Nov 10, 2017

Ohio Asian American Economic Summit, Cleveland Ohio

Ohio Asian American Economic Summit 
Presented by: Ohio Asian American Pacific Islander Advisory Council
and Ariel International Center

Opportunities for International business between US and the Asian Countries

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
at Ariel International Center, Skyline Lake Room
1163 East 40th Street, 4th floor, Cleveland OH 44114
Registration: $25/person, Students $10 by 11/10/2017; or $40 from 11/11/2017 onwards


8:30am to 9:30am

Breakfast & Networking
9:30am to 9:45am
  • Radhika Reddy, President, Ariel International Center (event moderator);
India Ohio Chamber of Commerce; Econ. Devl. Committee Chair - OAAPIAC
  • Michael Byun, CEO, ASIA, Chair - Ohio AAPI Advisory Council (OAAPIAC)
Panel on Overview of Doing Business in various Asian Countries
  • Japan - Ralph Inforzato, Chief Executive Director, JETRO Chicago
  • China - Lianzhong Pan, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff
  • Vietnam - Le Cong Tien, Counselor / Economic affairs, Vietnamese Embassy
  • Singapore - Michael Yap, Investor 
11:00am to 12:15pm
Panel on Legal & Tax issues for Doing Business in Asian Countries
  • India - Vinita Mehra, Partner, Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter
  • International Tax Reform - Mitch Thompson, Squire Patton Boggs
  • IP protection - Monica Verma, Baker Hostetler 
12:15pm to 1:30pm
Lunch Buffet (Asian Food) & Networking
     Cuyahoga County Executive, Armond Budish
     Luncheon Keynote Speaker - Consul General of Japan
    Honorable Mitsuhiro Wada

1:30pm to 2:45pm
 Panel on Export / Import Trade & Finance with Asian Countries
  • International Shipping - William Friedman, CEO, Cleveland Cuyahoga County Port Authority
  • Exporting to Asia – Susan Whitney, US Export Assistant Center
  • International Finance - Robert Kurek, Key Bank
  • EB5 Financing –Asian Investors, Steve Strnisha, Cleveland International Fund
2:45pm to 4:00pm
Panel on Asian Businesses in Ohio
  • Asian Foreign Direct Investment in OH – Justin Kocher, Jobs Ohio
  • Greater Cleveland Chinese Chamber of Commerce - Su He, Attorney
  • Immigration - Margaret Wong, Margaret Wong & Associates 
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Reception & Networking (Cash Bar)
  • Globalizing Cleveland - Joe Cimperman, Global Cleveland
     Mayor Frank Jackson, City of Cleveland
     Reception Keynote Speaker - Consul General of India
     Honorable Sandeep Chakravorty 

May 14, 2017

Twinsburg convenience store owned by Sikhs robbed

Twinsburg police are still looking for two men connected with a Jan. 10 armed robbery at Best Stop, a convenience store on Ravenna Road owned by Asian Indian/s.

According to police, around 8:35 p.m. 2 black men reportedly entered Best Stop and stole an undisclosed amount of money and a cell phone. One of the suspects had a black handgun, according to Twinsburg police report. A clerk at Best Stop called police to report the robbery, but the suspects fled before police arrived.

Mar 28, 2017

Kasturi Kannada Sangha Cleveland to celeberate Ugadi

Asian Indians of Cleveland celebrate Ugadi
Asian Indians of Cleveland celebrate Ugadi

Asian Indians of Cleveland celebrate Ugadi
Kasturi Kannada Sangha of Cleveland is scheduled to celebrate Ugadi on April 22 at Broadview Heights Community and Recreation Center.  Manjula Gururaj and Badari Prasad will perform on this happy occasion.  Check out the Cleveland Kannada community's facebook page for more information.

Oct 16, 2016

15 year old Asian Indian boy shot dead in Cleveland, Ohio

Sunny Ravi Patel of Mayfield Heights High School shot dead at Mr. Hero of Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Asian Indian boy shot dead in Cleveland
RIP Sunny Ravi Patel

Sunny Ravi Patel, of Highland Heights, died shortly after being shot on Friday at Mr. Hero on South Taylor Road, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office said.  He was the only son of Ravi Patel.

Detectives have released several surveillance photos of an unidentified man who shot Patel during an armed robbery at the sandwich shop. They are asking the public to help identify the man.

The man entered the sandwich shop just before 8 p.m. and shot Sunny Ravi Patel once in the head, police said. (IT IS REPORTED THAT THIS TOOK ABOUT 30 SECONDS).  The Highland Heights teen died after paramedics took him to University Hospitals.  The armed man took money from a cash register after the shooting. He then ran from the store, police said.

The man is described as being approximately 5-foot-10 to 6 feet tall and thin. He was wearing a white rag over his face, sunglasses, a black Nike hooded sweatshirt and gray Adidas sweatpants with black and white stripes down the sides.

Restaurant Developers Corporation (RDC) is a regional franchisor of sandwich shops and coffeehouses.  Its flagship Mr. Hero chain boasts more than 80 locations in Ohio serving deli sandwiches, hot hero-style sandwiches, hamburgers, and chicken sandwiches. The eateries also offer sides, salads, and pasta dishes. RDC also franchises about 15 Arabica Coffeehouse locations in Ohio and North Carolina, as well as a small number of CafĂ© Morocco locations. Robert Coulson started the sandwich chain as Bob's Jumbo Submarine Sandwiches in 1965.

Mr. Ravi Patel, father of Sunny Ravi Patel


Erin Setzer on behalf of Binta Patel has initiated a Sunny Patel Funeral and Family.  33k have been raised in 2 days at the time of writing.  Mayfield High School Student Council has chipped in with a contribution of $250.  Binta Patel, wife of the owner of the Mr. Hero and Sunny's aunt, will be the family liaison and designated beneficiary for handling the funds.  "In a beautiful act of selflessness, they have chosen to donate the funds to several organizations that were close to Sunny's heart."

Eleksis Soleil Johnson: "I wish I could donate but I have nothing to give but many prayers and thoughts of comfort and love to the family. I'm sorry this horrendous tragedy had to happen to you and your dear son. Much love and well wishes. "


Daveion Perry, 20 appeared in court.
He smiled and shook his head.

Jan 5, 2016

Islamic Terrorism's 4 Causes

Javed Ahmad Ghamidi is a well-known Pakistani Muslim theologian, scholar, interpreter, and educationist.  There is nothing like hearing it from the horse's mouth.  

On the other side, we at hindu temples chant, Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinaha and Om Shanti Shanti and look at where the rote got us! 

Is it possible that Presidential candidate Donald Trump is perhaps not entirely wrong?