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  • 05/02/2019 9:28 PM | Indian American Chamber of Commerce (Administrator)

    Orlando, FL May 01, 2019 - The Indian American Chamber of Commerce- Orlando (IACC) hosted its Business After Hours (BAH) with the United States Tennis Association (USTA), on Wednesday, April 17th.  The event was held at the USTA National Campus in east Orlando.  Participants enjoyed tours of the state-of-the-art facility, which features two championship courts, 100 fully lit courts and 84 courts that use live streaming.  USTA offers 25 different programs at the east Orlando campus. The April BAH event was sponsored by USTA Diversity and Inclusion.

    “Our April networking event in the Lake Nona area enabled our members to interact at the USTA National Campus’ state-of-the-art facility.  Participants discussed business trends for 2019, then connected with trainers and played some tennis,” said Yog Melwani, IACC President.

    The IACC is taking a leading role to foster business opportunities in Central Florida, from the annual IACC India Day with the Orlando Magic, and innovative events like the Smart and Sustainable Cities Collaborative, to BAH events hosted at various local businesses.

    The IACC endeavors to expand the “reach” of its members’ businesses.  Together, the IACC and its members are committed to community service, to assisting charitable groups, and to increasing trade between the United States and India.

     

    The Indian American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) is dedicated to “Connecting People and Fostering Business”.  The IACC is widely recognized as the business organization for the Asian Indian community, as well as other individuals and corporations who currently, or in the future, would like to do business with Asian Indians in Central Florida or in India.  Visit www.IACCOrlando.com for more information. The IACC is a not for profit 501 (c-6) organization.  


  • 04/02/2019 6:36 AM | Anjali Sivakumaran (Administrator)
  • 03/26/2019 4:37 PM | Anjali Sivakumaran (Administrator)

    Orlando, FL – March 24, 2019 The Indian American Chamber of Commerce (IACC), co-sponsored a panel discussion during March to focus on Orlando’s future as a smart and sustainable city.  The Smart and Sustainable Cities Collaboration II (SSCC) Panel Discussion brought together local officials, corporate and educational leaders to discuss how Orlando and Central Florida can implement more green initiatives within our community.  The goals are to create a cleaner, healthier, smarter and more sustainable future in Central Florida. 

    The SSCC II Panel Discussion took place March 7th at the UCF Center for Emerging Media.  The IACC co-sponsored the event with the UCF India Center.

    IACC President Yog Melwani said, “The panelists for the SSCC II event offered powerful insights about how we can improve our quality of life in Orlando, in the coming years.  Our leaders must consider many issues while ensuring sustainable policies meet the needs of present and future generations with respect to economic, social, environmental and cultural aspects.”

    Panelists dug into dynamics of urban change; the opportunities and challenges that will increase for our community as we implement these innovations; the interdependence of social, economic, environmental and technological factors; and how these evolve as we shape the modern city, and work to improve the quality of urban life in Orlando.

    Panelists included: Chris Castro- Director, Office of Sustainability and Resilience, City of Orlando; Eric Hill- Director of Transportation System Management and Operations, MetroPlan Orlando; Arthur Huang- Ph.D. LEED-AP, Assistant Professor, Rosen College of Hospitality Management, UCF.  This year’s event followed a successful panel discussion on smart and sustainable cities at Rollins College, last March.

    Mr. Castro outlined how the Green Works Orlando program is using renewable energies and smart technologies on city buildings to save taxpayers money.  Mr. Castro said, “Orlando is becoming a national leader when it comes to cities using technology to enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors.”

    Mr. Hill focused on how Central Florida leaders are developing smart transportation plans to reduce congestion.  He talked about apps that can show commuters where parking spaces are available, and he discussed how public transportation systems will use autonomous vehicles in the future.    

    Mr. Huang outlined a UCF project to develop a smart tourism framework.  The project will enable city leaders across America to understand how they are performing on a variety of sustainability issues compared to other cities.

     The IACC is a strong Chamber of Commerce with a growing membership, dedicated to expanding the “reach” of its members’ businesses.  Together, the IACC and its members are committed to community service, to assisting charitable groups and to increasing trade between the United States and India.

     

    The Indian American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) is focused on “Connecting People and Fostering Business”.  The IACC is widely recognized as the business organization for the Asian Indian community, as well as other individuals and corporations who currently, or in the future, would like to do business with Asian Indians in Central Florida or in India.  Visit www.IACCOrlando.com for more information. The IACC is a not for profit 501 (c)(6) organization.  


