India-America business event set in New Jersey

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New York, Oct 31 (UNI) A three-day event, being organised by the local Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce, will be held around mid-November, with its focus on opportunities in India and how to do business with it.

Governor Jon S Corzine of New Jersey and Dr Subramanian Swamy of the Janata Party, who is a Harvard-trained economist, are expected to be among the luminaries to attend the annual event slated for November 14, 15 and 16.

Aside from Indian -- American and mainstream business people, representatives from India particularly from Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Gujarat -- will also attend the event, which is held over three days for the first time by the chamber. Organisers expect nearly a 1,000 people during the three days.

The event, named Growing Together 2008, will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at Somerset in neighbouring New Jersey. A dinner gala, a Bollywood night, business networking, workshops and business awards luncheon are among the programmes.

The organisers, including president and event chairperson Seema Singh, addressed a news conference last night at the Consulate General of India in New York.

''Our idea was to bring together a core group of Indian-American entrepreneurs from India, New Jersey and from diverse industries to learn the present opportunities and from each other's experiences in the current economic scenario,'' she said.

Indian-American Hollywood actor Kal Penn will be the chief honoree at the event. Several successful entrepreneurs will also be honoured.

The chamber, based in New Jersey, is a 500-member body and is in its 14th year of existence.

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