What We Do & Value
Since 2009, we have been educating, empowering, and advancing our Deaf and Hard of hearing people in business and entrepreneurship. By doing this, we offer knowledge, skills, and mastery in business using sign language communication. Minority has a set of values, beliefs, voices, expectations, ideas, insights, perspectives, milestones & achievements, and better understanding in business world.
Impossible is Nothing!
1. WHY BCED?
Are you seeking for new ideas, innovation, new strategies, solutions, and improvements? Looking to upgrade your skills and knowledge for your business or career? Struggling with your business? Not enjoying or keeping up with your job? You are not alone! There are thousands people like you! Many of them have great attitude towards work or business that have helped them thrive for next success in career or business.
Business Convention and Expo of the Deaf (BCED) is not just about the conference. It is a right place for you and anyone who are pursuing success. It's about empowerment, education, personal & professional development, mastery development, experience exchange, hands on activities, practical trainings, endless possibilities, and future!
Our vision is to grow, support, and increase a number of Deaf and Hard of Hearing business owners, entrepreneurs, corporate employees, and inventors for stability, financial indenendence, and better economy.
Our mission is to educate, empower, and advance our Deaf and Hard of Hearing people knowledge, skills, and mastery in business. There is a fast growing number of Deaf and Hard of Hearing corporate employees, business managers, administrators, business owners, entrepreneurs, starters, and professionals. Every attendee communicates in American sign language as a direct official language and comes with fresh perspectives, valuable insights, knowledge, and own experience from diverse backgrounds in business, education, marketing, science, sales, technology, hospitality, culinary, finance and many other areas.
Every attendee will leave with crucial information, new ideas, and fresh strategies they will apply to their own organization or company to bring immediate new value for next achievements. Support us to make a difference and change our world to be better!
Impossible is Nothing!
3. OUR PAST OFFICIAL SUPPORTERS, CONTRIBUTORS, AND SPONSORS 2010-2017
1. Sprint Relay
2. Capital One Bank
3. Purple Communications VRS
4. Voprime Biz Network League, LLC
5. Office Depot
6. Rady School of Management, UCSD
7. Palo Alto Software
9. Feast On This LLC
10. USANA Associates
11. Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, United States Senate
12. Sam's Club
13. Signing Group Real Estate LLC
14. Handsay, LLC
15. Robert F. McDonnell, Former Governor of Virginia
16. Jerry Sanders, Former Mayor of San Diego
17. Kay Hutchison, Former Senator of Texas
18. Salk Institute
19. Dawnena Muth Rodriguez, Small Business Legal Shield
20. San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau
21. Personal Development Magazine
22. Motivated Magazine
23. Comprehensive Financial Services
24. Gallaudet University Career Center
25. Bauer College of Business, MBA Program, University of Houston
26. Rotman Management, University of Toronto
27. Kereakos Zuras, Former Advisor to George W. Bush, US President
28. Christine Beattie Graphic Design
29. Inc., Business Magazine
30. Fast Company, Business Magazine
31. Internal Revenues Services government agency (IRS)
33. Starbucks Coffee HQ company (a Fortune 500 Company)
34. RR Donnelley (a Fortune 500 Company)
35. U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
36. Sorenson Communications
37. Monocle Magazine
38. Harvard Business Review Magazine
When Deaf co-founders V. Kotenev, J. Clark, and V. Pavlyukovets made this observation many years ago, they were defining how they viewed a world of possibilities for success in corporate ladders, business growth, small business, self-employment, and entrepreneurship for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. They experienced and faced repetitive discrimination with equal communication access and special accommodation at public and private business events even they were paid and registered.
"Let's Move!" how it started with a handshake between three visionary Deaf entrepreneurs in 2008. They and business people evolved the Business Convention and Expo of the Deaf from basic level to most useful and known learning business educational event with an equal communication access in American Sign Language for Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Impossible is Nothing!
Dates of the past events:
May 28-31, 2010 - 1st Business Convention and Expo of the Deaf, Houston, TX
June 8-12, 2011 - 2nd Business Convention and Expo of the Deaf,
June 20-24, 2012 - 3rd Business Convention and Expo of the Deaf,
October 27-30, 2012 - Biz Bootcamp at UCSD,
La Jolla (San Diego,CA)
May 28-31, 2014 - 2nd Biz Bootcamp and 4th Business Convention and Expo of the Deaf, Chicago, IL
October 14-16, 2016 - 3rd Biz Bootcamp and 5th Business Convention and Expo of the Deaf, New York City, NY
October 5 - 8, 2017 - 4th Biz Bootcamp at Aspen Camp for the Deaf, Snowmass, Colorado
October 18-20, 2018 - 5th Biz Bootcamp and 6th BCED, Austin, Texas
4. MEET RIGHT PEOPLE
Few things are better at helping someone overcome challenges and discouragement. Right people just lift you up and give you wise advice. Right people and this busines event could help you to boost professional knowledge, new set of values & skills, motivation, enthusiasm, confidence, and better understanding for next achievements.
