White House Initiative AA and NHPI Economic Summit – Saint Paul, Minnesota

Learn how the Biden-Harris Administration is promoting opportunity for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities.

By White House Initiative on AA and NHPIs

Date and time

Tuesday, July 2 · 1 – 5pm CDT

Location

387 Maria Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55106

Agenda

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Registration/Check-In and Visit with Federal Agency Exhibitor Resource Tables

Check-In and Registration begins at the Founders Hall Reception Area (387 Maria Ave St. Paul, MN). We strongly encourage attendees to ARRIVE EARLY and visit the Exhibitor Tables that will offer feder…

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Opening and welcoming remarks will take place in the Founders Hall Auditorium.

1:50 PM – 2:15 PM

Fireside Chat: Actions to Advance Equity for Workers and Businesses

This engaging mainstage fireside chat discussion will feature senior government leaders who will share out updates on Biden-Harris Administration accomplishments. Location: Founders Hall Auditorium

2:15 PM – 2:30 PM

Transition to Breakout Sessions

2:35 PM – 3:25 PM

Breakout Sessions: Choose One Session to Attend

Attendees can choose to attend one breakout session during this time: Business Track Breakout Session (Finding No-Cost Counseling and Training Resources for your Business (Location: Founders Hall))…

3:25 PM – 3:45 PM

Transition to Breakout Sessions

3:45 PM – 4:35 PM

Breakout Sessions: Choose One Session to Attend

Attendees can choose to attend one breakout session during this time: Business Track Breakout Session (Roadmap to Accessing Capital (Location: Ecolab 302)); Community Track Breakout Session (Federal…

4:45 PM – 6:00 PM

Informal Networking – Join us for light snacks, and fantastic conversation!

We invite all attendees to join us in the Great Hall for informal networking with other attendees, federal agency representatives, community leaders, and more! We will have light snacks, lively conve…

 

About this event

  • Event lasts 4 hours

Please join the White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, federal agencies, and local leaders for the seventh in a series of summits to connect AA and NHPI community members directly with federal leaders and resources.

This in-person event at the Metropolitan State University campus in the St. Paul, Minnesota area will connect AA and NHPI community leaders with federal and local resources. In-person check-in for the event will open in Founder’s Hall at 11:30 AM, and event kicks off at 1:00 PM. There will be the opportunity to network and light refreshments at the end of the event for all. Don’t miss out – and check back often for more information about the event agenda. RSVP via Eventbrite to let us know you will be joining us (this event is in-person only and will not be livestreamed; individual registration is required)!

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Available tracks:

    • Small Business Track: These interactive breakout sessions will feature speakers that will discuss the many opportunities available to small businesses regarding access to federal contracting, business capital, counseling and education.
    • Community Track: These dynamic breakout sessions will include a panel discussion that focuses on how collaboration across sectors and communities has been an essential and powerful tool to advance equity, justice and opportunity for AA and NHPI communities. This track will also feature a community-driven listening session with members of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. Information and instructions on how to participate in the listening session is here.

Parking: Parking is available in Metro State University’s Parking Ramp located at 400 Maria Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55106. Parking fees apply for on Campus parking; current daily rate is $8.00. Street parking may also be available at no cost, parkers are responsible for following city guidelines.

Accommodations: Individuals with disabilities can make requests for reasonable accommodations, such as ASL interpretation, when registering for this event before June 14, 2024. Please direct accommodations-related inquiries to [email protected].

About the White House Initiative AA and NHPI Economic Summit Series:

The White House Initiative’s AA and NHPI Economic Summit series, spurred by a May 2022 recommendation from the President’s Advisory Commission on AA and NHPIs, builds on the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to empowering underserved communities by connecting them directly with federal leaders and resources. It also comes on the heels of the release of the Administration’s first-ever national strategy to advance equity and opportunity for AA and NHPI communities, which outlines agency commitments to strengthen capacity building over the next two years.

Language barriers and limited outreach have historically held AA and NHPIs back from applying for federal procurement, jobs, grants, and programs. Although approximately 10 percent of small businesses in the U.S. are AA and NHPI-owned, only 2.8 percent of federal contracting dollars went to AA and NHPI small businesses in Fiscal Year 2020, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Through the American Rescue Plan, Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Inflation Reduction Act, and other initiatives, the Biden-Harris Administration is making once-in-a-generation investments to address these issues, provide direct relief, and expand economic opportunity.

In May 2021, President Joe Biden re-established and reinvigorated WHIAANHPI through Executive Order 14031. The Initiative’s whole-of-government approach engages federal agencies to improve interagency policymaking, program development, and outreach, and address barriers impacting AA and NHPIs across the country.

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