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20th Annual APACC East-West Business Connection “Revitalize and Rebuild”



2023 will mark the 20th anniversary of the APACC East-West Business Connection.  This global supplier diversity matchmaking event attracts minority-owned businesses, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) practitioners, and business-to-business professionals. Attendees are comprised of Asian and U.S. businesses, minority business enterprises (MBEs), OEM, Tier 1s, and Corporate Purchasing teams. The event features networking, a supplier exhibition, and a “Meet the Buyer” Showcase, which offers suppliers the opportunity to engage one-on-one with a number of corporate buyers on specific procurement needs.

9:30 a.m.    Check-In

Jan Griffiths
President and Founder of Gravitas Detroit

10:00 a.m.    Morning Program Speaker: Jan Griffiths, President and Founder of Gravitas Detroit

11:20 a.m. Lunch
Keynote Speaker: John Wei, Chief Technology Officer & Senior Vice President at Comerica Bank

In partnership with National ACE, APACC brings you East-West Supplier Diversity Lunch Program

Tamara Hicks, Supplier Engagement & Diversity Leader for General Motors
Bruno Olvera, Head of North America Supplier Diversity Development for Stellantis
Travis Spencer, Head of Supplier Diversity & Inclusion for Ford Motor Company

APACC’s Minority Business Advocate Award brought to you by Forvia
Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce recognizes those who advocate on behalf of Asian Pacific American business owners, minority business owners, veteran business owners, and women business owners. Individuals who have fulfilled a commitment to the advancement of the Asian Pacific American, minority, veteran, or women business ownership may be nominated.

Please click here to nominate an individual for the award. Cut off date February 6, 2023.

1:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.    Meet the Buyer Showcase

* Buyer participation is by invitation only. To attend as a Buyer, please contact Leonie Teichman

All paid attendees will receive a copy of our Lexicon which contains the company and contact information of all event participants.

Cut-off date to be included in the Lexicon is Wednesday, February 15, 2023.

Member Ind. Registration: $80.00
Future Member Ind. Registration: $105.00
Member Exh Table (Incl 2 Reg): $325.00
Future Member Exh Table (Incl 2 Reg): $450.00
*No refunds

Lexicon Sponsor: Michigan Economic Development Corp/Pure Michigan Business Connect
Energizing Sponsor: MAGNA
Energizing Sponsor: Stellantis
Showcase Sponsor: Consumer Energy, Gentex Corporation

Event Details


Mar 9, 2023
Mar 9, 2023


9:30 am – 3:45 pm


Walsh College, 3838 Livernois Rd, Troy MI 48083