Doing Business in India

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Name: Doing Business in India
Date: October 11, 2019
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM EDT
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Event Description:

Is your company looking to expand to new markets overseas? If you're ready to go global, consider India as your next destination for business growth. With a booming economy on pace to grow 6.7% this year, India is ready to eclipse China as the world’s fastest-growing major economy. Join a group of international business experts at Automation Alley for a deep dive into India's promising business opportunities. This presentation will also include case studies on best practices and lessons learned in India as well as information on Automation Alley's upcoming trade mission to India in January and February of 2020.

Why India?

  • The nation’s population of 1.35 billion includes a growing middle class of 300 million consumers with a strong demand for U.S. goods, services and technologies.
  • According to a World Bank report, India climbed 23 spots from 2017 to 2018 in ease of doing business among 190 countries.
  • India’s automotive industry is the world’s fourth largest. It is projected to manufacture more than 30 million vehicles in 2019 (vs. 16.5 million in the U.S.). - India's automotive sector accounts for 7.5% of the nation’s GDP.
  • Two-way trade flows between the U.S. and India grew to $142 billion last year.


11:30 a.m. Registration, Networking and Lunch
11:45 a.m. Welcome and Introduction:
Noel Nevshehir, Director, International
Business Services & Strategic Partnerships
Noon Keynote Speaker:
Supriya Kanetkar, Director, India Trade Office, Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers, Bangalore, India
12:30 p.m. Case Study: Best Practices and Lessons Learned in India  
Mr. Robert T. Ruffini, President, Fluxtrol - Auburn Hills, Michigan
Ms. Kylee Guenther, CEO, Pivot Materials - Detroit, Michigan
12:45 p.m. Support for Michigan Exports: MEDC State Trade Expansion Program:
David Newhouse,  International Trade Manager, MEDC
1 p.m. Open Discussion & Q-and-A Period
1:25 p.m. Closing Remarks
1:30 p.m. Conference Adjourned

About the Keynote Speaker:

Supriya Kanetkar has diverse professional experience from teaching, journalism, consulting MNCs on Corporate Social Responsibility to research and recommending market opportunities and entry strategies to numerous foreign companies. Kanetkar is director at SRK Affiliate and co-founder and partner at SRK and Associates, its sister firm. Based in Bengaluru, India, the firms are engaged in providing international trade development and investment attraction services to its clients.

In July 2019, SRK Affiliate was appointed as Trade Representative for Conference of Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers for India. Since 2001, SRK Affiliate has been serving as Authorized Trade and Investment Representative for the Dept. of Community & Economic Development, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

During the past 18 years, Kanetkar has assisted companies from varied industrial sectors such as agriculture, hardwood and food processing, minerals, metals and mining, life sciences and medical equipment, environmental technologies, information technology, software, port and logistics, education and many more.

The trade development services offered by SRK include market research, market entry strategy, agent/distributor search, foreign company background checks, information on import duty, customs regulations, regulatory requirements, in-country assistance for business meetings, trade mission organization and trade show participation etc.

Kanetkar is also a senior partner at IBG Global, an association of private commercial consulting firms and works closely on projects with other IBG offices across the globe.

Prior to establishing SRK, she worked as a Project Coordinator at Business & Community Foundation, where she was engaged in evolving Corporate Partnerships for Sustainable Development. Earlier, she worked as a Lecturer in Political Science in Senior College at Mumbai University and freelanced as political analyst for print media.

Kanetkar has a bachelor’s degree in Arts from prestigious Lady Shri Ram College at Delhi University, a Master’s degree in Political Science and M. Phil. from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. In 2006, she completed the Global Village for Future Leaders of Business and Industry program offered by Iacocca Institute at Lehigh University.

Kanetkar has been conducting virtual Executive Sessions for the students of Global Village program regularly since 2016.

Automation Alley
2675 Bellingham
Troy, Michigan
Date/Time Information:
Friday, Oct. 11, 2019
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Contact Information:
Contact Eriola Fishman at or 248-687-7249
Member Price:  Free
Future Member Price:  Free
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