Microsoft Southwest G.M. Helps Kickoff World Trade Week

Microsoft Southwest District GM talks about new technology helping small businesses become more competitive in the global market at the World Trade Week Kickoff

May 2, 2013 9:00 am

LOS ANGELES, CA — Tyler Bryson, Microsoft Corporation Enterprise & Partners Group Southwest District general manager, spoke to the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and more than 500 business leaders about how new technology can help small to mid-sized businesses become more competitive in the global market during the 87th annual World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast. 

Bryson, who has launched the Microsoft Global High Tech Summit, an annual business and technology conference for high tech industry executives spoke about four technological megatrends accelerating growth in global trade: mobility, social, big data, and cloud. 

“Now more than ever, small business and mid-sized companies have the chance to compete,”explained Bryson, “technology is the gateway to this growth.”

The morning’s program also included an award ceremony honoring individuals, organizations and companies that have had a major impact on the international trade community. Also, several college and high school students were awarded scholarships as a part of World Trade Week’s Education Initiatives.

Joseph A. Czyzyk, Chairman & CEO of the Mercury Air Group, Inc was awarded the Stanley T. Olafson Bronze Plaque to recognize his outstanding contributions as a member of the world trade community in Southern California. 

The Milken Institute was honored with the Bob Kleist Leadership Award for being a positive spokesperson and advocating for Southern California’s interest in promoting trade, along with providing world class education for the next generation of international traders. Their work benefits the trade community at large and broadens the horizons of what is possible through trade.

The Export Achievement Award was given to local companies, especially small and medium sized firms, which have experienced significant and continued growth in export sales, and now derive a significant portion of their revenue from exports. This year three companies were recognized - Inogen, Lourow Electronics and SUNDARI.

Euro VAT Refund, Inc was the 2013 Service to World Traders award recipient for sustaining exceptional service and commitment to world traders in the Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. 

For 87 years, World Trade Week has been dedicated to educating the public on the importance of global trade and its contribution to our local, state and national economy. Under the guidance of its founding sponsors – the L.A Area Chamber, Los Angeles World Airports, and the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles – the original week-long observance has now grown to more than 30 events held each year throughout May in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura.


The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County.  Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit


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