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Deadline for OCA's Entrepreneur Empowerment Training August 15, 2007
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Deadline for OCA's Entrepreneur Empowerment Training August 15, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
24 July 2007

Contact: 
Hope Chu | Communications Manager 
202 223 5500 | hchu@ocanational.org

New scholarship program targets APA entrepreneurs in the DC metro area

Washington, DC – OCA, a national organization with 80 chapters and affiliates dedicated to ensuring social justice for Asian Pacific Americans, is proud to announce the launch of a new entrepreneurship training workshop series, the Entrepreneur Empowerment Training program. The training will help members of the OCA and APA communities get started on the path to financial independence.

The program is run with generous support from State Farm®, and in partnership with OCA’s Northern VA and DC chapters and the Association of Women’s Business Centers (AWBC), a national network of centers supporting entrepreneurial development.

"OCA is excited to be working with State Farm® and AWBC to provide this valuable workshop for our members,” said Michael Lin, OCA Executive Director, "We are confident that this program will help our members fulfill their goals of financial freedom and economic well-being.”

"This is an opportunity for APAs in the Washington DC metro area who are serious about starting a business, as well as entrepreneurs who are looking for ways to grow their businesses,” said Jack Hom, OCA-Northern Virginia President, "We’re looking for committed individuals who are ready to take their business or business idea to the next level. OCA, State Farm®, and AWBC are dedicated to helping APAs increase their contributions to the business community.”

The program is an intensive 15-week course covering the essential skills needed to start a business, from business plan development to financing a start up. Topics include what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur; how to research, develop and test a business concept; how to organize and manage a business; how to find funding for a start-up; and other financial and operational basics for entrepreneurs.

"The number of APA-owned businesses in the U.S. has grown significantly over the past decade, and we’ve seen similar growth in the DC metro area,” said Lily Qi, OCA-DC President, "With the Entrepreneur Empowerment Training, OCA, AWBC, and State Farm® are leading the APA community in supporting APA entrepreneurs.”

The first series of workshops will take place this fall and serve the DC metro area. Future programs are being planned for New York City and Chicago. Classes will be held at the Women’s Business Center of Northern Virginia in Springfield, VA.

The training is valued at $395.00. OCA, State Farm®, and AWBC have partnered to provide a limited number of full scholarships to accepted applicants. Applications for the DC area program are available online at http://www.ocanational.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=303&Itemid= and are due to Hope Chu by 15 August, 2007.


Questions or requests for applications can be directed to Hope Chu. 
Contact: hchu@ocanational.org or 202 223 5500

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