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  • 04/25/2018 12:31 PM | Indian American Chamber of Commerce (Administrator)

    Go Green at Work and at Home

    Earth Day is an annual worldwide event which promotes and supports environmental protections and efforts to enact more sustainable policies to protect our planet.  This year Earth Day fell on Sunday, April 22nd.  As the Earth Day Network motivates us to improve human attitudes and behaviors environmentally, they also strive to inspire that Earth Day is Every Day.

     In correlation with that inspiration, the Indian American Chamber of Commerce-Orlando (IACC) initiated the Smart and Sustainable Cities Collaborative Roundtable (SSCC), last month.  This discussion with Central Florida leaders from local government, the business community, and academia generated ideas to initiate sustainable policies and to focus on planning for a cleaner, healthier, smarter and more sustainable future in our “City Beautiful”.

     Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the “100 Smart Cities Mission” in 2015.  He has a vision to develop 100 Smart Cities, encouraging Indian state leaders to plan and interpret smartness.  Although, there is no technical definition of what a “Smart City” actually is, the goal of the IACC is to promote dialogue within our community to manage our assets and resources more efficiently.

     Here are some ideas to help you go green at work and home:

     Be Bright About Light

    • Institute a policy of turning off the lights when you leave a room for 15 minutes or more.
    • Install timers or motion sensors that automatically shut off lights when they're not needed.
    • Buy Energy Star-rated light bulbs and fixtures, which use at least two-thirds less energy than regular lights.

    Clean-up Your Commutes

    • Organize a company carpool program and encourage employees to carpool, bike, walk or take public transit to work.
    • Institute occasional “Don’t Drive Days” where employees who register a clean commute are entered to win prizes like a free lunch or an extra vacation day.

    Create a Healthy Environment

    • Use nontoxic cleaning products.
    • Brighten up your office, cubicle or home with plants, to absorb indoor pollution.
    • Try to buy furniture, carpeting and paint that are free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and won't release toxic chemicals.

    Go Paperless When Possible

    • Post employee manuals and similar materials online, rather than distributing print copies. (They're easier to update that way too!)
    • Replace the traditional fax machine with a fax modem, so that all faxes can be sent via e-mail.
    • Request to be removed from mailing lists for unwanted catalogs, magazines, newsletters and other junk mail.

    Maximize Computer Efficiency

    • Make it a policy to turn off your computer when you leave for the day. (This can save additional energy use.)
    • During the day, setting your computer to go to sleep automatically can cut energy use by approximately 70 percent.  (Screen savers don't save energy.)
    • Turn off other equipment when it's not being used. (This can reduce energy consumption by about 25 percent.)
    • Make it a policy to invest in energy-saving computers, monitors and printers.

    Print Smarter

    • Set printers to print on both sides of paper.
    • Make it a policy to print in draft or “fast” mode whenever possible to save on ink.
    • Recycle toner and ink cartridges and buy remanufactured ones.

    Ramp up Your Recycling

    • Institute or take advantage of an existing recycling program for electronics, paper, cans, bottles, cell phones or cardboard.  Many electronics and cell phones can be donated and refurbished.  If your electronics are no longer salvageable, make sure you recycle them through a company that is certified through either the R-2 or e-Stewards program.

    Make it a policy to place recycling bins in accessible, high-traffic areas and provide clear information about what can and cannot be recycled.

    Rethink Work Travel

    • Invest in video conferencing and other technological solutions that can reduce the amount of employee travel.
    • Promote the use of public transit and/or make it a policy to rent hybrid or high-mpg vehicles during work-related travel.

    Tap into Water Savings

    • Do not leave taps dripping. (One drop wasted per second, can waste approximately 10,000 quarts per year!)
    • Install displacement toilet dams in toilet tanks. Placing one or two plastic containers filled with stones (not bricks) in the toilet's tank will displace about 4 quarts of water per flush.  (That is a huge reduction of water use over the course of a year.)
    • Use native plants for landscaping and advanced irrigation systems with rain sensors.

    Watch What (and how) You Eat

    • Provide reusable dishes, cups and utensils for your employees.
    • Buy organic and local food for parties and other events.
    • Provide filtered drinking water to reduce bottled-water waste. 

