Pics of our Business Center grand opening and more
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This month's update from ASIAN, Inc.                                              August 2014
View our #SF @USMBDA grand opening video on YouTube!
Local, state, national officials and business leaders inaugurate new @USMBDA Business Center in #SF
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Nearly 100 guests converged on in San Francisco's Financial District to celebrate the grand opening of the U.S. Minority Business Development Agency's San Francisco Business Center, housed in East West Bank's 555 Montgomery Street location, in the heart of one of the nation's most fertile areas for minority business enterprise growth.


“I know in this geographic location, ideas, businesses, and a lot of wealth is created every single day, said the guest of honor, MBDA National Director Alejandra Castillo of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Our goal is to make sure that this wealth creation is inclusive of everyone.”

Betty Yee, Member of the State Board of Equalization, also headlined the event. “[Economic opportunity for all] has been the mission of ASIAN, Inc.; this mission never gets extinguished. Every time there are new opportunities, we want to be sure our communities are right there being part of the economic growth, so we know we're leaving no one behind.”

Representatives of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, Congresswomen Nancy Pelosi and Jackie Speier, Governor Jerry Brown, Controller John Chiang, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, Assemblymembers Tom Ammiano and Phil Ting, Mayor Ed Lee and Board of Supervisors President David Chiu were also in attendance. To view and retweet our video of the grand opening, click here.

Success! A letter from a housing client

From time to time, our clients are moved to share their testimonials with current and prospective ASIAN, Inc. supporters. Nancy Rueda, one of our San Jose-based Housing/Financial Literacy Coaches, worked hard to serve the client whose story appears in his own handwriting below:
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Contracting 101 demonstrates how to do business with federal governmentView our "Federal Contracting 101" album on Facebook!

With over 150 registrants, it was full house at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in Downtown San Jose, for our MBDA program's “Federal Contracting 101” event. The event gave local and minority-owned businesses current, first-hand information on doing business with federal contractors from such companies as Boeing and Siemens.


Attendess also had a chance to pitch their services one-on-one with representatives of the U.S. Forest Service, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, General Services Administration, Department of Veteran Affairs, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. These introductions were seeds that could lead to lucrative, long-lasting partnerships.

Meet Housing Counselor Crystal Huang!

Meet Crystal Huang!
Crystal Huang was first introduced to the organization actually as an attendee at one of our workshops for prospective first-time homebuyers. Now Crystal helps others sign up for the workshops and schedules the follow-up one-on-one sessions with our counselors. She is looking forward to helping families buy their first home.

Crystal is originally from Guangzhou, China and speaks both Mandarin and Cantonese. In her free time, Crystal loves to get outside and travel, hike and play badminton.

To register for an upcoming housing workshop, please check out our calendar at and contact Crystal at 415.928.5910 x134.

You're invited to join our VIP Hosts in support of #Gala43 

Make a donation towards our 43rd Anniversary Gala & MED Week Celebration and/or RSVP to attend! We'd like to acknowledge the following elected officials for their continued support of our annual event. They have pledged to make this year's celebration (details below) our most successful one ever! Look for our VIP Hosts at our Gala and bid on their donated items at our silent auction. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates on our growing list of VIP Honorary Hosts.


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Dave Jones - Insurance Commissioner

Betty Yee - Member, Board of Equalization

Phil Ting - Assemblymember, District 18

Fiona Ma - Assembly Speaker Pro Tem (ret.)



Courtney Ruby - Auditor

Rebecca Kaplan - Councilmember-at-Large

Dan Kalb - Councilmember, District 1


San Francisco

Ed Lee - Mayor

Carmen Chu - Assessor-Recorder

Jeff Adachi - Public Defender

Jose Cisneros - Treasurer

Eric Mar - Supervisor, District 1

David Chiu - Supervisor, District 3

Katy Tang - Supervisor, District 4

Scott Wiener - Supervisor, District 8

David Campos - Supervisor, District 9

Malia Cohen - Supervisor, District 10

San Jose

Ash Kalra - Councilmember, District 2

Kansen Chu - Councilmember, District 4

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Gala 2014 Sponsorship Levels


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ASIAN, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, federal tax ID #94-1753170. Your donation to ASIAN, Inc. and/or the MED Week Coordinating Committee is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
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