Services (IS&GS)
Business Areas
are proud to present
Supplier Information Sessions – North and West
August 26, 2008 – Sunnyvale, CA
August 28, 2008 – Los Angeles, CA

On behalf of Lockheed Martin Corporation, you are cordially invited to participate in either a Supplier Information Session to be held August 26, 2008 from 8:00am to 4:30pm at the Lockheed Martin facility in Sunnyvale, CA or a Supplier Information Session to be held August 28, 2008 from 8:00am to 4:30pm at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel LAX located at 6101 West Century Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA.

Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Supplier Information Session is a two way forum offering suppliers the opportunity to learn about Lockheed Martin Corporation businesses and for the corporation to learn about potential new suppliers. Attendance will give your company exposure to engineering, technologies, manufacturing and purchasing initiatives within Lockheed Martin. This session will include an overview of the 4 business areas within Lockheed Martin as well as current programs. Conference participants will have an opportunity to meet with representatives from each business area. Note this information session is not a contracting meeting. Please see the attached file containing information on Lockheed Martin’s potential sourcing opportunities.

This invitation is limited to no more than two people per company. If you are planning on attending, please complete the attached registration form stipulating which of the two Supplier Information Sessions you will be attending and email it back to Cathleen Campbell at no later than August 6, 2008, the reservation cut-off date.

The registration also includes an area to list the names of the business areas with whom you would like to meet for the one-on-one sessions to be held in the afternoon of both Supplier Information Sessions. These one-on-one time allotments, approximately 10 minutes in duration per business area meeting, allow your company to show its strengths to Lockheed Martin personnel. The list of business areas and their needs is located in the attached file entitled “What Does Lockheed Martin Buy”.

All companies attending the Sunnyvale Supplier Information Session will receive directions to the facility. A room block has been made for those companies attending the Los Angles Supplier Information Session at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel at a price of $109 per room. Please contact the hotel directly and ask for the Lockheed Martin room block to reserve a room. An agenda is forthcoming to all registered companies of both Supplier Information Sessions.

For registration, please fill out the form and email to asap (invite only)
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SBA July-August Training Schedule

The Small Business Administration offers almost 500 classes each year for business owners on a variety of topics in our Entrepreneur Center, located at 455 Market St., 6th Floor in downtown San Francisco.

For more information, please contact Gary Marshall at (415) 744 6771.

Registration for all classes is available at

Our mailing address:
Small Business Administration
455 Market St., 6th floor
San Francisco CA 94105

Click here to download the July-August Training Schedule


South County Transportation Forum

Thursday, July 17, 2008 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Fremont Main Library
2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont, CA 94538

Please join the Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority (ACTIA) in partnership with its Citizens Advisory Committee and sponsoring agencies at a South County Transportation Forum (i.e., Fremont, Newark, Union City) focusing on major transportation projects that will be implemented within the next five years.

These projects are funded through your local sales tax dollars, state, federal, and other funds. Come hear about and discuss project details, schedules, and contracting opportunities.


  • BART Extension to Warm Springs
  • Union City Intermodal Station
  • I-680 SMART Lanes
  • Dumbarton Corridor Improvements
  • I-880/Mission Boulevard Interchange
  • East-West Connector in North Fremont and Union City
  • City of Fremont Paratransit Program

See attached flyer for more information!
For more information about ACTIA, visit


Asian American Architects & Engineers Association
2008 Membership Event

Wednesday, June 4, 2008 5:30 pm

Cathay House
718 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone number: 415.982.3388

Closest parking garages are Saint Mary’s Square Garage at 651 California Street and
Portsmouth Square Garage at 733 Kearny Street

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
Central Subway Project
Contract Opportunities for Final Design

SPEAKERS:   Mr. John O. Funghi, Program Manager, Central Subway, SFMTA


    All AAAE Members who RSVP and PAY the 2008 Membership Dues by May 30, 2008
  • NON-MEMBERS - $45*
    All Non-Members and Guests of AAAE Members who RSVP by May 30, 2008
    All AAAE Members and Non-Members who RSVP after May 30, 2008

*If you RSVP and do not attend the event, you will be charged $45 for the event
** No Host Bar

Please contact Samantha Low (415.398.1393x103), if there are questions about this event. The membership application can be found on our website,

Click here for RSVP form

Financial Services Consortium - Let's Do Business

Thursday, June 19, 2008 7:30 am - 6:00 pm

Westin Bonaventure Hotel
Downtown Los Angeles
404 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90071

Financial Services Consortium Presents...
"Let's Do Business"

"Supplier Diversity Bid and Contract Opportunities"

California financial services companies, in partnership with a coalition of community organizations, will host a one day business development forum in downtown Los Angeles to review contract opportunities for qualified diverse suppliers with their companies...

Last day to register: May 30, 2008!

