• 01 Sep 2019 8:00 AM | Lindsay McCabe (Administrator)

    “Don't make transactions, make relationships” -Vijay Bahl


    Bruce Cotterman and Vijay Bahl both joined the BABC in 2013. In 2017, what had started simply as networking with like-minded businesspeople grew into Bruce helping Vijay and his clients walk through the often-complicated world of visa applications and immigration affairs.

    Anyone who has had to work with USCIS (US Citizenship and Immigration Services) will know the importance of a 'Do it once but do it right' approach. Even in cases where it is a simple family petition for a spouse or parent, the crossing the T's & dotting the I's is imperative. Add the complexity of applying for business status with employment opportunities and partnering with professionals becomes a necessity.

    Vijay, who is Broker/Owner, of Lotus Property Investments LLC, needed someone with familiarity to help with EB-5 applications in his growing business. As an experienced EB-5 business plan developer, Bruce, founder of global management business advisory service BAS Group LLC, was a great fit. The partnership allowed Vijay to provide more EB-5 services across the U.S. with a focus in Georgia. For more than two years, the duo has serviced clients seeking EB-5 business plans, ranging across the globe from Bahrain to Vietnam.

    Their story is a perfect example of the partnerships that can develop through being active in the BABC. Often, working as an Expat or a representative for a foreign company can be isolating. Having the support system of others that face the same challenges as you do, or who can address a specific need you may have, is invaluable.

    Both Bruce and Vijay say the reward is having a variety of satisfied clients that trust in the services they are offering, from the moment they realize there is someone there to help them. “Each client is our favorite as their country, business concept, foreign investors, timing and approach differs - with each being interesting as well as challenging,” emphasizes Bruce.  

    A Successful EB-5 (Employment Based 5) Partnership

    The United States offers an Investor “Green Card Holder” Visa Program called EB-5 to encourage foreign investments and economic growth in the U.S. By investing a minimum $500,000 (sourced funds) to finance a business in the United States that will employ at least 10 American workers, eligible Immigrant Investors and their families with children under the age of 21 can become lawful permanent residents. A key initial step for an EB-5 investor is to provide a detailed EB-5 business plan that is legally compliant for submission to the USCIS. This plan must include a strategic employment plan with employment opportunities, hiring dates, responsibilities, and compensations and contributions.

    Successful EB-5 business plans require an advisor who is experienced and knowledgeable with USCIS regulations for establishing businesses, construction, foreign and local financing, cash flow pro-formas, employment, supply chain, market analysis and more. These plans must have significant detail over a month, by month period for the first few years and then extend further over a 5 to 10-year period. Bruce leverages his decades of experience with global clients in building and leading businesses to add crucial information to a plan, including potential ROI and number of jobs expected to be generated, both direct, indirect and induced employment.

    The working relationship between Bruce and Vijay is one of mutual respect for the other’s experience in the world of international business. Vijay especially praises Bruce’s thoroughness in preparing a comprehensive, yet very specific business plan on behalf of the investor client. “Bruce has shown to have the in-depth knowledge and the extra layer of formulating critical data for different business models, specifically to support the critical employment component of the business study. While Bruce's credentials speak for themselves, the way he engages his business relationship is more vital. If you want a seamless experience then let Bruce take the helm and pen the business plan for your needs, in or out of USCIS.”

    Complementary Services

    Vijay brings to the partnership 25 years of commercial real estate knowledge in both England and the United States. Vijay is a board member of the ACBR (Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors) with a niche in the hotel industry. A business, which creates a large interest in the number of domestic & foreign clients applying for EB5 status. He has consulted with international investors and foreign agencies to help facilitate the process in the United States from a wide variety of countries, including Vietnam, India, Germany and Kazakhstan.

    Bruce Cotterman is President Emeritus of BABC of GA and Past President, Managing Director and founder of the BAS Group LLC, a global management business advisory service. He is presently a management and corporate leadership consultant following his sale of BAS’s client base assets to other management firms.

