Country’s Largest B2B Conference by Pan Asian Americans to be Held May 29 to June 1 in Bethesda, Maryland

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Innovation and business growth will be front and center at the 33rd Annual CelebrAsian Procurement & Business Conference, “Smart World,” – the country’s largest and most established business-to-business conference convened by Pan Asian Americans – to be held May 29 to June 1, 2018 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

This national conference is the flagship event of the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC), which provides diverse enterprises the tools and essential connections needed to access corporate, federal procurement and other business opportunities, harness technology to expand products and services, and enhance competitiveness in the mainstream, in new and emerging markets, here and abroad.

PepsiCo Chairman & CEO Indra K. Nooyi is Conference Chair – for a record fifth time. She will hold a fireside chat to share her journey from India to Fortune magazine’s #2 “Most Powerful Woman in Business” at the Excellence Awards Dinner on May 30.

Leading the roster of corporate co-chairs is PepsiCo, whose continued partnership with USPAACC helps to advance growth among Pan Asian American and diverse businesses.

Strong support from the financial industry – Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo – and automotive company Nissan – shows the value and ROI they place in their commitment to USPAACC.

Similarly, co-chairing the Conference are established Pan Asian American businesses – Ampcus, Indotronix Avani, and Pyramid Consulting – who appreciate what USPAACC does for the Pan Asian American business community nationwide.

For the past 33 years, CelebrAsian has served as the nation’s premier venue for procurement opportunities, innovation and job growth for the more than 2 million Pan Asian American-owned businesses nationwide with annual revenue that surpass $700 billion and continue to grow.

Through innovative and first-to-market programs, CelebrAsian brings value to diverse businesses and provides a platform for the “who’s who” in the business community, subject matter expert speakers, industry leaders, visionaries, disruptors, and high-performance business owners who come together to exchange information, best practices, proven strategies and solutions for robust growth – for three days, under one roof.

The Conference Program includes:

  • CPO Forum
  • CPO Forum Networking
  • CTO & CIO Forum
  • CTO & CIO Forum Networking
  • Government Procurement Town Hall
  • Meet the Disrupters: How They Transform Industries
  • Doing Business with Corporations in Construction, Manufacturing & Clean Tech Sectors
  • “What’s Your Pitch: Innovations Meet the Market” Competition
  • Fast 100 Asian American Business Awards
  • CEO Academy
  • Pan Asian American Employee Resource Group Caucus
  • Supplier Diversity Managers' Caucus
  • Business Leadership Series
  • Excellence Awards Dinner
  • Guanxi* Business Fair (*A business term meaning “connections” or “relationship”)
  • Prescheduled One-on-One Business Matchmaking
  • and more networking and business-growth opportunities

Register today to avail of early bird rates. For more information, visit the conference website at celebrasianconference.com

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About USPAACC

Founded in 1984 in the nation’s Capital, the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC) is the most established and effective national nonprofit nonpartisan  organization representing all Asian American and Asian American-related groups in business, sciences, the arts, sports, education, public and community services. Our mission is to promote and propel economic growth and job creation by opening doors to business and professional opportunities for Asian Americans and their partners in corporations, government at the federal, state and local levels, and the small, minority and diverse business communities.  For 35 years, USPAACC has served and will continue to serve as the unified voice for equal opportunity in business for Asian Americans, as the gateway to corporate and government contracts, to Asian American suppliers, and information about Asian Americans and the Asia-Pacific and Indian Subcontinent markets.

Our signature annual thought-leadership programs include: College Hallmark Scholarship Program that began in 1989, One-on-One Prescheduled Business Matchmaking Meetings in 1998, Supplier Diversity & Procurement Leadership Caucus in 2004, Federal Contracting Town Hall Meetings in 2005, Fast 100 Asian American Businesses in 2008, Business Executive Coaching: ReadySetGrow in 2011, Chief Procurement Officers Forum in 2011, What’s Your Pitch Innovation Competitions in 2015, Chief Technology & Information Officers Forum in 2017, and Corporate Employee Business Resource Group Leadership Caucus in 2017.

Headquartered in Washington DC, USPAACC reaches Asian American businesses nationwide through regional chapters in California, Texas, New York, Georgia, Illinois and the Washington DC-Maryland-Virginia National Capital Area.

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