Upcoming Events

The Coach Approach
with Saori Choulos

In today’s dynamic business environment, coaching is a key skill for effective leadership. Whether you’re a small business owner, a manager, or an emerging leader, mastering coaching skills can greatly enhance your ability to unlock your team's potential, streamline your workload by empowering others, and strengthen your professional relationships. Hosted by the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce and the Sacramento MBDA Business Center, funded in part though a grant with the California Office of the Small Business Advocate.

Who Should Attend:

  • Aspiring Leaders: Integrate effective coaching techniques to enhance autonomy and efficacy within your team or clients.
  • Current Practitioners: Advance your coaching skills with new strategies and insights to deepen your leadership impact.
  • People Developers: Explore coaching as a transformative approach distinct from training or mentoring.
  • Communication Enhancers: Elevate your listening and questioning skills to forge stronger connections.
  • Curious Learners: Anyone interested in exploring coaching principles and their application in real-world scenarios.

Join us to discover how the Coach Approach can transform your leadership style, enabling you to lead with empowerment and respect. Embark on this journey of personal and professional growth to become the transformative leader you aspire to be.

SPEAKER INFO: Saori Choulos
  • Experience as an ICF-credentialed executive coach - the gold-standard of professional coaching. I have led my own coaching practice for 7 years and serve as an internal executive coach at GEICO for the past 3 years.
  • 20+ years of practical management and leadership experience across corporate, non-profit, and government environments in the areas of business development, client administration, relationship management, and strategic partnerships.
  • 10+ years of community leadership serving on boards and leading efforts around workforce development, leadership development, and mentoring young professionals.
  • Many personal hats. As a forever mom, I do my best to grow as a mother, as well as a friend, writer, partner, daughter, sister, traveler, and coach. I believe that integrating our fullness allows us to live purposefully.

Here are the details:

Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm (PST)
Location: Virtual / Zoom Meeting
Series Start: May 23rd, 2024

Meeting weekly, this interactive five-part series will cover the following:

*Register separately for each week. Video camera is suggested for group engagement, but not required.

For any questions about this webinar, please contact

Business Funding Essentials Webinar Series

Are you a small business owner grappling with the challenges of growth and funding? Join us for the Business Funding Essentials Webinar Series, tailored specifically for early-stage entrepreneurs. Hosted by the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Transportation Resource Center, the Sacramento MBDA Business Center, and funded in part through a grant with the California Office of the Small Business Advocate.

This series is your guide to mastering the fundamentals of business finance—from conceptualizing profitable ideas to understanding the nuances of financial statements.

Why You Should Attend:

  • Develop Profitable Business Concepts: Dive deep into strategies for identifying and refining business ideas that promise success.
  • Create Lender-Ready Plans: Learn how to prepare your business to meet the stringent requirements of financial institutions.
  • Understand Financial Statements: Enhance your financial literacy to better manage your business and impress potential lenders.

Our Objective: Our goal is to equip you with the essential tools and knowledge to confidently apply for and secure funding. This series provides actionable strategies and practical advice aimed at laying a solid foundation for your business's financial health.

Paul Bozzo's background blends over 25 years of professional experience in start-up strategy, business planning, angel/VC financing, SBA lending and crowdfunding. Paul’s specialty is working with entrepreneurial ventures to refine their business model, create an investment-driven business plan and prepare an effective funding pitch. He also advises CEOs and founding teams on these common start-up issues: legal entity selection, equity financing structures, financial forecasting and exit strategies. 

Here are the details:
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm (PST)
Location: Virtual / Zoom Webinar
Series Start: May 14th, 2024

Register Here

Session #1 - Creating a Lender-Ready Business Plan - May 14
Kickstart your entrepreneurial journey by learning to craft a business plan that stands out to lenders. This session will cover modern business planning best practices that enhance your chances of securing the necessary startup or expansion funding.

Session #2 - Legal Entities, Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights - May 21
Navigate the essentials of forming your business with an introduction to corporations, LLCs, and other structures. We'll also explore how to protect your business assets through patents, copyrights, and trademarks, securing your innovative ideas and products.

