FEATURED STRATEGIC PARTNER: Irvine Chamber of Commerce
The Irvine Chamber of Commerce hosts the Irvine Global Market Intelligence series which features bi-monthly webinars on international trade that are open to the public at no cost and are later archived. The series focuses on specific country markets with presentations on exports (with the Senior Commercial Officer at US Embassies) and imports (counterpart export promotion agency in the US). In addition, the Irvine Chamber hosts in-bound trade delegations, holds training seminars and has monthly meetings focused on international business. *

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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: http://www.exportassistance.com/eu-about-the-conferences

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.


ExporTech™ Corporate Management Program
Norwalk, CA
May 22, and June 19, 2013
Early Bird Registration $3,500 per company for 2 executives
Learn more/register at:

Learn how to improve your export initiatives or get started on the exporting path! CMTC, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), and U.S. Commercial Service in collaboration with regional partners are presenting an in-depth and accelerated approach to help manufacturers with their export initiatives. ExporTech will connect you with the best international business experts in the region, assist you in developing an export growth plan, generate measureable results, and more. The program is designed for senior level management and requires a commitment to attend all three sessions. For more information contact: Elizabeth Glynn at (310) 984-0728 or email: eglynn@cmtc.com

Global Market Intelligence Webinar Series - Proven Techniques and Methods for Successful Negotiating in Export Trade

Location: Your computer

Date/Time: May 1, 10AM Pacific Time

Cost: No Charge, Pre-registration (at least 15 minutes before start time of webinar)

Link to register: www.irvineglobalmarkets.com

2013 Export Workshop Series
ITT Technical Institute – Sylmar
May 1-August 7, 201
FREE of charge
Jean Coronel at jcoronel@portla.org or register at: http://tinyurl.com/ExportUSFValley

Eight International Trade Workshops will be presented every two weeks from May 1, 2013 through August 7, 2013. Export counseling will be offered by appointment in Session 8.

Session topics include the following:

  • May 1: International Business Culture
  • May 15: Is Exporting for Me?
  • May 29: Finding & Entering New Export Markets/International Matchmaking
  • June 5: Internet Export Marketing
  • June 19: Export Sales Techniques and Documentation
  • July 10: Export Trade Finance & Insurance - Getting Paid
  • July 24: Legal Do's and Don’ts for Exporters
  • August 7: Freight & Logistics /Export Planning and Counseling

87th Annual World Trade Week Kick Off Breakfast

Location: JW Marriott at L.A. Live

Date/Time: May 2, 2013; 7:15 a.m. -10:30 a.m.

Cost: $75

Link to Register: http://www.lachamber.com/index.php?src=directory&view=webpagedir&srctype=detail&refno=1121&category=global_initiatives

For more than 80 years, World Trade Week (WTW), an initiative of the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce, has been the most extensive and unique program of its kind in the country. WTW dedicates itself to educating 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 Week is celebrated throughout the month of May and is jumpstarted by the Chamber's Annual WTW Kickoff Breakfast. The keynote address for this year's breakfast will feature Microsoft Corporation Enterprise & Partners Group Southwest District General Manager Tyler Bryson. Mr. Bryson overseas Microsoft's sales for the largest 150+ customers in the Southwestern United States across California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and Hawaii. Through his leadership, Microsoft established the first-ever High Tech Customer Advisory Board, a vehicle for driving greater industry and customer feedback to Microsoft.

EXPORTER FORUM: Hosted by Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Export-Import Bank

Date/Time: Friday, May 3, 2013 8:30am-12noon

Location: Hawthorne Memorial Center, The Venus Room 3901 W. El Segundo Blvd. Hawthorne 90250

Cost: FREE, Registration Required, space is limited

Registration: http://www.exim.gov/gasb or Call: (323) 757-8900 X 19

This forum will feature President & Chairman of Export-Import Bank Fred Hochberg and Congresswoman Maxine Waters.

