After launch of Buddhist Business Network, India (BBN) during 2013, another organisation viz. BCCI has been established for building a network of Indian Buddhist Businessmen. BCCI was officially launched on the 19th February 2014 at inaugural function held at Hotel Capitol, Thane, Maharashtra State, India. The function was attended by about 100 invited guests from Buddhist business fraternity. The main objectives of BCCI, inter alia, are to facilitate and promote networking within the Buddhist Business Community, to provide a platform for business people in the community, to create a positive business environment and to improve the economic conditions of the Buddhist Community in India. BCCI proposes to undertake the following activities:-
- To organise events which facilitate networking amongst the Buddhist Business Community.
- To refer potential customers to its members.
- To provide businesses with sponsorship and marketing opportunities aimed at increasing the visibility.
- To interact with the governments regarding policies and legislations affecting the Buddhist Community.
- To assist and mentor new and budding entrepreneurs
- To grant and authenticate “Certificate of Origin”
- To authenticates guarantees and certificates of financial solvency of guarantors
- To intervene any dispute amongst the members of BCCI and to extend such services to third parties.
BCCI offers the four type of membership:
- Primary: For professionals, Entrepreneurs, Businessman, Private sector employees.
- Corporate : For a body registered under the Companies Act
- Institutional: For a body registered with the Charity Commissioner.
- Associated Members: For Government Employees.
The readers who want to become members of BCCI can write to BCCI at its email address: email@example.com.
In India the other known organisations which are operational with similar objectives are as follows:-
- Dalit Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (DICCI)
- Buddhist Chamber of Commerce and Industry India (BCCII)
- Buddhist Business Network, India (BBN)
- Buddha SME Chamber of Commerce & Industry ( Buddha SME Chamber)
We also have news that another two such organisations are being incorporated and those will be operational during current year. It is becoming an overcrowded space as the target members are small in numbers. Most of these organisations are concentrating in organising the businesspersons who are already in business but very little efforts are being made to motivate the young member of the community to motivate to start their own businesses. www.indianbusinessman.com is one group working for motivating and guiding the young budding entrepreneurs in India.
Published in Issue V, April 2014