More than 60 individuals attended ACSI’s Summer Social at Victory Field on August 15, 2013. Prior to the game, attendees had a chance to socialize over food and drinks allowing new and old members, as well as guests, to meet each other.
ACSI’s 2013 Annual Gala was held on April 25th at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. This Year of the Snake-themed event featured a silent auction, dinner, traditional Chinese performances, and speeches by leaders within the Indianapolis community. The gala was attended by over 200 people and the success of this event helped to ensure the financial success of the organization in the coming year.
ACSI and the Purdue University Center for Career Opportunities hosted an Internship Matchmaker for Mandarin-speaking students on Feb. 6, 2013. This event was targeted specifically at students whose first language was not likely English and who may often face barriers to finding internships during college because of their US residency status. Purdue University has one of the highest international student populations in the county and creating an event for a specific portion of this population provided a unique opportunity to place many eager students with well-developed skillsets at Indiana companies.
Twenty delegates from the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (MOFCOM), the primary national agency responsible for formulating foreign trade policy, export and import regulations, and the promotion of foreign direct investment attended a dinner and reception at the Skyline Club in Indianapolis on July 26, 2012 hosted by ACSI, Purdue and Duke Energy . This delegation visited New York City, San Francisco and Indiana to assess best U.S. investment opportunities for Chinese business.
ACSI hosted an educational seminar on the EB-5 Immigrant Investor visa program at First Merchants Bank on June 20, 2012. This seminar featured speakers Jenny Massey and Marco Moreno who covered the details of this investment option and the opportunities it brings for companies in Indiana. Indiana’s EB-5 Regional Centers provide administrative and process support for those investors seeking this option in the state.
ACSI’s China Business Proficiency Series event “Ignorance, Experience & Success in Business” brought together speakers Dan Miller and Ting Gootee to outline their experiences working in international and Asian markets sharing high points and low points in their efforts to find success in these markets. Miller, the Executive Director at the Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana and Gootee, the Vice President of Investments and China Advisor at the Indiana Economic Development Corporation both held a variety of previous roles in which they had extensive international business experience. Following the presentations, high school students from Arsenal Tech shared their experiences from a recent trip to China which was supported by ACSI.
ACSI hosted a table a the Indianapolis Chinese Festival, the state’s premier Chinese cultural event. While mingling with festival attendees, ACSI members and staff were also able to form a broader understanding of the network of Chinese organizations here in the state.
ACSI’s China Business Proficiency Series “Protecting Intellectual Property” featured Frank Levinson, Managing Director of Small World Group, speaking on “How to Build a Billion Dollar Company,” focusing on how to leverage incentives being offered in Singapore and the market in China. The event also featured a panel from Bose McKinney and Evans discussing how to protect intellectual property in China.