The INSIGHT CENTER, which is one of AACEP’s partners, recently commented on the State of Delaware’s low M/WBE procurement. Read the full article by clicking HERE.


13th Annual Community Partners Conference

Join the Asian American Justice Center in Washington, D.C. on September 15-16, 2008 for the 13th Annual Community Partners Conference! Travel stipends are available for out of town participants. To register online, click here.

Conference Description

The AAJC 2008 Community Partners Conference will bring together leaders from different sectors (research, legal, social services, policy) across the nation to begin to evaluate the issues facing Asian Americans today and how to address those issues in light of the upcoming presidential transition. The conference will also focus on how advocates and community-based organizations can use new technologies to improve their advocacy.

Conference Tracks

Affirmative Action: Participants in this track will focus on issues such as affirmative action programs in contracting and education, with a particular focus on making sure Asian Americans continue to be included in local M/WBE and DBE contracting programs.

Language Rights and Adult ESL: This track will focus on issues such as cross-cutting and trendsetting practices in language rights, state and local language access acts, leveraging resources for local language rights work, and legislative strategies in strengthening Executive Order 13166, etc.

Voting Rights: Participants in this track will focus on issues such as voting rights protection and getting out the vote for election 2008, etc.

Hate Crimes and Anti-Asian Violence: This track will focus on issues such as hate crime legislation and the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA).

Conference Goals

1. Enter into intensive discussions on important policy goals with partners at the national and
grassroots levels.

2. Determine major research, infrastructure and services needed for the Asian American community to reach those goals at a local and national level.

3. Produce plans for enhanced collaboration involving local and national organizations in achieving those goals.

4. Examine new advocacy techniques and technologies to improve capacity to serve our communities and achieve our policy goals.

Conference Site:

Human Rights Campaign Building
1640 Rhode Island Ave., NW
Washington, D.C.


Lodging is available for a special group discount rate of $229/night at the Beacon Hotel and Corporate Quarters located across the street from the conference site at:

1615 Rhode Island Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036.

Hotel link:

To be added to the room list, please contact

Travel Stipends:

The deadline to apply for a travel stipend is Friday, August 15, 2008. You will find the application for travel stipends on the registration form.

To register online, click here: Registration Form

Please contact for additional information.

The Insight Center for Community Economic Development is hosting an Inclusive Business Initiative Convening from July 20 – 22, 2008 in Kansas City, Missouri. Aarathi Deshmukh of the AACEP is attending the convening and will report back with key learnings that will be posted here. Stay tuned.

Here is some background information on the event:


Join colleagues from state programs for minority and women-business development and procurement for this unique opportunity to network and share program information. The purpose is to provide an opportunity and space to state M/WBE program leaders to share best practices and get ideas from each other on how to create, enhance, and improve their programs. In addition, the Insight Center will share information on M/WBE programs of all 50 states based on its recent research.

Executive Order 08-08: minority and women-owned businesses in the state of Kansas can now attain certification as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise,thanks to a June 24, 2008 Executive Order issued by Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius. This is a very meaningful development, as minority and women-owned businesses have historically faced significant challenges in procuring state government contracts compared to their counterparts.

The Kansas Department of Commerce will lead this initiative by developing forms and procedures,building partnerships with women’s groups and minority groups and increasing awareness about procurement opportunities.

The Executive Order is great news on many fronts: allowing women and minority-owned businesses to more easily compete for state government contracts will foster their growth, resulting in new ideas, services and products for the Kansas economy. Further, it significantly increases opportunities for Asian American businesses in Kansas.

The AACEP wants to hear from you — what should the AACEP do to help Asian American businesses in Kansas?