American Ismaili Chamber of Commerce

promotes sustainable economic and social development for Ismaili Muslim entrepreneurs and professionals across the U.S. by serving as a platform for networking, sharing professional knowledge, enhancing business skills, and facilitating new business opportunities. Learn more.

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Creating Business Plan for Success: Dec. 5, Atlanta


BOSS and Chamber Event: December 5

Highlights from Atlanta BOSS Franchise Events


Nearly 700 professionals and entrepreneurs attended two recent networking events in Atlanta as part of the Business Opportunities Speaking Series (BOSS). The Ismaili Chamber partnered with the Economic Planning Board for Southeast US to organize the two BOSS events. Evaluating a Franchise was the topic of the first event on June 20, and the second event on Sept. 13 focused on Introductions to Franchise Brands.

Along with opportunities to make business connections and network, participants enjoyed discussions on how to evaluate a brand, how to finance a franchise, unit economics and franchising strategies, which were key themes in both events. The latter event introduced twelve franchise brands in diverse industries, while representatives from Red Roof Inn, Captain D’s, and Marilyn Monroe Spas presented on their respective brands as they are all looking to expand in the southeast region.

As an Ismaili Chamber member, you may access all presentations from these events and brands by logging in to your Ismaili Chamber member account and visiting the Business Resources section.

Our next franchise event will be held in Anaheim, CA during the Franchise Expo being held there on Nov. 12-14, 2015.

Of course, we have posted free admission pass to the Franchise Expo in Ft. Lauderdale on Oct. 3-4, 2015, and more will be coming in 2016. Visit regularly to stay tuned!

What is Happening to Real Estate Values? Market Update & Outlook


By FTI Consulting

A replay of FTI Consulting’s webinar, “What is Happening to Real Estate Values? Market Update & Outlook,” is now available. The webinar was presented by Managing Directors Marc Shapiro and Mike Hedden.

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Ismaili Chamber Hires Member Services Manager


Dear Ismaili Chamber Members,

It is with great pleasure that we introduce Azim Lokhandwala. Azim is hired as Ismaili Chamber’s Member Services Manager.

Azim brings with him an array of experiences in the areas of wholesale, import/export, investment brokerage, banking, office management, information technology and more. He earned his undergraduate degree from American University in Dubai.

Azim is very enthusiastic and looks forward to serve the Ismaili Chamber members. His role will include connecting members, supporting events, managing our database and other membership related services.

His email address is

Please join us in welcoming Azim to our team!

Chamber Investment Deal: A Fund for Real Estate Purchasing


Real Estate Fund

Interested members meeting the investment criteria: First, log in to your Ismaili Chamber member account, then

complete this registration form.

Once registered, you will receive more information about this deal. If you have any questions, please email

Event terms and conditions can be read here.

This introduction is exclusively for Ismaili Chamber members.

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MUFC and Meeting-in-Meeting Highlights from Vegas


Vegas2In early April, 34 Ismaili Chamber members participated in the Multi-Unit Franchise Expo in Vegas.  Along with superb content and plenty of networking opportunities, the country’s top brand leaders and multi-unit owners were on hand to share knowledge, best practices, and insight to trends.  The three-day Expo was packed with seminar topics including: How to Evaluate a Franchise Brand; Lease Negotiations; and Growing Beyond 50 units.

Alongside with the Expo, Ismaili Chamber organized two “Meeting-in-Meeting” events exclusively for Ismailis. During these private meetings, the attendees explored four brands who are offering growth opportunities in areas where Ismailis reside. Together, the team held several discussions including how to work together to find solutions to common issues facing franchising. One of the key areas of discussion was creating successful operating partnerships.

As a result of these discussions, Ismaili Chamber utilized several experts and legal professionals to come up with two worthwhile resources:

  1. Ethical Framework of Partnership Agreement
  2. Legal Questions to Consider in Franchisee/Operator Relationship

Members can log in to their accounts and view these documents under Business Resources.

“It was very educational and hopefully it will be helpful to many of us in making decisions. Keep up the good work,” said Suhel Kazani, an Ismaili Chamber member.

Listen out for announcements from Ismaili Chamber next Spring for the 2016 Multi-Unit Franchisee Conference.

Highlights from Dallas Franchise Expo and Meeting-in-Meeting Event


dallas2In mid-May, approximately 150 Ismaili entrepreneurs and professionals attended the Franchise Expo at Dallas Market Hall, during which, most of them came together for Ismaili Chamber’s Meeting-in-Meeting event. Exclusively for Ismailis, the Chamber’s Meeting-in-Meeting events, such as this one, focus on networking, knowledge sharing, and exploration of business opportunities.  These meetings happen around major franchise and business shows to take further advantage of collective business opportunities that exist.

At the private Meeting-in-Meeting event, four experienced Ismaili franchisees shared knowledge, experiences, best practices, and challenges in a panel discussion format. Several industries were represented including food service/QSR, early childhood education centers, auto insurance, and telecommunications among others. In addition, a number of franchisors presented their respective brands including Captain D’s Seafood, Schlotzsky’s Bakery & Café, Watermill Express, and Buffalo Wings & Rings.

“I have been extremely impressed with the professionalism and the mission of the [Ismaili] Chamber, which is to impart knowledge to the individual members in order for them to pursue business opportunities,” said Lori Osley, Senior Director of Franchise Development at Captain D’s Seafood. “What impressed me the most is the community they have created amongst themselves, of information sharing, while stressing the importance of ethical business practices.”

Both Expo and private meeting were well received by attendees and group discussions around several brands and industries encouraged diversity.

“The area of franchising provides a successful template for many of the members to take advantage of as they grow into successful business owners themselves,” said Osley. “I look forward to participating in future events and working with the Ismaili members.”

Ismaili Chamber and EPB will be organizing similar Meeting-in-Meeting events during American Franchise Expos in Atlanta and Anaheim.  Additionally, Ismaili Chamber will provide free admission passes to numerous other Franchise Expos for other cities. Stay tuned!

All franchise presentations are posted under Business Resources. Members can log in and view.