Invites you to attend a health fair and panel discussion on




Thursday, April 16th 6:30-8:00 at the Global Mall Events Center

5252 Hickory Hollow Pkwy, Antioch, TN 37013


Hosted by Julie Dunlap, MSPH, Public Health Promotion, Education and Research

Please join us for a critical discussion on these topics and a

health fair with vendors from providers across the Greater Nashville Area.

Food will be served!!

Free and Open to the Public!!!


Minority and immigrant populations in the U.S. face a wide array of health disparities resulting from interacting individual, societal and structural factors. Many immigrant and refugee families coming into the United States are drastically underserved in needed areas of mental health and preventive care. Further disparities manifest as these groups adopt American habits, including high-processed diets and more sedentary lifestyles. Furthermore, American-born minority groups in the United States, including African Americans, Hispanic Americans, women, and other disenfranchised groups face various socioeconomic barriers, resulting in suboptimal health education, access & utilization of healthcare services, and ultimately poorer health outcomes. Addressing these disparities in immigrants and minorities will require collaborative efforts from community members, healthcare providers and community stakeholders and a critical look at strategi es to help communities effectively navigate healthcare systems in the United States. 

Our panel of experts will discuss these critical issues and how they affect the diverse populations in the Greater Nashville area. This event aims to provide useful strategies on Navigating Healthcare Systems in the United Statesand to connect attendees with useful information on health services in Tennessee. All attendees will also have the opportunity to introduce themselves and promote the work they do.

With Panel Representatives from:



Tennessee Immigrant and Minority Business Group (TIMBG)

Invites you to attend a special session 



TIMBG was founded by Drs. Ming Wang and Galen Hull in September 2013 to promote communication and interaction among immigrant and minority business owners through a series of monthly seminars. For further information see www.diversecutluralevents.comand www.TIMBG.org.


Thursday, March 19, 2015, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
30 Burton Hill Blvd., Suite 400, Nashville, TN 37215

Hosted by Ms. Jana Truman,Principal Broker at Middle Tennessee Business Brokers & Commercial Real Estate Affiliate Broker with Keller Williams (KW) Commercial

Nearly 30% of businesses bought or sold in the last year with Middle Tennessee Business Brokers included at least one party that was either an immigrant or a minority.

At our special session we will address topics like these:

1. You see a need in your community, maybe you are thinking about starting a business but want don't have the equipment or expertise to do it. Have you thought about buying an existing business? How and where can you find one that will fit your needs?

2. Maybe you have a family member who wants to come to America and is thinking about applying for either the E2 Visa or L1 Visa. How can you find a business that qualifies? How can you negotiate and compete with other investors to be successful?

3. As a business owner, you have worked hard to build your business. You have created something of value, but now you need to sell. What do you do? Who can you trust?

This TIMBG event aims helping minorities and immigrants break the barriers to business ownership and maximizing the value of their businesses when they are ready to sell. Members of the Middle Tennessee Business Brokers team will talk about business buying, selling and investing.

Middle Tennessee Business Brokers has the largest amount of business listings in the Nashville region. Their goal is to sell your business while allowing you to run your business, selling it in the least amount of time and with the least amount of inconvenience to you. Using their very large database of potential buyers and state-of-the-art techniques, they discretely help find qualified buyers, negotiate and structure the transaction, manage due diligence and coordinate the closing. When you are buying, They help you hone your objectives, find businesses that may be a good fit, negotiate, help you write and present the offer, and guide you until the deal closes. Whether buying or selling, they help keep the gears of the transaction running as smoothly as possible.

In the second part, members of TIMBG will be given time to talk about their businesses and ask questions. Now into its second year, the Tennessee Immigrant and Minority Business Group maintains a database of over 350 persons, engaged in businesses and non-profit organizations.

jana truman

Jana Truman—615.260.2807

Principal Business Broker
Jana is a business broker, intermediary and licensed Realtor® with KW Commercial Real Estate. She is an entrepreneur herself and has owned several businesses and understands the challenges that business owners can face having been on all sides of the table. She has extensive skills in business valuations, commercial and residential real estate valuation, and negotiations. She has 17 years of business-to-consumer and business-to-business marketing expertise. Jana graduated from Brigham Young University. Jana is a member of the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors and subscribes to their code of ethics.


chuck paetz

Chuck Paetz—615.593.3847

Business Broker

Chuck is a business broker and has been a commercial real estate agent since 2007. He has prior work experience as a general contractor and insurance agent over the last 25 years. He is a graduate in business administration from Middle Tennessee State University in 1990. Chuck has been a resident of Middle Tennessee for 31 years. Services offered: Listings, Commercial Real Estate, Mergers and Acquisitions.

Tennessee Immigrant and Minority Business Group (TIMBG)
Invites you to attend a Panel Presentation on the theme of 

Social Entrepreneurship
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
6:30 – 8:00 PM

Venue:  Casa Azafran Community Center
2195 Nolensville Pk., Nashville (just north of the I-440 corridor)
(Parking available in front of the building and across Nolensville Pk.) 


Hosted by Jose Gonzalez
Conexion Americas, Financial Director

Corporate Sponsor: 
Transamerica:  O
ne of the world's leading financial services companies
Catered by 
King Tut's: offering a mix of Egyptian and Mediterranean style cuisine

Panelists/presenters consisting of a sampling of the resident partners in Casa Azafran
as well as a selection of TIMBG members who have embarked on a social enterprise or aspire to do so.

