Central Pennsylvania residents interested in doing business in India will receive insight into the process, thanks to a conference coming up at Millersville University. The Entrepreneurial Leadership Center (ELC) of Millersville University’s Center for Civic and Community Engagement and Research Project (CCERP) will be hosting a conference titled “Doing Business with India: Culture, Trade and Trends” on Monday, November 14, from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

During the conference, which will be held in Lehr Room, in Gordinier Hall, the University has invited Her Excellency Nirupama Rao, the Ambassador of India, and Vinay Kwatra, commerce minister at the embassy of India.  The conference will discuss the importance of India’s economic growth and provide insight for those businesses who are interested working at the international level.

Opening remarks will be delivered by Dr. Melvin Allen, founder and executive director of CCERP, emeritus, and Dr. Vilas Prabhu, provost and vice president for academic affairs. Dr. Marlene Arnold, professor of anthropology at Millersville and regional economic development fellow of the ELC, will introduce the day’s events.

“There is no more important time for U.S. businesses to expand globally. Outside of entrepreneurial activities, doing business abroad provides our best shot at economic growth and recovery. India is an excellent choice for Pennsylvania businesses seeking to grow. Our seminar is for small-to-medium-size businesses that have either not yet done business with India, or that are just beginning that process. In addition, the day-long event also offers ample opportunity for businesses to network,” says Arnold.

Morning sessions include topics such as “Opportunities for Pennsylvania business and industry,” “Indian business interests and investment in PA: Successes and challenges” and a presentation by Kwatra. A networking break will conclude the morning topics, followed by lunch. Registration will take place between 8 – 8:30 a.m., and cost $75.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has been invited to give the afternoon keynote address. In addition, topics will cover Indian business culture and a panel discussion that consists of state and U.S. government resources, finance and banking, shipping and customs and legal considerations. A question-and-answer period will be provided at the conclusion of the panel discussion. Closing remarks from Millersville University President Francine McNairy will end the conference.

For more information, contact the CCERP office at 717-872-3049 or Marlene.Arnold@millersville.edu. For a full description of the event, visit CCERP’s website.

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