South Asian Business Association

South Asian businesspeople in Windsor are in the initial stages of forming their own business association. (Nathan Swinn/CBC News)

South Asian businesspeople in Windsor are in the initial stages of forming their own business association.

They met for the first time at Champion Products on Wyandotte Street East on Monday night.

Champion is owned by Ashok Sood. The company employs 85 people in Windsor, Toronto, and Detroit. Sood moved to Canada 40 years ago.

He says South Asian businesspeople in Windsor don't know enough about their own community.

"I think individually they are very strong. Together I don't know how we match up, because I don't think we know each other well," Sood said. "That would be another purpose; to find out who is doing what. That's not there right now."

Chintan Virani was one of the businesspeople who was at the meeting Monday. Virani runs his own architecture company.

He's been living in Windsor since 2004, and moved to Canada in 2003 from India.

Virani says a South Asian business association would bring together people from similar backgrounds, working towards similar goals.

He says the association is about "expanding your network to learn things."

"It's nothing that you are trying to segregate from the mainstream.  It's just trying to learn from fellow people," Virani said. "We definitely share a certain mindset."

Virani and other South Asian businesspeople will start meeting on the last Monday of every month.