Message from the 40th Secretary of Commerce, Gina Raimondo

On March 3, Gina M. Raimondo was sworn in as the 40th U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Secretary Raimondo was sworn in by Vice President Kamala Harris after a bipartisan vote of 84-15 in the United States Senate. In her role as Secretary of Commerce, Raimondo will lead a key agency focused on promoting economic growth, which includes the International Trade Administration, the Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Economic Development Administration, Minority Business Development Agency, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Message from Secretary Raimondo

COVID-19 has impacted every community in our country.

As the Governor of Rhode Island, I saw firsthand how our families, our children, and our communities have been impacted by this virus. Millions of Americans are out of work, and over 400,000 small businesses have been forced to shut their doors. Minority-owned and women-run businesses have been the hardest hit.

Now, I also know firsthand the pain that losing a job causes a family. I still remember when my dad lost his job after 28 years of work in manufacturing. It was a tough time for us and too many families all across our country today are having to make the same sacrifices we had to make back then.

And it’s not just the pandemic. We are facing an urgent economic crisis, a climate emergency, longstanding racial inequities, and the need to restore America’s leadership on the world’s stage.

But there is hope ahead. Because when we come together as a country, there is nothing that can stop us. We innovate. We grow. And we will meet these unprecedented challenges by building back better and ensuring that every American is part of our success.

As the Secretary of Commerce, I am committed to helping working Americans and businesses – small and large – combat this pandemic head-on, creating millions of good-paying jobs, and powering a more just, sustainable economy. An economy where workers are treated with dignity and respect, businesses have the tools they need to innovate, and America can out-compete any country in the world. We’re going to revitalize domestic manufacturing, strengthen critical supply chains here in the United States, and set the stage for economic growth for decades to come.

I’m proud to be leading the Commerce Department. Our hard-working, talented workforce has the tools, data, and expertise we need to help communities address the challenges we face as a nation.

We want the Commerce Department to be about opportunity and competitiveness. The opportunity to start or grow a business. The opportunity to get a good, stable job. The opportunity to pursue the American Dream, regardless of where you live or where you come from.

Let’s create a future that is made in America. That invests in our communities and for future generations. It’s time to Build Back Better, to build back smarter, build back stronger, and to build back equitably.

I am Gina Raimondo, and I am proud to serve as the 40th Secretary for the Department of Commerce.

This is our opportunity to tackle our most pressing challenges and create a more equitable economy for all Americans.

Upcoming: 2018 Miss Asia International Pageant Final – Los Angeles

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles
506 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
December 8, 2018.
3:00PM – 7:00PM

2018 Miss Asian International Pageant

2018 Miss Asian International Pageant USA Final sponsored by the American International Chamber of Commerce will be held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles at 1:30PM on December 8, 2018.

Entering the Miss Asia International Beauty Pageant can be a very fun and fulfilling experience. This year’s contestants will compete for an amazing array of prizes, including photo shoot packages, scholarships, opportunites in the entertainment industry in modeling and acting, and the prestige of a year-long reign as the title holder of the premier pageants.

In addition to the prizes, contestants will receive various benefits from the sponsors as well as a myriad of opportunities to attend high profile red carpet events in Los Angels, New York, and China, fashions shows, and fundraisers in support of noble charitable organizations. Each contestant will represent their ancestral country in order to promote their culture, tourism and strengthen our bonds though a unity of diversity.

Tickets and RSVP
Phone: 626-675-4918
Miss Asia International Pageant Committee Los Angeles

Upcoming: 2018 Miss Asia International Pageant China Final in Beijing

Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Lido
6 Jiangtai Road
Chaoyang District
Beijing, 100016, China
Nov 11th,2018

2018 Miss Asia International Pageant China Final in Beijing

American International Chamber of Commerce ( AICC) will host the 2018 Miss Asia International Pageant China Final in Beijing.

Phone: + 8610-8532 4980
Miss Asia International Pageant Committee China

Social Media Workshop

Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (PDT)
SBA Los Angeles District Office
330 N. Brand Blvd. Suite 1200
Glendale, CA 91203
Free Training Event

Event Description

Description: This in person workshop is best suited for a business with a physical location that would like to attract more customers by using social media customer review platforms. We will also discuss methods of evaluating/improving a business’s social media impact and online reputation.

Speaker – Emma Vaughn

Emma Vaughn leads Main Street Hub’s local business outreach on the west coast. She has cultivated partnerships with industry leaders such as SCORE Los Angeles, SBA, California Restaurant Association, Long Beach SBDC, and various chambers of commerce. Emma hosts educational workshops, both live and online, to help small businesses get more word-of-mouth and referrals on sites like Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, Foursquare. Through her position, she has had the opportunity to train thousands of companies. Her parents used to own a cafe in Indiana where her reverence for the local space began.

This free training event will be held at the SBA Los Angeles District Office, 330 N. Brand Blvd., Suite 1200, Glendale, CA, 91203.

Parking garage is $11 for the day. Street Parking is also available.

Before each training session, the SBA District Office will conduct a brief presentation on our Programs and Services to include Access to Capital, Counseling and Training, and Government Contracting.

Reservation required. Seating is limited.

