Airport hosting contract networking event for small, local businesses

Article by James Palen, The Daily Transcript

San Diego International Airport is hosting an event for small and local businesses to discuss business ventures with the airport, rental car companies and the new Rental Car Center’s third-party operator.

The "opportunity awareness" event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 28 at the McMillin Companies Event Center in Liberty Station. The airport said in a release that small and local business representatives can attend to learn about business opportunities at the new Rental Car Center, bonding and contract financing assistance, and certification as a disadvantaged business enterprise. They can also receive an industry outlook and learn about opportunities for contracting within the airport's Capital Improvement Projects plan.

Asian voter turnout rises

Photo & Article Courtesy of UT San Diego, David Garrick

District 6 race between two Asians boosts percentage far above citywide number

SAN DIEGO — Turnout spiked among Asian voters in last month’s election for San Diego’s Council District 6, where the race’s two Asian candidates conducted unprecedented outreach efforts aiming for such an increase.

The numbers, compiled last week by National University from Registrar of Voters and census data, prompted community leaders to predict that a long-awaited rise in political participation could be coming in the local Asian and Pacific Islander community.

Ballots were cast by 41.8 percent of the Asians registered to vote in District 6, which was redrawn in 2010 to increase the chances the City Council would have a member identifying themselves as Asian for the first time in four decades.

It includes Mira Mesa, Kearny Mesa, Clairemont and an Asian-dominated sliver of southern Rancho Penasquitos.

Registered Asian voters in the rest of the city turned out at a rate of 35.7 percent.

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Nielsen describes the Asian American Consumer

SIGNIFICANT, SOPHISTICATED, AND SAVVY – That’s how Nielsen described the Asian American Consumer in its recent report. The report goes on to state that Asian Americans are “the fastest-growing U.S. multicultural segment with significant purchasing power.” We are also, “affluent, well-educated, geographically-concentrated, and technologically savvy. Asian American buying power continues to increase and is projected to reach $1 trillion by 2017.

Assemblymember Brian Maienschein Honors ABA's President & CEO Wendy Urushima-Conn

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Assemblymember Brian Maienschein Honors Asian Business Association's Wendy Urushima-Conn as "Woman of the Year" Honoree Dedicated to Supporting San Diego Women and Businesses

SAN DIEGO - Assemblymember Brian Maienschein, San Diego, honored Wendy Urushima-Conn as the 2014 Woman of the Year for the 77th Assembly District during the Asian Business Association of San Diego's Spring Mixer last night. Wendy currently serves as the President and CEO of the association.

"One of the best parts of being an Assemblymember is being able to recognize outstanding individuals such as Wendy who have done so much for our community," said Maienschein. "Her remarkable career of serving San Diegans - whether working as a traffic reporter, supporting victims of domestic violence or helping small businesses thrive - illustrates her commitment to making San Diego a better place to live.