Mohammad Maksudul Hasan Bhuiyan Rahul, Correspondent, The NRB Times:
The ‘USBCCI Business Expo-2022’, organized in the United States by the ‘US-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (USBCCI)’, has successfully ended on Sunday (September 25, 2022).
The expo was held at the Lagordia Marriott Hotel in New York, from last Friday (September 23) to Sunday (September 25) & this year’s theme was ‘Export-Import Opportunity for US-Bangladesh Sustainable Development’.
USBCCI Business Expo is a B2B trade show, conference, and networking event. It aims to help US and Bangladeshi traders to expand their export-ready products to international markets. More than 200 delegates and stakeholders from both countries participated in the expo. In addition to expanding their business to each other’s countries, businessmen can also discover opportunities to deliver their products to the global market and create huge market for their goods and services in this expo.
Successful businessmen who participated in this three-day expo shared their success stories and experiences. Apart from this, there was a lot of discussion on how to spread the business brand globally through this expo.
The program of the first day of the expo consisted of registration, opening ceremony, guest speeches and various sessions. Besides, US-Bangladesh Trade and Investment Summit session was held on that day. The first day’s program ended with the distribution of awards.
There was a special seminar on Cyber Security on Day 2 of the Expo (September 24). Besides, workshops were conducted on Innovation, Leadership and Technology. Seminar on ‘How to Start Your Own Software Development/Business’ was also organized. A discussion titled ‘UNGA Sideline Conference 2022 on Branding Bangladesh: NRB, UN Peacekeeping’ was held on the second day of the expo as well.
There were two seminars, held on the last day (September 25) of the USBCCI Business Expo-2022. These were- Commercial Lending Real Estate Investment Seminar-2022 and Business Solutions for Business Owner by New York Life.
USBCCI President Liton Ahmed said, “The ‘USBCCI Business Expo-2022’ is one of our signature events. It’s an opportunity to develop and expand business networks through this expo. One of the responsibilities of our organization is to serve the small & medium business so that they can expand.”
He also said, “This year’s expo has given us new impetus. We have tried to introduce new elements of business. We have got new ideas on how to deal with challenging times of business. I hope this expo will be memorable to us.”
He added, “We had a three-day event here. There were many experienced businessmen, agencies, and organizations. They shared their business ideas and advice. I believe it will play an important role for business promotion. The expo featured workshops on various topics including technology, tourism & international affairs which are also important for business development.”
Thanking everyone the USBCCI President said, “I am grateful to our members, partners, sponsors, exhibitors, media partners, journalists, friends, and well-wishers. We have been able to organize this event by overcoming many uncertainties with everyone’s dedicated efforts. Your spontaneous participation made this expo successful. I believe that we have been able to make a powerful connection with each other through this event.”
The keynote speakers at the expo were- M S Shekil Chowdhury (Chairperson & Founder, Centre For NRB) and Peter Tierney (Harlem US Export Assistant Centre, International Trade Administration, US Department of Commerce).
The invited guests and the other speakers at the expo were- Jessica Ramos (Senator, New York State), David I. Weprin (Assemblyman, Assembly District 24), Jenifer Rajkumar (Assemblywoman, New York State), H E Ambassador Dr-Sima Karetnaya (Ambassador, UN Global Piece), Edward Mermelsteine (Commissioner, NYC Mayor’s Office for International Affairs), Kevin D Kim (Commissioner, NYC Department of Small Business Services), Robert F. Holden (Council Member, New York City Council), Linda Lee (Council Member, 23rd Council District, Eastern Queens), Randy Peers (President & CEO, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce), Thomas J. Grech (President & CEO, Queens Chamber of Commerce), Dilip Chauhan (Deputy Commissioner, Trade, Investment & Innovation for International Affairs), Muhammad Shahidullah (Cyber Security Analyst), Moe Hassan (Chief Information Security Officer, The City of New York Office of Labor Relations), Manoj Mahajan (Senior Partner, New York Life Insurance Company), Shepa Uddin (Councilwoman, Township of Franklin NJ), Timi Barabas (International Funding Climate Live), Shaheen Khan (Vice-President, Business Development Officer, Flushing Bank), Dr-Ahlem Arfaoui (President, IHRO-USA & IOLG-USA), Ana Gazzara (Chief Strategy Officer, Versailles Ventures), Vinay Dixon (Executive, Versailles Ventures), Ken Chester JR (Co-Founder, Stable Coupons Inc), Alim Talukder Al Razi (President, Argentina-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry), Mohammed Jan Fahim (Branch Manager, Jet Direct Mortgage), Abubokor Hanip (Chancellor & Chairman, Washington University of Science & Technology), Prof. Hana Siddique, Shahed Islam (CEO, SJ Innovation LLC), Muhammad A Kader Bhuiyan (CEO, Popular Capital Inc, Director, USBCCI), Bakht Rumman Birteez (Vice-President, USBCCI), Rajib Khan (Director, USBCCI), Kazi Helal Ahmed (Chairman, Finance & Investment Standing Committee, USBCCI), Ruma Ahmed (Chairperson, Women Empowerment Committee) & many more respected business leaders & personalities.
US Chamber of Commerce, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and Queens Chamber of Commerce also collaborated with the Expo.
Co-partners of the ‘USBCCI Business Expo-2022’ were Ministry of Industries (Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh) and NYC Department of Small Business Services. Strategic Partners- Better Bangladesh Foundation-BBF and BBF Global (Official Partner BIDA, Prime Minister’s Office). Other sponsors were Washington University of Science & Technology, Peopletech, Brand Means Business, USBD Group LLC, USBD Soft.com and SJ Innovation.
Media partners of the expo were The NRB times, NRB Connect, USA News Online, Channel 786, Time Television, Prothom Alo, Bangladesh Protidin, Channel i and Porichoy.
Note that US-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce & Industry (USBCCI) is an organization designed to enhance prosperity for Bangladesh and American Businesses in USA and Bangladesh, also committed to serve the needs of the growing business community. US-Bangladesh Chamber takes pride in itself for its success in bringing people together for the purpose of bringing Bangla speaking community together, bridging ties between Bangladesh and American businesses and creating an entrepreneurial environment where companies grow, individuals succeed and the community benefits. Through their continued efforts, USBCCI has become the ‘go to’ source for information, support, cultural events, festivals, business referrals, networking, socializing and much more. Due to USBCCI’s extensive involvement and dedication to helping people and businesses, many refer to US-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce & Industry as the trusted voice in the Bangladeshi community.
USBCCI Business Expo-2022 at a glance: