Business Express | Track 2 with Advanced Stage Business

Zoom & Specified Locations

Business Express is a business coaching program wherein under-served small Asian American and minority businesses will get a clear perspective of their own business, develop their own road map for growth and discover how to lead their business to success.

The series in include the following topics:

  • How Optimizing Websites and Emails Can Secure Your Dream Bid: Optimizing websites and emails can enhance your chances of securing your dream bid by creating a strong online presence and effective communication. By presenting your business in the best possible light, you increase your chances of winning the bid you've been dreaming of.
  • Utilizing Organizations and supplier Diversity to Connect: Utilizing organizations and supplier diversity initiatives can help businesses connect with a diverse network of suppliers, fostering inclusivity and expanding opportunities for growth. Organizations that
    promote supplier diversity. By actively engaging with these organizations and leveraging their resources, businesses can access a broader pool of suppliers, enhance their supply chain resilience, and promote economic inclusivity, ultimately leading to stronger connections and partnerships within the business ecosystem.
  • M&A vs. JV vs. Informal Partnering: Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) entail one company acquiring or merging with another to create a single entity. Joint Ventures (JVs) represent partnerships between two or more firms collaborating on specific ventures, often involving shared responsibilities and risks. Informal partnering involves flexible, non-contractual collaborations, well-suited for ad-hoc projects, knowledge exchange, or low-risk associations. The choice among these options depends on a business's strategic objectives and the nature of the collaboration sought.
  • AAB Virtual Networking: Virtual networking for Asian American Businesses involves connecting with potential clients, partners, and industry peers through online platforms and tools. It enables minority businesses to build relationships, share expertise, and explore opportunities without the need for physical presence, making it a cost-effective and accessible way to expand their network and grow their business.


  • Session 1: 10/10/23 - Utilizing Introductions
  • Session 2: 10/24/23 - Websites and Emails
  • Session 3: 11/07/23 - Conference Readiness
  • Session 4: 11/28/23 -Incorporate Supplier Diversity Advocates and Organizations Into Your Business Growth Strategy
  • Session 5: 12/12/23 - Master the Art of Elevator and Roundtable Pitches to Secure Contracts: Join Our Practice Session!
  • Session 6: 01/09/24 - Demystifying M&A, Joint Ventures, and Informal Partnerships: Uncover the Key Distinctions
  • Session 7: 01/23/24 - Unlocking Financial Opportunities: Your Pathway to Capital Access
  • Session 8: 02/06/24 - Strategic Negotiating for Business Success: Secure Your Winning Deal
  • Session 9: 02/20/24 - Corporate Success Blueprint: Mastering RFX Responses and Procurement Insights
  • Session 10: 03/12/24 - Doing Business with the Federal Government
  • Session 11: 03/26/24 - AAB Networking Session
  • Session 12: 04/09/24 - Integrating Sustainability into Your Winning Business Proposition
  • Session 13: 04/23/24 - The Hybrid Working Environment and today's Workforce


Hybrid - you can choose to join the session virtually or in-person at a location of your choice.

This informative program is comprised of 10 weeks of exciting 2-hour in-person or hybrid workshop sessions.

Here are the session venues:

California (CA)

  • Asian Business Association of Orange County (ABAOC): (Shared by LBA) 3349 Michelson Dr. #200 Irvine, CA 92612

  • USPAACC Western Chapter: 27300 Patrick Ave, Hayward, CA 94544

Texas (TX)

  • Asian Chamber of Commerce (ACC): 3535 Briarpark Dr. Ste 108., Houston, TX 77042

Illinois (IL)

  • USPAACC Midwest Chapter: 3500 South Morgan St. Chicago, Illinois 60609

New York (NY)

  • Universal Processing: 60 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018

Georgia (GA)

  • The Trusted Lawyers & USPAACC Southeast Chapter: 3055 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. Duluth, GA 30097

We would love it if you could share the event with other driven entrepreneurs like yourself as our goal is to share this opportunity to as many businesses as possible.

You only need to register once. If you've registered for previous sessions, there's no need to do so again.

Participants who would like to join both tracks are welcome to do so. You may register through this link:

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Get ready to supercharge your entrepreneurial journey! Register Now!

Got questions? Email us at [email protected].


Jackie LaJoie
Retired Diversity Supplier Manager USPAACC

Jackie LaJoie

Retired Diversity Supplier Manager

Jackie LaJoie joined Ingersoll Rand in September 2012. She has overall leadership responsibility for Supplier Diversity and Supplier Sustainability at Ingersoll Rand. In this role, she is responsible for building world class programs and driving results around supplier diversity strategy throughout the enterprise as well as supplier sustainability in areas such as conflict minerals and environmental initiatives.

In her supplier diversity leadership role, Jackie created a strategic plan for Ingersoll Rand based on NMSDC Best Practices to ensure a successful and sustainable program that creates jobs for supplier partners, economic growth for local communities, and customers for life for Ingersoll Rand. Specifically, to ensure sustainability and future growth of the program, she created a robust program and various supplier development initiatives to equip 41 direct and indirect commodity teams to identify and document supplier requirements and opportunities.

Under Jackie’s leadership, Ingersoll Rand spend with minority-owned businesses has increased 228% over the past three years. Jackie’s work also resulted in a $50,000 grant from the Ingersoll Rand Foundation to support an NMSDC Center of Excellence with the TriState MSDC, which launched in August 2016. As a result, 10 corporations and 20+ minority-owned businesses are spending 18 months working together to improve the corporations’ supplier diversity programs, and build capacity and increase business opportunities for the MBEs.

Prior to joining Ingersoll Rand, she served as vice president of the Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council, director of Supplier Diversity at Merck and manager of Supplier Diversity at legacy AT&T.

Jackie is also the co-founder of Diversity Alliance for Science in 2007, a non-profit organization focused on supplier diversity in the life science and healthcare industries. Under the leadership of Jackie and Leah Brown, her co-founder, the organization unites healthcare, pharmaceutical, academic and government entities with industry diversity leaders, such as NMSDC, to promote economic growth of small and diverse companies.

Jackie has been recognized nationally for her leadership and service in the Supplier Diversity field with multiple awards and recognitions across her 28-year career, including:

· Co-founder and past president of Diversity Alliance for Science

· Best of the Decade and Women Who Mean Business – Minority Business News

· Top 25 Women of Power Impacting Diversity – Diversity Plus Magazine

· Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year – U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce

· Chairman’s Award – PA-NJ-DE Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC)

· YWCA Tribute to Women and Industry Award – YWCA of Central New Jersey

· First Ladies of Supplier Diversity – MBNUSA and Women Business Enterprise USA Magazine

· Champions of Supplier Diversity – Diversity Plus Magazine

· Women Who Mean Business – MBNUSA

· First Ladies of Supplier Diversity – MBNUSA / WEUSA

· Supplier Diversity Advocate – AT&T CEO

· El Paso Trade Conference – Keys to City of El Paso

· AT&T Creating Excellence Award

She has a B.S. in Accounting and Business Administration and a B.S. in Economics from High Point University and an MBA from Wake Forest University. She and Ed, her husband, reside in Mooresville, N.C. Jackie enjoys spending time with her son and daughter and spoiling Franklin, her first grandchild and pride and joy.

Main Sponsors
Small Business Administration Wells Fargo