Please click here to register

The Asian Business Association of Silicon Valley

Thursday, June 19, 2008 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

475 N. Whisman Road, Suite 100
Mountain View, CA 94043

Workshop Series presents:

Franchise Opportunities

Looking to Start a Business? Think Franchise!

  • Many to Select from to Match Your Skills
  • Potentially Lower Start-up Costs
  • Turnkey Operation and Set-up
  • …and much, much more!

Admission: FREE!


Sponsored by: The Entrepreneur Source

City and County of San Francisco Surety Bond Program
Business Development Seminar

Thursday, June 26, 2008 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Human Rights Commission
25 Van Ness 8th Fl,
San Francisco, CA 94102

Where do you see yourself in the coming years?

Learn the success steps taken by a small contractor to grow his business:

  • How to market to public works clients
  • Why do I need to market to public works clients?
  • Risk Avoidance
    • Payroll-Prevailing Wage
    • Independent Contractors (Is he or she really independent)
    • Workers' Compensation Fraud Claims Management
    • Auto Insurance - Auto Policy (Are you really covered)

    Miguel Galarza, President - Yerba Buena Engineering & Construction Inc. will facilitate the seminar

    Space is limited ... don't miss out!!!

    Contact: Jennifer Elmore
    Phone: 415.217.6573
    Fax: 415.391.5910

    No Cost for Seminar


Partnering for Success 2008 - First Stop - Silicon Valley

Friday, May 2, 2008 9:00m - 4:00pm

Silicon Valley Capital Club
50 West San Fernando Street, #1700,
San Jose, CA 95113
Knight Ridder Building

On the 2008 tour, the mantra is “Partnering for Success”. So from coast to coast we plan on partnering with regional organizations in different cities and states in order to reach Asian Americans business leaders.

By inviting Asian business organizations and their members to voice their concerns and needs to corporate America and government agencies, and vise-versa, this forum will provide tools for a stable economy and solutions on issues affecting the 21st century Asian business owners.

Never before has this been done by two national Asian business orgs, and by participating you will benefit from this historical tour.

The first stop will be San Jose, California with the hosting organization, Asian Business Association Silicon Valley (ABA of SV) in California.

To find out more information, visit

To register online: Visit the RSVP page here.

Asian American Contractors Association
General Membership Meeting

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 5:30 pm

Four Seas Restaurant
731 Grant Street, San Francisco, CA

Topic: Get a Job! - Contracting with the "NEW" City


Harian Kelly, Chief of Engineering, Public Utilities Commission

Joe Cheung, Deputy Chief, Bureau of Construction Management

Virginia Harmon, EO & Diversity Mgr., SFMTA The "Central Subway", and more!

Cost: None! Free to all members & guests.

Please click here for the flyer


BART Availability and Utilization Study

Wednesday, April 2, 2008 6pm - 8pm

Joseph P. Bort Metro Center
Lawrence D. Dahms Auditorium
101 - 8th Street
Oakland, CA

BART is currently conducting an Availability and Utilization Study (Study). The purpose of the Study is to analyze and evaluate BART’s contracting practices in the areas of procurement of products, equipment, and supplies; construction services; and professional services, including technical, architecture, engineering and paraprofessional services. BART is sponsoring a community meeting to inform the business community about the Study. Representatives from chambers of commerce, trade associations, and governmental organizations, like your organization, will have the opportunity to provide information literature and information of interest to local businesses.

Click here for the invitation letter.

Please RSVP by email at , visit, or call 510.291.9682 for more information.

San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District Outreach Meeting

Thursday, April 3, 2008 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Joseph P. Bort Metro Center
101 Eighth Street
Oakland, CA 94607

Attention: DBE’s, MBE’s, and WBE’s Prime and Subcontractors

San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District

Invites you to an


BART will be hosting this event to discuss the construction contracts listed below that will be coming up for bid in May and June. All Primes and Subcontractors are encouraged to attend.


  • Rockridge Station, Contract No. 15PG-110, Est. Contract Value $7- $10M and
  • West Oakland Station, Contract No. 15PF-110, Est. Contract Value $7- $11M.


  • North Oakland, Contract No. 15SU-120, est. Contract Value $60- $70M
  • West Oakland, Contract No. 15SU-110, est. Contract Value $20 - $30M

Work includes:

Structural retrofit of pier foundations, columns and caps; demolition of selected existing facilities; shoring for excavation support; excavation; clearing and grubbing; steel structure retrofit at girders and abatements; drilling and bonding; drilled concrete piers and shafts; micropiles; elevator lobby modifications and removal of elevators; electrical work at selected piers and the gap breaker station; and restoration of paving sidewalks and surface features, including landscaping. Other miscellaneous work includes site preparation, and utility relocation.

Please Take a Moment to Respond.