  • 03/21/2019 4:31 PM | Anjali Sivakumaran (Administrator)

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    The Indian American Chamber of Commerce (IACC), will co-sponsor a second panel discussion to focus on Orlando’s future as a smart and sustainable city.  The Smart and Sustainable Cities Collaboration II (SSCC) Panel Discussion will unite local officials, corporate and educational leaders to discuss how Central Florida, and more specifically Orlando, can implement more green initiatives within our community for a cleaner, healthier, smarter and more sustainable future in Central Florida.

    The SSCC II Panel Discussion will take place on Thursday, March 7th from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the UCF Center for Emerging Media.  It is located at 500 West Livingston Street, in downtown Orlando.  The IACC is co-sponsoring this event with the UCF India Center.

    Panelists will also discuss the dynamics of urban change; the opportunities and challenges that will increase for our community as we implement these innovations; the interdependence of social, economic, environmental and technological factors; and how these evolve as we shape the modern city, and improve the quality of urban life in Orlando.

    Panelists will include: Chris Castro- Director, Office of Sustainability and Resilience, City of Orlando; Eric Hill- Director of Transportation System Management and Operations, MetroPlan Orlando; Arthur Huang- Ph.D. LEED-AP, Assistant Professor, Rosen College of Hospitality Management, UCF; and Eric Levy- Midday News Anchor, Spectrum News 13, joins us again as Moderator.  This year’s event follows a successful panel discussion on smart and sustainable cities at Rollins College, last March.

    IACC President Yog Melwani says, “Last year’s Smart and Sustainable Cities Collaboration offered powerful insights about how we can improve our quality of life in Orlando, in the coming years.  This year, we will take the discussion to a whole new level.  There are many issues for our leaders to consider while ensuring sustainable policies meet the needs of present and future generations with respect to economic, social, environmental and cultural aspects.”

    Mr. Melwani is available for media interviews ahead of this important community event.

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  • 02/21/2019 10:28 PM | Indian American Chamber of Commerce (Administrator)

    Orlando, FL – February 18, 2019 The Indian American Chamber of Commerce Orlando (IACC) led Orlando’s 7th annual India Day 2019 Celebration in Downtown Orlando this month. The event put cultural diversity in the spotlight at the Amway Center.  Thousands took part in the Street Fest, the Orlando Magic game, and India Day entertainment before, during and after the game. IACC leaders say the 2019 turnout was larger than during 2018.

    People attending the event showed strong support for the 7th annual India Day 2019 Celebration.  Mayor Dyer recognized India Day, by presenting the 5th Orlando India Day Proclamation, which was read at the India Day event, by Orlando City Commissioner Tony Ortiz.  Orlando Magic fans supported the event with more than six thousand group ticket sales for the big game against the Brooklyn Nets. The number of suite sales for the game increased in 2019 compared to 2018.  The 2nd annual 3 on 3 basketball tournament, played on the Magic’s NBA court, featured amateur action with three pointers.

    Several corporate sponsors joined the IACC to cheer on the Magic, and they attended the VIP reception. Government Officials attending the game included: Orange County School Board Member - Melissa Byrd; Orange County Commissioner -  Maribel Gomez Cordero; Seminole County Commissioner - Lee Constantine; Orange County Mayor - Jerry Demings; US Representative - Valdez Demings; Orlando City Commissioner - Tony Ortiz; Orange County Commissioner - Victoria Siplin; Orange County Commissioner Mayra Uribe; City of Orlando Chief of Police Orlando Rolon, Judge Laura Shaffer; Representing Mayor Buddy Dyer, Giorgina Pinedo-Rolon, Director of Multicultural Affairs and Luis Martinez also with Multicultural Affairs.

    IACC President Yog Melwani said, “The IACC leadership team thanks Central Florida for strongly supporting our India Day Celebration again in 2019.  This event keeps growing each year.  We recognize the cultural diversity in Orlando and the heritage of Indian Americans living in Central Florida.” Dr. Varesh Patel was the India Day Chair.

    The event is a commemoration of India's Republic Day, honoring the date when India’s Constitution went into effect.  The IACC- Orlando thanks the Orlando Magic for their continuing commitment to the 7th annual event.  The NBA has recognized the India Day Celebration in Orlando as the Best Heritage Night in the NBA.

