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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In Conversation With Y. Ping Sun: May 9, Houston

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Dallas Franchise Show Plus Ismaili Chamber Meetings-in-Meetings: May 16 and 17

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The Franchise Expo will be at the Dallas Market Hall, North Hall on Saturday, May 16, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and on Sunday, May 17, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Ismaili Chamber Meeting-in-Meeting Value Package

In addition to the Franchise Expo in Dallas, Ismaili Chamber members and non-members are invited to attend the Ismaili Chamber Meeting-in-Meeting event on Saturday exclusively for Ismailis:

Meet four to six select franchise brands looking to expand in Texas and Arkansas

Attend panel discussions to gain tips from experienced Ismaili multi-unit owners

Enjoy lunch, network and share knowledge at a private meeting

Get paired with experienced Ismaili guides at the Expo  

Attend a special workshop on SBA Lending

Venue and schedule will be sent to registered members

Admission is FREE for Ismaili Chamber members (spouses are free and welcome).

MEMBERS REGISTER HERE.

Admission is $25 for non-member guests (spouses are free and welcome).

NON-MEMBERS REGISTER HERE.

 

Registration is required for all members wanting access to the Ismaili Chamber Meeting-in Meeting Value Package. Space is limited. Registration deadline is May 12, 2015.

Not a member? Join Ismaili Chamber and receive free admission to this Meeting-in-Meeting Value Package and one year of member services.

 

All Ismaili Chamber members and non-members attending the Dallas Franchise Expo can claim a free admission pass compliments of the Ismaili Chamber.

Free Passes to Franchise Expos

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Courtesy of the Ismaili Chamber

BOSTON: 

April 11 and 12, 2015, Seaport World Trade Center

Click here for free admission to the Boston Show.

 

RALEIGH:

May 2 and 3, 2015, North Carolina State Fair

Click here for free admission to the Raleigh Show.

 

DALLAS:

May 16 and 17, 2015, Dallas Market Hall

Click here for free admission to the Dallas Show.

 

NEW YORK: 

June 18-20, 2015, Javits Center, NYC

Click here to register.

Use Promo Code “AICC” to get free access

 

PHILADELPIA: 

March 21 and 22, 2015, Greater Philadelphia Expo Center

Click here for free admission to the Philadelphia Show.

 

CINCINNATI: 

March 28 and 29, 2015, Duke Energy Center

Click here for free admission to the Cincinnati Show. 

Franchise and Own Your Own Business Show Raleigh: May 2 and 3

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Print this page and bring it for a free admission.

See the full event schedule here.

Highlights from Franchise Expos in Houston and Tampa

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Franchise ExpoTwo Cities, Two Franchise Expos Plus Ismaili Chamber Meeting-in-Meeting Events

In early February, 222 Ismaili entrepreneurs and professionals gathered to attend the Franchise Expo South in Houston’s NRG Center. Then towards the end of the month and beginning of March, 140 Ismaili entrepreneurs and professionals attended the Franchise Expo at the Tampa Convention Center. During both events, Ismaili Chamber and EPB Southwest and Florida organized Meeting-in-Meeting exclusive events for Ismailis.

First-Hand Knowledge Sharing

During these Meeting-in-Meeting events, there was a panel discussion in which 4-5 experienced Ismaili franchisees shared knowledge, personal experience, best practices and challenges as they went in to franchising. Industries represented included food service/QSR, early childhood education centers, after school tutoring programs, hotel/motel, telecommunications and others. Some of the panelist had one business location, while others had hundreds. Some had recently entered franchising, while others had 15+ years of experience. All in all, attendees were able to ask questions to the panelist and learn first-hand what it takes to enter and scale in franchising.

Various Brands Represented

Ismaili Chamber also arranged for a number of franchisors to present their respective brands to the Ismaili attendees. The brands represented included Checkers/Rally’s, Red Roof Inn, Caring Senior Services, and Buffalo Wings & Rings. There were group discussions on eight other brands representing multiple industries to encourage diversity. Both events were well received by attendees. All franchise presentations have been posted on Ismaili Chamber’s website under Business Resources accessible to Chamber members.

Future Events Coming Soon

Ismaili Chamber and EPB will be organizing similar Meeting-in-Meeting events during main-stream American Franchise Expos in Dallas, Atlanta and Anaheim. Additionally, Ismaili Chamber will provide free admission passes to numerous other Franchise Expo’s in other cities.

Testimonials From Attendees at the Franchise Expos

“These events allow Ismaili Chamber members to explore, analyze and execute their business investment according to their own business plan. These platforms allow members to hear both sets of visions, franchisor and franchisee, which demands member’s critical thinking to weigh out investment strategies.” -Nasir Panjwani, Houston, TX

“Meeting-in-Meetings was a well-organized session that brought critical pieces of a puzzle to a successful business venture: 1. Business opportunities through successful franchises; 2. Avenues for funding through Credit Unions and SBA; 3. Operators looking for diverse opportunities. Kudos to EPB and Ismaili Chamber for successfully executing this unique event!” – Rozina Mardhani, Tampa, FL

“The combination of the Franchise Expo with an exclusive Ismaili event of presentations by select franchise owners and franchisors hosted by Ismaili Chamber created a powerful platform for networking.   Knowledge exchanged during these presentations and the Q&A set the stage for Ismaili’s to mingle and discuss business interests.” – Meena Husein, Houston, TX

“The attendees were sharp, asked the ‘Right’ questions and many were eager to learn more about how Checker’s and Rally’s can help to diversify their business portfolios.  Members of the Ismaili community are the type of individuals that we at Checker’s and Rally’s or any other franchise organization would feel honored to speak with and have the opportunity to grow the business with them.” - Robert Bhagwandat, Director of Franchise Development, Checkers/Rally’s

Job Opening: Member Services Manager

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Position: Member Services Manager
Job status: Full-time
Location: American Ismaili Chamber of Commerce, Houston, Texas
Reports to: Executive Director, AICC

JOB DESCRIPTION

Membership Responsibilities:

  • Manage membership services
  • Assist in developing new services which help meet objectives of the Ismaili Chamber
  • Manage general correspondences with membership
  • Assist in making connections for membership
  • Plan/market/assist to increase/sustain membership
  • Manage/develop membership databases
  • Ensure integrity of online content
  • Research/evaluate/discover business tools and other resources for the website
  • Plan monthly newsletters
  • Plan events (local, regional or national)
  • Plan logistics for delegations/trade missions
  • Manage supporting documentation needed to maintain proper records

Providing Support to Executive Director:

  • Support planning/review/execution of business opportunity introductions
  • Support in writing/preparing documents as needed to meet objectives
  • Research industries of interest
  • Support initiatives (new or old) to help meet the objectives of the Chamber
  • Support special projects as needed

Job Requirements:

  • Minimum education: undergraduate degree
  • Keen knowledge of business management
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong research skills
  • Technical skills in Microsoft Office, data sorting/mapping, online research and more
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Reside in or willing to move to Houston
  • Must maintain a high level of ethics and confidentiality with regards to all information

Interested applicants, please email your resume to hgjuma@ismailichamber.org.