Boost your business network with the right people!
2010, Houston, TX, 1st BCED: "Impossible is Nothing"
Steve Siebold, World Class Toughness Speaker-Trainer, "Mental Toughness Secrets of World Class". Steve's clients are Fortune 500 companies.
Charles Carrington, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Ronald Marta, University of Houston
Joel Kellhofer, AC2 and Actual Signs Ltd.
2011, Washington DC area, 2nd BCED: "Impossible is Nothing"
Anthony Ruiz, U.S. Small Business Administration
Rebecca Antonelli, Center for Creative Marketing, Public Relations
Fanny Corderoy du Tiers, French Deaf multi serial woman entrepreneur
Ann Meehan, Realtor, The Signing Group
Steve Siebold, World Class Toughness Speaker-Trainer, "How Rich People Think..". Steve's clients are Fortune 500 companies.
2012, Orlando, FL, 3rd BCED: "Grow Your Business"
Karl Denninger, Political Blogger and Tea Party Lobbyist, "Leverage: how cheap money will destroy world".
Bernard Brown, Emeritius Professor, Gallaudet University
Kereaoks Zuras, Business Turn Around Expert And Former Advisor To George W.Bush, 43rd U.S. President.
Mike Michalowicz, TV business star of the CNBC, ABC, and MSNBC TV channels, and author of three business books.
2012, 1st Biz Bootcamp at University of California San Diego
San Diego, CA
Matthew Baker, Multi-Award Receipent / Celebrity Chef "Feast On This"
Barry Feig, Professional Marketing Consultant
Justin French, Digital Media Consultant
Bill Millios, Business Consultant
2014, 2nd Biz Bootcamp, Chicago, IL
Holly Jensen, Business Consultant
Marina Fanshteyn, Business Consultant
Vladimir Pavlyukovets, Business Consultant
Dr. Mel Whalen, Psychologist
Vladimir Kotenev, Business Consultant
2014, 4th BCED, Chicago, IL : "Innovation + Collaboration"
Dr. Bruno Kahne, Faculty Chair, Airbus / Air Business Academy
Ryan Schlecht, Manager, Starbucks Coffee Company
Adam Novsam, Analyst, Starbucks Coffee Company
Ramesh Phadke, Analyst, RR Donnelley Corporate Company
Teri Hedding, Program Manager, Sinai Healthcare System
Nikita Golovlev, Industrial Designer, BOSCH
2016, 3rd Biz Bootcamp, New York City, NY
"Kaizen in Business", Pat Porras
" Achieving the Results through Accountability" Mark Bella
" Business Strategist" D.Muth, V. Kotenev, and V. Pavlyukovets
Business Tour at Times Square Alliance - Times Square in NYC
2016, 5th BCED, New York City: " Impossible is Nothing!"
Jonathan Weiss, Foodie & Big Mango Cafe Owner
Inna Giterman, Crepes Crazy Co-Owner
Jacqueline Roth, Douglas Ellman Realtor
John Dickinson, Principal at Dickinson + Partners
Anthony Natale, Emcee/ Sorenson Communications Spokesman
2017, 4th Biz Bootcamp, Aspen (Snowmass), Colorado
Mark Bella, VP of Sales Purple Communications, "Entrepreneurial Roller Coaster"
Warren Snipes, Wawa, " How to master your motivation for Success"
Dawnena Muth, Mastermind Guru, "Renewing Your Mind"
Vladimir Pavlyukovets, Financial Education Master, "Master your financial skills"
Jamie Clark, Economist, "Understanding economy basics"
2018, 5th Biz Bootcamp, Austin, Texas
V. Kotenev, Corporate Business training, "Lean Sigma, DMAIC, and Kaizen"
V. Kotenev, Corporate Business training, "Business Agility"
V. Pavlyukovets, Financial Education Master, "Cashflow Management"
J. Clark, Tech Expert, Get busy with Technology:
"Cryptocurrency & Blockchain"
V. Kotenev, Business Consultant, Get busy with Technology:
Business Tour & Reception at Crepe Crazy cafe
2018, 6th BCED "What is Next?", Austin, Texas
"Deafroot: What is Next?", Sheri Youens-Un
Business Approaches and Solutions Panelists: Sung Park, Oscar Ocuto, and Sheri Youens-Un
Cashflow Management, Part 2; V. Pavlyukovets
2019 Strategies "Are you ready for 2019 year?" Panel Discussion