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Meet the Experts: APA Business Development Clinic

The OCA Asian Pacific American (APA) Business Development Clinic will provide an opportunity for both emerging and established entrepreneurs to tap the advice of the experts in legal issues, finance, and marketing, including supplier diversity in a group of 15 to 20.  Those who complete this track not only would have accessed hundreds of dollar worth of free expert advice, but will earn a certificate of completion in business development. 

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Turning Challenges to Opportunities in the 21st Century: Business Birth, Growth, and Wealth

John Tinpe has been the Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner of the Single Member District 2C01 since January 2013. Prior to that, he served as Commissioner on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs from 1999 to 2013, including the position of Chair, from 2001 to 2007. He has held Board member positions as Directors at Chinatown Cultural Center, President of Chi-Am Lions Club, Board member of AQUA, and Board member of Miss DC/America Pageant. He is the recipient of the APIA Heritage Award, Allied Building Community Award and Kennedy King Award. He is a graduate of Bucknell University and has been a resident of Washington, DC since 1991. He is a small business owner, Burma Restaurant, in Chinatown. For leisure he enjoys Dragon Boat racing. He also worked at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as Supernumerary in various Opera and ballet performances.

Financing the Growth of Your Business

George Mui is a Global Business Consultant for the Global Business Unit of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA).  As a global strategist, he provides business consulting services for minority businesses in the area of international business development and strategy with a keen focus on domestic and international partnerships that provide access to global markets. Leveraging his extensive background, George also facilitates several industry-specific networking groups and serves as the Asian American business Liaison.  George is also a community volunteer with strong focus on Asian American advocacy.

Since joining MBDA in 2008, George has successfully created and implemented the "Access to the Global Economy” program that provides formal training, export resources, and global contacts to minority business owners across the country.  In 2010, George received the MBDA National Director Award for his innovative programs. In 2011, George received the "Impact Award” from the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council for his advocacy for minority business enterprises. George is recognized as the expert is global business development and is currently serving on the City of Chicago Office of New Americans to develop a Strategy for Global Economic Development.

Prior to joining MBDA, George Mui served as SBA’s Small Business Development Center Director at the Asian American Alliance where he provided consulting services to small businesses. He was also the president of New World Connections, Inc., an independent consulting company specializing in international business development and professional training He completed a successful career at Lucent Technology that spanned 19 years as a software engineer, network architect, project manager, and finally as the Product Management and Marketing Director in the Data Communication Unit where he grew his business unit from 120 million to 400 million in 3 years.

George is a community advocate with special focus on Asian American advocacy. He serves of the OCA National Board and the OCA-Chicago board of directors. He has just completed two successful years as the OCA-Chicago Chapter president. Under his leadership, he initiated the OCA-Scholarship fund, OCA-Chicago Mentoring for Asian American Professionals, and the Asian American Business Expo, all are first in Chicago. He has also started the Asian American Executive Network – a national wide advocacy group Asian American professionals and entrepreneurs. George has been inducted to the Asian American Hall of Fame in Chicago for his community services.

George has a Master and a Bachelor degree in Computer Sciences from The Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, IL. He also completed two Executive Education programs at Stanford University.  


Lisa Lee is Facebook's diversity program manager and chairs the company's Asian American Pacific Islander Employee Resource Group. Outside of Facebook, Lisa has dedicated her time to numerous causes in the Asian American communities and issues facing girls and women. 

From 2008 - 2011 she served as the pro bono publisher of Hyphen magazine (, an award-winning publication and website that covers Asian American arts, culture, and politics. In February 2011, Lisa co-founded Thick Dumpling Skin (, a community forum dedicated to discussing body image issues and eating disorders in the Asian American community. The site was picked by Audrey Magazine as one of the best blogs of 2011 and the duo was profiled in the April 2013 issue of Marie Claire in an article titled "The New Change Agents.”

During her spare time, she serves as the communications co-chair for The National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum San Francisco Bay Area chapter and sits on the board of Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality. A graduate of UC Berkeley, Lisa was listed on Angry Asian Man's list of 30 Most Influential Asian Americans under 30 in 2009 and is the recipient of the 2011 San Francisco Emerging Leader Asian American Heritage Award. 

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