2018 Economic Summit

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Name: 2018 Economic Summit
Date: December 20, 2018
Time: 10:30 AM - 10:30 AM EST
Website: www.aacg.org
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
AACG Economic Summit 2018
Event Description:

AACG Welcomes You To The 7th Annual Economic Summit.
This year's theme is expanding your business on a global scale. Learn skills to expand your business regionally and globally. 
Join our expert panelists as they discuss:

  • Resources availalbe from state and local agencies to foster business growth
  • International Opportunities - Learn about opportunites in Japan and Indonesia
  • Learn about opporunties for diverse owned business with Fortune 500 companies and state, and local agencie
Featured speakers:
  • Ohio Lt. Governor-Elect, Jon Husted
  • Derek Kan, Under Secretary, US Department of Transportation
  • Dr. Frederic Bertley, CEO COSI
  • Kenny McDonald, CEO, Columbus 2020
  • Jai Chaibra, Fox News contributor & Managing Director, Mercury LLC
  • Jeffrey Johnson, Minority Business Development Chief, Ohio Development Services Agency
  • Karmin Bailey, Supplier Diversity, John Glenn International Airport
  • Terry Bolden, Adminstrator, Office of Outreach, Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Damita Brown, Interim Chief Diversity Officer, City of Columbus,
  • Adrian Taylor, Director of Diversity, Premier Health
  • Sandeep Chakravorty, Consul General India
  • Tsutomu Nakagawa, Consul General Japan
  • Rosmalawati Chalid, Consul General Indonesia
  • Gina Jamoralin, Consul General Philippines

Business exhibits open at 10:30 a.m. The main conference is from 11:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m., followed by a business networking reception from 4:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

The purpose of the Summit is to educate entrepreneurs on the government and corporate level programs benefitting minority-owned businesses. This is an inclusive event, marketed to all members of the local business community including Asian-Americans, women, veterans, service-disabled, LGBT, and other communities.

AACG recently obtained its 501c3 status with a mission that states: the Asian American Commerce Group fosters the advancement and creation of synergy among the Asian American business community and its supporters through business networking, education, and inclusion.

Event Sponsors:
  • Kent State University
  • Z Promotions
  • Ohio Development Services Agency
COSI - Center of Science and Industry
333 W. Broad Street
Columbus, OH, 43215
Date/Time Information:


10:30 Business exhibits open
11:00 Registration Opens
11:30 Buffet Lunch Provided & Networking


Dr. Joy Kouns-Lewis, Vice President- Asian American Commerce Group

Special Remarks 

Dr. Frederic Bertley, CEO - COSI

Keynote Speakers
Jai Chabria, Fox News Contributor, Former Advisor to Governor Kasich, & Managing Director - Mercury LLC

Derek Kan, Under Secretary of Transportation - US Department of Transportation

1:00 Supplier Diversity Leadership Panel - Learn of Opportunities for Minority and Female Owned Businesses from Central Ohio's largest procurers of services.

Karmin Bailey, Manager of Business Diversity Columbus Regional Airport Authority 
Terry Bolden, 
Administrator, Office of Outreach Ohio Department of Transportation
Damita Brown, 
Interim Chief Diversity Officer - City of Columbus
Adrian Taylor. Director of Diversity - Premier Health Government Leadership Panel


Resources Leadership Panel - Learn resources to grow your business globally. 

  • Jeffrey Johnson, Minority Business Development Chief,Ohio Development Services Agency
  • Kenny McDonald,CEO-Columbus 2020

Going Global-Insights on How To Expand Your Business In Asia  

  • Tsutomu Nakagawa, Consul General of Japan-Detroit - Government of Japan
  • Sandeep Chakravorty, Consul General of India - New York
  • Dr. Gina Jamoralin, Consul General of Philippines - Chicago - Government of the Philippines
  • Rosmalawati Chalid, Minister Counsellor for Economic Affairs - Government of Indonesia


Network Reception With Newly Elected Officials. 

Meet Your Newly Elected State and Local Officials.

Lt. Governor Jon Husted

Welcome by Shyam Rajadhyaksha - AACG President

Special Guest
Chief of Police Heinz von Eckartsberg
City of Dublin

Contact Information:
For more information on sponsorships or exhibitions, please contact: Shyam Rajadhyaksha
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