Thursday, November 5 | 9 AM - 5 PM PST

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Business has changed. Life has changed.
To survive – and thrive – we must SHIFT the way we do things.

Join us for ABAOC’s most anticipated marquee event — the ABAOC BizCon: Business Convention. Continuing with the excellence of last year’s event, we have brought back several elements to the program that are sure to provide great value to business owners and professionals seeking to transform their business. The program proper features a fascinating panel of speakers, set against the backdrop of our Business Expo.

BIZCON 2019 RECAP

Sponsor Representatives

 
Greg McKeown
Vaughn M. Williams III
Supplier Diversity Program Manager
SoCalGas Company

Vaughn is responsible for ensuring the advancement of small, minority and underrepresented businesses. This position coincides with his passion of service and economic development. Previously he served as Category Manager for Southern California Gas Company (A Division of Sempra Energy), where his responsibilities included management of all staff augmentation, contracts negotiation and management, fostering long-term client relationships in the areas of engineering, environmental, food services and Human Resources. Prior to assuming this role, Vaughn worked as the On-Site Client Services Manager (Sempra Energy Utilities) under the auspices of Agile-1.
Greg McKeown
Michael Herrera
Program Manager for Supplier Diversity and Development
Southern California Edison

Michael Herrera is the Program Manager for the Supplier Diversity and Development department at Southern California Edison (SCE). He is responsible for managing all aspects of the company’s compliance with applicable rules, regulations and public laws related to small and diverse business procurement. This includes managing strategies, programs and goals that facilitate the ongoing inclusion and growth of small and diverse business enterprises.
Prior to his current role, Michael was a Category Management Advisor for Supply Management at Southern California Gas Company and San Diego Gas & Electric. Over his professional career, he has led large cross-functional project teams, managed multi-million dollar budgets, negotiated large settlements agreements, led the execution of strategic sourcing efforts in addition to other contract management activities and also worked for a small Woman-Owned General Contractor out of Orange County, CA. Michael also serves on the Corporate Advisory Boards of several non-profits that target both the Asian and Women business community.
 

AGENDA

November 5 | 9 AM to 3 PM

 

 

9:00 AM – Welcome Remarks
9:15 AM – Keynote
10:00 AM – Diversity and Procurement Panel
11:00 AM – Inspirational Women Panel
12:00 Noon – Business Matchmaking
12-3 PM – Networking Lounge/Vendor Exhibits

 

EXHIBITOR LIST
TBA

ON-DEMAND CONTENT
TBA

OUR SPONSORS

Frequently Asked Questions

This is an online event. You do not have to travel to any specific location. You can participate anywhere you have Internet access. The event is accessible from desktop, mobile and tablet.
Yes, you’ll need to register for this online event. Registrations ends November 2. Once registered, you’ll receive an email confirming your registration for the event.
Attendees, speakers and exhibitors have every opportunity to engage. On event day, you can start a conversation in real time via our live Q&A sessions in the Main Stage, our live chat functionality on booths and in our lounge for networking. Engage with exhibitors via text, audio, or video chat. After the event, the platform will still be fully accessible for 30 days.
ABAOC BizCon is a B2B and B2C event, offering attendees an insight into Asian American businesses and professionals that they will not get anywhere else this year, due to the cancellation of physical events caused by COVID-19. Businesses can reconnect with contacts and make new connections, close deals and market new opportunities to people around the world, all from the base of a single office desk or work-from-home set up. Whether you're a Founder, CEO or Professional, this event is for all!
Yes! There is no time zone that ABAOC BizCon can’t be accessed from. The live event, taking place Thursday, November 5, 2020, will be between 9 AM and 3 PM PST. But you can login and enjoy the experience at any time, from anywhere!
Upon registration, exhibitors will have access to view who has visited their booth and shown interest so they can follow up after the event. Your email will also be shared with our event partners to provide you with valuable information. But don't worry, you can always unsubscribe!
ABAOC BizCon is a virtual online event organized by the Asian Business Association Orange County in collaboration with our Title Sponsors SoCalGas and Southern California Edison, and with the support of our various event sponsors and community partner organizations.
We have Exhibitor and Sponsorship opportunities available for corporate partners, community based organizations and business owners. All applications are subject to approval.
Yes. Like any physical event, we will have a swag bag for you! You can add all of the documents available to the online swag bag in your account and then email them to yourself or share items with colleagues by simply entering their email.
You’ll be able to live-chat from 9 AM - 3 PM with other attendees, exhibitors, speakers and corporate representatives upon confirmation of acceptance by both parties.
The conference opens at 9 AM PST on November 5, 2020. You can access the event for up to 30 days after the event has ended until December 5, 2020.
While there is a wealth of content available after the event, the opportunity to connect and engage and ask questions in real time at the event is a benefit that cannot be understated. Even just listening to the conversations between others can give you great insights to your own questions.
Your log in is the email address and password you created when you registered.
Yes, you can log-in and log-out multiple times a day, as required.
Yes — you can access the platform from anywhere while on the go, as long as you have a good internet connection.
No. You do not need to download or install any software to participate. You only need to have access to the internet. No webcam required.
We recommend Chrome and Firefox.
Send an email to tech@vfairs.com if you have trouble logging in. If you are logged into the event, visit the Information Desk and click on Tech Support.
Please contact the ABAOC Office Manager at officemanager@abaoc.org
We will publish the list of exhibitors closer to the event start date. We’re adding to our exhibitors list every day and we are delighted to also have great community partners on board too! There is no limit to the kind of businesses ABAOC BizCon can host.
Exhibitors must set up their own virtual booth. The steps to complete your booth will be outlined to you in an exhibitor pack, which will be circulated about a month before the first live event. You can then optimize your virtual space with interactive features such as videos, presentations, infographics, data, and price lists, which visitors to your virtual space may view or download. Chat with potential clients, run promotions, competitions and more. Link it all back to your home base if you want to, like to your site or socials.
We have booths available in the exhibition halls for a fraction of the price of exhibiting at a physical expo. You can also forget about the travel / accommodation and staffing costs that come with setting up in an exhibition center. All exhibitors will be screened for approval to ensure they are the right fit for the event. No multi-level and direct marketing companies please.
Yes — when a visitor to your virtual space has shown a significant interest in your business, you will be able to receive their details so that you can follow up with them after the live event closes. This data will come from us and will be bespoke per exhibitor. For more information on how and why we do this, click here to read our privacy policy.
Visitors can purchase products, watch videos, presentations, download catalogues, brochures, and technical specifications as well as read reviews and request further information. We recommend you have at least one active member of your team online from 9 AM - 3 PM PST to monitor the live chat and connectivity to your social media, to get the most from your experience.
Yes — on event day you will be able to see questions from visitors and respond to them in real time. You may engage in conversations via telephone, messaging, or video conferencing.

BIZMATCH

BizMatch is the opportunity for qualified small, minorityand Veteran owned to be matched-up and interview with prospective public/private sector "buyers" during the "BizMatch" strategic matchmaking sessions. This is a great opportunity for any business to establish a direct-line channel to doing business at the corporate and government level.

If you are interested in participating in our BIZMatch event please fill out our quick form and someone from our team will get back to you shortly.

To participate in BizMatch, please fill in your details and an ABAOC representative will contact you shortly.