MBE/WBE Certification


Ayenew Biru from Horizon Consulting will explain generally how public and private sector supplier diversity programs work, and the process of getting MBE/WBE (Minority and Women-owned Business) certification.

Horizon Consulting was founded in order to provide comprehensive MBE/WBE/DBE certification assistance to small and medium-sized businesses – from initial and re-certifications to expansions of commodity codes, annual reporting requirements and appeals of preliminary denials of applications.

Prior to founding Horizon Consulting, Ayenew Biru was a Certification/Compliance Officer with the City of Chicago Dept. of Procurement Services where he was responsible for reviewing certification applications, representing the City at various vendor outreach events and developing new processes and policies resulting in an increasingly efficient certification process.

Ayenew Biru studied Political Science and International Relations at Georgetown University and The Ohio State University and received his J.D. from the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State. When not assisting companies with their certification requirements, Ayenew is active in multi-family real estate investor and a member of various organizations such as the U.S. Minority Contractor’s Association and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

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CMAA: The Red Party


Come and join TAP-Chicago’s Community Partner – CMAA at their Second Annual Red Party! Wear your favorite red outfit or accessory and enjoy city views from East Bank Club’s fabulous rooftop terrace!

Rooftop party with city views (party inside in case of inclement weather) * 2 Complimentary drinks + Cash bar * Passed hors d’oeuvres * Dinner buffet * DJ music * Red carpet step and repeat * Fun-themed photo booth * Door prizes * Mingle with Chicago’s most influential professionals

Purchase your ticket at

Enter Discount code “TAP” to get 20% discount.

Rock Red!: Semi-formal and business formal is suggested dress code and wear red!

Event parking: $5.75 during the entire Red Party fundraiser at the East Bank Club

Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA) is a community-based social services agency targeting the immigrant and low-income community. Learn more about CMAA at

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Chicago Cares Serve-A-Thon

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Overview: Discover invites you to imagine a Chicago where everyone is rooting for each other. This June 25, Chicago Cares is gathering 5,000 Chicagoans to work toward that dream during Serve-a-thon, the city’s largest volunteer day.

We’ll work hard, play hard and give back, together. We’ll enhance schools and plant gardens. We’ll spruce up playgrounds and foster community. More than this, we’ll see all that’s possible when we roll up our sleeves together to transform our community.

Registration is waived under when registering under “Discover APAD” with the sponsor code 2016SPSAT. A free T-Shirt and a catered meal by Sweet Baby Ray’s after the event will also be provided to volunteers.

Date: Saturday, June 25, 2016

Location: Daley Plaza for our morning kick-off and afternoon celebration at 50 W. Washington; service projects at sites throughout the city in between

Schedule: 7:30 A.M. – 8:30 A.M. Check in at Daley Plaza, get your volunteer assignment and fuel up with some coffee and a continental breakfast.

8:30 A.M. Assignment in hand, board the bus for your project site. Get to work!

2:30 P.M. – 3:30 P.M. Wrap up your project and head back to Daley Plaza on the bus.

3:30 P.M. – 5:30 P.M. Worked hard? Time to play hard. We’ll celebrate in the plaza with a party featuring food, drink and live music.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, June 16, 2015 or when the event reaches maximum capacity

How to Register:

Register online at using the sponsor code 2016SPSAT to wave all fees.

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TAP-Chicago presents: Summer Yacht Cruise with AACN Ascene Chicago KACC Kollaboration Chicago Social Quarters and TJCCC

2016 Summer Yacht Cruise


TAP-Chicago proudly presents Summer Yacht Cruise 2016 with AACN, Ascene Chicago, KAC-Chicago, Kollaboration Chicago, Social Quarters, and TJCCC. For the 3rd year straight year , the Asian American professional community is coming together on the Anita Dee II for the biggest networking event of the summer. Mark your calendars for August 7th, this is the one event you won’t want to miss!!
Multiple DJs & live performances on multiple levels
Newly renovated sun deck with more open space, and newly installed full service cash bar.
Full serviced cash bars on all levels
Light appetizer & snacks will be provided
Portion of the proceeds will go towards a charitable beneficiary as well as the partnering community organizations

Get your tickets now as PRE-SALE & EARLY BIRD are in limited supply and will be gone fast!
PRE-SALE = $25.00
EARLY BIRD = $30.00
VIP = $60.00 (priority boarding, special reserved seating, and more)
GA 1 = $35.00
GA 2 = $40.00
GA 3 = $45.00
AT DOOR = $50.00
RSVP Link:

Photo ID & Ticket is required to attend this event. (21+ only)
Dress Code: Smart Casual (Summer Dresses / No Suits Required / no flip flops)
Please arrive early as Anita Dee II will depart as scheduled
Event will go on Rain or Shine.
All sales are final. Refunds are not allowed, but ticket transfers will be permitted.

