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Global Thursdays: Increase Profits - Export to Global Markets

The Chamber, in partnership with the Santa Monica College Small Business Development Center, is pleased to announce the launching of Global Thursdays. If you are a company thinking about exporting, don't miss this opportunity to meet with international business advisors at the L.A. Area Chamber and discuss identifying potential global markets, global market entry, financing your exports, compliance and regulatory matters, and much more. Sign up to meet with a consultant on Thursdays at the Chamber. Make an appointment or call 310.434.3566.


Join the Chamber, in partnership with the Business Council for International Understanding, for a breakfast discussion with Todd Chapman, U.S. Charge d'Affaires to Brazil; the Honorable Rose M. Likins, U.S. Ambassador to Peru; and the Honorable Alejandro D. Wolff, U.S. Ambassador to Chile. Individual company meetings are also available with U.S. Senior Commercial Officers working in Brazil, Peru and Chile. $30 Chamber members; $45 non-members. Register now.

Chamber meets with Under Secretary of Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs for the U.S. Department of State
This week the Chamber joined Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the University of Southern California for a discussion on U.S. economic relations with Asia with Robert Hormats, U.S. Under Secretary of State for economic, energy and agricultural affairs (left). In July, Under Secretary Hormats traveled with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to India, Indonesia and Hong Kong. He addressed the outcomes of that trip, and how U.S. economic policy in Asia ties to the Administrationís domestic job creation goals.  He also discussed the U.S. agenda for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum as the United States prepares to host the APEC Leaders Summit in November. 

Chamber meets with U.S. Trade Representative

Last month, more than 20 business executives discussed the challenges and barriers faced by U.S. small and medium enterprises entering the global marketplace with Ambassador Ron Kirk, United States Trade Representative, left. "The United States needs to remain competitive with other nations," said Ambassador Kirk, adding that the U.S. government is confident that the free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama can be approved within the next 30 to 60 days. View photo gallery.

Private Green Port Policy Briefing & Harbor Tour Luncheon, Port of Long Beach
The Chamber's Trade Commissioners Networking Group recently received an update on the Port of Long Beach's Green Policy Initiative from Richard D. Cameron, director of environmental planning, and Heather Tomley, assistant director of environmental planning, followed by a luncheon harbor tour. The overview included a summary of the Clean Port Action plan and technology advancement program, both of which have had significant positive impacts on the surrounding region.

The group also visited the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena in August. JPL officials provided the commissioners a tour of the campus and a presentation on JPL's acquisition practices and procedures for doing business internationally.

View presentations from the meetings.

Next Session: USC Health Science Center Briefing & Tour
Friday, Nov. 11, 9 a.m.-noon
Register now

The Chamber is pleased to extend a warm welcome to UK Trade & Investment to the group.

ProChile has several investment projects currently available to interested parties.

Learn more about the Trade Commissioners Networking Group.

TCNG was established to provide the infrastructure and venue where foreign diplomats, including trade commissioners, can develop their own international trade strategies and programs as they perform their professional responsibilities. The Chamber is committed to working closely with countries who are actively promoting trade and economic opportunities. Contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569


The North American Idea: A Vision of a Continental Future, Sept. 16
"The potential is clear. As our two neighbors' economies grew faster than ours coming out of the recession, U.S. exports to Canada and Mexico in 2010 increased by nearly $80 billion from $334 billion to $412 billion. The goal should be to forge a North American community Ö No state and city have a greater stake than California and Los Angeles, and no one is better suited to lead such an endeavor than the world's most well-known community organizer," writes Robert A. Pastor, professor of International Relations and Founder and Director of the Center for North American Studies at American University, in an op-ed to be published in the Los Angeles Times this week. Read more.

On Friday, Sept. 16, 9-10:30 a.m. Pastor will discuss his latest book and provide views on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the need for an interdependent system between our top trading partners. Pastor's book is receiving high praise from the international community, including from Professor Abe Lowenthal, University of Southern California. "This is one of the most creative, constructive and important books in many years on U.S. policy in a changing world," Lowenthal said. Pastor served on the National Security Council and as a consultant to the State and Defense Departments. He is the author of 16 other books, including A Century's Journey: How the Great Powers Shape the World. $15 Chamber members; $25 non-members. Register now.

China in Latin America: The New Economic Frontier, Sept. 16
The Chamber, the Center for International Business Education & Research at the University of Southern California (USC) and the Institute of the Americas are partnering to host a half-day conference at USC on China in Latin America. The conference will help foster an open and frank dialogue between business leaders, academics and researchers from China, the United States and Latin America. SOLD OUT

Global Initiatives Council, Sept. 21
Join the Global Initiatives Council on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 9-10:30 a.m. to meet with Patrick Del Duca, partner with Zuber & Taillieu and co-chair of the Mexico Committee of the American Bar Associationís Section of International Law, as he discusses his latest book "Choosing the Language of Transnational Deals: Practicalities, Policy and Law Reform." Published by the American Bar Association, the book addresses complex legal topics across diverse cultures and languages. A member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, Del Duca teaches as an adjunct professor at UCLA, and Loyola and UC Davis Law Schools. Complimentary for Chamber members; $25 non-members. Register now.

For more information on Chamber events, visit


4th Annual West Coast Global Forum, Sept. 15

Doing Business in India - VITA Global Networking Breakfast, Sept. 21

7th Annual Germany California Solar Day, Sept. 27

Expanding Horizons: A Seminar for Small Businesses Entering International Markets, Sept. 29

IACCW Los Angeles Business Mixer, Sept. 29

The Business of Importing & Exporting, Oct. 7

Looking Through the Crystal Ball, Oct. 11

To submit an event or for more information on any of the information in this newsletter, contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569.

AmCham Chile
AmCham Peru
Centers for International Trade Development (CITD)
Consejo Empresarial Mexicano de Comercio Exterior Inversion y Tecnologia A.C. (COMCE)
High Council of Chambers of Commerce of Spain
Nagoya Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Port of Long Beach
Port of Los Angeles
The Export-Import Bank of the United States
The Korea International Trade Association (KITA)

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