Session #3 - Optimizing Personal and Business Credit for Lenders - May 28
Unravel the complexities of both personal and business credit. Understanding these can be the key to opening doors with lenders and securing the funding you need.

Session #4 - Understanding Small Business Financial Statements - June 4
Demystify financial documents such as income statements, balance sheets, and cash flow statements. Learn how these tools can guide better financial decisions and strengthen your business's financial health.

Session #5 - Improving Cash Flow & Projections for Lenders - June 11
Improve your business’s cash flow management and learn to project your finances accurately for lenders, an essential skill for maintaining liquidity and funding growth.

Session #6 - Popular Funding Options for Small Business - June 18
Discover the most effective funding avenues for your business, from SBA loans and microlending to equity funding and crowdfunding. Understand what makes each option unique and how to leverage them for your startup or expansion.

Session #7 - Secrets to Building a Successful Funding Pitch - June 25
Your ability to secure funding often hinges on your pitch. Gain insights into crafting compelling funding presentations that resonate with potential investors and lenders.

For any questions about this webinar, please contact

QuickBooks Workshop: Accounting Preparation for Taxes


Struggling with accounting and preparing your taxes? Join us for a hands-on workshop where you'll learn how to use QuickBooks to streamline your accounting and prepare for tax season like a pro!

Hosted by the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce, the San Joaquin Small Business Development Center, and the Sacramento MBDA Business Center.

Whether you're a small business owner or a freelancer, this event is perfect for anyone looking to simplify their financial management. Our expert instructor, Pablo Gomez, will guide you through the ins and outs of QuickBooks, helping you gain confidence in handling your finances.

In this interactive workshop, you'll learn how to set up your QuickBooks, and properly prepare in time for the next tax season. Pablo will guide you through:

  • Setting Up Your: Get your financial foundation solidly in place.
  • Optimizing Bookkeeping Practices: Streamline your accounting processes to improve accuracy and efficiency.
  • Preparing for Tax Season: Learn strategies to manage your finances and ensure you are fully prepared for tax filings.

Why You Should Attend:

  • Master Financial Management: Develop the skills needed to effectively track and manage your business finances.
  • Boost QuickBooks Proficiency: Learn how to utilize QuickBooks to its full potential, reducing errors and saving time during tax season.
  • Receive Tailored Advice: Gain insights and strategies specifically designed for small businesses to improve financial operations and tax compliance.

Pablo Gomez is a Small Business Advisor with the SBDC, boasting 5 years of advising experience and 7 years in healthcare business compliance. He holds an MBA from CSU East Bay and is a certified business analyst from the Project Management Institute. Pablo is deeply involved in Corporate Finance research and is passionate about financing, marketing, and business plan development. His expertise also covers SEO, social media, and providing start-up guidance. Pablo is committed to hard work and delivering solutions that help others achieve their dreams.

Here are the details:
Date: June 21, 2024
Time: 10 AM - 11 AM PST
Location: 2125 19th St suite 220

Register Here

Don't miss out on this opportunity to boost your accounting skills and set yourself up for success!

Coffee and Refreshments will provided. Don't forget to bring your laptop!

For any questions about this webinar, please contact

Partner Events:

2024 AAPI Night Market

Get ready to experience the excitement of the #AAPINightMarket! Join us on Friday, May 31st to kick off the summer with delicious food, unique local vendors, and live performances by TOKiMONSTA, P-Lo, and more.

Don't miss out – grab your tickets now at!

Date: Friday, May 31, 2024 at 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: Downtown Sacramento: Capitol Mall between 3rd and 6th Streets
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2024 Minority Women Lead Pitch Competition

Deadline to Apply: June 10th, 2024!

We are thrilled to announce that the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce and National ACE have launched the 2024 Minority Women Lead Pitch Competition Application! This event is a celebration of visionary minority women entrepreneurs and provides a platform for them to showcase their talents and innovations. Apply to be a part of the top five innovative entrepreneurs that will be recognized and rewarded in our nationwide pitch competition!

Applications to present pitches at the live competition are now open until June 10th at 11:59 pm PST. We invite you to read through the eligibility criteria and apply.

Here are the key details:

Need support with your application? Complete our Client Interest Form to receive no-cost, one-on-one consulting to support your business, or to help you with your application.



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