    The 7th annual India Day 2019 Celebration Street Fest featured dance performances. Attendees had a chance to learn more about Membership, Henna, Yoga, and "How to Tie" Sari & Turban booths.  Music fans enjoyed a Post-Game concert, featuring celebrity guest singer Mickey Singh.

    The IACC is a strong Chamber of Commerce with a growing membership, dedicated to expanding the “reach” of its members’ businesses.  Together, the IACC and its members are committed to community service, to assisting charitable groups and to increasing trade between the United States and India.


    The Indian American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) is focused on “Connecting People and Fostering Business”.  The IACC is widely recognized as the business organization for the Asian Indian community, as well as other individuals and corporations who currently, or in the future, would like to do business with Asian Indians in Central Florida or in India.  Visit www.IACCOrlando.com for more information. The IACC is a not for profit 501 (c)(6) organization.  




  • 01/23/2019 11:13 AM | Indian American Chamber of Commerce (Administrator)

    Orlando, FL – January 23, 2019 The Indian American Chamber of Commerce Orlando (IACC) will lead Orlando’s official 7th Annual India Day Celebration in Downtown Orlando, on February 2nd, 2019. The event will unite people from Central Florida and across the U.S., to celebrate cultural diversity and to commemorate India’s Republic Day- honoring the date when India’s Constitution went into effect.

    Once again the IACC is partnering with the Orlando Magic and holding the event at Amway Center, located at 400 West Church Street.  Festivities will start at Noon.  The Orlando Magic will host the Brooklyn Nets at 7 PM.

    IACC President Yog Melwani said, “The IACC is proud to cohost the 7th Annual India Day, thanks to the Orlando Magic and their continuing partnership.  We’ve organized this annual event to celebrate and recognize the heritage of Indian Americans who live in Central Florida.”  Dr. Varesh Patel is the India Day Chair.

    The 2nd Annual India Day 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament will provide registered teams the opportunity to compete on the Magic Court, a regulation NBA Court- starting at 12:30 PM.  The three age categories include ages 8-12, 13-17 and 18 and over.

    Events will also include a Street Festival from 4 PM to 6:30 PM, on Church Street in front of the Amway Center.  There will be Indian dancing and Yoga presentations, as well as Henna tattoos, Sari and Turban booths, and more.  (Sari donations will be accepted for those in need, at the Sari booth.)  There will also be a guest appearance by singer/ song writer Mickey Singh.   

    The 7th Annual India Day will end with a concert.  All game attendees are invited to enjoy a post-game concert, featuring celebrity guest singer Mickey Singh.

    The IACC is a strong Chamber of Commerce with a growing membership, dedicated to expanding the “reach” of its members’ businesses.  Together, the IACC and its members are committed to community service, to assisting charitable groups and to increasing trade between the United States and India.

     

    The Indian American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) is focused on “Connecting People and Fostering Business”.  The IACC is widely recognized as the business organization for the Asian Indian community, as well as other individuals and corporations who currently, or in the future, would like to do business with Asian Indians in Central Florida or in India.  Visit www.IACCOrlando.com for more information. The IACC is a not for profit 501 (c)(6) organization.  

  • 01/09/2019 5:51 PM | Anjali Sivakumaran (Administrator)

    Orlando, FL January 09, 2019- The Indian American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) made 2018 a year of growth and service in Central Florida.  The year featured a series of new and improved initiatives under the leadership of new President, Yog Melwani, and a new Board of Directors.  The IACC worked closely during 2018 with elected officials from Central Florida cities and counties, leaders from other chambers of commerce, and with trade experts from the Government of India, among other groups.

    Throughout 2018, the IACC achieved a 35% Membership Growth.  Media coverage was up 1,500%, and across Social Media platforms, the increase went from 18% to 186%.

    January- Yog Melwani’s term as President of the IACC began.  He introduced goals to help expand the IACC, and he and the Board agreed to host and or cosponsor a series of events to make a difference in the Central Florida business community.

    February- The IACC hosted their 6th Annual India Day Celebration at the Amway Center in Orlando.  The event was a successful celebration of cultural diversity and a commemoration of India’s Republic Day, honoring the date when India’s Constitution went into effect.  Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer issued the 4th Proclamation recognizing this annual event, proclaiming February 3rd, 2018 as India Day, in the City of Orlando. 

