The American Punjabi Community opened the India Centre of Sikh American Chamber of Commerce (SACC) in the city on Sunday.
SACC's India president Manipal Dhariwal said, "The chamber represents a cross-section of Punjabi and Sikh American businesses and professionals engaged in promoting entrepreneurship, offering trade and business opportunities through networking and exchange of young professionals and students."
He added that the idea behind the chapter was to empower the Punjabi youth in the hinterland with the right kind of skills and networking opportunities not only to scale up their enterprise but also to explore newer opportunities in the global market.
"Within an year SAAC will come up with an incubation facility in Punjab and a body is also being set up to help the newbies. SAAC will start various activities in Punjab colleges to help the students improve skills. Seminars and meets will also be frequently held in tricity and Punjab,"he said.
He underlined that Punjab had the conducive ecosystem and a lot of Punjabis living abroad could invest in the state to help generate employment.
President of Fresno County Economic Development Corporation , USA, Lee Ann Eager complimented the initiative and hoped that meaningful business cooperation could be planned through SACC for not only Indian but even the US businesses.
Mayor of City of San Joaquin, California, Ruby Dhaliwal said, "Tremendous potential exists for collaboration in the agriculture and agro-processing field which both the countries can explore actively through the chamber."