New Markets, New Jobs: Los Angeles, CA

The National Export Initiative Small Business Tour –March 29, 2011

Businesses from the Los Angeles metropolitan exported more than $50 billion worth of goods in 2009, making them the 3rd largest metro area exporter nationally. Yet, American businesses still face many hurdles in getting their products to new markets: the lack of readily available information about exporting and market research; challenges in accessing export financing; and strong competition from foreign companies and governments.

“New Markets, New Jobs” will address those challenges for small and medium sized businesses in Minnesota.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke traveled to Los Angeles, Calif. on Tuesday, March 29, for the second stop of the New Markets, New Jobs outreach tour. He delivered keynote remarks at the 24th annual Asia Pacific Business Outlook (APBO) conference at the USC Marshall School of Business, in conjunction with the U.S. Commerce Department’s Commercial Service Office. APBO is a premier business networking conference for business leaders looking for trade and investment opportunities in the Asia/Pacific markets.

Topics discussed by content specialists and on-the-ground experts from American embassies at the APBO include:

  • Intellectual property rights
  • Exporting green technologies
  • Innovation
  • Supply chain issues
  • Effective negotiation strategies/cultural sensitivities for conducting business
  • Business and trade policies in the following regions: China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Singapore, Philippines, Taiwan and India.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 29th - 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

WHERE: University of Southern California’s University Park Campus

REGISTER: Reserve your seat at APBO now.