    The BABC congratulates Bruce and Vijay for their successful business partnership. If you are interested in joining the BABC and expanding your networking opportunities with other British businesses and leaders, please contact Lindsay McCabe at

  • 14 Jun 2019 12:19 PM | Melinda Schmiedeknecht (Administrator)

    BABC Corporate member, HLB Gross Collins, hosted our June Lunch and Learn event presented by social media consultant and Director of Business Development, Melinda Schmiedeknecht. Not only did participants walk away with specific actions to improve their business building activities on LinkedIn, but they also were able to network and nurture relationships with fellow BABC members at the event.





  • 15 Feb 2019 3:32 PM | Lindsay McCabe (Administrator)

    BABC-Georgia in the news! 

    Check out the article HERE 

  • 08 Jan 2019 10:52 AM | Lindsay McCabe (Administrator)

    The US is a major trade and investment partner for the UK - by some measures the biggest of all. 

    One issue on President Trump's agenda while he is in Britain will be whether - and how - to deepen that relationship. 

    So just how intertwined are the two economies? 

    As a single country the US is the largest export market for the UK. It is, however, well behind the EU when the bloc is viewed as a single market. 

    There is some logic to viewing the EU in that way, as it has a single external trade policy and most of its members share the same currency. 

    As a supplier of goods and services to the UK, the US comes in second, behind Germany.

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  • 18 Jul 2018 3:32 PM | Lindsay McCabe (Administrator)

    BritishAmerican Business responds to keynote on UK trade by Secretary of State for International Trade, the Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox


    London – On 18 July 2018, at a speech given at the Royal Society, London, the Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade, the Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox announced that the UK government will be starting formal consultations on a potential free trade agreement with the United States of America (USA). In response, BritishAmerican Business CEO Duncan Edwards made the following statement:


     “Today’s speech certainly marks a historic moment in UK-US trade relations as it reflects the ambition of the UK government to strengthen economic ties with the US, the UK’s most important single-country trading partner."


    “We welcome the announcement that the US will be one of three priority markets for which the UK Government is launching formal consultations, and we hope that this positive momentum continues in the coming months towards opening a new chapter in economic relations between both countries."


    "As this consultation comes in the context of the UK leaving the EU, we also welcome the Secretary’s comment that the UK government is working to maximise the UK’s trade with the rest of the world without impeding its current trade relationship with Europe which is so important for many of our businesses and workers on both sides of the Atlantic.” 


  • 18 Jul 2018 10:50 AM | Lindsay McCabe (Administrator)

    BAB Welcomes Fourth Session of the UK-US Trade and Investment Working Group and Second SME Dialogue held in London


    London – BritishAmerican Business (BAB) welcomes the joint release by the Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade, The Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP, and the US Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, after the fourth session of the UK-US Trade and Investment Working Group, and the second meeting of the US-UK Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) dialogue that took place in London last week.


    BritishAmerican Business CEO, Duncan Edwards:

    “The fourth meeting, the size of the delegations, and the progress in talks, ahead of the visit of the US President, continue to be evidence of sustained momentum by both sides to explore a wide range of areas where the UK and US could have deeper economic integration.


    Exploring future potential of collaboration is welcome and important, no matter what the scope for a US-UK future trade agreement will be. We are particularly pleased by the progress made during the second meeting of the SME Dialogue that BAB was proud to support in London.


    We applaud both Governments’ commitment to providing resources to assist SMEs with greater access to finance and business support that will spur growth, jobs and make it easier for business owners to turn their ambition into reality.


    BritishAmerican Business fully supports the Working Group objective of bringing our nations closer together, by focusing on strengthening trade and investment ties. We, as a transatlantic business community, stand ready to support the US and UK Governments in this important process for the mutual benefit of both countries.”


