Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I April 2017

Join one the largest celebrations of trade in the nation, and learn how the Science of Where will change the worldtoparticle
Don't miss the chance to participate in this year's 91st annual World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast on May 4 in downtown Los Angeles, featuring a keynote address from Jack Dangermond, president, ESRI. Dangermond, an expert in key technology trends, will discuss how advanced mapping and analytics are changing government, business and society. ESRI is the world's leading company in geographic information systems (GIS), with more than 40 percent of global GIS market share and more than $1 billion in annual revenue. READ THE BUSINESS PERSPECTIVE.
Corporate tables are available to host your clients. RSVP NOW.
Chamber announces recipient of the 2017 Stanley T. Olafson Bronze Plaque Award
The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Ambassador Vilma Martinez, president of the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners, will be awarded the prestigious Stanley T. Olafson Award at the 91st annual World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast on Thursday, May 4. Ambassador Martinez, who was appointed by former President Barack Obama to be the first woman to serve as U.S. ambassador to Argentina, was appointed to the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners by Mayor Eric Garcetti in 2013.

"Ambassador Martinez has done outstanding work on behalf of the Los Angeles trade community, as well as the United States as a whole, and is an invaluable asset to our region's international business community," said L.A. Area Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben.

Presented each year to an outstanding member of the world trade community in Southern California, the Stanley T. Olafson Award recognizes those who throughout their lifetime have contributed above and beyond their job requirements to the development and advancement of world trade in the region. VIEW THE COMPLETE PRESS RELEASE.
Become part of the World Trade Week calendar
Are you planning an event during the month of May that is focused on global trade and international business opportunities in Southern California? Don't miss the chance to include your event in the incredible line up of World Trade Week (WTW) programs during the entire month of May!
Every year, the WTW calendar is populated with more than 30 trade-related events hosted by partnering organizations in cities all across Southern California. We encourage you to join our growing events calendar and gain additional recognition via our website, as well as inclusion in the official program book for the 91st Annual World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast on May 4.* Explore topics like trade policy, diplomacy, trade compliance, export compliance, export regulation, e-commerce, clean tech, energy and more!
*Events must be submitted by April 12 for inclusion in the program book.
Milken Institute updates Chamber on global trade and investment
Seventy members of the Chamber's Global Initiatives Council convened last month to hear from Kevin Klowden, executive director of the Milken Institute's California Center. Klowden provided an overview of California and the L.A. region's exporting activity, and the significance of foreign direct investment in our economy. He emphasized the need for California to develop and implement formal strategic export activities and programs to encourage firms to become exporters. He noted that "L.A. exports make up 40 percent of the State's total exports." HEAR MORE from Klowden, and SEE THE PHOTOS.
Chamber hosts Dubai trade briefing
In mid-March, the Chamber hosted a Dubai trade delegation led by Fahad Al Gergawi, CEO of Dubai's Investment Development Agency, for a trade seminar on bilateral trade and investment opportunities in Dubai. The delegation included representatives of the Dubai free trade zones, Dubai Exports, the US-UAE Business Council, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, the Emirates Group and diplomats representing the UAE Consulate General in L.A. The delegation participated in strategic meetings organized by the Chamber at L.A. City Hall, Gensler, the LA Cleantech Incubator, the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator, SolarReserve and Beacon Economics.
Chamber participates in SEMA Middle East Automotive Show

Eighteen California companies exhibited as part of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Middle East Business Development Program, and had the chance to display their wares to pre-vetted trade buyers and consumers at the Custom Show Emirates. The companies also spent a day visiting automotive specialty installers, retailers and wholesalers to better understand how products get to market in the United Arab Emirates. Rounding out the program, the delegation participated in networking events with trade buyers and participated in discussions with fellow American manufacturers who are seasoned exporters to get tips on best practices in identifying potential distributors, getting paid and shipping product in a cost-efficient and timely manner among other topics. The event was made possible thanks to the efforts of SEMA and the administration's State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) grant through the California STEP Grant Initiative and the Small Business Administration. 
Chamber's Diplomat Group receives update on California energy sector
Over 50 members of the Diplomatic and Commercial Officers group convened for a private briefing at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) La Kretz Innovation Campus last week to receive an update on California's energy sector, including state partnerships and MOU's, as well as the latest climate change and clean technology initiatives. Speakers included Robert Weisenmiller, chair of the California Energy Commission, Kevin Randolph, vice president of International at LACI, and Kurt Karperos, deputy executive officer of the California Air Resources Board.
Private Tournament of Roses Briefing, June 29
Members of the Diplomatic & Commercial Officers Group are invited to join executive leadership of the Tournament of Roses on June 29, from 10 a.m.-noon, for a private briefing at the Tournament House in Pasadena to discuss opportunities for collaboration and international participation. The session will include a look at the history of the Tournament of Roses and the Rose Parade and a sneak peek into highlights of the 129th annual parade, "Making a Difference." RSVP NOW.

For Diplomatic & Commercial Officers Group members only.
The Future of U.S. European Trade,
May 16
Join the L.A. Area Chamber, in partnership with DWF, on May 16 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the Chamber to examine if the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is still a valid option to pursue. The bilateral trade between the L.A. region and Europe is around $40 billion. The program will also provide an update on the local impact of the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union and a special panel discussion with U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany John Emerson (2013-2017).
Gov. Brown appoints new deputy director of International Affairs and Trade Development
Awinash Bawle has been appointed deputy director of International Affairs and Trade Development at the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development. Bawle was a volunteer teacher for the Mosaik Refugee Community Center in Lesvos, Greece, in 2016; a program mentor for the Green School in Bali, Indonesia, in 2015; and an international trade specialist for the U.S. Department of Commerce from 2006 to 2014. He served as a liaison in the World Bank, in the Office of the Executive Director for the United States in 2008 and as an economics specialist at the U.S. Consulate in Mumbai, India, in 2007. Additionally, Bawle served as a systems support engineer and legislative aide for the U.S. House of Representatives from 2001 to 2003. READ MORE.

To view a full listing of May events, visit the International Trade Calendar

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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 small businesses.

The STEP program is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.