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To promote entrepreneurship and facilitate business networking among the Nagarathar community in North America

North American Nagarathar Business Entrepreneurship Network (NANBEN), is a non-profit organization that promotes entrepreneurship and facilitates business networking among the Nagarathar community in North America. NANBEN’s mission is to evoke the entrepreneurial traits of our Nagarathar community and facilitate & encourage Nagarathars to become successful entrepreneurs through mentorship, education, networking, incubation, and investment. ​​​

Become a Member

NANBEN membership is open to all Nagarathars in the US, and membership is free.

Are you a Nagarathar looking to Prosper financially, Protect your wealth and family, and Provide for your future generations and the community at large? Then NANBEN Conference 2023 is the right place to be. Come join us.

Due to overwhelming response to the conference, we are sold out of our room block as of September 3. When you register for the NANBEN conference please use the event only registration for non-locals at $275 if you are outside the DC Metro area.

Accommodation can be booked directly at the Venue Hotel Hilton Fairfax using the discounted prepay rates. Alternative Hotel will be the Hilton Garden Inn five minutes away from the conference Venue.
NANBEN Conference will be a two day event featuring many educational sessions conducted by Subject Matter Experts in Investments, Real-Estate, Venture Capital, Business Opportunities, Entrepreneurship, and opportunities for plenty of networking.
  • Check-in opens at 5PM on September 29.
  • Informal networking dinners for several NANBEN groups on Friday September 29.
  • Followed by a full-day of conference on Saturday September 30.
  • Banquet dinner with many NANBEN awards and an exciting entertainment program on Saturday September 30.
  • Additional sessions on Sunday October 1, and will wrap-up after lunch.
The theme of the conference is Prosper! Protect! Provide! and it will cover the following key focus areas:
Nagarathar Youth attending the conference will get a $75 discount on any package. However, only Parent & Youth package is available online for registration. If Youth registers with any other option, we will refund the $75 after the registration and payment are complete. Please email nanbenonline @ with your registration details.
Don't Miss This Opportunity:
Learn from the best, network with like-minded Nagarathars and take your career to the next level!!
Inspiring Speakers | Informative Workshop Sessions | Networking Mixer | Panel Discussions | Business Case Competition | Business Recogniton
  • Cancellations made before July 15th, 2023: Full refund (minus credit card process charges).
  • Cancellations made between July 15th and August 15th, 2023: 50% refund. Please note that Nanben will withhold this amount as a contingency only to protect Nanben from significant financial loss. If we receive substitute registrations that make up for this loss, we may refund the entire amount (minus credit card processing charges) to you after completing the full accounts for the conference.
  • Cancellations made after August 15th, 2023: Not eligible for a refund. However, if we receive substitute registrations that make Nanben whole from the loss, we may refund the entire amount (minus credit card processing charges) to you after completing the full accounts for the conference.


Conference Chair: Theo Meyyappan
Master of Ceremonies: Sathu Alagapppan

Day 0 - Friday - Sep 29, 2023 (Check-in desk located outside Common Wealth Ball Room)
03:00 PM - 06:00 PM Check-in for the Conference and obtain Registration packet and Name Tags
07:00 PM onwards Social Hour and Networking Dinner (private group dinners at Aroma & Blue Iguana by topic of interest)

Day 1 - Saturday - Sep 30, 2023 (All sessions will be held in Common Wealth Ball Room)
07:30 AM - 08:30 AM Check-in
08:30 AM - 08:55 AM Lamp lighting ceremony and invocation followed by welcome address - NANBEN President Mark Chockalingam
09:00 AM - 10:00 AM Keynote address by Mr.Arun Alagappan, President of Advantage Testing on his entrepreneurial journey and why he chose this path vs a flourishing corporate career.
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM Break
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM Prosper! Start and Finance your business
  • Product
  • Market Confirmation
  • Pitch to Investors
  • Building a Team
  • Access to Capital from the perspective of founders and investors
  • How can NANBEN help your start-up journey?
Moderator: Palani Palaniappan
Panelists: Ganes Kesari, Ravi Subramaniam, Siva Singaram.
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Business Ventures - Acquiring and Owning Franchises.
Presentation followed by Q&A.

