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  
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 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.

Tennessee Immigrant and Minority Business Group (www.TIMBG.org)

Invites you to attend its 10th monthly meeting

Thursday August 21, 2014 - 6:30-8:00 PM

Wang Vision 3D Cataract & LASIK Center

1801 West End Ave, Ste 1150, Nashville, TN, 37203, 615-321-8881

It is located inside the 20-story tall Palmer Plaza building at the intersection of 18th Ave and West End Ave, parking is at the PP garage at the back of the building

Free admission, food and drinks

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Asian American businesses in middle Tennessee


Ming Wang, MD, PhD, Wang Vision 3D Cataract & LASIK Center

John Wang, MD, Candidate for TN representative, 53th District

James Sun, Owner, K&S Supermarket

Mustaheed Khan, President, Cross Links Solutions, LLC


Co-founded in 2013 by Drs. Ming Wang and Galen Hull, TIMBG (www.TIMBG.org) promotes communication and interaction among immigrant and minority business owners through a series of monthly seminars to enable participants to market their series and products as well as to discuss topics of mutual interests. Membership in TIMBG is open to all, regardless of whether they are immigrants or minorities.