Masala King Dhananjay Datar will be chief guest at the second edition of Marathi Business Exchange to be held in Hotel Tip Top Plaza, Thane on November 9 and 10, 2017. Marathi Business Exchange (MBX), as it is known, comprises conferences, networking and exhibitions and provides an exclusive platform for Marathi entrepreneurs to interact and network in their respective fields.
This event would be giving an opportunity to channelise one’s business to trusted fellow Maharashtrian sources while locating like-minded partners and patrons. It would also be hosting a parallel forum wherein business plans and ideas could be projected to facilitate a break for young aspirants. Over 5000 business vistors are expected at the MBX this year as against 3200 last year.
Dr Dhananjay Datar, popularly known as the Masala King, is a fine example of an entrepreneur who has become a leading businessman as indicated by his tremendous success. With a doctorate in Business Administration, Dr Datar has single-handedly raised the profile of Al Adil Trading, from a small grocery store in Dubai to a chain of 30 retail stores across the Gulf. Attributing his success to his late father, Dr Datar began his journey with just three employees but today he has as many as 500 direct employees and 375 indirect ones spread across the UAE and India. He is rightly known as the Spice King with his presence in one of the leading supermarket chains in the UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and India.
Dhananjay Datar is the recipient of an array of awards such as the Forbes Best Indian CEO Award, the Arabian Business- Indian Innovator CEO Award, Entrepreneur Magazine’s Best Indian Retailer Award, the Global Award for Perfection, Quality and Performance, Geneva Switzerland, International Star for Leadership in Quality- Paris, France and the Best Enterprises Award-Oxford UK, among others.
MBX will be helping to grow one’s brand through franchising and there will be a wide range of options to explore from food & beverages to apparels, jewellery or the service sector, all under one roof. It will also have a dedicated start-up pavilion for budding Marathi entrepreneurs. One will find channel partners to promote one’s business and participants will be able to connect to master/multi-unit franchises looking to add more brands to their companies.
Technology companies looking to showcase their products and solutions exclusively designed for SMEs would benefit as also logistic chains showcasing chain business or e-tail solutions. Similarly, trade bodies could pursue the acquisition of new members or building value for their existing member-base.
Many Maharashtrians have carved out their own paths to success in the fields of business and commerce and are an inspiration to fellow Maharashtrians. But with growing competitiveness and tough economic conditions, it is the need of the hour for such successful business owners to motivate others and ignite the spirit of Marathi entrepreneurship in the younger generation.