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The Indian American Chamber of Commerce-Orlando has a New President and a New Vision for 2018

The new year brings new opportunities for business professionals across Florida. For the Indian American Chamber of Commerce in Orlando, 2018 brings a new President with a new vision for the future. Mr. Yog Melwani will serve as President for 2018 and 2019.

Mr. Melwani says, “The Indian American Chamber is committed to helping business professionals build strong relationships and to help grow their businesses in 2018 and beyond.” He adds, “The IACC includes some of the most successful professionals in Central Florida. Our leadership team constantly works to expand opportunities for entrepreneurs who want to do business with Orlando’s growing Asian Indian American community.”

Demographics tell an intriguing story for business owners, who are considering getting more involved with the IACC. There are 28,281 Asian Indians living and doing business in the Orlando MSA. (Data provided by OEP)

Mr. Melwani points out, “These business professionals have a 23 percent higher median household income than families who are not Asian Indians. This group of business leaders creates a powerful boost to Central Florida’s economy.”

The IACC is taking on a new initiative for 2018. The chamber will take a proactive role in Orlando’s Smart Cities initiative by facilitating meaningful dialogue with community leaders to see how this initiative can benefit our community, whether it be via healthcare, transportation or tourism.

The Chamber President believes Orlando can gain a technological edge over other American cities by leveraging the Smart Cities initiative. Mr. Melwani says, “Central Florida is one of the leaders in developing smart sensors technology. This creates more opportunities here for high tech entrepreneurs and job growth, while empowering Orlando to be a leader in cutting edge technologies. Smart Cities become business magnets.”

The IACC in alliance with the City of Orlando and Rollins College will host a Smart Cities Roundtable Event on March 14th at the Bush Auditorium at Rollins College. Rollins College and New York Life are co-sponsoring the Business After Hours portion of the high-tech discussion among business and government leaders. Mr. Chris Castro, Director of Sustainability for the City of Orlando, Mr. Rasesh Thakkar, Senior Managing Director and Director of Tavistock Group, and Mr. Nagesh Singh, the Consul General of India based in Atlanta, are some of the leaders expected to take part in the roundtable. The Indian government has set a goal of creating one hundred Smart Cities within the subcontinent in the coming years.

Mr. Melwani points out, “Having Mr. Singh at the Smart Cities Roundtable not only gives the Indian government a seat at the table of our Smart Cities initiative, but also helps to further business ties between Florida and India in the years to come.”

The IACC President adds that his leadership team continues to work to create new opportunities for trade between American and Indian companies. He says the IACC facilitates introductions and conversations so business owners in the two countries can strengthen working relationships.

A real strength of the IACC, is that the chamber is not just about doing business. It’s also about giving back through community service projects. During 2016, the IACC donated thousands of dollars to victims of the Pulse Night Club shootings in Orlando.

The 6th Annual India Day Celebration will be another big project for Mr. Melwani’s team in 2018. IACC partners with the Orlando Magic and other corporate sponsors to celebrate Indian culture and heritage at a Magic game. India Day Celebration 2018 will be held on Saturday, February 3rd as the Magic host the Washington Wizards. The NBA has recognized the IACC India Day event as the best heritage night in the NBA.

The Gandhi Day of Service is another large community service project in the works for this year. The 3rd Annual Gandhi Day of Service was held October 14th in 2017. Volunteers gathered to pack 35,000 meals with Feeding Children Everywhere. They helped hungry children who were affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. IACC leaders are planning a Gandhi Day of Service event for October/November, 2018. The event will emphasize efforts to celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s message of service and Orlando’s diversity. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” -Mahatma Gandhi

Mr. Melwani looks forward to serving as President of IACC for the next two years. He says the leadership team is strong. He adds, “Our core group of leaders is very effective at executing the organization’s vision to create new business opportunities.”

Mr. Melwani credits outgoing IACC President Dr. Varesh Patel for his strong leadership. He also thanks outgoing IACC Board Member Mr. Sanjay Srinivasan for his efforts to strengthen the chamber over the last several years.

The new IACC President invites business professionals from across Florida to get more involved with the IACC during 2018. He says working together, we can create more prosperity for the Central Florida region.

The Indian American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) is aimed at servicing the people of Asian Indian origin, and it represents over a billion dollars in economic activity. It is widely recognized as the business organization for the Indian community as well as other individuals and corporations who do or want to do business with Indians in Central Florida or in India. IACC is not for profit 501 (c)6 organization. Visit www.IACCOrlando.com for more information.

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