SEPTEMBER 2012 - in this issue...
Chamber Hosts Fourth Annual The Americas Business Forum

Inside the Chamber
On Your Radar

Chamber Events

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Institute of the Americas

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Office of the United States Trade Representative

U.S. Dept. of the Treasury - Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau

U.S. Department of Commerce - International Trade Administration

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

World Trade Organization

World Economic Forum
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The Chamber was recognized last week at the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) 2011 Convention for being one of the first chambers of commerce in the country to use eCertify and for processing one of the largest quantities of Certificates of Origin online in the country. The Chamber is proud to offer eCertify technology as our standard to process Certificates of Origin. With eCertify, exporters and freight forwarders have a seamless and streamlined electronic solution providing real value in cost savings and efficiency gains. Get started today.

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NO-COST WEBSITE TRANSLATION: Helping California Small Businesses Increase International Online Sales

The Center for International Trade Development is working with a professional translation service to translate a company's website into one of the nine most widely used languages on the internet - at no cost to you. This opportunity is extended, through State funding, to all California small businesses sell­ing online and in business for at least one year.  

Apply today or contact CITD Long Beach, 562.938.5018. 


Trade news from around the world

Twice a month, the L.A. Area Chamber produces an email brief that includes trade news from around the world. The brief is a Global Trades Council exclusive email benefit that is later published online. Read more.
More than 200 local business leaders gathered Wednesday at the Chamber's fourth annual The Americas Business Forum - Creating Jobs Through Exports event at the
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Senior commercial officers stationed at U.S. embassies in the Western Hemisphere discussed export opportunities in Canada, Mexico and Latin America. "In this period of globalization, there is massive integration going on in this world - there are enormous opportunities to deepen our relationships here in the Americas," said Ambassador Charles Ford, U.S. Commerce assistant secretary and director general (above). "When you look at Latin America, don't look in the rear view mirror, look forward, there's a lot going on over there." View photo gallery. Contact Carlos J. Valderrama, 213.580.7570.
INSIDE THE CHAMBER                                                                                 
World Trade Week 2013 planning begins   

WTW Last month, World Trade Week Chair Noel Massie, UPS President, Central California District, kicked off the 2013 World Trade Week plenary committee. Every year the committee helps plan for World Trade Week (WTW), an initiative of the L.A. Area Chamber. WTW educates the public on the importance and benefits of global trade on the local and national economy through a series of educational programs and events. World trade is celebrated throughout the month of May with more than 30 events hosted by partnering organizations in Southern California that are jumpstarted by the Chamber's annual kickoff breakfast with more than 500 guests. WTW supports college and high school scholarships, high school student and career counselor workshops, and briefings for civic and business leaders. If you are interested in becoming a part of the committee or participating as a corporate sponsor, contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569 

ON YOUR RADAR                                                                                        
ExporTech: Helping U.S. Manufacturers Build Successful Export Strategies 

ExporTech helps companies enter or expand in global markets. The program assists participating companies in developing an international growth plan, provides experts who will vet their plans, and connects the companies with organizations that will help them move quickly beyond planning to actual export sales. The program is intended for executives and is aimed at both new-to-export companies and those that have done some exporting, but have not fully exploited global opportunities. ExporTech is a national collaboration between the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, U.S. Export Assistance Centers, and other partners including District Export Councils, State Trade Offices, Ex-Im Bank and SBA. Contact Elizabeth Glynn, 310.984.0728.    

CHAMBER EVENTS                                                                                     
Global Initiatives Council Session, Oct. 17
GoBiz On Sept. 11, Gov. Jerry Brown announced the appointment of Paul Oliva as deputy director of International Affairs and Business Development at the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development. Oliva will be joining the the Global Initiatives Council on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 9-10:30 a.m. to discuss the State's goals on international trade and development. Oliva has been principle at Oliva Global Communications since 2005. Prior to that he was director of global corporate relations at Visa Inc. from 2000 to 2005 and was executive director at the Bay Area Council's International Trade Alliance from 1995 to 2000. Register now or contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez.   

Trade Mission: Messe Nagoya 2012, Nov. 7-10
The Chamber and the Port of Los Angeles are joining efforts in the recruitment of regional companies to participate in the Messe Nagoya Trade Show 2012. Nagoya is the center of the Chubu region, often called "Japan's Industrial Heartland," due to its industrial volume supported by the world's finest technologies. Greater Nagoya accounts for 2 percent of the world's total manufactured goods and Nagoya's GDP accounts for 1.3 percent of the world GDP. The Nagoya region has a special significance for the City of Los Angeles. Nagoya was the first Sister City of Los Angeles and this relationship was established in 1959. In addition to this senior status, Los Angeles has a sister port relationship with the Port of Nagoya and the Chamber has a similar relationship with the Nagoya Chamber of Commerce and Industry. To participate in the trade show, contact Norman Arikawa, 310.732.3838. 
COMMUNITY EVENTS                                                                                 

Global Protocol and Etiquette for the 21st Century, Sept. 20 


International Trade Seminar: Pricing and Distribution, Sept. 25 


How to Import & Export Under the U.S./Korea Free Trade Agree, Sept. 27

Trade Connect Free Export Workshop, Oct. 4

EXPO Pakistan, Oct. 4-7

International Trade Seminar: Trade Contracts and Legal Issue, Oct. 10 


3rd Annual Gateway California, Oct. 23


KORUS FTA: Cooperation & Success, Oct. 24 


Eco Expo Asia 2012, Oct. 27-30

California Cleantech Trade Mission to China, Oct. 30-Nov. 11


"Touch Your Future" Competition on Skills, Innovations and Educational Exhibition,
Nov. 6 - 8 


Multi-Sector Trade Mission to South Africa & Zambia, Nov. 26-30

Sri Lanka Jewels 2012, Dec. 7-9

Visit the International Trade Calendar for a complete listing

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