Seating is Limited

Questions about the outreach should be made to BART’s Earthquake Safety DBE Program Manager, Ms. Ruby Smith, at 510-464-6324. To confirm your attendance, please click here to download the flyer and fill it the registration on the second page and fax it to 510-874-7470 or contact Harry Overstreet II, BART Earthquake Safety DBE Coordinator at 510-464-6959.

Asian American Architects and Engineers
2008 Open House Membership Event

Thursday, April 10, 2008 5:30pm - 8pm

Canton Dim sum & Seafood Restaurant
655 Folson Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
Phone number: 415.495.3064

Parking space available at the back of the restaurant (30 spaces, first come first serve)


  • Caltrans
  • Mr. Harlan Kelly - Assistant General Manager of Infrastructure, SFPUC

Members - FREE
All AAAE Members who RSVP and PAY the 2008 Membership Dues by April 4th, 2007

Non-Members - $45
All Non-Members and Guests of AAAE Members who RSVP by April 4th, 2007

All AAAE Members and Non-Members who RSVP after April 4th, 2007

*If you RSVP and do not attend the event, you will be charged $45 for the event
** No Host Bar
Please contact Samantha Low (415.398.1393x103), if there are questions about this event.

Business Outreach Committee
Information Session

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)
101 8th Street, Oakland, CA 94607


The following announcement provides contracting information that may be of interest to your firm.

The Business Outreach Committee of several Bay Area public agencies invite you to attend an informational session to learn about upcoming projects and business opportunities.

Enclosed is a notice that provides further information. Please contact meeting coordinator Sheila Evans-Peguese at (415) 701-4436 or for additional meeting details.

Your attendance is highly encouraged

Please click here for the notice


Sponsored by Citibank

Saturday, March 8th, 2008, 9am - 4pm

City College of San Francisco facility 33 Gough St., San Francisco, CA 94103

Informational workshops on:

  • Finance
    • Working capital
    • Commercial real estate
    • Buying a business
    • Small business loans
  • Procurement
    • Certification processes
    • Contract bidding processes
    • How to do business with the government & private companies

Free admission for current CAABA members

Admission for MBEC members*
Business consulting
*($20 for non MBEC members)
(415) 928 5910, ex 136
(408) 998 8058,

-MBECTM is a program Funded by the Minority Business Development Agency, US Department of Commerce-


Tuesday, March 25th, 2008, 5:30 p.m.






Network with other businesses, SFMTA Compliance and
Project support staff.




The Asian Business Association of Silicon Workshop Series presents: Economic Outlook 2008

Friday, February 22nd, 2008, 5:50 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

1700 E. Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto

Speaker: Gary Schlossberg, Senior Economist
Wells Capital Management Group

  • Economic and Financial Projections for 2008
  • Special Ming’s Chinese New Year’s Banquet
  • Far East Dragon Lion Dancers
  • …and much, much more!

Admission: $20.00 ($50 value!)


Sponsored by: Wells Fargo


Asian Business Day

The Asian Business Association of Silicon Valley Certification Workshop

Thursday, January 24th, 2008, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

475 N. Whisman Road, Suite 100
Mountain View, CA 94043

Expand your Horizons! Expand your Opportunities! Become Certified as a Minority Business!

  • Learn about the Benefits and Opportunities on becoming Certified
  • How to do business with Corporations and G/overnment Agencies
  • Meet MBE Speakers and Clearinghouse Representatives
  • …and much, much more!

Admission: FREE! Lunch will be provided!


CAABA events

Thursday January 17, 2008, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Kan’s Restaurant
708 Grant Avenue, Chinatown, San Francisco

A special “VIP” event plus contract opportunities

Commissioner Rachelle Chong

California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)

Rachelle Chong was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission in January of 2006 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. She is the first Asian American to be confirmed for this commission. Commissioner Chong was also a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission appointed by former President Bill Clinton. She has been a corporate general counsel and a small business owner. Commissioner Chong would like to meet CAABA’s members and other business owners. Come and support her position to have minority and women do business with California’s public utilities - a high priority.

For more information about Commissioner Chong:


One on One Procurement with Public Utilities

Utilities Invited: Verizon, Pacific Gas & Electric; AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, and others

CAABA Members – all associations: Free Non-Members: $50/person Buffet Dinner and Drinks Included.

RSVP by January 14. Contact the President or Membership Chair of your Association Or to Darlene Mar at and reference CAABA’s event.

Sponsored by Verizon
in support of supplier diversity and communities

CAABA is the Council of Asian American Business Associations, which includes the following member organizations: Asian American Architects & Engineers, Asian Business Association of Silicon Valley, Asian American Contractors Association, Asian American Association of Certified Public Accountants/Attorneys, and East Bay Asian Design Professionals.

Click here for the flyer