    The momentum for a more sustainable community is there, and IACC leaders hope you will join us in continuing this dialogue.  Together we can promote Orlando as a Smart City. 



  • 04/12/2018 8:50 PM | Indian American Chamber of Commerce (Administrator)

    IACC-Orlando Business After Hours Event Offers Premier Networking Opportunity with Chase Bank on April 19th

    Orlando, FL – April 12, 2018   Members of The Indian American Chamber of Commerce- Orlando will join business leaders from across Central Florida for a premier networking opportunity to launch the second quarter of 2018.  This unique opportunity to gain insights on business trends in the Orlando area will take place April 19, 2018 at The IACC Business After Hours event.  Some of Orlando’s leading entrepreneurs and professionals will network, strengthen existing relationships and strategize for success in the second quarter and the rest of 2018.

     

    Chase for Business is hosting this Business After Hours event.  It will be held at the Chase Bank located on the 10th floor, at 450 South Orange Avenue in downtown Orlando. The event will take place from 6 PM to 8 PM.  Parking is available at 460 Boone Avenue, and tickets will be validated.

     

    “The Business After Hours event on April 19th will give business professionals a forum to share ideas about business trends in Central Florida as we begin the second quarter of the year,” said Mr. Yog Melwani, IACC President.  “The chamber would like to thank all of our sponsors and business owners who make these networking events successful.”

     

    The IACC is a strong Chamber of Commerce with a growing membership.  The IACC is 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 over 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.


  • 03/21/2018 11:46 AM | Indian American Chamber of Commerce (Administrator)

    Orlando, FL – March 18, 2018 Central Florida is moving closer toward implementing more green initiatives within our community.  The Smart and Sustainable Cities Collaborative Roundtable raised public awareness about important issues this past week at Rollins College.  The event focused on high tech solutions to improve services offered by the City of Orlando and cities across Florida.  The roundtable also focused on how cities can enact more sustainable policies to reduce negative impacts on our environment. 

    Orlando’s efforts regarding these issues are part of a growing national and international movement.  Such examples include India, which has set a goal of creating 100 Smart Cities.  The nation is 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, Mayor Dyer has set aggressive goals to reduce environmental impact through the Green Works Orlando Initiative.

    The cutting-edge discussion about planning for a cleaner, healthier, smarter and more sustainable future in Central Florida took part Wednesday evening at the Bush Auditorium at Rollins College.  The IACC hosted the roundtable in alliance with the City of Orlando and Rollins College, and VHB sponsored the event.

    IACC President Yog Melwani says the roundtable moved our community forward as we work to implement more sustainable policies in Central Florida.  Mr. Melwani says, “Our panel of experts offered powerful insights about what we will be able to do in Central Florida in the coming years to improve our quality of life here.  Smart sensors and other technologies will create new jobs here, while helping to reduce negative impacts on our environment.”  IACC Leadership Team Member Mital Hall served as co-chair for this event.

    The roundtable included panelists who offered expertise on smart cities and sustainable policies from several different sectors within our economy.  Chris Castro, Director of Sustainability for the City of Orlando, said the city just purchased some electric motorcycles for the police department to help reduce fleet emissions. Castro said several companies are partnering with the City of Orlando to help implement sustainable initiatives.  Castro said cooperation with companies is critical for success.

    Evan Wyant, Market President of BB&T spoke about the importance of private, public partnerships to finance smart technology projects.  Truong Nguyen, Shareholder at GrayRobinson, talked about the importance of getting our citizens and community leaders to buy into the concepts of sustainable policies.  Dr. Mamta Accapadi, VP Student Affairs at Rollins College, focused on the role college students and other young people will play to shape green initiative policies for years to come. 

    David Mulholland, Southeast Regional Manager at VHB told the audience that Orlando is already involved in testing self-driving vehicles and helping to develop other technologies right here.  Elizabeth Paul, Director of Strategic Planning with Orlando Utilities Commission, focused on how we can make our electric grid and street lights smarter systems, which can improve efficiency and help make our residents safer.

    Alberto Vargas, Planning Manager for Orange County Government, said the county is updating its codes so we can implement more sustainable policies.  Vargas said we have to address affordable housing issues as we introduce more green initiatives.  Mike Hess, Vice President, Smart and Sustainable Buildings for Panasonic, spoke at length about the company’s efforts to build smart cities in the United States.  Hess says those projects can be profitable for the private sector, and that is an important factor moving forward. 

