History: The non-profit organization, Asian Women in Business (AWIB), was founded in 1995 to provide resources and support for Asian women entrepreneurs. AWIB hosts workshops, seminars, conferences, and networking events to support the development of Asian women in business and since its founding has served over 27,000 women and people of color through its programming. Driven by a desire to increase the number of women and minority owned businesses, AWIB sponsors an annual Procurement Conference, at which minority women business entrepreneurs have the opportunity to establish relationships with corporate and government buyers, as well as an annual Asian Women’s Corporate Leadership Conference and Leadership Awards Ceremony and Dinner. To encourage young Asian women to attend college and assume leadership positions, AWIB awards an annual academic scholarship.
AWIB also works to support existing businesses. After September 11, 2001, AWIB planned and implemented “A Taste of Chinatown,” a yearly cultural event, which aims to revitalize the businesses in lower Manhattan.
As the organization has evolved, so has its mission. AWIB now provides programming aimed at Asian American businesswomen and professionals. Initiated in 2005, “Born to Lead,” the organization’s corporate initiative, draws Asian women executives together to discus issues impacting their careers. In 2009, the organization entered into a multi-year contract with the city of New York to encourage Asian business owners to become recognized as a Minority/Women Business Enterprises by providing them with technical assistance and workshops to guide them through the certification process.
Asian Women in Business. “AWIB Accomplishments.” Accessed March 9, 2010. http://www.awib.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.viewPage&pageId=1096&parentID=471&nodeID=1.
Asian Women in Business. “Press.” Accessed March 9, 2010. http://www.awib.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.viewPage&pageId=812&parent….
The bulk of the collection, measuring 11.0 liner feet, is composed of mostly non-fiction books on business and the Asian American experience. Titles include The Old Girls’ Network, Yell-Oh Girls, Sales Promotion Essentials, and Big Ideas for Small Service Businesses.
Measuring 1.0 linear foot are AWIB’s press files. Organized into separate binders including ones labeled “Press Releases (1995-2009),” “General Press (1996-2008),” “Chinese Press (2005-2010),” “Indian and Pakistani Press (1995-2006),” “Indian and Pakistani Press (2007-present),” and arranged chronologically, these records consist of news clippings about AWIB’s various events and initiatives including their Leadership Awards Gala, Scholarship Reception, and “A Taste of Chinatown.” General press articles which discuss issues facing minority-owned businesses, and news about AWIB members and President Bonnie Wong are also in these binders. Publications in which these clippings appear include Sing Tao Daily, Minority Wealth Magazine, El Diario, the Financial Times, India Abroad, and Crain’s New York Business. While the majority of these articles are in English, the Chinese, Korean, and Indian and Pakistani press binders contain materials in other Asian languages including Chinese, Punjabi, and Korean. AWIB’s press releases are also printed in multiple languages including English and Korean.
AWIB’s event files measure 1.5 linear feet and are organized chronologically into three main binders, labeled 1995-2000, 2001-2005 and 2005-2010, respectively. They contain multiple copies of invitations, booklets, pamphlets, programs and flyers from AWIB’s events, workshops, and conferences. Annual dinner invitations, RSVP cards, and information on honorees from AWIB’s annual dinners from 1995-2009 are stored in a separate binder.
The organization’s newsletters measure 0.25 linear feet and cover the years 1996-2008. There are 0.25 linear feet of fiscal records stored in two binders, one containing Semi Annual Reports (2/1-7/31/05) and the other, Quarterly Reports (11/1/04-1/31/05).