from the desk of APACC Executive Director Alysia R. Green, cBSP
February 2018
Dear APACC Sponsors, Members and Friends,  

Welcome to the frozen Tundra also known as Michigan in February! Culturally, we celebrate the Chinese New Year on February 16 as we enter the Year of the Dog. We also salute and celebrate Black History Month.

Wow, despite the cold weather last month, APACC was very busy at events! We kicked off January by partnering with three other chamber accomplices, I mean, colleagues: Greater Farmington, Livonia and Novi for a Neighborly Networking event. We had approximately 200 attendees on a cold, snowy January evening enjoying warm business connections and conversations.  

Next, I was able to attend Wayne State University’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute. The keynote speaker was the former U.S. Attorney General, Loretta Lynch and moderated by Channel 4’s Kimberly Gill.  

APACC’s NAIAS activities started with Board Chair, Grace Lee and I attending Governor Snyder’s China Auto Reception, followed by a DENSO Supplier Diversity BBQ Luncheon and AutoShow Preview and I attended the Charity Preview.  

January ended as it was a privilege and honor to be recognized as the Small Business Advocate of the Year by the Crescent Educational Foundation of Detroit. Ned Staebler, President & CEO of TechTown was the inspiring keynote speaker. Congratulations to the other honorees!

I hope you can join us at next month's 15th Annual East-West Business Connection on March 8 and if you haven't already picked up your gown/tux or ethnic attire for our gala on April 28 at MGM Grand Detroit, you can RSVP or better yet become a sponsor now!

Lastly, just remember Spring begins next month!

Upcoming APACC Events
Companies confirmed for 2018 East-West as of 2/9/18:
Aptiv, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Comerica Bank, Consumers Energy, DENSO International America, Inc., Detroit Tigers, DTE Energy, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Federal-Mogul Corporation, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Flex-N-Gate, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Grand Valley State University (GVSU), Hella, Henry Ford Health System (HFHS), Hi-Lex of America, Honda North America, Inc., Lear Corporation, Magna International, Michigan State University (MSU), Nissan North America, Inc., NS International, PNC Bank, State of Michigan, The Auto Club Group (AAA), Toyoda Gosei North America, Toyota, U.S. Small Business Administration - Michigan District Office, Valeo North America, Wayne State University (WSU), Yazaki North America, Inc. and ZF TRW.

Where has APACC been?
APACC Gala Planning Committee Meeting
Friday, January 5, 2018
APACC Office, Farmington Hills, MI
Neighborly Networking
Hosted by: APACC, Greater Farmington Hills Area,
Livonia & Novi Chambers of Commerce
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
The Novi Sheraton, Novi, MI
Wayne State University (WSU) Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute
Friday, January 12, 2018
Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), Detroit, MI
DENSO Supplier Diversity BBQ Luncheon & Autoshow Preview
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Red Smokes BBQ & Cobo Center, Detroit, MI
NAIAS Charity Preview
Friday, January 19, 2018
Cobo Center, Detroit, MI
Crescent Education Foundation
Entrepreneur of the Year Award Luncheon
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Grosse Pointe War Memorial, MI
Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital 
State of the Hospital Address
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, MI
Governor's China Reception
Monday, January 15, 2018
Cobo Center, Detroit, MI

That's My Cup of Tea!
Women's Business Enterprise Council - Great Lakes is proud to host the 2018 WBENC National Conference & Business Fair in Detroit on June 19 - 21, 2018! As the host council, we want to showcase our members, partners and region.

The National Conference & Business Fair is the largest conference of its kind for women business owners in the U.S. Attended by Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs); senior executives and procurement representatives from the Fortune 500 and the U.S. Government; this is a prime opportunity to accelerate your business growth.

MMSDC's MMPC Registration Now Live

The e-show registration site is now live! If you have not already purchased your booth or sponsorship, be sure to visit the site and register now. All booths and sponsorship are on a first come basis. If you have any questions about booths or sponsorships please contact Soo Karber at 

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Government Contracting 101
March 15, 2018 - Ann Arbor
Find out what it takes to sell your goods and services to the federal government and the State of Michigan.

What does it take to become a successful government contractor? What services and resources are available to a small business pursuing the government market?

If your company has been considering the field of government contracting, this seminar will give you the insight you need.

2018 Splendor of the East "Battle of the Stars" A Michigan Got Talent Show Casting Call
Proudly presented by the Council of Asian Pacific Americans & Sponsors

Deadline of Entries:
February 28, 2018 
Preliminary Video Submission 

Pre-selected of Finalist:
March, 2018 
Live auditions. Must attend to be selected.

Final Battle:
May 12, 2018
1st Prize $1000