White House AAPI Initiative to Hold Entrepreneurship and Small Business Summit on Jan. 7 in Mountain View

U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will keynote a Jan. 7, 2011, summit on entrepreneurship and small business growth in Mountain View, Calif., sponsored by the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

President’s Advisory Commissioner Dilawar Syed (in photo) will lead this gathering, the first in a series of economic summits to be conducted by the White House AAPI Initiative in order to raise awareness of the Administration’s efforts to encourage entrepreneurs and small businesses to drive economic growth.

The Summit is free of charge, but registration is required. Add yourself to the Facebook event.

Below is the initial descriptions of the panels and sessions.

Morning Panel: Ways in which Government is Working to Help You — Senior Obama Administration officials from the White House Economic Council, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, U.S. Small Business Administration and Department of Treasury will discuss initiatives and resources for business owners, financiers, and budding entrepreneurs.

Luncheon Keynote Discussion: Successful Business – What It Takes — Administration leaders on innovation, data and technology will provide insights into federal efforts to support job growth and business development and improve the welfare of the nation. Featuring: Aneesh Chopra, Chief Technology Officer, Executive Office of the President; Todd Park, Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Ginger Lew, Senior Counselor, White House Economic Council and U.S. Small Business Administration.

Break Out Discussions and Panels on How to Grow Your Business

Workshop 1: Financing the Next American Start-up Company — Funding opportunities from Small Business Administration loan programs, featuring venture and private equity specialists and small business owners who have taken advantage of federal funding options.

Workshop 2: Government Contracting – Opportunities for Business — How to become a federal contractor and contracting opportunities locally and nationally, with an update on certification and rule changes that are increasing small business contracting opportunities.

Workshop 3: Exporting – Taking Your Business Global — Take your business global through exporting of goods and services. This workshop will introduce you to the federal government’s domestic assistance programs, trade promotion, and export finance agencies.

Workshop 4: Clean Tech and Healthcare IT – Industries on the Rise — Two industries that have demonstrated growth in recent years include Clean Tech and Healthcare IT. Learn more about opportunities in these growing fields and what the government is trying to do to support US-based development in these areas.

If you have questions about the summit, contact the White House AAPI Initiative at WhiteHouseAAPI@ed.gov.

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