Iranian trade show opens in Halifax

By Elsa Chang

Babak Baghchesara, investors consultant (Right) meets and speaks with Flora Riyahi (Left), the exhibitor of The Iranian Cultural Society. (Elsa Chang photo)

The 2nd annual Iranian business trade show took place on Sunday at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax. It was a day of free family fun as well as business networking, with traditional Persian food, live music, and dance.

More than 30 exhibitors set up at the show. They ranged from large established companies like Quest Realty, and Cresco Developments to smaller local shops like Shiraz restaurant on Hollis Street.

Niki Jafari, the event organizer, beleives that having the buisness trade show will help the community get stronger.

Jafair said, “This way Halifax communities come in and experience something new. It’s multicultural event. It makes some connection with some local business here,”

Event planner, Saheila Hashemi, moved to Halifax two years ago. She has 15 years expirience in event planning. Although she just started her event planning business two days ago, she already has her hands full with a fashion show and a concert event this summer.

“I am not going to start with very big, I just move step by step until I get good networking,” she says.

Hashemi wants to use her event planning background to bring more multicultural events to the Halifax community.

Flora Riyahi, vice-chair of Nova Scotia Immigration Advisory Council, explains that the service they provide to the Halifax community is non profit.
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Flora Riyahi is pleased with the success of the show. She also explains the importance of The Iranian Cultural Society in our community.

Riyahi said that, “We are promoting the Iranian cultural to our society. It will be nice to have people who know our culture.”

Parisa Tootazhi, instructor of Immigrant Settlement & Integration Services, feels that the trade show is very informative because there are so many Iranian businesses participating.

“I think it’s very good networking opportunity for a lot of Iranian get together at the same place, and get introduced and to know each other’s business,” Tootazehi said.

The show was double the size of last year. Jafari, hopes the show continues to grow. She says, “It’s important that we (Iranian businesses) stick together.”

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