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Problem Solving Entrepreneurship

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Mix humility, intuition, and charisma and you get Duke Chung, the DMV’s homegrown entrepreneur who has sold a million dollar company to Microsoft at the age of 35. By Jenny Chen Although he didn’t know he was going to be an entrepreneur when he was a boy, Duke Chung always knew he wanted to solve problems. At 12 years old, …

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CEO Hai Tran Triumphs, Mainly Due to Determination (and a Mother’s Love)

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By Jennie L. Ilustre The next time you ride in an airplane, whether for business or for pleasure, think of this as a matter of inspiration and well-placed pride: That a company, owned by an Asian American who triumphed against life’s adversities, helps improve safety and efficiency within the nation’s air traffic management system with its cutting-edge products and services.            …

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Asian American Business Now Have a National Voice

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Thanks to the ACE, Asian American businesses can learn from each other; present a united front By Jenny Chen Ethnic minorities such as Hispanics and Blacks have had national organizations advocating for them – the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the National Black Chamber of Commerce respectively. But until this past year, there were few such organizing bodies for …

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Young Consultants Train AAPI Organizations in Digital Advocacy

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by Suchi Rudra A term like “online organizing” may not have been around for long, but in a time where social media is king (and can make or break a business), Olivia Chow and her colleagues–Rohan Grover, Deepa Kunapuli and Vincent Paolo Villano–are driven to grow this niche from within the AAPI community. Unofficially formed in the fall of 2012, …

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Brother-and-sister pickle business finds success at DC farmers markets

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By Whitney Pipkin Yi Wah and Caitlin Roberts didn’t grow up eating a lot of pickles. Their Chinese mother considered them a pricey treat in the same category as Oreos. “You don’t buy pickles,” she’d say, “because they’re cucumbers.” But, over the past year, the Roberts siblings have built a business on the assumption that at least some people prefer …

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Indian American Couple Mixes East With West in Vineyard

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By Devika Koppikar After Sudha Patil and Pandit Patil retired from their jobs, (endodontist and mechanical engineer respectively) they started a new career – as vineyard owners. Originally from Maharashtra in India, the Patils opened the Narmada Winery in 2009 and named it after Pandit’s mother. “Pandit’s mother had to sacrifice so much and sold her jewelry for Pandit to …

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ASCEND Provides Guidance for Asian American Professionals

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By Jenny Chen The term “glass ceiling” has been circulating since the late 80’s but there’s a new ceiling cropping up – the “bamboo ceiling.” The term is used to describe the difficulty Asian American professionals have in reaching the C-suite due to cultural and racial barriers. Jane Hyun, author of “Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling” described in a recent NPR …

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MED Week: Asian American Businesses Boost U.S. Economy

By Mary Tablante The growing economic clout of Asian Americans extends beyond our role as consumers. We are increasingly becom­ing business owners. In fact, one in four minority businesses is owned by an Asian American, according to the U.S. Depart­ment of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency. And those busi­nesses are unusually successful, produc­ing more than fifty percent of the gross …

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International Leadership Foundation

Announces 2013 Summer Civic Fellowship Program for Asian Pacific American College Students in Washington, DC The International Leadership Foundation (ILF) is proud to announce that it is accepting applications for the 2013 Civic Fellowship program. For the fourteenth year, ILF will award over 30 fellowships to Asian Pacific American col¬lege students who the ILF identifies as exhibiting the qualities and …

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