Karnatak Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Hubli, seedled on the 1st of August 1928 at Bagalkot by late Sri Murigayyaswami Jengin; with the whole hearted support and active participation of late Sri Srinivas Rao Mangalwedhe and Sri Nagappanna Abdulpurkar, has over a period, germinated, culminated and fructified into a prestigious institution with its sinews spread throughout North Karnataka to bring in unity amongst the trade and industry and cater to the needs and requirements of people engaged in it. The dynamic successive Presidents of the Institution have taken it to greater heights with their relentless efforts, dedication, devotion and discipline.
Over the years the Institution shifted its office to Gadag and then to Hubli with its own building spread over on a vast area of 13 guntas. Business magnates and industrial tycoons like late Sri G. Mahadevappa and Sri C. S. Desai made exemplary donations after whose name the building of the Institution and the auditorium in it are named. Great men were they who left their footprints, which were followed by noted Chigateri Family after whose name the annexe to the main building is named as “Dharmprakash Mudigeppa Chigateri”.
The Chamber has perspired a lot to inspire many traders and industrialists of Karnataka State at large and North Karnataka in particular throughout its long passage of time. It has to its credit many laurels for having conducted exhibitions, seminars and symposiums on various trade, industry, agriculture and export workshops to upgrade the knowledge of its members. It has also added feathers to its crown by inviting many distinguished personalities to address from its prestigious platform o various subjects like Central Budget, State Budget, Economic Policies of the Nation, Globalization, Privatization, Nationalization, GATT, Debt Trap, etc.,
The Chamber has also unfolded its heart towards to socio-economic developments of this region. It played a pivotal role in bringing home the needs of this region like High Court Bench, All Weather Karwar Port, Broad gauge between Gadag and Bijapur, Air Port, South-Western Railway Zone etc., it’s rallies and delegations to the authorities as well as memoranda and representations to the government in an effective way have given wonderful results. It has further attracted many associations under its fold and numbers of associations and district chambers are affiliated to this Chamber to strengthen its hands are raise its voice against grievances in an effective way.
To add to the crown and to commemorate its Golden Jubilee, the institution established a Golden Jubilee Trust for the cause of educating the men, woman and prospective entrepreneurs involved in trade and industry and bring-in awareness of taxation and tax complying culture. The courses being conducted through the Trust on the most needed subjects like – Business Accounting, Taxation, Personality Development, Leadership Skills, Mock Interviews are popular attracting not only the business people and also the students aspiring to acquire these specialized skills. To cope-up with the developing trends in trade and industry, the institution further spread its wings by establishing Hubli-Dharwad Stock Trading House in the year 1992 – a most prestigious stock-trading house functioning in this part of Karnataka.
The Chamber is invited for pre Budget discussions by the State and Central Govt. Chamber is also instrumental in establishing Karnataka Material Testing Laboratory as chief promoter, which is the only of it’s kind to meet the requirement of industries.
KCC&I, as popularly known, is affiliated to Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, New Delhi and Indo–German Chamber of Commerce. The institution has now the expertise, unity, strength and influence to prevail upon the Government on its policies relating to Trade and its suggestions are being accepted by both the State and Central Governments. The institution has added a 3rd floor to its building and it is named after the donor Shri S.N. Keshwain, the Founder of the Sirsi Urban Souharda Sahakari Bank Ltd., Sirsi.
The Chamber has spread its activates to overseas and has lead a delegation of Exporters/ Importers to Sri Lanka and signed a MOU with the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, Colombo and the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka for exchange of Trade related information and boosting up Imports and Exports between India and Sri Lanka. Also visited Peoples of Republic of China along with delegation lead by ZDH/SEQUA of Germany and signed a MOU with Chang Zhou Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber has successfully and meaningfully tread seventy four long years with great accomplishments and is still growing strong to serve the cause of trade and industry, the people of the region, their needs and goals. The year 2003-2004 being the Platinum Jubilee year of the Institution, it is proposed to celebrate the occasion in a most befitting and memorable way. This is the right occasion to pay floral tributes to its founder members, their successors and make their dreams come true.