ACSI Announces New Charter Member

 Posted by on December 3, 2013  News  Comments Off on ACSI Announces New Charter Member
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eli_lilly_and_company_logo_2756ACSI 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.



ACSI’s China Business Proficiency Series goes on the road to Columbus.

 Posted by on November 18, 2013  News  Comments Off on ACSI’s China Business Proficiency Series goes on the road to Columbus.
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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.

Indiana-Zhejiang Business and Trade Seminar Recap

 Posted by on November 1, 2013  News  Comments Off on Indiana-Zhejiang Business and Trade Seminar Recap
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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

We would especially like to thank our team of volunteer translators, who came from across the state to help:

Zhejiang Translators

Translator team: Chen Chen, Lucy Huang, Shang Jiang, Richard Li, Yang Liu, Lois Luo, Min Qi, Shuting Song, Junhui Wang, Jida Xu, Shuping Yu, Yang Zhang, Joanna Zhou, Kyle Zhou


Indianapolis’ Sister City hosts display of Hoosier life

 Posted by on October 23, 2013  News  Comments Off on Indianapolis’ Sister City hosts display of Hoosier life
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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.


Photos from ACSI booth at 2013 Indianapolis Chinese Festival

 Posted by on September 22, 2013  News  Comments Off on Photos from ACSI booth at 2013 Indianapolis Chinese Festival
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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.

ACSI Hosts Reception for Chinese Gear Expo Attendees

 Posted by on September 19, 2013  News  Comments Off on ACSI Hosts Reception for Chinese Gear Expo Attendees
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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
industry event.

ACSI Brings Chopstick Challenge to Sister Cities Fest

 Posted by on September 16, 2013  News  Comments Off on ACSI Brings Chopstick Challenge to Sister Cities Fest
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The 2013 Sister Cities Festival hosted by the Mayor’s Office of International and Cultural Affairs on Sept. 14th gave visitors a chance to get a taste of new cultures. ACSI was among the many international organizations represented that day. To get a taste at ACSI’s table, visitors had to harness their chopstick prowess to collect pieces of candy of varying sizes which presented a challenge to children as well as adults. ACSI shared their table with The Asian Learning Center who provided supplies for the game. Aside from the game, staff from both groups were able to increase awareness about their organizations and to network with individuals interested in upcoming events and opportunities.


ACSI 2013 Summer Social at Victory Field

 Posted by on August 16, 2013  News  Comments Off on ACSI 2013 Summer Social at Victory Field
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Thank you to the more than 60 individuals who came out to ACSI’s Summer Social at Victory Field!

A special thank you First Merchants Bank, Ogletree Deakins, Gaylor, IEDC and Hylant whose much appreciated support make events like these possible.


ACSI is Looking for an Intern!

 Posted by on August 12, 2013  News  Comments Off on ACSI is Looking for an Intern!
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ACSI is looking for an intern for the fall semester!

Interns will have the opportunity to meet with some of Indiana’s premier business leaders and participate in events with delegations from China. Along with tending to membership issues, interns will work closely with ACSI staff to develop outreach strategies.

1. Provide excellent customer service to ACSI members
2. Help organize and plan ACSI events
3. Represent ACSI in a professional manner at private events
4. Contribute relevant information for ACSI newsletters
5. Research data on the latest business trends locally and abroad
6. Develop social media campaigns utilizing Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

1. Current undergraduate or graduate from an Indiana-based college or university
2. Strong and effective oral and written communication skills
3. Ability to manage multiple tasks
4. One-year of work experience preferred
5. Microsoft Office proficient
6. Social networking, competent internet technology skills

Interested individuals should email their cover letter and resume to Colin Renk, ACSI Operations Manager, at Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so it is encouraged to apply early!

ACSI Announces New Executive Director

 Posted by on May 21, 2013  News  Comments Off on ACSI Announces New Executive Director
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ACSI is pleased to announce Dave Carini as its new executive director. Dave joins ACSI after more than thirteen years living and working in China, most recently as managing director of Maverick China Research, a Beijing-based market research and consulting firm he co-founded in 2006. Dave speaks fluent Chinese and brings a wealth of cross-cultural business development and strategic planning experience to ACSI. Feel free to wish Dave a hearty hello at