Speaker: Bob Bernotas
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM Networking Lunch.
Entrepreneurship in North America (12:45 PM - 01:10 PM)
Interactive lunch-time presentation by Pichappan Pethachi, Founder and Past President of NANBEN highlighting a few Nagarathar owned Businesses.

01:30 PM - 02:45 PM Prosper! Optimizing your Long-Term Investment Portfolio
  • Current Investing Landscape including Macro trends, economic climate etc
  • Investing in Equities for the long-term. Active investing, alpha, stock selection, Mutual Funds, & ETFs
  • Fixed Income Investing - Opportunities in Bonds, TBills and CDs
Moderator: Mark Chockalingam;
Panelists: Chris Van Horn & Eric Randolph
02:45 PM - 03:00 PM Break
03:00 PM - 03:15 PM Achireum Overview by Dr. Ramesh Narayanan, Bathu Krishnan and Vish Arunachalam - Gold Sponsors
03:15 PM - 04:30 PM Protect! Retirement planning
  • Basics including 401k, Roth conversions, time-varying asset allocations
  • Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning
  • Leveraged Insurance Policy as a retirement vehicle for business owners
Speakers: Kanna Meyyapan & Eric Randolph
04:30 PM - 04:45 PM Business Opportunities in India for US based Entrepreneurs and Investors by Chocko Valliappa, CEO and Managing Director of Vee Technologies.
04:45 PM - 05:00 PM Break
05:15 PM - 06:15 PM Youth Business Battle Finale
Regional Finalists will present their pitch live to a panel of NANBEN Judges - VCs and Entrepreneurs

Session Lead: Muthiah Subash
06:15 PM - 06:30 PM NSNA Update by NSNA President Nagappan Sekkappan
07:30 PM - 08:30 PM Dinner and NANBEN Recognition of Volunteers
09:00 PM onwards Light Music

Day 2 - Sunday - Oct 01, 2023
08:30 AM – 09:15 AM Morning Keynote Address by Dr. Anand Annamalai
09:25 AM - 11:15 AM Two Break-out Sessions:

Session 1 - Real Estate (09:25 AM – 11:15 AM)
Hands-on Workshop on passive Investing by Mr. Omni Casey
Room: Common Wealth Ball Room

Session 2 - Principles of Investments in Secondary Markets (09:25 AM – 11:00 AM)
Principles of Investments - Investing in Equity, Bonds & Mutual Funds.
Speaker: Ari Strait

Youth Investment Presentations - Winning Strategies and Stock Selection Methods.
Speaker: Winners of Investment Contest (Adithya Ramesh & Arun Ramanathan).

Room: Virginia Suites Potomac/Blue Ridge

Customized Q&A Workshop 1: Cross Border Taxation (10:30 AM to 11:30 AM)
Speaker: Praveen Jain

Room: Virginia Suites - Shenandoah

Customized Q&A Workshop 2: Leveraged Insurance Policy (BLAP) (10:30 AM to 11:30 AM)
Speaker: Kanna Meyyappan

Room: Fairfax Room

11:15 AM - 11:30 AM Break
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Two Break-out Sessions:

Session 3 – Cross-border taxation and Tax Strategies (11:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
India & US Tax Implications for Non-Resident Indians

Room: Virginia Suites Potomac/Blue Ridge
Speaker: Praveen Jain

Session 4 – Entrepreneurship Session (11:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
Serial Entrepreneur's Journey from Idea to Market - Startup, Growth and Expansion through Venture Capital Funding.

Room: Common Wealth Ball Room
Speakers: Ram Radhakrishnan & Subbu Meiyappan

12:45 PM – 02:00 PM Lunch and Farewell
12:45 PM – 01:15 PM Closing Address by Theo Meyyappan, NANBEN Conference Chair.



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