    The IACC thanks the Orlando Magic, Mayor Buddy Dyer and The City of Orlando for their continuing partnership and support for the annual event.  People from the Indian community took part in the Street Fest, the Orlando Magic game, and India Day entertainment before, during and after the game.  The IACC and Orlando Magic’s Indian fans supported the event with more than seven thousand group ticket sales and several suite sales for the big game against the Wizards, a sold-out game.   

    March- The IACC cosponsored a cutting-edge enterprise, focusing on existing green initiatives, and implementing more in Central Florida.  The Smart and Sustainable Cities Collaborative Roundtable (SSCC) was held at Rollins College.  The event focused on high tech solutions to improve services offered by the City of Orlando and cities across Central Florida.  The roundtable also focused on how cities can enact more sustainable policies to reduce negative impacts on our environment.  

    The IACC hosted the roundtable in alliance with the City of Orlando, Rollins College and VHB.  Orlando’s efforts are part of a growing national and international movement.  Such examples include India, which has set a goal of creating 100 Smart Cities.  They are collaborating with the U.S. Government and an American company to implement the intelligent transformation of India’s first smart capital city.  Here in Orlando, city leaders have been reducing environmental impact through the Green Works Orlando Initiative since 2007.

    IACC President Yog Melwani says, “Our panel of experts at the roundtable offered powerful insights about what we are able to do now and will be able to do in the coming years to improve our quality of life.  Smart sensors and other technologies will create new jobs in Central Florida, while helping to reduce negative impacts on our environment.” Panel experts represented: BB&T, City of Orlando, GrayRobinson, Orange County, OUC, Panasonic, Rollins College, Siemens, UCF and VHB.

    April- The IACC focused on its continuing efforts to build business ties with leaders in India.  On April 20th, UCF, the City of Orlando, Orange County and the IACC co-hosted economic development experts and government leaders from Madhya Pradesh, also known as the “Heart of India.”  It has more than 75 million residents, and it is the second largest state in India.  Its capital Bhopal, and six other major cities in the state, are among the 100 cities which are slated to be transitioned into Smart Cities.

    Mr. Vivek Aggarwal, Principal Secretary to Madhya Pradesh’s Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, met with a Central Florida delegation to discuss collaborating on economic development opportunities.  They include international investments; trade between Florida and Madhya Pradesh; India’s initiative to develop 100 Smart and Sustainable Cities; best development practices for urban housing, infrastructure and transportation.

    May- The IACC unveiled a bold, new chamber logo.  The logo symbolizes the chamber’s ties to India and its commitment to helping entrepreneurs in the United States expand their business opportunities.

    The new logo incorporates the colors of the national flags of India and the United States.  The saffron color indicates the strength and courage of the people of India.  The white denotes peace and truth with the Ashoka Chakra.  The green represents the fertility, growth and prosperity of India’s land.  The red, white and blue of the U.S. flag indicates hardiness and valor-red; purity and innocence- white; and blue signifies vigilance, perseverance and justice.

    June- The IACC was listed as one of Central Florida’s top 25 Chambers of Commerce in this year’s Book of Lists, published by the Orlando Business Journal (OBJ).

    The IACC took the 16th spot on the 2018 list, as it joined the ranks of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando, the West Orange Chamber of Commerce and the African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida, to name a few.

    July- The IACC and the Central Florida Association of Physicians from the Indian Subcontent (CAPI) co-hosted the Membership Appreciation and Wine Tasting, for Members and Sponsors.

    August- The 3rd Annual IACC and CAPI Business After Hours, at Dr. Phillips Hospital, was sponsored by Orlando Health.

    September- The IACC’s 9th Annual Awards Gala brought together more than 300 entrepreneurs and business leaders at the brand-new Intermodal Terminal Facility at the Orlando International Airport.

    The IACC honored Central Florida award winners in the following categories:

    Gandhi Community Service Award:  New Age Group (Hindu Society of Central Florida)

    Male Business Professional of the Year:  Prineet Sharma (Sharma Eminent Domain Lawyers)

    Female Business Professional of the Year:  Arti Kalidas (VaxCare Corporation)

    Entrepreneur of the Year:  Rajul Patel (Fence Outlet)

    The Keynote Speaker for the 9th Annual Awards Gala was Dr. Dale Whittaker, the new President for the University of Central Florida.  Dr. Whittaker highlighted not only UCF's accomplishments, but he also emphasized the importance of The India Center at UCF.  The India Center focuses not only on India's role in the global arena, but it also develops partnerships with universities, companies, and governmental cultural organizations.  

