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Chamber to host Fifth Annual The Americas Business Forum

The Chamber, in partnership with the University of California, Los Angeles, the City of Los Angeles and the U.S. Department of Commerce, is proud to host The Americas Business Forum for the fifth year on Sept. 25 and 26 at UCLA Covel Center. Nearly $16 million in new exports were generated by companies that attended and participated in last year's event. The opportunities to export products and services to Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Peru and other growing Latin American markets are enormous, don't miss this unique chance to participate in one-on-one meetings with U.S. Senior Commercial Officers. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti is this year's luncheon keynote address on Sept. 25. Register by Thursday, Sept 18. Click here to view this year's agenda or contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569.

Chamber meets with Mexican Ambassador to the United States
Last month, the Chamber hosted Ambassador Eduardo Medina-Mora, Mexico's ambassador to the United States, as he spoke to Chamber Board members and guests representing sectors of the international business community. He discussed the challenges and opportunities of the commercial and industrial exchange between the U.S. and Mexico. Ambassador Medina-Mora showcased the fact that U.S. - Mexican bilateral trade has grown by more than 500 percent during the last 20 years as a result of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Thank you to our event sponsors: The Home Depot, Herbalife, Ltd., PROAMERICA Bank, Southern California Edison, Southwest Airlines Co., TELACU Industries, Univision Communications, Inc. and Watson Engineering. Contact Carlos Valderrama, 213.580.7570.
Port of Long Beach Commission President speaks at Global Initiatives Council
Port of Long Beach Board of Harbor Commission President Thomas Fields and Acting Deputy Executive Director Noel Hacegaba joined the Global Initiatives Council last month to discuss the importance of establishing strong industry clusters around ports. "Our mission is to grow the economy and create jobs. Industry clusters help productivity and innovation," Fields said. "When you have a strong cluster, it creates other clusters." Contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569.
Chamber participates in Hong Kong trade event
In August, the Chamber organized the California Pavilion at the Hong Kong Food Expo 2013. Eight small/medium sized California firms introduced their products and services to potential customers in Asia, and participated in several prescheduled one-on-one business meetings. The California trade delegation was led by Jeffrey A. Williamson, statewide director, Center for International Trade Development & Director, California STEP. The Food Export was organized by the Hong Trade Development Council, featuring a Trade Hall that attracted nearly 17,000 trade visitors, and the Public Hall which was visited by nearly 400,000 people. The event was made possible thanks to the U.S. Small Business Administration's State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Grant through the California STEP Grant Initiative. Contact Carlos J. Valderrama, 213.580.7570.
Update on the City's International Trade Initiatives at Global Initiatives Council, Oct. 16
Join the Global Initiatives Council on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 9-10:30 a.m. as we hear from Stephen Cheung, director of International Trade for the Office of L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, for an update on the mayor's plans for international trade, including goals and strategies, synergy of international trade between City Hall/Port/Airports and upcoming trade missions. Register now or contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569.
Upcoming Session
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 8:30-9 a.m.
Trade Commissioner Networking Group (TCNG) participants are invited to join us for a private meet & greet with Stephen Cheung, director of International Trade, Office of L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti. Cheung's responsibilities include the Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Airports, and international trade Initiatives for the City. This private meeting is open to members of the Chamber's Trade Commissioner Networking Group (TCNG) only. Please note the meeting will be held immediately prior to the Global Initiatives Council meeting. RSVP now

Chamber applauds TCNG member The Korean Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) for its support of Para Los Ninos

The Chamber and KOTRA - Korea Business Center, Los Angeles recently hosted a fund raising bazaar to benefit low-income families. KOTRA presented a check for 100 percent of the proceeds to Para Los Ninos, a nonprofit organization that has worked for more than 30 years to create academic success and social well-being for children. "This event highlights the strong relationship Korea has with Los Angeles and the U.S.," said KOTRA Director General Dong-Hyung Park. "The bazaar event is an opportunity to help the less fortunate and promote Korean companies. Improving bilateral trade through charity programs is not only smart, but responsible."   


The Trade Commissioner's Networking Group 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. 


Expo Pakistan, Sept. 26


4th Global Entrepreneurship Summit Malaysia, Oct. 11-12


Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition 2013, Oct. 29

To submit an event or for more information on any of the information in this newsletter, contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez213.580.7569.
The Chamber is proud to be a partner of California STEP. The California State Trade and Export Promotion (California STEP) project combines a network of state, federal, private and non-profit trade promotion activities, serving targeted industries, to drive exports for
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