By Joel Hall
Recently, several Indian entrepreneurs and private investors have expressed an interest in establishing business connections in the metro Atlanta area, particularly in Clayton County.
In order to capitalize on this interest, the Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce-Georgia will host the first-ever Opportunity India Conference at the National Archives Southeast Region in Morrow.
It will take place on Monday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The conference will feature commentary from several influential business leaders and financial strategists, including Banashri Bose Harrison -- Minister of Commerce for the Indian Embassy in Washington, D.C., Sam Olens, chairman of the Atlanta Regional Commission, and Gretchen Corbin, division director, international operations for the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
The Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce-Georgia's central office on Clairmont Road in Atlanta was incorporated in June of last year.
Next month, the chamber will open a satellite office on Corporate Center Drive in Morrow.
Brenda Morant, the chamber's executive director, said Monday's conference comes at an opportune time for both Clayton County and India.
"Georgia is the largest US exporter of textile products to India," said Morant. "We also export computers, electronics, chemicals, and non-electrical machinery to India. There is a growing interest in trade with India."
Morant said, in turn, a number of Indian companies have recently established operational bases in the metro Atlanta area.
"Right now, the opportunities are very broad and unlimited," said Morant.
Lacey Ekberg, president and CEO of the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber has hosted two Indian entrepreneurs within the last 30 days, one of whom is considering building a facility in Clayton which manufactures broadcasting equipment. She said the conference will "open a lot of doors" for Clayton County.
"It's an opportunity for us to get exposure to India and vice versa," said Ekberg. "The word is out there in India. They are very interested in dealing with us. We have a lot of opportunity that is sitting out there and this meeting [on] Monday will really enhance that.
The Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce-Georigia is "a brand new chamber," Ekberg added. "This is a huge success story for them. They are bringing the culture here. That's what they set out to do and they are accomplishing it."
Clayton County Board of Commissioners chairman Eldrin Bell called the conference a "valued exchange," between Clayton County and India.
"One of the key measurements of successful business is networking, and this will present our people, and theirs, a unique opportunity to network," said Bell. "There are already at least two major business that I've had meetings with who are seriously looking at Clayton County. We will be urging them to select Clayton County as a potential investment site."
Registration for the conference is $65 per person, which includes a light breakfast, lunch, and reception.
To register, call (404) 587-3126 or e-mail Brenda Morant at firstname.lastname@example.org.