    Each year, the IACC recognizes charities which make positive impacts within our local community.  This year at the Gala, the IACC recognized the Alzheimer's and Parkinson’s Associations of Central Florida.  Each group was awarded $1,000.00 for their dedication to patients, caregivers and families. 

    October- IACC members formed their first team to participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, at Lake Eola.

    The IACC also brought together more than 140 volunteers to help feed thousands of children at the chamber’s annual Gandhi Day of Service, held at the Orlando City Stadium. Volunteers teamed up to package 40,000 meals to assist the Feeding Children Everywhere relief organization. IACC partnered with CAPI, to purchase the meals and provide volunteers for the community service project. Also involved in the collaborative effort was Orlando City Soccer, which provided the venue at the Stadium, and Pita Hut Enterprises, which provided lunch for all the volunteers. This event was covered by WFTV, WESH and Spectrum News 13.

    “Our IACC members worked hand in hand with other volunteers, at the 2018 Gandhi Day of Service.  This project made a difference in the lives of thousands of children, at the most basic level, by making sure they have food,” said Yog Melwani, IACC President.

    “Not only are we feeding children, but we have children volunteering, from ages 3 and up.  We hope volunteerism can be instilled in them, so that when they grow up, they can host similar events and make just as big of an impact,” said Neal H. Patel, IACC Treasurer.

    The IACC co-hosted the Consul General of India, Dr. Swati Kulkarni, who attended meetings with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Congressman Darren Soto, representatives from UCF, and at the time, Orange County Mayor Elect Jerry Demings.  More than twenty Indian Associations from Central Florida took part in the discussions about creating new business opportunities.  Dr. Kulkarni is the first female diplomat posted to this role at the Consul General office in Atlanta.

    The IACC Women’s Forum, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, had a strong turnout where attendees were engaged in a personal/professional branding workshop, and enjoyed a distinctive shopping experience.

    November- The IACC was a proud Chamber Sponsor of FusionFest.  This first-year festival was a free two-day celebration of diverse cultures here in Central Florida.  FusionFest was held in downtown Orlando on November 24th and 25th- it is a project of the Downtown Arts District with support from Orange County Government, the City of Orlando, and the Downtown Development Board. 

    FusionFest featured music and dancers from around the world; a short-film festival about people who moved to Central Florida from other countries; story telling; a fashion show; a marketplace featuring vendors from around the world; and international cuisine.

    The Indian American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) is focused on “Connecting People and Fostering Business”.  The IACC is widely recognized as the business organization for the Asian Indian community, as well as other individuals and corporations who currently, or in the future, would like to do business with Asian Indians in Central Florida or in India. Visit www.IACCOrlando.com for more information.  The IACC is a not for profit 501 (c-6) organization.

  • 12/11/2018 8:36 AM | Indian American Chamber of Commerce (Administrator)

    Orlando, FL December 11, 2018- The Indian American Chamber of commerce was honored to attend the Orlando Economic Partnership Annual Dinner at Epcot's World Showplace late last month.  More than 800 people took part in the dynamic event, which focuses each year on economic development in Central Florida. 

    The Orlando Economic Partnership Annual Dinner serves as a reminder that business leaders in the seven county Orlando region are committed to our community’s future.  They are focused on strengthening our economy and empowering our community leaders, while improving our competitiveness.  

    IACC President Yog Melwani says, "The Orlando Economic Partnership Annual Dinner gives our chamber members an update on economic trends in our region.  The event gives them information which empowers them to succeed."

    The following individuals and company were acknowledged for their leadership as economic development champions in Central Florida:

    Jim Pugh, Chairman and CEO of Epoch Residential, and the leading force behind the construction of the Dr. Phillips Center of the Performing Arts.  He received the 2018 James B. Greene Award, which honors those who’ve made significant contributions to the region’s economic growth and quality of life.

    Jacob V. Stuart, former President and CEO of the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Founder of the Central Florida Partnership.  He received the J. Thomas Gurney Lifetime Service Award for his achievements in the areas of healthcare, transportation, research and workforce development.

    Luminar Technologies received the William C. Schwartz Innovation Award, which recognizes a company that has created an innovative new product, idea or process. Luminar was recognized for its advancement in laser technology used in autonomous vehicles.

    The IACC is a strong Chamber of Commerce with a growing membership,dedicated to expanding the “reach” of its members’ businesses.  Together, the IACC and its members are committed to community service, to assisting charitable groups and to increasing trade between the United States and India.