Learn How to Increase Your Company's Foreign Sales by:

  • Obtaining protection against the risk of nonpayment
  • Extending credit to your buyers
  • Accessing vital working capital
  • Finding new markets and customers
  • Understanding how other companies have used government resources to export

Foreign Trade Association Presents a Webinar: ATA Carnets in Action

Location: Your Computer

Date/Time: May 8, 2013, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. PST

Cost: Member Rate - $40; Non-Member Rate- $50

Register: http://foreigntradeassociation.com/upcomingevents?eventId=679135&EventViewMode=EventRegistration

ATA Carnets in Action: A practical perspective on using and obtaining an ATA Carnet. This webinar will include a discussion by Amanda Barlow of the correct customs clearance, fixing customs errors and best practices to avoid claims. Ms. Barlow is responsible for marketing and development of USCIB's Trade Services, which are ATA Carnet, eCertificates of Origin, and USCIB International Bookstore. She also manages the Carnet training for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

19th Annual Inland Empire World Trade Conference
Ontario California Convention Center
May 9, 2013 (9:00AM - 4:00PM)

Cost: $199 (Register using our client discount code – CINIEXPO – and save $250 off the normal ticket price ($449)
Link to register:

The 19th annual California Inland Empire District Export Council (CIEDEC) World Trade Conference will be held jointly with Innovation Economy Expo on May 9 in Ontario, CA. The CIEDEC experts will conduct the "Export University" workshop to spotlight opportunities and explain the ins and outs of doing business overseas. There will be industry specific panels (automotive, construction and safety/security) to share best practices and network with industry export experts. The Innovation Economy Expo is a global community of business stakeholders coming together to create high-growth business opportunities by exchanging knowledge and ideas, creating projects, building teams and sharing international commercialization resources. For more information, please contact: fred.latuperissa@trade.gov

Global Market Intelligence Webinar

Location: Your computer and/or phone

Date/Time: Wed. May 15, 2013 -- 2:00PM Pacific Time

Cost: FREE

Link to register: www.irvineglobalmarkets.com

Export Logistics/Freight Forwarding - The process of moving export goods from exporter to customer; services provided by an end-to-end freight forwarder -- Presented by UPS

TradeCONNECT Export Seminar

Date/Time: Wed. May 22 - 1:30 - 5:00PM

Location: Irvine Chamber of Commerce - 2485 McCabe Way, Suite 150

Irvine, CA 92614

Cost: Free of Charge

Register with vdicarlo@irvinechamber.com - 949-502-4128

An overview of export processes, development and support resources - sponsored by the Port of LA, the Irvine Chamber of Commerce, the District Export Council of Southern California, the Irvine Chamber of Commerce, and the U.S. Commercial Service.

87th Annual World Trade Week & International Trade Delegates Luncheon and Trade Fair

Location: Hilton Long Beach

Date/Time: May 23, 2013; FTA Morning Workshop 8:30 – 11:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. Trade Fair; 12:00 p.m. Luncheon

Cost: Workshop & Luncheon: $100; Single Seat Luncheon Tickets - $70

For information and to register: http://www.foreigntradeassociation.com/events?eventId=665808&EventViewMode=EventDetails

The 87th Annual World Trade Week & International Trade Delegates Luncheon and Trade Fair is presented by Foreign Trade Association, Los Angeles Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association and Women in International Trade, Los Angeles. The FTA Morning Workshop “Latest Trade Update with CBP and Industry” will be an informative and interactive discussion with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and industry representatives on the following topics: Impact of Sequestration on CBP operations; Managing CBP exam process and backlogs; Latest Developments in CBP Trusted Trader programs; and a roundtable discussion with CBP and Industry representatives. Speakers include: Anne Maricich, Assistant Director – Trade, CBP; Elva Muneton, Assistant Port Director LA/Long Beach, CBP; Michael Maricich, Supervisory National Account Manager, CBP; Dan Meylor, Customs Administration Manager, Carmichael, and Adonna Martin, Vice President of Operations, Price Transfer.

The Luncheon will feature keynote speaker Lyndon Faulkner, President and CEO of Pelican™ Products, Inc. Mr. Faulkner will share how the company has achieved successes and managed the challenges that makes Pelican Products the global leader it is today in design and manufacture of both high-performance case solutions and advanced portable lighting systems used by firefighters, police, defense/military, aerospace, entertainment, industrial, and consumer. In 2004 the company, headquartered in Torrance, CA, was acquired by private equity firm Behrman Capital. Shortly thereafter, Pelican Products experienced an incredible growth trend under new CEO Lyndon Faulkner. After several years of ramping up the organization, 2008 was a banner year that saw Pelican Products execute an aggressive growth strategy highlighted with international expansion and acquisitions. Pelican’s international expansion has continued with the opening of sales offices in South Korea, India, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa. Mr. Faulkner’s remarks will be followed by the presentation of the Marjorie M. Shostak Distinguished Service Award.

