Seminar on minority-owned businesses Oct. 6

Johnny Air (top) and Ihawan restaurant are among the successful Filipino-owned businesses in Queens.

The Philippine Consulate General and JCI Philippine-New York will host a free seminar on Establishing a Minority-Certified Company, Taking Advantage of Supply Diversity Program on October 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Center.

The seminar aims to help Filipino American businesses and individuals to take advantage of business opportunities via supply diversity programs. Specifically, participants in this seminar will learn what it means to be a minority-certified company in the U.S., how to get certified, and how to establish network with Fortune companies and government agencies.

A few success stories to note:

• One business in New York received over $800,000 in business from PepsiCo.
• One business in California received over $900,000 in business from Hilton Hotels.
• One business in Virginia became a Verizon supplier and is now doing business with the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.

The seminar will feature David Blau, vice chairman of U.S. Pan-Asian American Chamber of Commerce North East Chapter as guest speaker. Founded in 1984, USPAACC is a national, non-profit organization representing all Asian Americans and Asian American-related groups in business, sciences, arts, sports, education, public and community service.

For more information or to RSVP, please email Bel Molina at or Zultan Bermudez at


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