    Dr. Naveen Eluru, with the Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering Department at UCF, spoke about smart cities initiatives in India.  He said various states in India are introducing programs based on their priorities.  Dr. Eluru pointed out that people in India will use new smart transportation options based on their economic needs first.  

    Ivan Aron, General Manager in Central Florida for Siemens, says some European countries are making steady progress toward implementing sustainable initiatives.  Aron says Siemens is already partnering with cities in Europe to implement clean energy technologies there.

    The IACC- Orlando hopes to host another event focusing on smart cities and sustainable initiatives to continue our community’s discussion about these issues, at a later date.

    The Indian American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) is a strong chamber, with a growing membership. The IACC is focused on providing opportunities for the people of Asian Indian origin to network with some of Central Florida’s most successful business professionals and guest speakers, to assist in growing business locally, state-wide and internationally.  The IACC does this by“Connecting People and Fostering Business”.

    The IACC leaders have facilitated strategic alliances with other Indian and Non- Indian business organizations, who want to do business with the Asian Indian American community, through networking and sponsorships.

    IACC members are committed to community service, to assisting other charitable groups, and to increasing trade between the United States and India. The IACC is a not for profit 501 (C)(6).  Visit www.IACCOrlando.com for more information.



  • 03/14/2018 12:00 PM | Anjali Sivakumaran (Administrator)

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  • 02/28/2018 12:19 PM | Indian American Chamber of Commerce (Administrator)

    Orlando, FL – February 28, 2018 The Smart and Sustainable Cities Collaborative Roundtable will be held March 14, 2018 in the Bush Auditorium at Rollins College.  The event will focus on high tech ways to improve services offered by the City of Orlando and cities across Florida.  The roundtable will also focus on how cities can enact more sustainable policies to reduce negative impacts on our environment.  Orlando’s efforts are part of a growing national and international trend.  One such example is India, which has set a goal of creating 100 Smart Cities.  The nation is collaborating with the U.S. Government and an American company to implement the intelligent transformation of India’s first smart capital city.

    We invite you to join The Indian American Chamber of Commerce- Orlando (IACC), local officials, Indian Delegates, corporate and academic leaders for this cutting-edge discussion about how we can improve our own community’s future.  The IACC will host this roundtable in alliance with the City of Orlando and Rollins College.

    The event will take place March 14th from 5:30 PM to 8 PM in the Bush Auditorium at Rollins College.  The IACC will facilitate meaningful dialogue with community leaders to see how these initiatives can benefit our community, via healthcare, transportation or tourism.  

    IACC President Yog Melwani believes Orlando has a technological edge over other American cities as we are part of the Florida High Tech Corridor.  Mr. Melwani says, “Central Florida is one of the leaders in developing smart sensors technology, and the development of many other technology industries- from agritechnology and aviation, to sustainable energy, and everything in between.  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.”

    Roundtable panelists will include: Evan Wyant, Market President- BB&T; Truong    Nguyen, Shareholder- GrayRobinson; Dr. Mamta Accapadi, VP Student Affairs- Rollins College; Hammad Chaudry, Manager, Business Plan Development, Intelligence & Analytics- OUC; Chris Castro, Director of Sustainability- the City of Orlando; Consul General Nagesh Singh- Indian Consulate Atlanta; Alberto Vargas, Planning Manager- Orange County; Mike Hess, Vice President, Smart and Sustainable Buildings- Panasonic; Dr. Mohammad Abdel-Aty, Chair of the Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering Department- UCF; and Ivan Aron, General Manager, Central Florida- Siemens.

    The Indian American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) is a strong chamber, with a growing membership. The IACC is focused on providing opportunities for the people of Asian Indian origin to network with some of Central Florida’s most successful business professionals and guest speakers, to assist in growing business locally, state-wide and internationally.  The IACC does this by“Connecting People and Fostering Business”.

    The IACC leaders have facilitated strategic alliances with other Indian and Non Indian business organizations, who want to do business with the Asian Indian American community, through networking and sponsorships.

