Southern California January Monthly Newsletter

Event Name: Global Market Intelligence Webinar: Turkey

Location: Online

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 16, 10:00am – 11:00am

Cost: Free

Link to register:

Senior Commercial Officer Michael Lally and Commercial Officer John Fay from the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey will share their insights on doing business in and exporting products to Turkey, the fastest growing economy in Europe. Find out why Turkey represents a strong export market for U.S. firms! For more information and to register contact

CALLING ALL U.S. BUSINESSES: What You Must Know About Intellectual Property To Ensure Your Success As A Business and as an Exporter
Irvine, CA
Jan. 23, 2013 / 7:30-4:00
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Open Discussion with USPTO Experts (invited guests) and with Crowell & Moring attorneys

Meet with Cambodia Commercial Specialist for Market-Entry Counseling
(one-on-one meeting appointments available)

Location: West Los Angeles Office – 11150 West Olympic Blvd. Suite 975 Los Angeles, 90746

Date/Time: January 31 – February 1, 2013

Cost: FREE on a first-come basis

To Register:

Sokros Chann, Commercial Specialist at the US Embassy in Phnom Penh, will be in the LA Area to meet with US companies and share the updates on business opportunities in Cambodia. Key sectors include:

Construction: Several large, on-going projects such as The Riviera, a massive Integrated Resort modeled on the Marina bay Sands in Singapore; multiple skyscrapers and high-rise buildings in need of design, engineering and management expertise; new retail centers, satellite cities and a new national stadium all in the early planning stages.

Automobiles: Cambodia does not have public transportation and most people travel by motorbike and car. During the first nine months of 2012, Cambodia imported 1.58 million automobiles. Used cars with left-hand drive represent high potential demand for Cambodian automobile market.

Agriculture: Cambodia’s economy is dominated by agriculture. As the country makes investments in ag technologies, US companies have an opportunity to introduce seeds, crop nutrition technologies, mechanized production equipment and also downstream processing equipment. Key large-scale growth areas include rice production and processing, cassava and rubber.

Save-The-Date! Business Opportunities in Qatar Related to 2022 World Cup and Beyond             

February 18, 2013
JW Marriott Hotel, Downtown Los Angeles

Incoming delegation of government and business leaders co-led by co-led by Mr. Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General, Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee and U.S. Ambassador to Qatar, Dr. Susan L. Ziadeh.

For information, contact Terri Batch at

VITA Networking Breakfast: U.S. – Korea Free Trade Agreement

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 27th from 8:00 am – 9:15 am

Cost: $20 for Members/ $25 for Non-members

Register : Contact or call 818-379-7000 ext 109

The entry into force of the U.S. – Korea Free Trade Agreement on March 15, 2012 means countless new opportunities for U.S. exporters to sell more Made-in-America goods, services, and agricultural products to Korean customers and to support more jobs here at home. Attend the next VITA Breakfast to learn about how the U.S. – Korea trade agreement can work for you business


Asia Pacific Business Outlook 2013, Access 18 Asia Pacific Markets Including Brazil, Russia, and India in 2 days! New in 2013 - Myanmar!


Date/Time: APRIL 8-9, 2013

Cost: $699 - $849

Link to register:

The Asia / Pacific Business Outlook, hosted by the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, with the full support of the U.S. Commercial Service, is the longest running, most successful regional conference of its kind focusing specifically on Asian markets. This conference has made a difference for U.S. exporters, and has become the premier U.S. commercial trade event focusing on the Asia / Pacific region. APBO 2013 brings the experts closer to you. It is a very rare opportunity for U.S. exporters to meet with Senior Commercial Officers (SCOs) from throughout the East Asia Pacific region and India, as well as Burma, Russia, Brazil, and Mexico at one venue. The SCOs from American embassies, consulates and institutes in Australia, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam will speak in small-group workshops.

Access the Western Hemisphere

Location: Minneapolis, MN Radisson Plaza Hotel

Date/Time: APRIL 23-24, 2013

Cost: $299

This annual conference will bring 10 Senior Commercial Diplomats covering over 15 markets across the Western Hemisphere. Participants will discover how to identify new export opportunities, increase market share and competitive edge, and develop strategic relationships with those that are on the forefront of business and exporting in these key markets.

ACCESS 2013 International Trade Forum – Africa, Middle East, South Asia

Venue: San Diego Marriott La Jolla - San Diego, CA

Date: May 1-2, 2013

Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Learn more/register:

Cost: $495 prior to March 31 ($595 after March 31)

Discover export opportunities and expand your company’s global reach at the ACCESS 2013 International Trade Forum. U.S. Department of Commerce Senior Commercial Officers and Commercial Specialists from Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia regions including Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, India, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates will provide information, help you identify new export markets, and develop market entry strategies. To learn more about the ACCESS 2013 forum and the one-on-one meetings with the Commercial Service Officers and Commercial Specialists, contact Julia Rauner by phone 858-467-7038 or email or Larry Tabash by phone 512-936-0039 or email

Gateway to Europe Conference

Venue: Minneapolis, MN Radisson Plaza Hotel

Date: June 4-5, 2013

Cost: $299 Early bird rate, $349 regular rate

Learn more at:

The MN District Export Council, in cooperation with the U.S. Commercial Service, is pleased to present the Gateway to Europe conference, the second of two regional International Trade Administration conferences to be held in Minneapolis in 2013!

This annual conference will bring more than 25 Senior Commercial Diplomats and U.S. international trade officials covering the European, Russian and Turkish markets. Participants will discover how to identify new export opportunities, increase market share and competitive edge, and develop strategic relationships with those that are on the forefront of business and exporting in these key markets.