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Asian Americans for Obama - Seattle

White House AAPI Initiative to Hold Entrepreneurship and Small Business Summit on Jan. 7 in Silicon Valley

U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will keynote a Jan. 7, 2011, summit on entrepreneurship and small business growth in Mountain View, Calif., sponsored by the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

President’s Advisory Commissioner Dilawar Syed (in photo) will lead this gathering, the first in a series of economic summits to be conducted by the White House AAPI Initiative in order to raise awareness of the Administration’s efforts to encourage entrepreneurs and small businesses to drive economic growth.

The Summit is free of charge, but registration is required. Add yourself to the Facebook event.

Below is the initial descriptions of the panels and sessions.

One Week Left!

Just one week left in this campaign and the energy is infectious! Our modest little office is now filled with volunteers on a daily basis, making phone calls and knocking on doors. Ever since Early Voting began a couple weeks ago, our operations are surprisingly smooth and streamlined, despite the records we break on a daily basis. The enthusiasm of our volunteers and interns keeps rising, and Karl Rove’s new attack ad only motivates our staff to work even harder. News articles are written about our plucky campaign on a daily basis and the Sacramento Bee visited us last Saturday. Our campaign office was packed with volunteers and interns, many of whom had no idea that it would be such a momentous occasion. Dr. Bera delivered another stirring speech to get our volunteers fired up and ready to go!

One Week Left!

Today was my birthday and I could not imagine a better way to celebrate than spending a fulfilling day in our campaign office. I am not joking. It is a core life principle of mine to make an impact on the world and every day I spend here on the campaign, I feel like I am contributing to a greater cause that could have incredible ramifications on our country. 15 hours a day goes by pretty quickly and there is nothing to complain about because I know that every vote counts. Every volunteer or intern that I can recruit to our office will be responsible for getting many more votes for Dr. Ami Bera and it is this multiplying effect that attracted me towards the field campaign. I used to be an apathetic, cynical non-voter who believed that my sole vote meant nothing. However, when I realized that I could be responsible for getting many more votes through my active involvement, I knew it was important for me to assume a leadership role.


Asian American, Bilingual Attorneys & Law Students: Let’s Protect Our Community’s Vote!

Voting can be an intimidating experience for Americans with limited English proficiency, who may face discrimination and disenfranchisement. Attorneys and law students with language skills can help protect the vote at the polls on Election Day, by signing up at:

If you are interested in helping with limited English proficient and Asian American and Pacific Islander voters, please write “AAPI VP Task Force” in the “other” category after the language selection.


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