Agenda

Welcome to USPAACC’s CelebrASIAN Business + Procurement Conference 2024 — America’s largest and longest-running business development conference convened by Pan Asian Americans. For over 39 years, CelebrASIAN has been creating, sustaining and energizing thousands of partnerships among corporate America, government agencies in the federal, state, and local levels, large nonprofits, the Pan Asian American, and other minority and diverse enterprises. If you are serious about growing your business, then CelebrASIAN Business + Procurement Conference is a must-attend event for you!

7:00 am – 7:00 pm

Registration & Information

Meeting Room Corridor

At CelebrASIAN, fostering an environment for attendee success is our priority. Whether you need help with badge printing, session details or have questions for USPAACC staff, we will be here for you. As you begin your conference experience, we ensure a smooth transition filled with opportunities for knowledge exchange, networking, business and professional growth.

7:45 am – 9:00 am

Networking Breakfast

Hagood Reception Hall

Enjoy a continental breakfast while mingling with fellow attendees. Don't miss this opportunity to grow your business, network, and net worth over coffee and conversation.

7:45 am – 9:00 am

Supplier Diversity Champion Winners Breakfast (By Invitation)

Brady Meeting Room

Join us for an intimate breakfast to celebrate the remarkable achievements of our Supplier Diversity Champions. This private gathering will provide a unique opportunity for the Champions to connect, network, share their experiences, insights, and explore innovative ways to further advance opportunities for all irrespective of where they came from, what they look like, and their racial, cultural, social, sexual, and economic backgrounds.

9:15 am – 11:15 am

Supplier Diversity Procurement Leadership Caucus (Corp Only)

Salon 3

Corporate and government
supplier diversity and small business managers and directors will hold
candid discussions on the current state of supplier diversity, including
challenges, best practices, and strategic solutions (for Supplier
Diversity professionals only)
.

9:15 am – 10:30 am

Doing Business with Federal Government

Trammel + Devore + Dodd

Learn tips and steps to become eligible as a government or federal contractor, listen to speakers who will share data about projects that have been contracted to small and disadvantaged businesses in the past for their respective agencies, and hear forecasts on government purchases this year.

10:45 am – 11:45 am

Healthcare & Pharmaceutical Panel

Trammel + Devore + Dodd

Healthcare is a booming industry. What do healthcare corporations look for in the diverse business community? How should Pan Asian American and other diverse businesses get ready to do business with healthcare companies? Don't miss this panel!

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Empowering Change Luncheon

Skelton Hall

Empowering Change Luncheon: 1st year anniversary of WISE (Women Initiative for Strategic Empowerment) that is changing the landscape, realities and expectations of Pan Asian American women in business and their allies. Join us and hear our stories, our aspirations, and why we have grown so much in such a short time.

1:45 pm – 3:15 pm

What's Your Pitch

Trammel + Devore + Dodd

Are you ready to showcase your innovative ideas and entrepreneurial spirit? Join us for "What's Your Pitch," where aspiring entrepreneurs like you have the opportunity to present their business concepts to a panel of esteemed judges. Whether you're revolutionizing technology, disrupting industries, or creating social impact, we want to hear your pitch! Don't miss this chance to turn your vision into reality. Get ready to pitch your way to success!

1:45 pm – 3:15 pm

Employee Business Resource Group (EBRG) Leadership Caucus

Brady Meeting Room

Join us at the EBRG Leadership Caucus to explore innovative strategies for meaningful information exchange and quality networking activities within Pan Asian American and other diverse Employee Business Resource Groups (EBRGs). This platform builds connection and camaraderie among peers from diverse industries. Through focused discussions on talent development and community engagement, anchored in professional development strategies and practices, attendees will gain insight on what new skills to acquire that would improve operational excellence and foster a welcoming and inclusive work environment.

3:30 pm – 5:45 pm

Prescheduled 1-on-1 Business Matchmaking - PM Session

Salon 2 & 3

Hundreds of meetings between diverse suppliers and buyers from corporate powerhouses, governments, large nonprofits and other diverse enterprises take place, facilitating business connections and lucrative procurement opportunities.

3:30 pm – 5:45 pm

Grow Together Connection Place

Salon 1, 4, 5, & 6

Diverse, and innovative suppliers and buyers across industries – showcase their products and services, connect with various industry partners and potential customers, advertise to a target market, create brand awareness, and make deals.

5:45 pm – 7:15 pm

Business Networking Reception Hosted by USPAACC Southeast Regional Chapter

Salon 1, 4, 5, & 6

Build connections with industry leaders and successful entrepreneurs and plant seeds for future opportunities. This is your chance to exchange ideas, learn new things, explore potential partnerships, and expand your network to fuel your success. Don't miss this opportunity to make a lasting impression and unlock new growth for your business!