Inside Global Trade: Former Global Initiatives Chair Contreras-Sweet Nomination Hearing Today

February 2014 - in this issue...
Former Chair of Global Initiatives Council Nominated as New SBA Administrator

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Trade news from around the world
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In late January, President Barack Obama nominated Maria Contreras-Sweet, Proamerica Bank, to lead the U.S. Small Business Administration. Contreras-Sweet was secretary of the California Department of Business, Transportation and Housing Agency from 1999-2003. The Chamber congratulates Contreras-Sweet, who has been active on the Chamber Board and previously served as chair of the Chamber's Global Initiatives Council. Read more. Contact Carlos Valderrama, 213.580.7570.


Watch Contreras-Sweet's nomination hearing live Wednesday morning and urge lawmakers to confirm her for SBA Administrator Now. Read the Chamber's press release supporting Contreras-Sweet.   


Chamber welcomes the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America and the Caribbean

This week, the Chamber was a partner on the Outlook on the Americas 2014 conference hosted by the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America and the Caribben (AACCLA). At the conference, Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben moderated a panel discussion in which representatives of Guadalajara, Mexico; Buenos Aires, Argentina; UCLA Anderson Forecast; and the U.S. Department of Commerce discussed the role and participation of small business in global markets. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti delivered the conference keynote speech. Made up of 24 American Chambers of Commerce, representing 28 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, AACCLA forms a hemispheric network of 20,000 member companies representing more than 80 percent of all U.S. investment in the region. Contact Carlos Valderrama, 213.580.7570.
Macedonia officials visit the Chamber 

Macedonia Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Zoran Stavreski visited the Chamber in January. He discussed business in Macedonia, which is considered one of the most competitive manufacturing locations in Europe. Stavreski's schedule also included visits to Seattle, the Silicon Valley and Chicago. Contact Carlos Valderrama, 213.580.7570.

Chamber hosts GESIAD Delegation
The California Turkish American Chamber of Commerce (CATA) officials joined the Turkey-based Young Industrialists and Businessmen's Association (GESIAD) delegation, who arrived in Los Angeles to participate in the upcoming business networking event ConnecTA 2014 Silicon Valley. As a part of their West Coast itinerary ahead of 4th Annual ConnecTA event, GESIAD delegation members, in company with CATA officials, visited the Chamber. Read More.  

Upcoming Session  
Thursday, March 13, 10-11:30 a.m. 
 Trade Commissioners Networking Group (TCNG) participants are invited to join us for the first quarterly TCNG session of the year as we embark on a private briefing and tour of the L.A. Cleantech Incubator (LACI) program. Executive Director Fred Walti will provide the group with an overview of LACI and the new innovations in the sustainable energy sector in Los Angeles. Register now by contacting Aaron Borboa, 213.580.7583. For TCNG Members only. 

Former World Trade Week Chair installed as Chamber Board Chair
The Chamber's Inaugural Dinner on Jan. 30 celebrated the installation of 2014 Chair of the Board Noel Massie, UPS, at the JW Marriott at L.A. LIVE. Mayor Eric Garcetti, Supervisor Don Knabe and L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson were among the many elected officials who attended. The Chamber presented its three highest awards during the event: the Civic Medal of Honor to David Fleming; the Distinguished Business Leader award to Robert Lowe, chairman and CEO of Lowe Enterprise, Inc.; and the Corporate Leadership award to Toyota.
Leadership Announcement for the 88th Annual World Trade Week
The Chamber recently announced Vice President of Corporate Operations for Owens & Minor Kenneth J. Miranda and Director of Global Trade & Supply Chain Solutions for Bank of America Merrill Lynch Caroline V. Brown will lead this year's World Trade Week efforts. WTW consists of more than 30 events, briefings and activities to help raise awareness about the economic opportunities in global trade. Miranda and Brown will oversee the Chamber's annual WTW Kickoff Breakfast on May 2. Read More.  
Have your company in front of hundreds during World Trade Week
The most extensive and unique program of its kind in the country, WTW, an initiative of the Chamber, dedicates itself to educating the public on the positive aspects of international trade on the local and national economy. We encourage you to support this very special program - in its 88th year - by becoming a sponsor. As a sponsor, your company will have the unique opportunity to integrate its marketing and charitable goals by supporting international trade educational programs and scholarships, while gaining recognition throughout the year. Learn more
Apply or nominate today - WTW awards and scholarships  
The Chamber and the WTW Committee are currently seeking nominations for a series of prestigious international trade awards including the esteemed Stanley T. Olafson Award. View award categories and submit nominations

The World Trade Week Education Committee is seeking applications for student scholarships that are available to high school and college students. Please encourage potential candidates in your network to take advantage of these scholarship opportunities. 

For more information contact Aaron Borboa, 213.580.7583.

Bipartisan trade promotion authority to be renewed
The introduction of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act will renew the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), and if approved, will allow Congress to create negotiating trade objectives and develop direct consultation between the executive branch, making international trade agreements easier and more efficient. To eliminate the barriers affiliated with foreign tariffs and encourage Americans to create goods and services abroad, Congress must first approve the Trade Priorities Act, an act that has been labeled "a top trade priority" by the U.S. Chamber. "We look forward to working with the Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill as well as the administration to secure TPA's renewal as soon as possible," said U.S. Chamber President and CEO, Thomas J. Donohue. The Trade Priorities Act promises to move trade negotiations forward and make it easier for Americans to develop and maintain a strong American presence in foreign countries, while simultaneously creating new job opportunities in the U.S. Read more or TAKE ACTION.
To submit an event or for more information on any of the information in this newsletter, contact Aaron Borboa, 213.580.7583.
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