Outreach Networking Event

As part of an initiative to reach out to the Indian Community, the city of Naperville along with the Naperville Development Partnership held an event Friday in the hopes of connected the Indian American business community with key city figures.

The networking event held at the Naperville Development Partnership’s office was a chance for both groups to meet and learn more about each other.

“We organized this event to showcase two things. One is to showcase to the Naperville city what businesses are around and what kind of help they need and to start a dialogue,” said We also want to showcase to the owners, what the city can provide, who the key players are, and how they can get help,” said Anurahg Bhargaba, a member of the Indian American Outreach Board. “Because frankly at this point, there is just a gap in the communication.”

To help close that gap – organizers hope this is just the first of many events to open a dialogue. Something local entrepreneurs are behind as well.

“Businesses have their own challenges in today’s time. To have this kind of networking, which is very important with the elected officials and the villages and the different suburbs,” said business owner, Vandana Jhingan. [They] get together to resolve their issues. [The businesses] have problems and others have solutions that they can suggest.”

Last year, Mayor Pradel appointed Krishna Bansal as Chairman of Community Outreach for the Indian American Community and Bill Liu as Chairman for Chinese American outreach.

This is the first major event for Bansal and his outreach board.

“The goal of this program is to bring people of the community together and to work with the city so it can be beneficial both ways. The city will benefit as more businesses come in,” said Bansal. “And on the other hand they will learn what the city is providing to them. It’s a win, win.”

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