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!


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


Nov 14

Join us for our annual Holiday Party on December 12!


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 by December 10, 2013.

Nov 13

AWIB’s Holiday Trunk Show on December 5!


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

RSVP at (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: 

Nov 07

AWIB celebrates Diwali at the Lladró boutique!

AWIB and Lladró, which sells exquisite porcelain figurines hand-crafted in Spain, teamed up once again this year to celebrate Diwali, the “festival of lights.”  Visitors walked through the doors of the Lladró boutique on Madison Avenue to find themselves transported to a seemingly enchanted world of beautiful porcelain figurines, which ranged from depictions of Hindu gods and goddesses, to ballroom dancers, and even Japanese Kokeshi dolls. 

Guests strolled around the elegant white interior to view the porcelain pieces on display, often pausing to chat with other attendees while sipping a glass (or two, or three…) of champagne and snacking on delicious Indian food.  Our guests commented on how inviting the store felt and thanked the Lladro staff for their wonderful hospitality.

It was a casual and fun-filled evening of networking that brought together dozens of people from all different ages, ethnicities, and professional backgrounds to share in celebrating the tradition of Diwali. 

Many of the guests also opted to receive free henna tattoos from the incredibly talented henna tattoo artist Sana Amir Kadri, who drew beautiful and surprisingly intricate designs in a matter of seconds.

Writing a Business Plan workshop turns out to be a huge success!


Our November 5th “Writing a Business Plan” workshop was a phenomenal success as speaker Alicia Yoon, co-founder of Peach and Lily (, an e-commerce site that offers premium Asian beauty products, shared her insights and experiences with an attentive audience of about 40 people at Microsoft. 


What initially began as a presentation quickly evolved into a lively and engaging conversation among Alicia and the workshop participants as they asked her intriguing and thoughtful questions about her views on starting a business and what to consider when crafting a business plan. 


The workshop received very positive reviews from the attendees, who were pleased with Alicia’s down-to-earth demeanor and her ability to drive home her points by skillfully weaving her personal experiences with entrepreneurship into her presentation.  The workshop turned out to be a highly interactive and dynamic one—so much so that it ran 30 minutes over!


Oct 28

Our “Starting Your Business 101” workshop series starts next week!


The workshop facilitators have all been confirmed!  We have an awesome lineup of speakers, all of whom are experts in their respective fields.  Workshop participants will have the chance to gain first-hand information from the speakers as well as network with their fellow entrepreneurs.

So what are you waiting for?  RSVP today at  The workshops begin next week!


Writing a Business Plan
Tuesday, November 5
- Why and when you need a business plan
- Elements of an effective plan
- Importance of strategic planning
- Using research and resources to make your case

Speaker: Alicia Yoon, co-founder of Peach and Lily, an e-commerce site offering the best in Asian beauty products

Legal Structures, Taxes & Record-keeping
Tuesday, November 19
- Legal structure; deciding what is best for your business
- Accounting essentials: cash flow, balance sheets, record-keeping & taxes
- Software for small businesses

Speakers: Samiya (Simi) Mir, partner at Katona & Mir specializing in employment and business law; and Chunyee Miot, an NYS-certified public accountant with over 10 years of experience

Marketing—On and Offline Strategies
Tuesday, November 26
- Create a marketing plan
- Outsmart your competitors and effectively target your market
- Use social media to create a buzz, find customers, and grow your business
- Expand your marketing strategy without expanding your budget

Speakers: Neerja Patel, a seasoned PR and marketing professional who owns a boutique public relations firm specializing in media and entertainment; Kunwei Lin, a digital marketing expert with experience in SEO/SEM and social media at award-winning ad agencies; and Sandy Hussain, founder and CEO of Luxly and co-founder of and

Financing Your Business
Wednesday, December 4
- Loans, investments, credit lines & SBA guarantees
- Alternative financing (in light of the recent passage of the JOBS Act, a law that encourages crowdfunding for small businesses and startups, special attention will be given to crowdfunding and how entrepreneurs can use it to help finance their enterprise)
- How much financing do you really need?
- What do lenders look for?

Speakers: Jeannie Clark, business specialist at Flushing Bank; Cindy Chin, CEO and founder of CLC Advisors, a management consulting firm specializing in venture strategy, innovation, and alternative investments; and Paul Yun, founder and CEO of Escargot NY, a tech startup that creates mobile device accessories

All workshops will take place from 6pm to 8:30pm at Microsoft (1290 Avenue of the Americas, at the corner of 52nd Street in NYC).

Pricing is $20 per workshop (or $40 for the entire series) for AWIB members and $30 per workshop (or $80 for the whole series) for non-members.

RSVP is required on our website at under “Starting Your Business 101.”

Oct 15

AWIB’s “Starting Your Business 101: Open the Door to Your Success” workshop series starts November 5!

AWIB is holding its annual “Starting Your Business 101” workshop series starting on November 5th!  Current and aspiring entrepreneurs are welcome to attend our four-part workshop series, which will give them the tools they need to successfully run a business.  The first workshop will be on Writing a Business Plan and will be led by Alicia Yoon, co-founder of Peach and Lily (, an e-commerce site offering the best in Asian beauty products. Alicia holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and has a background in finance and management consulting.

The workshop will cover:
- Why and when you need a business plan
- Elements of an effective plan
- Importance of strategic planning
- Using research and resources to make your case

Date & Time: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Location: Microsoft, 1290 Avenue of the Americas (Corner of 52nd Street), NYC

For more info and to RSVP, visit and look under “Starting Your Business 101.”

Oct 03

AWIB Reception at Burberry!

On Tuesday, October 1st, professionals of all ages and from all backgrounds enjoyed an evening of private shopping and networking at Burberry’s 9 East 57th Street location.  Participants perused the wide selection of Burberry merchandise while engaging in lively conversations, sipping champagne, and tasting hors d’oeuvres. The shoppers who bought items during the event got special pricing on their purchases, with a portion of the proceeds going towards AWIB’s programs.


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