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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Chamber Investment Deal Introduction Webinar: July 13

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REWebinar

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 details of the webinar where the deal presenter will discuss further details about this opportunity and answer investor questions.

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

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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

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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.

Free Passes to Franchise Expos

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Courtesy of the Ismaili Chamber

NASHVILLE:

May 30 and 31, 2015, Music City Center

Click here for free admission to the Nashville Show.

NEW YORK:

June 18-20, 2015, Javits Center, NYC

Click here to register.

Use Promo Code “AICC” to get free access

Past events

DALLAS:

May 16 and 17, 2015, Dallas Market Hall

Click here for free admission to the Dallas Show.

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. 

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.