E-Newsletter | July 19, 2021


Request for Catering Proposals for Asian Chamber Annual Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards Dinner
The Asian Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its annual Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards Dinner on Saturday October 23 at the Lone Star Flight Museum. The dinner provided to our guests that evening will be a representation of upscale Asian cuisine.
We are seeking multiple catering vendors to provide a selection of ethnically and elegantly prepared Asian food, preferably one main course and one accompanying side dish. Food will be placed in stations. Vendor must be able to transport food safely, as well as provide current insurance and current health permits. All cooked items will need to be already made and vendor must provide all commercial equipment. Vendor should also be able to provide all heating and cooling equipment and small wares as needed to serve their items. Vendor must bring their own dollies, carts and holding containers for food.
Staffing requirement: 2 service personnel to serve the meals from your station
To submit a proposal, please provide the following:
  • Complete the attached Request for Proposal.
  • Please provide Asian menu options (1 entrée, 1 side dish) to feed 250 guests.
  • All necessary commercial equipment to cook, serve and hold food – please provide a list & photos
  • All necessary small wares (containers, tongs, knives, etc) to cook and hold food – please provide a list & photos
  • Vendor must be able to describe food transport process in writing
  • Vendor must note any special needs
  • Insurance requirements:
  • Commercial General Liability Insurance for $1,000,000.00, including blanket contractual liability.
  • Commercial Automobile Liability Insurance for owned, non-owned and hired vehicles
  • Workers’ Compensation Insurance as required by statute
  • Employers’ Liability Insurance
Added Insured for the following entities:
  • Asian Chamber of Commerce – Houston
  • Lone Star Flight Museum
  • Houston Event Planning Inc.
Deadline to submit proposal and supplemental information:
  • July 26, 2021 Now Extended to Friday Aug, 13.
  • Please contact Barbara Gallo at the Asian Chamber of Commerce at 713-782-7222 ext 1 or by email at [email protected]

Business Resources and Partner Events

FedEx E-Commerce Learning Lab

The FedEx E-Commerce Learning Lab helps women entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs of color sell online and scale their e-commerce through hands-on learning.
Looking for help improving your business e-commerce? Whether you’ve never built a website or you want to optimize your existing online sales, FedEx and AOF are here to help.
The FedEx E-Commerce Learning Lab is a multi-faceted program designed to help diverse small business owners, primarily women and people of color, who are looking to develop or expand their e-commerce operations as they continue to adapt their business models in the wake of COVID-19.
Have questions about the FedEx E-Commerce Learning Lab? Learn more and reach out to the program organizers here.
FedEx E-Commerce Learning Lab Components
If you’re ready to start selling your products online for the first time, FedEx and AOF have a great opportunity for you. This fall, 150 small business owners from across the country will be selected to join a cohort program that provides coaching and hands-on support for setting up a virtual store, marketing, customer service, order fulfillment, and more. Selected participants will receive:
  • Access to a four month, hands-on workshop series hosted by 37 Oaks
  • Exclusive access to e-commerce expert coaches
  • Fulfillment and shipping support through the 2021 holiday season
  • A $2,000 business grant to support e-commerce growth plans
Note: To apply for this opportunity, you must submit your most recent business tax returns, a copy of your photo identification, and a W9 at the time of application. All documents are required to be eligible for this opportunity. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Applications due on July 19 at 11:59 p.m. ET

SBDC Webinars

The SBDC hosts free, LIVE webinars every week, and has an extensive library of recorded webinars on small business tips and strategies – all presented by industry experts. See our list of webinars and register today! Register here:…

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Calling all minority-owned, woman-owned, veteran-owned and other diverse-owned small businesses. Lowe’s is teaming up again with Daymond John, star of ABC’s Shark Tank, to provide mentoring and networking opportunities to give your business the ultimate lift.
Apply for the opportunity to pitch to Lowe’s executives to land your product on or in stores.
Deadline: 11:59 p.m. PST on 7/30/21

USRCC’s 11th Annual Welcome OTC Reception 2021

Date: Tuesday, August 17th, 2021
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm CST
Venue: Hotel ZaZa, Fountain Room (5701 Main Street, Houston, TX)
The Offshore Technology Conference is the largest oil and gas sector trade show in the world.
The USRCC’s OTC Reception provides energy professionals the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas and opinions to advance scientific and technical knowledge for offshore resources and environmental matters.
The following industry executives will make their remarks during the OTC Reception 2021:
  • Thomas Schuessler, Senior Vice President, Global Upstream Conventionals, ExxonMobil;
  • Sandy Esslemont, President and CEO, Parker Drilling Company.
Link to the e-flyer:
In order to participate, it is essential to register using the link:
Registration will close by COB on Monday, August 16th, 2021.
“Pay at the Door” option will be available as well.

9th Annual Liftoff Houston

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The Fort Bend ISD Small Business Enterprise Program (SBEP) will host a virtual vendor workshop on Wednesday, July 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. The workshop is open to small businesses interested in doing business with the District.
Topics to be addressed at the workshop include:
The General Contractor/Subcontractor – “Construction Law,” Kenneth Stephens Jr. (Partner, Stephens Reed & Armstrong, PLLC)
Architect Insight – “Doing Business with FBISD,” Lina Sabouni (Principal in Charge, Auto Arch Architects)
Mastering the Maze of Small Business Forms – Jeanette Boleware, FBISD Small Business Coordinator
Upcoming 2018 Bond Project – Kamila Andrzejak, FBISD Design & Construction
Waste Management is launching Share the Green, an event designed to engage hundreds of women-owned businesses to advance female supplier diversity in the corporate supply chain. Selected women-owned businesses will be invited to participate in an educational incubator program with a potential opportunity to pitch their business ideas to corporations.