    IACC members are committed to community service, to assisting other charitable groups, and to increasing trade between the United States and India. The IACC is a not for profit 501 (C)(6).  Visit www.IACCOrlando.com for more information.



  • 02/20/2018 4:33 PM | Indian American Chamber of Commerce (Administrator)

    Orlando, FL – February 04, 2018 The Indian American Chamber of Commerce Orlando (IACC) led Orlando’s 6th annual India Day 2018 Celebration in Downtown Orlando on February 3rd. The event was a successful celebration of cultural diversity at the Amway Center. More than seven thousand people took part in the Street Fest, the Orlando Magic game, and India Day entertainment before, during and after the game.

    Broad support for the 6th Annual India Day 2018 Celebration was shown. Mayor Dyer presented the 4th Orlando India Day Proclamation. Orlando Magic fans supported the event with more than seven thousand group ticket sales and several suite sales for the big game against the Wizards. The Inaugural 3 on 3 basketball tournament, played on the Magic court, featured some impressive amateur action.

    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 Commissioner - Pete Clark; Seminole County Commissioner - Lee Constantine; Orlando City Commissioner - Tony Ortiz; Orange County Commissioner - Victoria Siplin; Orange County Property Appraiser - Rick Singh; Representing Governor Scott's Office: Ken Lawson - CEO of Visit Florida; Representing Senator Bill Nelson's Office: Eisele Ibarra; and Former State Senator - Gary Siplin.

    IACC President Yog Melwani said, “The Indian American Chamber of Commerce leadership team thanks Central Florida for its strong support of India Day 2018. We believe the event is a great way to celebrate cultural diversity in Orlando and to recognize the heritage of Indian Americans living in Central Florida.” Yog Melwani and Dr. Amish Parikh were the India Day Co-Chairs.

    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 partnership on the annual event. The NBA has recognized the India Day Celebration in Orlando as the Best Heritage Night in the NBA.

     The 6th Annual India Day 2018 Celebration Street Fest featured a variety of dance performances. Attendees had a chance to learn more about IACC Membership, Henna, Yoga, and "How to Tie" Saris & Turbans. Music fans enjoyed the Pre- & Post-Game concerts featuring International Singer/Songwriter Raghav. Pictures and videos are available on the IACC Facebook page.

     The Indian American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) is a strong chamber, with a growing membership. The IACC is focused on providing opportunities for the people of Asian Indian origin to network with some of Central Florida’s most successful business professionals and guest speakers, to assist in growing business locally, state-wide and internationally.

     The IACC leaders have facilitated strategic alliances with other Indian and Non Indian business organizations, who want to do business with the Asian Indian American community, through networking and sponsorships.

     IACC members are committed to community service, to assisting other charitable groups, and to increasing trade between the United States and India. The IACC is a not for profit 501 (C)(6).  Visit www.IACCOrlando.com for more information.

    More Pics please click: https://www.facebook.com/pg/IACCOrlando/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1917933151569639

  • 02/12/2018 10:32 PM | Indian American Chamber of Commerce (Administrator)

    Khaasbaat: February Issue:

    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. Yog Melwani will serve as president for 2018 and 2019.

    “The Indian American Chamber is committed to helping business professionals build strong relationships and to help grow their businesses in 2018 and beyond,” says Melwani. “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 Orlando Economic Partnership)

    “These business professionals have a 23 percent higher median household income than families who are not Asian Indians,” says Melwani, creating 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 the community, whether it is via healthcare, transportation or tourism.

    Full article: Click Here


  • 02/12/2018 10:21 PM | Indian American Chamber of Commerce (Administrator)

    Windermere Observer:  Tim Freed;

    The Indian American Chamber of Commerce Orlando has a new president. 

    Yog Melwani of Align Commercial Real Estate in Windermere recently started his tenure as president of the Indian American Chamber of Commerce Orlando, looking to involve the chamber in new initiatives and events over the coming months.

    Melwani will serve as president through 2018 and 2019, and has been in the chamber’s board of directors since 2014.

    “With respect to the role and the time involved, we’re not a compensated board of directors – we’re doing it because of the support of the community and the support of the chamber and members involved in our chamber,” Melwani said. “It gives me great pleasure in serving in that capacity, basically being able to give back to our community and our organization that has given us so much in life.”

    Read the whole article: Click here



      




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