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Tuesday, May 24 • 5:30pm - 8:30pm
AAPI: How to Succeed as an Asian-American Business Owner

Hear from successful Asian business owners and entrepreneurs on how they started and grew their own successful businesses. Meet and mingle with other business owners, community leaders and lenders at the networking reception to follow.


5:30 pm to 6:00 pm

6:00 pm to 6:10 pm
Tong Qin, SBA Asian American and Pacific Island Outreach Director Welcome Address and Introduction of Keynote Speakers

6:10 pm to 6:20 pm
Keynote Speaker Carmen Chu, Assessor – Recorder for the City and County of San Francisco

6:20 pm to 6:30 pm
Keynote Speaker Tim Chen, NerdWallet CEO

6:30 pm to 6:40 pm
Keynote Speaker Sarah Ching-Ting Wan, Executive Director for Community Youth Center of San Francisco & San Francisco Asian Pacific Islander Council Representative

6:40 pm to 7:40 pm
Panel Discussion – Moderator Yvonne Lee, Region IV Advocate of SBA
Tom Yeh, Successful Entrepreneur, SBDC Advisor
Darius Mahajer, Main Street Launch
Cindy Yang– NerdWallet, Social Media and Your Business
Koji Kanematsu, owner of ONIGILLY, LLC
Francis Chan, Project Manager, Jobs Squad, City of San Francisco

7:40 pm to 7:45 pm
Introduction of resource partners and closing remarks.

7:45 pm to 8:30 pm
Networking Sponsored by East West Bank

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Francis Chan

Francis Christian Chan is currently the Project Manager of Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD). He leads the Jobs Squad team to provide district outreach, technical assistance, service linkage and community networking for over 10,000 small businesses in San... Read More →
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Tim Chen

Tim Chen is the CEO and co-founder of NerdWallet, your go-to resource for making and managing financial decisions. Previously, he was a hedge fund analyst at Perry Capital, investing in payment processing firms, credit card networks and technology companies. He also worked as an equity... Read More →
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Carmen Chu

Carmen Chu was re-elected on November 4, 2014, to serve as the Assessor-Recorder for the City and County of San Francisco. As the only Asian American Assessor in California, she is committed to build a better San Francisco through superior customer service, fair property taxation... Read More →
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Yvonne Lee

Yvonne Lee is the Office of Advocacy’s regional advocate for federal region IX. Region IX consists of the states of Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada, and the territory of Guam. Lee is the chief counsel for advocacy’s direct link to small business owners, state and local... Read More →
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Cindy Yang

Cindy Yang is the head of NerdWallet’s small business team, which empowers entrepreneurs to access a range of alternative financing options by providing expert, independent tools and advice. A former investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs, Cindy has also worked for the Treasury... Read More →


Tuesday May 24, 2016 5:30pm - 8:30pm PDT
NerdWallet 901 Market Street

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