About the SBA

The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam. Follow SBA on Twitter and like SBA on Facebook to learn about new developments and news of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

2016 Access to Capital and Telecom Policy Conference

July 13 – July 14, 2016
Westin Georgetown Hotel
2350 M St. NW, Washington, DC

Event Summary
2016 Access to Capital and Telecom Policy Conference
Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council
14th Annual Access to Capital and Telecom Policy Conference
Thirty Years of Access to Capital
Financing the Platforms of the Future
Celebrating 30th Anniversary

Please join the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC) at 14th Annual Access to Capital and Telecom Policy Conference, “Thirty Years of Access to Capital: Financing the Platforms of the Future.” MMTC is celebrating our 30th Anniversary as the leading national nonprofit organization advocating for diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity in media and telecom.

This year’s conference also marks the launch of first-ever MMTC Capital Pitch Competition, focused on women-owned and multicultural startups.

During this conference, current and former FCC commissioners, members of Congress, industry leaders, investors, entrepreneurs, and civil rights and social justice leaders will share their expertise on the latest media, telecom, access to capital and diversity issues impacting multicultural communities.

We invite you to network and join the conversation surrounding diversity and opportunities for women and communities of color in the media, telecom, and high tech industries. We also invite you to celebrate with us as we commemorate thirty years of extraordinary leadership advocating for diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity in media and telecom.

Confirmed Speakers to Date

Brandon Andrews, Senior Consultant, Values Partnerships
Sherry F. Bellamy, Former Partner, Leftwich LLC
Ron Busby, President and CEO, U.S. Black Chambers, Inc.
Hon. George “G.K.” Butterfield, Member, U.S. House of Representatives
Victor X. Cerda, Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy, V-me TV
Keith Clinkscales, President and CEO, REVOLT Media TV
Ari Q. Fitzgerald, Partner, Hogan Lovells LLP; Secretary, MMTC Board of Directors
Maurita Coley Flippin, Esq., Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC)
Rob Folliard, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Gray Television Group, Inc.
Anita P. Stephens Graham, Partner, Opportunity Capital Partners
David Honig, President Emeritus and Senior Advisor, Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC)
Hon. Reed E. Hundt, Former Chairman, Federal Communications Commission
Christal M. Jackson, Founder, Head and Heart Philanthropy
Hon. Marie C. Johns, Managing Partner, Leftwich, LLC
Hon. Julia L. Johnson, Founder and President, NetCommunications
Ronald Johnson, Founder and CEO, Ronson Network Services
Ravi Kapur, Founder and CEO, Diya TV, Inc.
Kim Kastorff, Chief Executive Officer, Kimpacto, Inc.
Kim Keenan, President and CEO, Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC)
Anne Marie Paterno Kilgallon, Vice President General Manager Enterprise Strategy Innovation, AARP
Erwin Krasnow, Partner, Garvey Schubert Barer; Vice Chair, MMTC Board of Directors
Deborah Lathen, President, Lathen Consulting, LLC
Nicolaine M. Lazarre, Esq., Senior Vice President and General Counsel, National Urban League
Alfred C. Liggins III, President and CEO, Radio One, Inc.
Kevin McFall, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Johnson Publishing Company
Francisco Montero, Partner, Fletcher, Heald Hildreth, P.L.C.
Sherry C. Nelson, Managing Member and President, Legacy Broadcasting, LLC
Hon. Michael O’Rielly, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
Hon. Ajit Pai, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
Steven C. Roberts, President and Founder, Roberts Broadcasting Company
Aaron Saunders, Founder and CEO, Clearly Innovative Inc.
Hon. Cliff Stearns, Executive Director, APCO International
Hon. Deborah Taylor Tate, Executive Director, Tennessee Supreme Court Office of the Courts; Former Commissioner, FCC; Vice Chair, MMTC Board of Directors
Hon. Edolphus “Ed” Towns, Co-Chair, New Telecom and Internet Policy Task Force, MMTC
Jason Towns, Managing Partner and Founder, The Towns Group LLC
Nicol Turner-Lee, Ph.D., Vice President and Chief Research and Policy Officer, Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC)
Justin Vélez-Hagan, Ph.D., MBA, National Executive Director, National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce
Benjamin F. Wilson, Managing Principal, Beveridge Diamond, P.C.
Lyle “Butch” Wing, Executive Director, Silicon Valley Project, Rainbow Push Coalition
James L. Winston, President, National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters

General Conference Registration $500
Online registration closes Monday, July 11th at 11:59pm.

Cine Gear Expo 2016

June, 23:00am – 4:00am

In its 19th year, Cine Gear Expo is the premier film, video, and digital media expo for the entertainment industry. Created by the professional for the professional, Cine Gear Expo remains focused on the needs of the community and attracts the most dedicated specialists from every major department of the entertainment production and post-production world. 

Unique in concept, Cine Gear Expo offers artists and technicians the opportunity to discover the latest technology and techniques, get hands-on training, gain knowledge and skills from industry leaders, obtain the newest equipment, hear breaking industry news, and network with peers and industry leaders all within a professional and comfortable studio environment. Nowhere else can this audience find the volume and quality of information available all in one place. 

Cine Gear Expo is the largest and most important event of its kind in the United States and is a world-recognized and attended event.

A/B Testing introduction and Social Media

May, 1211:30am – 1:00pm

A/B Testing is a great tool that can help you fine tune your marketing message by testing your marketing communications and should be a part of any social media marketing plan. It help you see what your audience engages most with and what triggers are most effective. 

During this class, we will explore some best practices when A/B Testing as well as some things to avoid, ensuring you are getting the best insights into your audience.