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OCA Announces Entrepreneur Empowerment Training Participants for Fall 2007
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OCA Announces Entrepreneur Empowerment Training Participants for Fall 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
6 September 2007

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

New scholarship program will help 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, congratulates the area APA entrepreneurs selected to participate in the Entrepreneur Empowerment Training program.  The participants were selected based on the strength of their business ideas and the degree of preparation and research they demonstrated through the application.

"The Entrepreneur Empowerment Training will help members of the OCA and APA communities get started on the path to financial independence,” said Michael Lin, OCA Executive Director, "We are proud to offer this exciting new program to APA entrepreneurs in the DC metro area, and are excited to announce that, in partnership with the Association of Women’s Business Centers, and with the generous support of State Farm®, we are planning to expand the program to New York City and Chicago in the spring of 2008.” 

"The tradition of independent family businesses in the APA community is strong, and business ownership is a dream of many APAs,” said Leslie Moe-Kaiser, Corporate Relations Manager, State Farm®, "State Farm®’s mission is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected and realize their dreams. We are proud to sponsor this program which contributes to the financial strength of the APA community.”

This fall’s EET session will be held at the Women’s Business Center of Northern Virginia, a member of the AWBC.  The entrepreneurs participating in the fall 2007 session are: Jack Ding, Thoria Hassan, Peter Ho, Cynthia Kim, Lily Liang, Paula Lin, Qiang Lu, Wenyao Shi, Michael Sun, Jeffery Wu, and Anthony Yan.

"The EET is an intensive 15-week course covering the essential skills needed to start or grow a business.  We cover what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur - how to develop a business concept, how to find funding for a start-up, how to manage a business, and other financial and operational basics for entrepreneurs,” said Barb Wrigley, Executive Director, Women’s Business Center of Northern Virginia, "We look forward to helping the EET entrepreneurs work towards their dreams this fall.”

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