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Issue: 1143 Date: 7/19/2012
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Asian American Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis Hosts Its First Speaker Series Seminar June 21, 2012 -
"How Small and Growing Businesses Can Leverage Technology"

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        July 7, 2012 (St. Louis) - The Asian American Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis ( http://aaccstl.org ) hosted its inaugural Breakfast Seminar Series & Networking Event, "How Small and Growing Businesses Can Leverage Technology," on June 21, 2012 at St. Louis-based architecture and design firm, Arcturis located at 720 Olive Blvd, Suite 200, St. Louis, Mo., 63101.

        The panelists discussed how technology need not be a burden or a confusing mix of products for and services for business owners to run their businesses more effectively. The attendees included over 30 entrepreneurs, and non-profit executives, and professionals interested in learning more on how to leverage technology to grow their businesses and agencies. The panel discussion was moderated by Simon Huang of SDH Solutions ( http://sdhsol.com ). The panel and included:

        * Nick Jiang, Arcturis ( http://arcturis.com )

       * Jeff Minnis, Jeff Computers ( http://jeffcomputers.com )

       * Ed Mayuga, AMM Communications LLC ( http://ammcommunications.com )

       * Rao Chilakala, Mayuri India Restaurant ( http://mayuri.com/stlouis   )

        The Arcturis break conference room provided the setting for the event and there was ample opportunity to network with other attendees both before and after the event. Huang moderated the event, which had the feel of a casual board room meeting and open forum. In addition to a few pre-planned questions, Huang also encouraged questions from the audience.

        Questions centered on technology implementation, social media marketing, and cost reduction strategies. Chilakala demonstrated how he uses remote cameras in his three Mayuri restaurants to monitor the activities of his staff and patrons via his iPad tablet. Minnis discussed how using multiple monitors can significantly increase individual productivity of desktop based employees. Mayuga discussed how entrepreneurs can use Google apps and social media applications to market their products and services 24/7.

        Jiang, the IT Manager of Arcturis and AACC Board Member, served as host of the event and provided insight on the "thin client" technology he implemented to reduce costs for the firm. A thin client is a computer that depends heavily on some other computer (its server) to fulfill its traditional computational role, and costs much less to purchase and operate. After the seminar, Jiang also provided a tour of the beautiful Arcturis facility and answered questions about technology implementation. In all, there was positive feedback received from all attendees and the Chamber was able to recruit new members.Overall, the event provided a great opportunity for networking and continuing education for the Asian American business community, and the AACC looks forward to hosting future Breakfast Seminars.

        Founded in 2012, the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis (AACC) seeks to become the umbrella organization for all Asian Americans businesses and organizations in the St. Louis Metropolitan Region. Specifically, it aims to be the portal for the broader St. Louis community to the St. Louis Asian American community, and serve as the representative for Asian American businesses and professionals of all ethnicities. To learn more, please visit  http://aaccstl.org .

 

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