The Anita Dee II is docked at Dusable Harbor on the Chicago River at Lake Shore Drive.

– If Driving: There will be Anita Dee signs at the foot of lower Randolph St. to enter the Dusable Harbor Public Parking Lot. This is a Public Pay Parking Lot (Do not park in the members lot).
– By Cab / Uber: Drop off at the foot of Randolph St., Columbia Yacht Club turn around. Take the path north towards Chicago river and end at Anita Dee II
– By Public Transportation: any L train that stops in the loop (closest stop is State/Lake or Randolph/Wabash), and then it’s a 15-20 min walk via the Chicago Riverwalk (stay on the south side of the river)

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Kollaboration Chicago: Return of the Stars

Kollaboration Chicago is proud to announce its first Return of the Stars showcase on Saturday, May 14th at the Dave n Busters Show Room at 1030 N Clark Street from 3:30-6:00pm (show starts at 4:00pm)!

TAP- Chicago is proud to support Kollaboration. TAP-Chicago’s President Grant Wu and Vice President Hauwei Lien will be the guest judges.

Return of the Stars welcomes Kollaboration Chicago alum as they compete for a cash prize and bragging rights at the end of the night! Join us for a night of amazing music and entertainment as we celebrate our inaugural Return of the Stars showcase. Performers will include 2015 Kollaboration Chicago Winner Dhaea, 2014 Winner Paul Kay, 2014 Finalist Flashburn Beatbox, 2013 Winner Alvin Lau, 2013 Finalists Ashlee Barrera & Alan, and 2013 Finalist Brian Choi of Two Bored Dorks.

We are also honored to have representatives from some of our partners such as Lunar Ball, TAP-Chicago, the Asian American Chicago Network (AACN), ASCENE, and the Korean American Coalition of Chicago (KACC) to be our guest judges!
General admission tickets are $10 + processing fee if you buy online ($15 at the door). We will also be raffling off tickets to our annual showcase during the show.

Enter discount code “TAP” to for $2 off at:

After the show, join Kollaboration Chicago at Vora (conveniently next door) for Happy Hour and appetizers as we also welcome our 2016 Finalists for the 11th Kollaboration Chicago Showcase coming in July. It’ll be a wonderful night of music, networking, and an opportunity to further Kollaboration’s mission of Empowerment through Entertainment.13124920_1096311167109075_3835463803709010053_n

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15th Annual Asian American Festival


The Asian American Festival is a week-long, outdoor celebration at Daley Plaza showcasing various Asian American cultures from the Chicagoland community and is sponsored by Asian American Coalition of Chicago in cooperation with the MB Real Estate, and City of Chicago Cultural Center’s Department of Cultural Affiars and Special Events. There will be cultural stage performances each day and 30 vendors selling food, goods, and Asian arts and crafts.

AACC has reached out to TAP-Chicago as a partner to find volunteers to help out at this event Monday – Friday between the hours of 10:00a and 2:30 p. In exchange for your time, lunch will be included as well as an invitation will be extended to the two exclusive opening and closing receptions at Sunda and Block 37. If you are interested in signing up, please fill out this google spreadsheet with your availability and contact information.

For additional information about the Asian American Festival, please visit the website at

or the event’s facebook page

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Lunar Ball Launch Party and Community Mixer at Trophy Room


Lunar Ball is coming soon! Join us for a Launch Party on Thursday, February 11th as the planning team, community partners, and beneficiaries celebrate the progress we’ve made and look forward to the big event on March 12th!

Attendees will get a sneak peak into Lunar Ball 2016 highlights and have the opportunity to network with community partner members including AACN, Advancing Justice, APALSA, Asquared, CFAA, CMAA, HallyuCon, Hanul Family Alliance, Harvard Club, KACC, Kollaboration, NU-A5, Project: Vision, Social Quarters, TAP-Chicago, TJCCC and UIAAAN!

Trophy Room is one of Chicagolands premier sports bar and is located in the heart of River North! In addition to drink specials and great networking, Launch Party attendees have the chance to win a Lunar Ball VIP ticket and buy tickets at a special price.

Register on Eventbrite by Tuesday, February 9th for free entry, $5 afterward and at the door.


Questions? Contact
Fabio Hsu
Ethan Hou –

Getting There
Limited street parking, CTA Chicago Brown/Purple Line or Grand Red Line Stop, many buses.

