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Let’s Talk Money: ICCC members learn about BDC’s programs 

Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce organized an interactive session with the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) on 10 Sept 2015 at the ICCC headquarters in Toronto.

In a joint presentation Ms. Nav Saini, Senior Account Manager, and Nina Jain, Business Centre Manager, North York Business Centre, informed the participants comprising small entrepreneurs and professionals about the bouquet of BDC’s offerings to small businesses.

“Ambitious and innovative entrepreneurs are the engine of our economy and it is our role, as Canada’s development bank, to help them succeed,” the presenters said.

BDC’s offerings include business loans, consulting services for Canadian companies for expansion both in the local and the global market. Through its subsidiary BDC Capital, the financial institution also offers a full spectrum of specialized financing, including venture capital, equity and capital for growth and business transition.

BDC is a financial institution owned by the Government of Canada. It supports over 30,000 small and medium-sized enterprises across Canada, complementing services available from private-sector financial institutions.

ICCC President Mr. Sanjay Makkar in his remarks said that small businesses and professionals were the core strength of the Chamber. The program with BDC was aimed at catering to the specific needs of that section of the membership. He further informed the participants that as a part of transforming the ICCC and align it with emerging socio-economic demographics of the Indo-Canadian community, the Chamber would soon be embarking upon a membership drive.

He said that if the members have realised that they are getting benefit of the ICCC events then they should share such experiences with others so they can also benefit from Chamber’s membership. Mr. Makkar also said that ICCC will lead India Mission 2016 in January and the final dates will be declared soon. He thanked all the members of the chamber & sponsors for coming to the event.

Haren Sheth of Surti Sweet Mart and Raman Chad of R-CHAD General Contracting shared their experiences of working with BDC.

Ms. Shivani Sharma Gupta, Director Events introduced the evening to the members. Mr. Arun Srivastava, Vice President Finance & Sponsorship; Mr. Kanwarjit Dhanjal, Director SME & Trade; Mr. Sanjay Brahmbhatt, Chair SME & Trade; and Mr. Sameer Sharma, Chair Young Professionals & Entrepreneurs were also present at the program.

Over 70 members of the ICCC participated in the program, which was followed by a prolonged Q&A, reflecting the heightened interest of the participants in the subject.

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