Padma Vatsavai, Founder and CEO of leading Baton Rouge software development firm Vinformatix, was recently named to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Council.

The world’s largest business organization, the Chamber represents more than 3 million companies of all sizes, sectors, and regions.

The Small Business Council is the Chamber’s primary policy and action group, addressing issues of concern to small business owners and the global marketplace, and assisting in development of the Chamber’s strategies for legislative, regulatory and international initiatives.

“I’m deeply honored to join such an esteemed and influential group,” said Vatsavai, whose small business bona fides are well established. Founding Vinformatix in 2008 with a single client and a small office in LSU’s Louisiana Business & Technology Center, Vatsavai has nurtured its steady growth to current staff of 28, operating within a busy, two-story headquarters in downtown Baton Rouge. 

A naturalized US Citizen and immigrant from southern India, Vatsavai praises the opportunities afforded by the US business climate and America’s strong entrepreneurial spirit.

“Business success is truly a joint venture,” said Vatsavai. “I’ve been aided greatly in my development as a businesswoman by many generous leaders in the business community, and I welcome this opportunity to return some of that value through service on the Small Business Council.”

As part of her responsibilities on the council, Vatsavai will attend at least two national meetings annually and help to inform the group on trends and opportunities in global information technology.

Vinformatix focuses on new software development for large-scale public and private sector projects. Vatsavai’s business development work brings her regularly to Washington D.C., where she was introduced to council members in a May, 2019 ceremony at the U.S Chamber of Commerce headquarters.

Vatsavai’s invitation to join the council was supported by Small Business Council Chair and fellow Baton Rouge business owner, Christel Slaughter, Ph.D., a leading consultant for organizational change and planning efforts with hundreds of clients across the United States with a concentration in the public sector.

“Padma’s deep expertise in the development and application of cutting-edge technologies will be essential to the work of the Small Business Council,” said Slaughter. “I am delighted to have her as a colleague and expect her contributions will be enormous.”