Dec 23

RSVP for AWIB’s Jan 22 workshop on facing one’s fears!

Some fear the dark. Some fear flying. Some fear spiders. But did you ever think you could fear the power within you? Patty Chang Anker will lead an interactive workshop hosted by Asian Women In Business (AWIB) on how to face your fears head-on

Asian women have a unique set of fears due to their culture and gender, which sometimes become obstacles to career success. Patty will speak to how your genes, upbringing, culture, and history can influence your fears. She will address the emotional fears that hold you back, show you how to remove those obstacles, and shine a path to the one small step you can take that could lead to a whole new life.

Patty was a featured speaker on TEDx where she gave a talk titled Warning: Leaving Comfort Zone. Things Could Get Exciting. She is also the author of Some Nerve: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave. Start out the new year by shedding the fears that are holding you back. Harness your power and become the heroine of your own story going forward.  

Patty will also be available to autograph her book.

Facing Fears:  Harnessing the Power Within
Microsoft, 1290 Avenue of the Americas (Corner of 51
st Street), NYC
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

AWIB Member: FREE; Non-Member: $40 
Light refreshments provided

RSVP required at awib.org/events.

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Dec 20

AWIB is raising money for the AWIB Scholarship Fund!

We have launched our first-ever crowdfunding campaign to raise money for our AWIB Scholarship Fund!  Please consider making a donation to our scholarship fund on our Razoo page.  Your donation is fully tax-deductible and will help us continue giving scholarships to young Asian women leaders!  

Dec 13

Photos from AWIB’s 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 Thai 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 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!

Check out more photos from the party on our website!

Our first-ever Holiday Trunk Show!

On December 5 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. 

Photos from our “Financing Your Business” workshop, the fourth and last workshop in our “Starting Your Business 101” series!

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.

Nov 27

Photos from our Nov 26 “Marketing—On and Offline Strategies” workshop!

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.

Nov 20

Photos from our sold-out “Legal Structures, Taxes and Record-keeping” workshop!

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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!

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The speakers for the workshop were Samiya (Simi) Mir and Chunyee Miot, both of whom are current AWIB members. Samiya, a 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, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Nov 14

Join us for our annual Holiday Party on December 12!

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Celebrate the end of the year with us at the annual AWIB Holiday Party! There’ll be a buffet dinner, where guests can treat themselves to tasty dishes and decadent desserts. Plus, we’ll have an open wine & beer bar, along with raffles and cool prizes! Reconnect with old friends and make new ones over great food in a warm and festive atmosphere!

12 West 18th Street, Apt 3E (between 5th and 6th Avenue), NYC
Thursday, December 12, 2013, from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

AWIB Member: $25
Non-Member: $50

RSVP at awib.org/events by December 10, 2013.

Nov 13

AWIB’s Holiday Trunk Show on December 5!

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Asian Women In Business is here to help you get ready for the holiday season with our Holiday Trunk Show! Find beautiful handbags, eye-catching jewelry, and accessories galore! This is a girls’ night out you won’t want to miss. Network in a fun-filled environment, share a toast with friends, and, best of all, get your holiday shopping done in one place!

The event is open to all shoppers. Tam Tran, AWIB member and founder of Lost Wax Studio, will offer jewelry-making demonstrations throughout the evening. She will demonstrate classic jewelry-making techniques using various metals and leather—just as she does during her biannual workshops at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

All proceeds from the evening will benefit Asian Women In Business. There is no charge to attend, but RSVP is required.

12 West 18th Street, Apt 3E (between 5th and 6th Avenue), NYC
Thursday, December 5, 2013, from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

We’re also accepting donated items for the trunk show, so if you have any items you’d like to donate to us for the show, please contact us at (212) 868-1368 or info@awib.org.

RSVP at awib.org/events (under “AWIB Holiday Trunk Show”)!

Nov 12

Here’s how you can help Typhoon Haiyan survivors

NBC News has compiled a list of organizations that are helping with relief efforts in the Philippines.  Here’s how you can aid the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan:  http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/11/21386694-how-to-help-organizations-offering-relief-to-typhoon-haiyan-survivors