More about Lunar Ball:

Lunar Ball is Chicagoland’s biggest Asian American gala and fundraiser. Join 600+ of Chicago’s most accomplished and Asian American professionals and friends from over 30 community organizations at the Chicago History Museum for an evening of fun, food, and dancing! The event will include tastings from some of Chicago’s top restaurants, adult beverages all night, cultural performances, DJ, dancing, and an exciting raffle and silent auction. Come join us to have fun, celebrate the year of the Monkey, and support community charities!

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October Mixer & Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Come join TAP-Chicago for our October Mixer at Highline Bar & Lounge. Autumn is in full effect, and what better way to enjoy the moderate climate with craft drinks, delicious food, and great company. TAP-Chicago will have a semi-private area in the back of Highline Bar & Lounge. Drink and food specials to be announced.

October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Every single one of us has been impacted or knows someone that was impacted by breast cancer. TAP-Chicago is proud to support breast cancer awareness and have invited a representative from the Susan G. Komen Foundation to speak. We will be accepting donations to support this cause.

In addition, we are very pleased to announce one of our sponsors for this month’s mixer – Merry Richards Jewelers. Known throughout Chicagoland for their philosophy of impeccable, personalized customer service, Merry Richards Jewelers offers a wonderful array of elegant designs using the finest diamonds and gemstones.


Early Bird Tickets – free until Oct 25th
General admission or at the door- $5.00

For more info regarding this event, please contact:
Ethan Hou –
Andrew Huang –
To learn more about Susan G. Komen visit –
To learn more about TAP-Chicago visit –

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December Mixer / 3rd Annual Toy Drive w/UIUCAAAN & TJCCC


Come join TAP-Chicago, UIUCAAAN, and TJCCC for our December Mixer @ the Brass Monkey on Dec 17th! Cocktails are 70’s inspired: a classy Harvey Wallbanger, Singapore Swing, Vodka “Tang”, and of course…a Brass Monkey. The room has a 70’s decor with a vinyl room that you won’t want to miss seeing!

We are also pleased to announce that this will be running our 3rd annual toy drive. You can make a difference and help bring smiles to the faces of under privileged children in Chicago. So start off the holiday season the right way with good friends and for a good cause.

Admission: Thanks to sponsorship by Merry Richards Jewelers, we are able to offered discounted early bird option:
Early Bird Option 1 = 1 donated toy (new and unwrapped) valued at $5 and above
Early Bird Option 2 = $5.00 donation here
GA Option 1 = 2 toys donated (new and unwrapped), valued at $5/each and above
GA Option 2 = $10 donation here or at door
Eventbrit link:

Getting There:
CTA Blue line – Grand Station

Ethan Hou @
Steph Tao @

To learn more about TJCCC, visit their facebook page: Taiwanese American Junior Chamber of Commerce Chicago

About Our Sponsor:
Known throughout Chicagoland for their philosophy of impeccable, personalized customer service, Merry Richards Jewelers offers a wonderful array of elegant designs using the finest diamonds and gemstones.


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Participating in the Double Ten Parade


Come join TAP-Chicago this Saturday as we participate in the annual Double Ten Parade in Chinatown. The Double Ten Parade is an annual event held to commemorate the Wuchang Uprising, a revolt that led to a declaration of independence from the central government by Wuchang and several other provinces in China in 1911, which ultimately led to the Xinhai Revolution in which revolutionary forces overthrew the Qing Dynasty,

Every year, the Chinatown neighborhood and thousands of people from all over the city of Chicago join together to attend and participate in the Double Ten Parade.  This year the festivities will include performances by students and other artists, marching bands, floats and other entertainment.  In addition, the Double Ten Parade is attended by leaders of the Chinatown community, representatives of associations in the Chinatown community, and other honorable guests and dignitaries.

The Double Ten Parade is organized by the CCBA.  The CCBA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and was established in the 1880s in Chicago. The CCBA’s mission is to unite overseas Chinese, promote their welfare, enhance the Sino-American friendship, promulgate Chinese heritages, and conduct community services and charity events.


12:15 a.m. –  Parade Participants should check in at 25th Street and Wentworth.  Look for the TAP-Chicago banner.  (Once we have a more specific meet up spot on the day of, we will post photos and better description on the Facebook event page.)

Drop-off:  All Parade Participants should be dropped off on 26th Street and Wentworth.  Participants will check in at 25th Street and Wentworth.

Parking:  Transportation vehicles are encouraged to park on Archer Avenue near Princeton St.

1:00 – Parade Begins

1:00 to 1:15 – The parade will march north on Wentworth to Chinatown Gates and then west on Cermak.

1:15 to 2:00 – Parade

Contact: Grant Wu – / 847.710.1688

To learn more about TAP-Chicago, please visit –

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