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Florida based Neha Gajwani named a winner at eBay’s SHINE Awards

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – Indian American Neha Gajwani was selected among six other small business owners as a winner of eBay’s inaugural SHINE Awards for Small Business.

The winners were honored at eBay’s inaugural seller celebration event, eBay OPEN, in Las Vegas last month.

As the chief executive of SmackTom.com, Gajwani was honored in the category of global business. Tanya Crew, Spencer Apland, Lauralee Lindholm and William Wolstenholme, who won in the woman-owned business, growing business, charitable business and family business categories were the other winners.

The award program seeks to celebrate the efforts and success of entrepreneurs across the country and celebrates the contributions of small businesses on eBay to the U.S. economy, the company said.

“We were thrilled to read the stories of the more than 1,300 eBay businesses that were considered for the SHINE Awards this year,” said senior vice president and head of eBay North American Hal Lawton in a statement. “Our winners represent the best of what eBay stands for: innovative, fast-growing, global, diverse small businesses that are grounded in their families and communities and work hard every day.”

The SHINE winners were selected from more than 1,300 submissions throughout the country, ranging from new businesses to multi-million dollar global enterprises.

Nearly 18,000 voters within the eBay community voted roughly 40,000 times to select the winners of each category, while the grand prize was selected by a panel of expert judges.

Based out of Florida, Gajwani, who operates an eBay channel under the name Smack-Tom, sources accessories overseas and sells them through her eBay account as well as through the SmackTom.com website.

“eBay made it simple for me to list a product, understand how to market that product, and understand what their role and my role would be in the process,” the Washington University in St. Louis graduate said in her SHINE Awards bio page. She claims that eBay’s easy-to-use website helped her business to grow. This is something that a lot of business owners realize, eBay is a great place for a small business owner to gain some sales. Some businesses on eBay will also use a Non API eBay Lister to support their store. This helps them to upload unlimited listings and also helps them to list these products with one click, saving them time. Perhaps using a dropshipping tool would be beneficial alongside your eBay store, it could help you to gain more sales.


“It took something as complex as online selling and made it plausible for a beginner like myself.”

She has been selling through the website since 2009, shortly after she graduated from college. Thanks to the popularity of her service, Gajwani has opened offices in Miami, India and China. Roughly 23 percent of her sales are on the international scale. Those looking to purchase items through eBay may want to be made aware of the additional savings that can be made on the site through the use of promo codes and discounts – head to the Raise website to find more information on this. Nothing feels better than getting a great deal on great products.

“I look at what we’ve done in just a few short years – how many orders we’ve fulfilled, the number of places we sell in, being able to expand offices to India and China, and the incredible team we’ve built – and I do feel proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish as a global business,” she said.

Each category winner was awarded a $5,000 cash prize, as well as a package of marketing tools and services to help grow their eBay businesses.

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Harvard to host 17th annual India Conference this February

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Diya TV) — For the 17th year in a row, the graduate students at Harvard University will host an India Conference. It will take place during the weekend of February 15-16, 2020. Two days of exciting discussions through panels, mixers and networking will fill the halls of the Harvard Business School and Kennedy School of Government.

The theme for this year’s conference is Foresight 20/20 – a look at what to expect from India in 2020 and beyond. As one of the largest student led conferences in the USA, the Harvard India conference attracts the biggest headliners from every field – from politics, business, entertainment & the arts. And this year is no different.

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With more than 100 speakers and 1000 attendees, the conference promises to have something for everyone. This year’s biggest draw from the entertainment genre is veteran Bollywood actor and self proclaimed ambassador to India, Anupam Kher. Kher has a long standing list of accolades within the film industry. In addition to his acting roles, he has been a producer, director and teacher at his own acting school. Most recently he played the role of Dr. Vijay Kapur on NBC’s primetime drama ‘New Amsterdam‘.

Some other notable speakers this year include founder of the India Today Group, Aroon Purie, Indian Olympic athelete Dutee Chand, comedian and actor, Vir Das, partner at Softbanks’ Vision Fund Lydia Jett & politician and India’s ruling party (BJP)’s sherpa to the G20, Suresh Prabhu.

The harsh winter in Harvard doesn’t seem slow down or dull these brilliant minds in any way. The India Conference at Harvard continues to retain its standing as the conference of choice for deliberating issues ranging from technology, media, politics and eduction to creating solutions for India’s path towards global leadership. The event features brainstorming sessions and sincere discussions on the very real and large scale problems that are uniquely Indian.

Diya TV is a media sponsor to the event and will be on-site covering conference. To receive a 20% discount use code RDAY20 here and to know more about the conference or speakers, head to the IndiaConference.com

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Indian Ambassador, Shringla speaks to U.S. Congress about Kashmir

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Harsh Shringla met with members of Congress at a private roundtable briefing, hosted by Southern California Congressman Brad Sherman. Sherman, who has been a supporter of India, took to Twitter recently to share his concerns about Kashmir and said serious questions about Kashmir were asked at the briefing.

President Trump is being urged to fix the H1-B visa process and do away with country-specific limits, with the latest effort for reform being spearheaded by 60 U.S. business school deans and CEO’s.

In an earthquake, seconds matter. So on the anniversary of the deadly 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake that rocked Northern California, state officials announced the launch of America’s first statewide earthquake early warning system.

Tabla Maestro Zakir Hussain will be coming to Boston next month to perform at the Berklee India Exchange, where he will also be conferred with an honorary doctorate by the esteemed music school. A Zakir Hussain Scholarship at Berklee is also being established.

And we have incredible video of three kids from India rescuing their dog from a snake that’s equal parts courageous and nuts.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — A federal judge ruled President Trump must turn over eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns to Manhattan prosecutors, striking down the President’s argument that a sitting president cannot be criminally investigated. The ruling was quickly appealed and this case could end up in the Supreme Court to answer the constitutional question of whether presidents can be charged with a crime.

Meanwhile, the President celebrated a victory by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, as a federal appellate court upheld most of the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality. It also ruled the FCC cannot preempt state net neutrality laws, meaning the rules of the road in states like California remain in place.

The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee announced their Asia-Pacific and Non-Proliferation Subcommittee will be holding a hearing asking State Department officials and human rights activists to chime in on Human Rights in Kashmir, the Tamils of Sri Lanka, Muslims in Assam and the human rights situation in Pakistan, which includes the Sindh Province.

Lockheed Martin announced they will build F-16 wings exclusively in India, helping in integrating Indian industry into the $165 billion fighter aircraft market.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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