Asian Business Association of Orange County (ABAOC) Celebrates “Small Business Development Day”

Irvine, CA, June 30, 2017 --( The Asian Business Association of Orange County (ABAOC), held its annual Small Business Development Day (SBDD) on June 9th at the Wyndham Hotel in Garden Grove, CA. The event was sponsored by Wells Fargo, and more than 100 attendees participated in this half-day event.

Diana Zuniga, ABAOC Board Member, and Master of Ceremonies, kicked off the event.

ABAOC’s President Pramod Kunju gave the opening remarks and stressed on ABAOC's mission of helping small businesses succeed with 4 essential ingredients: Education, Inspiration, Networking, and Business Opportunities. Mr. Kunju also thanked Wells Fargo for its long-term support of SBDD.

Jack Toan, Vice President of Wells Fargo, spoke about the importance of Diversity in his welcome remarks. Mr. Toan then proceeded to introduce Wing Lam, Founder of Wahoo's and the Keynote speaker. Mr. Toan cited Wing Lam's success story as a perfect example of the American dream.

Wing Lam shared his story about his early struggles, while establishing his restaurant business. In his inimitable style, he narrated the techniques he used to go one up on the competition. The audience loved his story-telling style, and was left inspired by the end of Mr. Lam's keynote.

That was followed by Dr. Kerry Johnson's session on "Peak Performance: Increasing Your Business by 80%." Dr. Johnson shared several sales and marketing techniques, and had the audience enthralled for an hour with his engaging workshop laced with humor and practical wisdom.

A corporate panel consisting of accomplished leaders followed. Joyce Morell, ABAOC Board Member was the panel moderator. Linda Stone - CEO and Founder of APR Consulting, Virginia Gomez – President of the Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council, and Bao Ngoc Liu – Business Area Manager at Wells Fargo, participated in the panel. The panelists discussed strategies for small business success.

A “Fast Pitch” competition that followed the panel was the ‘icing on the cake” for the event. Five small businesses received an opportunity to present in front of the audience and judges, and prizes were awarded for the top 2 winners.

A dozen exhibitors ranging from small businesses to nonprofit organizations participated in this year's SBDD, and the event ended with a luncheon, and a giveaway.

Attendees praised the quality of the event, and the opportunities to network with fellow business professionals. In a survey that ABAOC conducted after the event, 95% of the attendees expressed satisfaction with the event. All said that they were likely to refer this event to others.


The Asian Business Association of Orange County (ABAOC) was founded in 1992, as a nonprofit business under IRS 501(c) (6), to meet the needs of the growing Asian businesses in Orange County.

For more than 25 years, ABAOC had been a leader in community service in the Asian and small business community. Since its establishment, it has successfully organized many major events, including networking mixers, procurement events and outreach programs through the support of its members, sponsors and community affiliates.

ABAOC events and programs inspire and stimulate small business owners, start-ups, and entrepreneurs to grow and proper through creation of new opportunities, education, networking and community participation.

ABAOC is run by a volunteer Board
Asian Business Association Of Orange County
Pramod Kunju