April 14, 2010

Congressional and City Council staff members receive briefing on impact of trade

Economic recovery team focuses on National Export Initiative

World Trade Week Committee hosts LAUSD career counselors and educators

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World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast. Celebrate the 84th Annual World Trade Week at the Los Angeles Marriott Downtown on Monday, May 3. Join more than 500 executives and members of the diplomatic corps, director of the renowned Peterson Institute of Economics C. Fred Bergsten, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Stanley T. Olafson Honoree Dr. Abraham Lowenthal. Take part in the World Trade Week online silent auction which will begin Friday, April 16 at worldtradeweek.comRegister now or for sponsorship information, contact Global Initiatives Manager Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569 or jgonzalez@lachamber.com.


Congressional and City Council staff members receive briefing on impact of trade
Key representatives in the international trade community, including the U.S. Commercial Service, Los Angeles World Airports, the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach, recently met with Congressional and L.A. City Council staff members at the Chamber for a briefing on the positive impact of trade on California's economy. The briefing highlighted President Barack Obama's National Export Initiative and the urgency in passing pending U.S. Free Trade Agreements. Los Angeles is "one of the largest ‘city economies' in the world," said Mark Thorpe, director of Air Services at Los Angeles World Airports, attributing the success in the region's economy during the economic downturn to international trade.

Economic recovery team focuses on National Export Initiative
A delegation of more than 230 business, civic and community leaders from across Southern California traveled to Washington D.C. last month to urge federal legislators to make jobs a top priority and invest in our region. The Chamber's Economic Recovery team met with several top officials at the U.S. Department of Commerce on the importance of President Obama's National Export Initiative, and stressed that Southern California business will be key in achieving the President's goal of doubling exports in five years.

World Trade Week Committee hosts LAUSD career counselors and educators

The World Trade Week Education Committee recently hosted an event highlighting opportunities for careers in international trade for high school educators and counselors from numerous public schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Counselors were introduced to the vast amount of occupations and job opportunities related to the field of international trade and business — ranging from logistics and transportation to specialized fields in global management. Speakers stressed the importance of educating students about the opportunities available to them in international trade and the impact of having business professionals as mentors. "Global awareness, plus cultural awareness, plus language acquisition, equals more choices, and more options for these students," said Global Initiatives Council Chair Elizabeth Glynn, UCLA Extension.


Global Initiatives Council Meeting, April 21
James Flanigan, business columnist for the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times will join us on Wednesday, April 21, 9-10:30 a.m. Flanigan will discuss the state of the Los Angeles and Southern California economies and the role of foreign trade, including investment and collaboration potential between local companies and companies in Asia, Mexico and Latin America. Flanigan, who has won many journalism awards, also wrote the 2009 book, "Smile Southern California, You're the Center of the Universe." Through his work, Flanigan has focused on every aspect of business and finance and offers important insights into international trade. Registration is open to Chamber members only. Register now.

Special Briefing with President and Chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, April 23

Hear from Ex-Im Bank Chairman and President Fred P. Hochberg on the bank's newly expanded efforts and role in supporting President Barack Obama's recently launched National Export Initiative, improving access to credit and critical financing for small- and medium-sized businesses on Friday, April 23, 9-10:30 a.m. at the Chamber. Hochberg is the 23rd president of Ex-Im Bank, the U.S. Government's official export credit agency, and has more than 30 years of experience in business, government and philanthropy. Registration is $15 for Chamber members and $25 for nonmembers. Register now.

For more information on Chamber events, visit lachamber.com/events.


Using Social Media to Promote Your International Business, April 21

Where: Wokcano Restaurant, Long Beach
Register: info@wit-la.org 

Documentary film and panel discussion - Poland's Economic Success Via "Shock Therapy:" Are There Lessons For California's Budget Crisis? April 21

Where: UCLA Public Affairs Building, Room 2343, Los Angeles
Register: No pre-registration required, complimentary

1st PMF Bancorp, Doing Business with China Seminar, April 22

Where: China Mart, Los Angeles
Register: 1st PMF Bancorp

ITEP 10th Annual Scholarship & Fundraising Dinner, April 22
Where: World Cruise Center, San Pedro
Register: Monika Wegener, 818.951.2842

LAWA International Trade Series: "Expanding Your Horizons: Doing Business Abroad," April 22
Where: Los Angeles Southwest College, Los Angeles
Register: bjrdrsvp@lawa.org

3rd Energy Efficiency Symposium: "The Future of Energy Efficiency in Buildings," April 26
Where: UCLA Institute of the Environment, Los Angeles
Register: Click here to register

Community Diversity Day Summit & Business Conference, April 27

Where: Atrium of Encino, CA
Register: regionalblackchamber@yahoo.com 

G8/20 Business Summit, April 29
Where: Hilton Lac-Leamy, Quebec, Canada
Register: G8/20 Business Summit

Visit the International Trade Calendar at www.worldtradeweek.com for events in May

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


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