Date: Friday, April 17, 2009     Time: 9AM to 5PM

Place: Baruch College, CUNY
Newman Vertical Campus Conference Center (14th Floor)
55 Lexington Avenue (East 25th Street), Manhattan


Conference Program

Breakfast & Registration (9AM to 9:30AM)


Greetings (9:30AM to 10AM)

Joyce Moy, Executive Director, Asian American / Asian Research Institute - CUNY

Myung-Soo Lee, Associate Dean, Zicklin School of Business - Baruch College, CUNY

Jason Yi Kercher, Agency Field Consultant, State Farm Insurance

Hon. Robert Walsh, Commissioner, NYC Department of Small Business Services


Concurrent Sessions (10AM to 11:15AM)

A: Starting Your Own Business – Planning for Business Success

This session will cover the ABC’s of starting your own business: Should you be starting a new business in this economic climate? Are you entrepreneurial material? How much money do you need? How do you know your idea will work? Do you really need a business plan and what’s in it? Why do businesses fail? What resources are there?

Moderator/Presenter: Brian Yeung, Business Advisor, York College - Small Business Development Center

Larissa Buerano, Agent, State Farm Insurance

Pearl Chin, Executive Director, Chinatown Manpower Project & Director, Chinatown-Lower East Side Business Outreach Center

Man-Li Lin, Business Development Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration


B: Is This the Time to Buy Real Estate? What You Should Know About Purchasing Real Estate

Answers the questions: Has the market bottomed out? How much reduction should you see before buying? How to find properties. What are the pitfalls of buying at foreclosure? What are sources of financing available now? What should you look for in an investment?

Moderator: Antonio G. del Rosario, Antonio Residential and Investment Group

Donald W. Cheng, DWC International

Jean Jiang, Licensed Sales Associate, Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate


Concurrent Sessions (11:30AM to 12:45PM)

A: Forms of Business Organizations, Tax and Insurance Issues for Small Business – Maximize Protections and Future Potential

This will help you understand the type of business entity to choose, and how it can maximize your protections and future growth potential. What are the characteristics of a sole proprietorship, general partnership, corporation, limited liability companies and limited liability partnerships? What is an S Corporation? What are the important tax and insurance issues for small business and why? 

Moderator/Presenter: Jack Chung, Esq.

Amber Chow, State Farm Insurance

Rajeev Kaul, CPA, PC.


B: Managing Your Finances: Building, Maintaining and Repairing Credit

Mishandling personal credit impacts business opportunities negatively and may hinder growth. Learn  how to establish banking relationships, what credit scores lenders and investors are looking for, how to obtain, read and correct a credit report, and how to repair your credit so that you are “credit ready,” when you need funding.

Chunyee Miot, CPA


Lunch & Keynote (12:45PM to 2PM)

Susan Kim, Vice-President, Capital One Bank & Nicholas Tavantzis, Senior Vice-President, Capital One Bank

Keynote: Carl Hum, President & CEO, Brooklyn, Chamber of Commerce


Concurrent Sessions (2:15PM to 3:30PM)

A: The Nuts & Bolts of Import/Export for Small Businesses – Navigating Rules and Regulations

Experts will identify key obstacles faced by small business in import/export including compliance, legal, logistics, customs and financing issues, and explain how to overcome them. This is an imperative to avoid loss of time and profit. 

Moderator: Lene Skou, Deputy Director, Weissman Center for International Business and Member of the Board, AAARI

Rennie Alston, Alston Group

Charles Dugan, Vice President, Global Trade Finance, TD Bank

Sidney N. Weiss, Esq., Attorney, Law Offices of Sidney N. Weiss


B: Procurement – How to Get Government and Corporate Contracts: The New Rules of Engagement

In a tough economic environment, corporate and government procurement opportunities are still available. Representatives will talk about qualifications, how to access this information, what you need to do to stand out from the crowd, whether you need certification and where to get technical assistance and resources to help you compete.

Moderator: Savio Chan, President, US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce, Northeast Chapter

KY Chow, President, GM Printing Group

Glenis Henriquez, Director, External Affairs, NYC Department of Small Business Services

John N. Marshall, Jr., Verizon Corporate Supplier Diversity


Concurrent Sessions (3:45PM to 4:30PM)

A: Green Business Opportunities for Small Business

Going green is the latest hot topic in business. What are green businesses? How does it apply to small business? Where are the opportunities and how do you take advantage of them? Can “going green” really open new markets and help your business grow?

Joyce Moy, Executive Director, Asian American / Asian Research Institute - CUNY


B: How to Get Money for Your Business –Financing in A Tight Credit Market

Panelists will talk about what lenders and investors are looking for, new strategies, and alternative sources of financing for your business. 

Moderator: Rui Wang, Business Advisor, LaGuardia Community College Small Business Development Center

Roslyn Goldmacher, President & CEO, Greater New York Development Corp.

Nicholas Tavantzis, Senior Vice President and Market Sales Executive, Capital One Bank

Dong Tran, New York Association for New Americans Business Center


Closing Remarks (4:30PM to 5PM)








Economic Empowerment




Topic Abstracts



State Farm Insurance

Capital One Bank

Verizon Foundation

Amalgamated Bank

Con Edison


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