Small and minority businesses in search of business growth and procurement opportunities took center stage at the CelebrASIAN Conference, held recently at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino.
Presented by the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC), CelebrASIAN is the organization’s annual flagship event and America’s largest and longest-running business development conference convened by Pan Asian Americans.
This year’s theme, BREAKTHROUGH, spoke to breaking down barriers to build new and stronger connections and helping Pan Asian American and minority businesses break through with excellence, innovation and resilience to provide opportunity, prosperity and equality for all Americans. Donald Cravins Jr., under secretary of minority business development for the U.S. Commerce Department’s Minority Business Development Agency, and Isabella Casillas Guzman, administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration, were the keynote speakers. They joined over 95 experts and high-level speakers from Fortune-level corporations, government agencies, national chamber organizations and the Pan Asian American business community who shared their insights and expertise to the conference participants.
Title chair was Google LLC; conference co-chairs were Amazon, Ampcus, Stratacent and Wells Fargo.
CelebrASIAN presented more than 20 programs designed specifically for businesses to thrive and effectively compete in the mainstream.
Among the highlights of the three-day agenda included: USPAACC’s signature 1-on-1 pre-scheduled business matchmaking meetings; an expanded Two-day Community Navigator Pilot Program (CNPP); 11 CPOs at the CPO Forum panel; Doing Business with Corporations panel; roundtable; and 1:1; all certification leaders of national organizations; Women Initiative for Strategic Empowerment (WISE) networking session; Artificial Intelligence (AI) and ChatGPT session; Excellence Awards Gala featuring Fast 100 Asian American Businesses and Supplier Diversity Champions; Scholarship awards; and more.
For over 37 years, CelebrASIAN has launched, expanded and energized thousands of successful business partnerships and opportunities among corporate America, federal, state and local government agencies, large nonprofits, Pan Asian American and other minority and diverse enterprises.
CelebrASIAN Conference US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce USPAACC US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation Pan Asian American Donald Cravins Jr. under secretary of minority business development U.S. Commerce Department’s Minority Business Development Agency Isabella Casillas Guzman U.S. Small Business Administration Google LLC Amazon Ampcus Stratacent Wells Fargo