2022 California Small Business Forum and Workshop

2022  California Small Business Forum and Workshop

 — Helping Small Businesses win government contracts




How to do business with the state of California?

How to win Government Contracts among competitors?

How can I benefit from  California SBA Funding Programs for Small Business?

President Biden’s $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Bill presents a golden opportunity for Small Businesses, especially Asian-owned businesses. However, it takes special knowledge and preparation for small businesses to get a foothold in government contracting. We create this Forum and workshop to help Business Communities to win government contracts.

With speakers from the State of California Department of General Services Office of Small Business and DVBE Services / Procurement Division, California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank, CBC, and Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), 2022 California Small Business Forum and Workshop on Thursday, May 26th will be on Zoom for free, providing training in government contracting to AAPI and Ethnic -owned small business owners.

About Organizers:

American Teo-Chew Foundation: Founded by Louis Lam, is one of the most influential Teochew and Chinese American communities in San Francisco and the United States. To empower the community to vote and work together for a better America.

APAPA National: Advancing Asian Pacific Islander Communities, Through Increased Leadership and Civic Engagement. The Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association – APAPA – is a nonpartisan nonprofit founded in 2001 with over 40 chapters across the country.

Ding Ding TV (Silicon Valley Community Media): Founded in 2009, has been the Voice and bridge for AAPI communities through media and events. Has created millions of internet contents Promoting Cultural Interconnectivity through appreciation of similarities and understanding of differences and Encouraging Awareness of civic responsibilities and engaged citizens.  www.DingDingTV.com


When: May. 26th 2022 9:30am~5:00pm

Where:  Virtual Event

Who: Small business owner in California and the East Coast.

We expect over 500 small business owners will attend the Zoom webinar.











Fiona Ma

California State Treasurer

Evan Low

California State Assembly Member

Carlos Gutierrez

Deputy District Director for the San Francisco District Office of the Small Business Administration

Blaine Laney

Consultant with NorCal FDC, Oakland

Teresa Macias-Ruiz

Bilingual Business Outreach Liaison at the Office of Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Services, California Department of General Services

Porter Wong

Senior Consultant of MBDA San Jose Business Center

2022 California Small Business Forum Agenda

Moderator: Diana Ding, Christian Malesic


9am: Opening Ceremony and Recognizing Asian American Community contributors.

9:03am: Organizers greetings

Louis Lam, American Teo-Chew Foundation

Henry Yin, APAPA National

Diana Ding, Ding Ding TV – Silicon Valley Community Media

9:10am Recognizing Community Leaders for long-term outstanding contribution to the AAPI community, each say a few words with 1.5 minutes.

9:25am Appreciation to the speakers and sponsors

9:30am Introduce the Interpreter Mr. Porter Wong, MBDA SJ ( Minority Business Development Agency San Jose Business Center, U.S. Department of Commerce )

9:33 ~10:03am Keynote speech by Fiona Ma. California state treasurer

Infrastructure Investment and Job Act

10:03 am – 11:00 am

Carlos Gutierrez with U.S. Small Business Administration / Deputy District Director / San Francisco District Office “SBA Funding Programs for Small Business”

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Teresa Macias-Ruiz, State of California Department of General Services / Bilingual Business Outreach Liaison.    “How to do business with the state of California. (With PPT)”


Lunch Break  


12:40 pm – 1:40 pm Blaine Laney, Regional Business Development Officer at Nor-CAL FDC (Financial Development Corporation)

1:40~2:30pm Chris Earl, interim deputy director, Governor Gavin Newsom Appointee at Office of the Small Business Advocate

Topic waiting for confirmation?

2:30 pm – 3:20 pm

Joyce Liang,  CBC Life Financial Services

How to retain employees, how to do a good job in enterprise tax planning and asset protection.

3:20~4:10pm Santa Clara County SBA speaker Waiting for confirmation?

4:10 pm – 5:00 pm

Mandy Lai, with MagStone Law, LLP

Analysis of the main types of enterprises’ risk financing and their clauses



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