VITA Global Networking Breakfast: Celebrate World Trade Month - “Focus on Brazil, the Latin American Giant”
The Valley Economic Alliance
Wednesday – May 29, 2013

“Hot Markets for U.S. Exporters”

Location: California Lutheran University, Lundring Events Center

Date / Time: May 29, 2013; 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Cost: $95 (up to 2 attendees); Breakfast and lunch will be served.

For more information: Contact Kelly Noble at 805.384.1800, ext. 21 or register at www.regonline.com/CLU052913

“Hot Markets for U.S. Exporters”, hosted by the School of Management at California Lutheran University will feature country representatives from China, Colombia, Romania, and Gulf Cooperation Council Countries who will discuss trade opportunities for U.S. exporters. Trade experts will be available for one-on-one consultations.

Think Asia, Think Hong Kong

Date: June 14, 2013

Location: Los Angeles JW Marriott – LA Live

More information: http://www.thinkasiathinkhk.com/usa/en/info_programme.html

Produced by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, "Think Asia, Think Hong Kong", USA brings together top companies, business leaders and experts for two days of high-level discussions, business matching and networking. Hong Kong’s special relationship with both mainland China and the US, as well as its status as Asia’s international trade and financial center, make it the gateway for US companies seeking new markets and business opportunities in Asia and China. Building on successful "Think Asia, Think Hong Kong" events in the UK and Japan, "Think Asia, Think Hong Kong", USA creates this opportunity for the first time for the US market.

Participation is free of charge. Registration is required and will be launched online in due course.

ExporTech™ Corporate Management Program - San Fernando Valley

Location: To Be Determined

Dates: July 24, August 21, September 18, 2013

Learn how to improve your export initiatives or get started on the exporting path! CMTC, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), and U.S. Commercial Service in collaboration with regional partners are presenting an in-depth and accelerated approach to help manufacturers with their export initiatives. ExporTech will connect you with the best international business experts in the region, assist you in developing an export growth plan, generate measureable results, and more. The program is designed for senior level management and requires a commitment to attend all three sessions. For more information contact: Elizabeth Glynn at (310) 984-0728 or email: eglynn@cmtc.com

Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Export Regulation Course
Los Angeles, CA
August 7-8, 2013
Link to register:

This two-day program is led by BIS's professional counseling staff and provides an in-depth examination of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The program will cover the information exporters need to know to comply with U.S. export control requirements on commercial goods. We will focus on what items and activities are subject to the EAR; steps to take to determine the export licensing requirements for your item; how to determine your export control classification number (ECCN); when you can export or re-export without applying for a license; export clearance procedures and record keeping requirements; Export Management Compliance Program (EMCP) concepts; and real life examples in applying this information. Presenters will conduct a number of "hands-on" exercises that will prepare you to apply the regulations to your own company's export activities. This program is well suited for those who need a comprehensive understanding of their obligations under the EAR.


C3 2013 Summit with CS American Business Exchange Pavilion and Keynote President Bill Clinton
NY, NY Union League Club
October 07, 2013

C3 Summit 2013 in its 2nd year to promote Commerce, Community and Collaboration will host President Bill Clinton as the Keynote and in partnership with the Commercial Service, will conduct an American Business Exchange Pavilion. U.S. companies will have an opportunity to exhibit at the Summit and have international business-to-business matchmaking opportunities, provided by Commercial Service, with American and Middle East companies interested in doing business in the Middle East and North Africa markets as well as FDI in the U.S. This is one of New York’s most prestigious international business-to-business networking events. Exhibition space is readily accessible to SMEs interested in doing business in the Middle East region and provides a unique opportunity to have access to this growing market in a truly business venue. Showcase your company to an expected audience of more than 465 company representatives to meet other ideally matched prospects of participating Exhibitors and Sponsors (in addition to networking with more than 400 Plenary attendees). Last year more than 400 participants attended C3 2012 in NY with more than 35 countries (including 10 Arab nations) represented. Don’t miss out—limited exhibit and sponsorships available. Meet potential partners, agents, distributors and buyers; and close business deals. For more information contact: RanselPotter@copara.com or Tanya.Cole@trade.gov

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