EDGE Workshops Recap

Posted on August 9, 2017 by - News, Uncategorized

On Tuesday, July 25, 2017, The California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce (CalAsian Chamber) hosted three EDGE Workshops in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. The Southwest Region Small Business Resource Center (SBTRC) completed extensive outreach to all small businesses and disadvantaged small business within the Los Angeles area. The workshops focused on giving our small businesses interactive presentations on understanding contracts, the negotiation process, managing their contracts once awarded and preparing to go after government and utilities contracts.

A testimony from a participant of the workshop, “I was not expecting this workshop was going to be active like this, and I was impressed how fun it was.” – Anonymous 

The presenters provided by Southern California Edison shared engaging presentations on why it is important for small business owners to understand their contracts. Attendees were engaged on how contracts are formed, what makes contracts invalid, understanding project management and contracting with governmental agencies.  The presenters included Eldonna Lewis Fernandez (CEO of Dynamic Vision International Inc.), Rene Cota (President of CMG Alliance) and Don Martinez (President of Domar Companies).

The workshops consisted of three separate presentations; “Contracts 101,” “How to Prepare for Post Award Management and Contract Negotiations,” and “How to Prepare for Utilities and Government Contracts.”

USDA’s Veteran Farmers Outreach Event Recap

Posted on August 7, 2017 by - Chamber Blog, News

Over 25 agencies and organizations came together on Monday, July 31st, to attend the USDA’s Veteran Farmers Outreach event in Elk Grove. This event was designed to provide Veteran farmers with the information about all the resources available to help them establish and grow their farming business.


Featured speakers included David Castaneda from the Small Business Administration, Martin Carrillo from the Farmer Veteran Coalition and Matthew Ceccato from the Office of Congressman Ami Bera. Mr. Castaneda talked to attendees about the SBA’s free programs, like classes, individual business consulting meetings and assistance with securing federal loans for business expansion. Ms. Emily Schmidt from (VFC) and Mr. Ceccato reassured their commitment to aid veterans in the agriculture industry with their programs, fellowships and resources. Lastly, Mr. Carrillo, a Sacramento County Farmer, shared his experience of growing his business with the federal programs accessible to him.
The speakers also emphasized an uplifting, key theme throughout the event: Veterans have the best qualities to become farmers, as they are resilient, hardworking and unwavering. After the talks, CalAsian Chamber of Commerce connected with the other organizations that assist veterans, their families and their businesses. Overall, it was a meaningful occasion to be part of.

Cannabis Talks: A Statewide Perspective

Posted on July 25, 2017 by - Chamber Blog, News

Thank you to everyone who attended Cannabis Talks: A Statewide Perspective! We were excited to see over 120 people attend the event on July 17, 2017 at the University of Pacific – Sacramento campus.

The discussion was moderated by Rob Fong of RKF Consulting.

Panelists for the event included:

  • Lori Ajax – Chief of the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation, State of California
  • Amber Morris – Branch Chief, CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing, California Department of Food and Agriculture
  • Dr. Asif Maan, Ph.D. — Chief, Office of Manufactured Cannabis Safety, California Department of Public Health
  • Gabriel Garcia  Senior Counsel, Cannabis Law, Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard
  • Lindsay Robinson  Executive Director, California Cannabis Industry Association


The second event in the Cannabis Talks series discussed the latest updates on the State regulations and the impact to the emerging cannabis industry. The panel discussed the recent activities and status of the Governor’s Cannabis Trailer Bill, SB 94.



After the discussion, event attendees has the opportunity to engage in the conversation by asking the panel questions and networking with sponsors, other attendees, and the panelists.


We would like to thank our sponsors for their support:

We would also like to thank the University of the Pacific for providing the space to host our event.

To view more photos from the event click here.

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