  • 19 Jun 2018 1:14 PM | Lindsay McCabe (Administrator)

    Royal Wedding Watch Party 

    There was so much excitement in the air at 5.15am as I entered the doors of the Indian Hills Country Club. Today, Saturday, May 19th, was the day we at the British American Business Council had been planning since the Engagement of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle. It was our Royal Wedding Watch Party. The big screen was already up and showing live coverage from Windsor of all the guests arriving at St George’s Chapel.

    The staff at Indian Hills Country Club were busy setting up, getting ready for our 75 guests, who would arrive at 5.45am.

    Our guests dressed in wedding attire. Ladies wore hats, men wore suits, tuxedos and tailcoats. We brought St George’s Chapel to a Country Club in Georgia. Our guest list included people of all nationalities, excited to witness a union between our British Prince to an American Actress. This was truly a unique and historic experience.

    “It’s been wonderful. A great occasion. Very well put on. Everything was just perfect,” said one guest from South Africa.

    Our guests enjoyed a traditional British Fare that was a combination of a Breakfast and Afternoon Tea. Yes, we had sausages, eggs and baked beans alongside cucumber sandwiches and scones.

    To make this event a truly Royal experience, we served lemon cake with elderflower icing, the same flavors as the Royal cake.

    “I absolutely had a wonderful time and met some very cool people. It was a great turnout,” said another guest.

    To add to the Britishness, our Bagpiper, who was dressed in a full Scottish outfit, entertained our guests with some traditional sounds from the Highlands.

    This was a very successful BABC event. A uniquely British occasion, where we offered our guests a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Something they will never forget.

    To view more photos, CLICK HERE.

  • 19 Jun 2018 1:10 PM | Lindsay McCabe (Administrator)

     BABC-Georgia is a member of the larger BABC with 20+ other chapters. We are pleased to announce the appointment of Stuart Bagshaw as the President of BABC International. 

    Contact:Dominic Parker, Senior Communications Assistant, BritishAmerican Business London (BABC Secretariat)  020 7290 9882

    Date: 19 June 2018                             

    British-American Business Council (BABC) Appoints Stuart Bagshaw as President

    BABC has announced the appointment of Stuart Bagshaw as its new President, taking over the role from Tom Stevens, of BABC Chicago who left the role earlier this year. Bagshaw boasts extensive experience in the transatlantic economic space, as current Chief Executive of British American Business LEAP (Land Expand Accelerator Program) LLC and past President, Chairman and current board member of the British-American Business Council Northern California.

    Duncan Edwards, CEO, British-American Business Council said:

    “I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to Stuart on his appointment as President of the BABC. With his prior experience in this space I have every confidence in his ability to continue delivering a fantastic standard of work in this new role and look forward to working with him closely over the coming months and years.”

    Steve Allen, Chairman, British-American Business Council said: 

    “I’d like to offer my congratulations to our newly elected President of the BABC Stuart Bagshaw. I have known Stuart for many years through his involvement in our network as a former President and Chairman of Chapter in Northern California and I’m looking forward to working with him going forward.”

    Stuart Bagshaw, President, British-American Business Council said:

    "I am honored to accept the role of President of the BABC.  Having been involved with this organization for almost 20 years, I have experienced the value that the BABC brings to any business with a strong interest in Transatlantic trade.   This remarkable network has evolved over the decades helping to promote commerce and cooperation between the USA and the UK throughout its membership.   As new governments come and go, the BABC has adapted and adjusted to accommodate policy and political changes on both sides of the Atlantic.  

    The BABC recognizes that it must stay current if it is to maintain its influence and its ability to remain one of the most respected business networks within the Atlantic alliance.  I hope to continue the work of my predecessors in helping the organization add value to the current generation of members.”

    About the British-American Business Council

    The British-American Business Council is the largest transatlantic business network, dedicated to advancing economic growth for companies with operations in the UK and the US. BABC has more than 20 individual chapters, and over 2,000 member companies based in major business centres throughout North America and the United Kingdom. For more information, please visit 




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