2012 Engineering Business Forum

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The Dallas-Fort-Worth Chapter of the Chinese Institute of Engineers (CIE/USA-DFW), in partnership with the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce (GDAACC), successfully organized the 2012 Engineering Business Forum on Friday, November 16, 2012, at the Maribelle Davis Library in Plano, Texas. The purpose of the forum was to help local minority small businesses connect with major corporate and government buyers.

The joint effort attracted 8 corporate and government representatives, representatives from the USPTO and Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer LLP, and over 50 attendees. The buyers included Lockheed Martin, Trinity Infrastructure, the City of Dallas, Dallas Independent School District, and the DFW Airport.

During the event, the buyer representatives gave short presentations about each of their procurement processes, and goods and services needed. The USPTO and Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer LLP also presented tips and resources for small businesses to protect their intellectual property and manage product liability. The presentations were then followed by a panel discussion in which the presenters answered questions from the audience. Finally, the attendees and presenters mingled during the networking session to conclude the event.

Small business owners took this opportunity to understand the dos and don’ts for conducting business with corporations and governments and growing their businesses. They were also encouraged to take advantage of small business resources offered by the government and the USPTO to certify themselves as minority suppliers and protect their intellectual property assets. All attendees enthusiastically appreciated the opportunity to connect and know each other better, and expressed great eagerness to continue this event in the upcoming years.

The coordinator of the event was Sean Hsu, and more than 10 enthusiastic volunteers from CIE and UT-Dallas supported the event organization. CIE/USA-DFW would like to acknowledge the partnership with GDAACC and the valued event sponsorships by Lockheed Martin and Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer LLP.