Funded by public and private donations and grants, Casa Azafran was opened in December 2012 and is now home to Conexion Americas as well as nine non-profit resident partners. These include the American Muslim Advisory Council, Global Education Center and Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition. The Casa Azafran facility reflects a combination of Moorish and Spanish design. It includes 2,200 sq. ft. of meeting space, a commercial kitchen, business venues, an art gallery, and a large outdoor patio. The mission of Casa Azafran is reflected in its multi-dimensional mosaic mural titled “Migration”. The spotlight was shined on Casa Azafran on December 9, 2014, during President Obama’s visit to Nashville. In a major national speech advocating for his recent actions on immigration reform the President lauded the work of the city of Nashville and community members in welcoming immigrants.

Now into its second year, the Tennessee Immigrant and Minority Business Group maintains a database of over 350 persons, engaged in businesses and non-profit organizations. This TIMBG event aims at presenting those that share the attributes of a social enterprise. The first part of the program will consist of an introduction to Casa Azafran and several of its resident partners. In the second part representative members of TIMBG will describe how their mission – or business plan – conforms to the attributes of a social enterprise.


Tennessee Immigrant and Minority Business Group (TIMBG)
invites you for a glimpse into the
US Pan-Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC)


Thursday November 20, 2014 - 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Global Events Center, Global Mall at the Crossings, Nashville
5252 Hickory Hollow Pkwy, 37013  
 saallen neerabahl  msjl

 Susan Au Allen, Esq.


 Neera Bahl, Esq.

Southeast Region President

Ms. Jackie Lajoie

Diversity Supplier, Ingersoll Rand

The US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC) is the oldest and largest national, nonprofit organization representing Asian American and Asian American-related groups in business and community services. Founded in 1984, USPAACC promotes business matchmaking and partnerships with corporations, government, and Asian American businesses. USPAACC promotes economic growth by opening doors to business and professional opportunities forAsian Americans, minority businesses, and their business partners in corporate America, government at the federal, state, and local levels, and the small and minority business community.

Ms. Susan Au Allen, National President & CEO of USPAACC, came to the United States from Hong Kong on an invitation from the White House in recognition of her volunteer work for people with disabilities. She received her Juris Doctor from the Antioch School of Law and LL.M. in International Law from Georgetown University. In 1984 she founded USPAACC with a group of business and civic leaders in Washington, DC and California, to bring the diverse Pan Asian American business and professional people together as one unified voice in business, commerce and trade. USPAACC is organized along six geographic regions.

Ms. Neera Bahl serves as President of the Southeast Region of USPAACC, which includes Tennessee. Licensed in Georgia, she received her J.D. from John Marshall Law School – Atlanta (2001).  She received her M.A. in English from Punjab University, India (1979); B.Ed. in Psychology from D.A.V. College, India (1977). Neera began her legal career in 2005, joining a small law firm as an associate and soon becoming a name partner in the firm.  In April 2009, she founded Neera Bahl & Associates (NB&A) in Atlanta, establishing her own independent practice of Immigration Law. She had previously interned in the Human Rights Division at the Carter Center. NB&A specializes in all aspects of Immigration Law, including employment-based and Family-based (marriage to U.S. Citizen, Parent/child, and sibling filings).

Ms. Jackie Lajoie joined Ingersoll Rand in 2012 and is focused on developing a comprehensive supplier diversity program in the firm. She brings 24 years of experience and numerous awards in supplier diversity to her position as Supplier Diversity Manager in the firm. Ms. Lajoie was awarded Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year from the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Ming Wang, Co-Founder of TIMBG, serves on the USPAACC Board and is well known to TIMBG members for a multitude of entrepreneurial and social service endeavors.


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Tennessee Immigrant and Minority Business Group 
invites you to attend a presentation by the
Nashville Mayor’s Office of the New Americans(MONA)
and Office of Innovation

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Ms. Shanna Singh Hughey
Director of MONA  
Mr. Yiaway Yeh
Co-Director, Office of Innovation

Tuesday October 28, Global Mall Event Center

                              5252 Hickory Hollow Pkwy, Nashville, TN
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In April 2013 Mayor Karl Dean announced the creation of a new Office of Innovation, designed to capture the entrepreneurial and creative energy of Nashville and make Metro Government more transparent, efficient and responsive. The Office was to be a partnership with the Office of Economic and Community Development on business recruitment and job creation efforts. Mr.Yiaway Yeh, former Mayor of Palo Alto, California, was named as Co-Director of the office.

On September 22, 2014, Mayor Dean created the Mayor’s Office of New Americans, or MONA, tasked with involving immigrants in local government, expanding economic and educational opportunities and creating partnerships between Metro and community organizations. Dean has backed a series of initiatives to make the city more welcoming to the international newcomers who have accounted for more than half of the city’s population growth in the past decade. Dean named senior adviser Shanna Singh Hughey to the director’s role. Her father was a refugee from Pakistan to India in 1947 before moving to the U.S. in the 1970s.

In August, Dean signed an agreement with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to turn five libraries and four community centers in Nashville into information hubs for legal permanent residents interested in gaining citizenship. Nashville became just the third city in that program, the Pathway for New Americans, along with Chicago and Los Angeles. The new office will also take its cues from the mayor’sNew Americans Advisory Council, formed in 2009 to involve refugees and immigrants in city decisions. The Council is comprised of leaders from Nashville's refugee and immigrant communities and fosters a link with Metro Government. 
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TIMBG was founded by Drs. Ming Wang and Galen Hull in September 2013 to promote communication and interaction among immigrant and minority business owners through a series of monthly seminars. For further information see www.timbg.org and www.diversecutluralevents.com.