On April 18, 2014, ACSI hosted its latest installment of the China Business Proficiency Series, “Successful Investment Strategies with China” at Ivy Tech’s Indianapolis campus. An ACSI board member, Chris Douglas shared his experiences from living and working in China and as well as his experiences as an investment advisor in Indiana where he now serves as Managing Director of Red Wing Capital, an investment banking firm established to facilitate foreign direct investment. Harrison Ding, also an ACSI board member, proceeded to discuss trends in the Chinese economy and case studies of successful Chinese investment in Indiana including his own company, Global Caravan Technologies.
The America China Society of Indiana (ACSI), the Purdue University Center for Career Opportunities (CCO), and the Purdue Chinese Students and Scholars Association (PUCCSA) hosted the Mandarin/English-speaking Career Fair for students on March 11th at the Frances Cordova Recreational Center on Purdue’s campus.
The unique event, which featured 24 companies including Sears Holding Company, BKD, Apple, the International Center and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, brought out more than 500 undergraduate and graduate looking for internships and full-time positions in both Indiana and China. Hosted in Indianapolis the previous two years, the event is the state’s only such career fair designed for Chinese students.
“We see education as an important pillar in developing a China-friendly Indiana,” said Colin Renk, executive director of ACSI. “Through our blossoming partnership with Purdue, we’ve been able to add a tremendous amount of value to both students and businesses throughout the state.”
On the evening of March 10th, several employers participated in a networking program designed to help students develop interview and professional interaction techniques. Beginning with a series of instructional seminars, students then intermixed with employers and faculty members to test these techniques.
“We were thrilled with the high-quality of engagement that took place between our students from China and the employers that sought to recruit them,” said Tim Luzader, director of the CCO. “The success of this career fair reflected very positively on the collaborative efforts of Purdue’s career center, alumni association and student organizations with the American China Society of Indiana.”
“What impressed us most about the job fair was the students’ familiarity with both our organization and the ways to market themselves in a professional environment,” said Lei Wang, project manager of the International Center.
The Indianapolis Chinese Community Center Inc. hosted a Chinese New Year celebration on January 28, 2014 at Clay Middle School in Carmel Indiana. The event featured ICCCI’s dragon dance group as well as the Zhejiang Performing Arts Troupe from China performing traditional Chinese dances, songs, acrobatics, and magic. ACSI was pleased to be able to sponsor this event which brought a distinct taste of Chinese culture to Central Indiana.
ACSI attended the Bedford Indiana Chamber of Commerce meeting on January 23rd where Colin Renk gave the meeting’s opening presentation covering the basics of Indiana – China economic and cultural relations as well as an overview of ACSI. Nearly 40 Bedford Chamber members were present including representatives from ACSI member organizations Gaylor and the Lawrence County Economic Growth Council.
ACSI is delighted to announce Eli Lilly and Company as its newest charter member. Lilly’s global corporate headquarters is located in Indianapolis and drives Indiana’s thriving pharmaceutical industry as the 10th largest pharmaceutical company in the world. Lilly employees nearly 11,000 people in Indiana alone and has approximately 38,000 employees worldwide. The company markets its products in 125 countries and has manufacturing plants located in 13 countries. China is the highest priority geography in Lilly emerging markets. ACSI looks forward to having Eli Lilly and Company in our growing network as a both an Indiana and global business leader.
The latest event in ACSI’s China Business Proficiency series was held at the Columbus Learning Center on November 14th. Keynote speaker, Bob Borchelt, gave an overview of Cummins’ manufacturing operations in China. John Fairbanks provided insight on EB-5 “Immigrant Investor” visa program and the Civitas Indiana EB-5 Regional Center. Dave Carini of ACSI drew from his own experience in China to give a look at how small and medium-sized businesses can establish their footing in the Chinese market.
Thank you to the more than 130 individuals and 80 companies and organizations who attended the 2013 Indiana-Zhejiang Investment & Trade Seminar yesterday! Your participation made the event a great success, further strengthening the ties between our two sister states and giving people and businesses the chance to make new friends and explore new opportunities. This seminar was a testament to the ongoing 25+ year sister state relationship between Indiana and the Zhejiang Province.
For a full gallery of photos of yesterday’s event, please visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/americachinasocietyofindiana.
We would especially like to thank our team of volunteer translators, who came from across the state to help:
On October 1st, the Hangzhou Public Library opened the “Taste of Indianapolis” display showing visitors aspects of Indianapolis’ culture, sports, and business. The 650 guests who attending the opening ceremony were greeted with life-size cutouts of Colts and Pacer players, photo displays, and video reels highlighting Monument Circle, Eli Lilly, the Indianapolis 500, Bazbeaux pizza and other Indy icons. Members of the Indianapolis-Hangzhou Sister City Committee (IHSCC) were present at the opening of the event to reaffirm cultural, educational, and business connections between the two cities. See this Indy Star article for more information about the event, and check out the City of Indianapolis Flickr page for more photos.
ACSI’s tent at the 2013 Indianapolis Chinese Festival gave visitors a chance to learn about the organization, see a visual representation of Chinese Business presence throughout the state, and try their luck at the Chopstick Challenge. September 21 brought beautiful weather, but heavy winds almost blew our tent away several times. The festival itself featured dozens of performances, delicious Chinese food, and thousands of visitors. ACSI shared the tent with the Asian Learning Center of Indiana and would like the Center’s Lois Luo for all her help in organizing the event.
On September 18, 2013, representatives from Chinese businesses attended a reception hosted by ACSI
and Indy Partnership at the Hyatt Hotel’s Level One Restaurant. The reception followed the Gear Expo,
an international event for gear manufacturers at the Indiana Convention Center, which had a significant
number of Chinese businesses in attendance. The reception, which provided drinks and appetizers, gave
attendees a chance to network informally and discuss prospective business relationships after this large