Quick News: Dancing, Yahoo, Henry Chang, Procurement Pie, and Minority Candidates

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Some news from around the Web:

Dance teacher's passion not strictly ballroom

Twenty-eight years ago, Vida Vongsay had no idea she would end up being a ballroom dancing teacher. She was living in a refugee camp in Thailand, waiting in line for rice soup. At the age of 6, she and her family fled Communist Laos for Thailand, hiding under a pile of fruit and vegetables in a boat crossing the Mekong River separating the two countries.
Yahoo Urged To Settle Suit With China Dissident Families

Yahoo Inc. (YHOO) executives were urged by lawmakers Tuesday to settle lawsuits launched against it by relatives of dissidents jailed in China as a result of its cooperation with Chinese authorities. At a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Yahoo Chief Executive Jerry Yang and General Counsel Michael Callahan were asked by lawmakers what they had done for the families of the two dissidents.

Oakland Vice Mayor Henry Chang Endorses Hillary Clinton

The Clinton Campaign today announced the endorsement of Oakland Vice Mayor At-Large Henry Chang, and named him Northern California Co-Chair for "Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) for Hillary."

"Hillary Clinton has the strength and experience to bring about the change this country needs," said Vice Mayor Chang. "She recognizes the importance of the AAPI community, and is committed to equal rights and expanding opportunity for all Americans."

Dream Big: Take a Bigger Slice of the Procurement Pie

Most entrepreneurs work hard and dream big. Others are content with doing business with small local companies, rather than aim for contracts with large corporations and federal and state governments. If you want your business to take a bigger slice of the procurement pie, then certification could be your passport to success. Certification provides an environment to maximize participation by minority, women and disabled veteran businesses in corporate and federal government contract awards. You could tap into a rich vein, commonly known as the “supply diversity” program, which sets aside billions of dollars annually in procurement contracts to certified minority businesses.

Minority candidates make presence felt but gain little ground

A year after the state elected its first African-American governor, minority candidates on some local ballots stirred hope of greater diversity Tuesday. When the votes were counted, they came up short of their goals in Brockton, Lawrence, and Quincy, but in Fitchburg an Asian-American mayoral candidate clobbered her more experienced opponent with 75 percent of the vote. Worcester appeared to have elected a woman mayor for the first time.