     

    The Indian American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) is focused on “Connecting People and Fostering Business”.  The IACC is widely recognized as the business organization for the Asian Indian community, as well as other individuals and corporations who currently, or in the future, would like to do business with Asian Indians in Central Florida or in India. The IACC is a not for profit 501 (c)(6) organization.  Visit www.IACCOrlando.com for more information.


  • 12/11/2018 8:34 AM | Indian American Chamber of Commerce (Administrator)

    Orlando, FL December 11, 2018- Earlier this month, The IACC took part in the i4 Business 2018 Business Leaders of the Year Awards Event.  The i4 Business Magazine sponsors the awards, which recognize Central Florida business leaders in healthcare, technology, civic development, entrepreneurialism and more.  The award winners are having a large impact on their business sectors and on the larger cultural ecosystem in Central Florida.

     

    IACC had the pleasure to be a table sponsor for the i4 Business 2018 Business Leaders of the Year awards program.  This was an important event for IACC to attend, because it celebrated the spirit of entrepreneurship in our community.  

     

    The following individuals were recognized and honored for their exemplary leadership in Orlando, as well as their ongoing philanthropic deeds:

     

    HARRIS ROSEN

    ROSEN HOTELS AND RESORTS

    BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR

     

    GEORGE AGUEL

    VISIT ORLANDO

    TOURISM

     

    ANGELA ALBAN

    SIMETRI

    ENTREPRENEURSHIP

     

     

    HARRY ELLIS

    NEXT HORIZON

    TECHNOLOGY

     

    OLIVE GAYE

    GENCARE RESOURCES

    HEALTHCARE

     

    KAREN KEENE

    ATHENA ORLANDO WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP

    SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR

     

    JERRY ROSS

    NATIONAL ENTREPRENEUR CENTER

    ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

     

     

    DR. SANDY SHUGART

    VALENCIA COLLEGE

    TALENT PIPELINE

     

    The IACC is a strong Chamber of Commerce with a growing membership,

    dedicated to expanding the “reach” of its members’ businesses.  Together, the

    IACC and its members are committed to community service, to assisting charitable

    groups and to increasing trade between the United States and India.

     

    The Indian American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) is focused on “Connecting People and Fostering Business”.  The IACC is widely recognized as the business organization for the Asian Indian community, as well as other individuals and corporations who currently, or in the future, would like to do business with Asian Indians in Central Florida or in India. The IACC is a not for profit 501 (c)(6) organization.  Visit www.IACCOrlando.com for more information.


  • 11/05/2018 9:04 PM | Indian American Chamber of Commerce (Administrator)

    Orlando, FL November 05, 2018- Members of the Indian American Chamber of Commerce- Orlando are joining Indian American families across the United States this week to celebrate India’s most important holiday.

    This year Diwali, Deepavali or Dipvali will be celebrated Wednesday, November 7th.  Diwali, a Hindu festival, also known as the festival of lights, symbolizes the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance."  

    "Diwali is India's largest and most important holiday of the year,” said IACC President Yog Melwani.  “It is a five-day celebration when families light lamps every night during the festival to help Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, find her way into people's homes.”

    The first day of Diwali celebrations is called Dhanteras. The second day of Diwali is called Narak Chaturdasi, the 14th lunar day. Homes light 14 diyas to ward off evil. The third day is when Diwali is celebrated with family and 21 diyas are lit. On the 4th day, people celebrate Govardhan pooja, in remembrance of Lord Krishna.  In mythic tales, he lifted Govardhan Hill to shelter the people in Vrindavan from heavy rain. The celebration ends with observing Bhai Dooj on the 5th day.

    The IACC is a strong Chamber of Commerce with a growing membership, dedicated to expanding the “reach” of its members’ businesses.  Together, the IACC and its members are committed to community service, to assisting charitable groups and to increasing trade between the United States and India.

     

    The Indian American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) is focused on “Connecting People and Fostering Business”.  The IACC represents more than a billion dollars in economic activity, and it is widely recognized as the business organization for the Asian Indian community, as well as other individuals and corporations who currently, or in the future, would like to do business with Asian Indians in Central Florida or in India. The IACC is a not for profit 501 (c)(6) organization.  Visit www.IACCOrlando.com for more information.


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Indian American Chamber of Commerce
670 N. Orlando Ave, Ste 1003
Maitland, FL 32751

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Phone: 407.391.5151


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