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  March 9, 2011

Third Annual The Americas Business Forum - Creating Jobs Through Exports

Chamber co-hosts Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation event

Chamber meets with goods movement expert

85th Annual World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast

Seeking nominations for World Trade Week awards

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Third Annual The Americas Business Forum
More than 200 participants attended the forum on March 2-3, in partnership with UCLA, the City of Los Angeles and the U.S. Department of Commerce. The event, which was inaugurated by L.A. Deputy Mayor Austin Beutner, is one of the first programs in California to support President Barack Obama's National Export Initiative. "Increasing exports of American products and services to global markets can help revive the fortunes of U.S. companies, spur future economic growth and create jobs here at home," said Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco J. Sánchez, above. "The Americas Business Forum serves as a critical tool in helping connect small and medium-sized businesses in Southern California to market opportunities around the Western Hemisphere." Read more about the event below.


Creating jobs at home through exports

The Americas Business Forum is a critical tool in helping small and medium-sized businesses in Southern California to market opportunities around the Western Hemisphere. Hon. Bijan Kian, member of the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. Board of Directors, spoke about the urgent need for global access for small to medium sized companies to remain competitive. On the second day of the forum, 13 senior commercial officers stationed in countries including Brazil, Peru, Argentina and Canada traveled to Los Angeles to share the latest market opportunities in their respective countries with U.S. companies. Nearly 300 one-on-one business meetings were scheduled with the officers. The Americas Business Forum is a critical component in the Chamber's overall goal to increase exports of local manufacturing companies, and create jobs in our region. Thank you to all of our sponsors and partners for making this two-day event a success. View presentations and photo gallery. Above from left, Kian, Beutner, and Sánchez with Chamber Board Chair Joseph Czyzyk, Mercury Air Group.

Chamber co-hosts APEC event with State Department Under Secretary Hormats
In late February, Under Secretary Robert Hormats, the U.S. State Department's top trade and economic affairs official, discussed the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, which the U.S. hosts this year, and the opportunities it provides U.S. small businesses. "The U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA) will increase our trade more than all nine FTAs combined that the United States has signed," Hormats said. The L.A. Area Chamber is an official member of the APEC 2011 Host Committee. View photo gallery

Chamber meets with goods movement expert
U.S. job creation is growing, albeit slowly, said economist John Husing, Economics & Politics, Inc., at the Chamber's Global Initiatives Council meeting. "Consumer spending is not going to help us in getting out of this economic downturn," said Husing. "Exporting activity will as we create more employment." Most of the trade comes from entrepreneurs — many of them immigrants. California, Husing said, is a "state of risk takers. We need to harness that, particularly when it comes to trade." View Husing's presentation

Learn more about the Chamber's Global Initiatives events or contact Global Initiatives Manager Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569.


85th Annual World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast, May 6
Join more than 400 executives and members of the diplomatic corps at the World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast on May 6 at the Los Angeles Marriott Downtown. Matt Rose, chairman and CEO of BNSF Railway Company will serve as keynote speaker. BNSF operates one of the largest rail systems in North America, with 32,000 route miles covering 28 states and two Canadian provinces. This year's event will launch a month of world trade events in Los Angeles, as we celebrate Promoting Global Competitiveness, including a special celebration and presentation of the prestigious Stanley T. Olafson Award. Register Now or contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569.

Chamber seeking nominations for World Trade Week awards
The Chamber and the World Trade Week Committee are currently seeking nominations for a series of international trade awards that will be presented at the World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast. View and submit nominations. Nominations are also being sought for the prestigious Stanley T. Olafson Award. The STO Award is one of the most prestigious awards in the international trade community, presented to an outstanding member of the world trade community in Southern California who has contributed to the advancement of world trade and international relations above and beyond job requirements. Click here to submit a nomination for the Stanley T. Olafson Award.


If your organization/company is hosting an event in May, submit to the international trade calendar to be listed as a World Trade Event and receive free publicity via our Website and other print publications.

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CIMA Businesss Matchmaking, March 15-16

VITA GLOBAL NETWORKING BREAKFAST: "Global Trade Intelligence", March 16

11th Annual ITEP Scholarship Dinner, March 23

Connecting Women to Power – Business Conference, March 30

Asia Pacific Business Outlook, March 28-29

To submit an event, contact Global Initiatives Manager Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569 or

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