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  • 16 Jun 2016

    2016 Trade Winds Program to Latin America

    Business Development Conference and Trade Mission 

    The Trade Winds program, offered by the U.S. Department of Commerce, provides U.S. companies the opportunity to explore seven markets in Latin America.

    Hosted by Chile, Trade Winds will feature a Latin America business forum, consisting of regional and industry specific conference sessions as well as pre-arranged consultations with senior U.S. diplomats representing commercial markets from 22 Western Hemisphere countries. 

    Additional trade mission stops will give participants the opportunity to conduct customized business-to-business meetings with pre-screened firms in MexicoBoliviaParaguayChilePeru, Argentina and Uruguay

     

    Conference and Mission Details

    Date: September 6 through 13, 2016

     

    Two Options

    1. Trade Winds Forum and Business Matchmaking

    The base fee is $1900 and includes the conference program in Santiago, Chile from September 7-9, 2016. 

    Includes:

    • Conference program in Santiago, Chile from September 7-9, 2016.
    • 2 networking receptions
    • 2 networking lunches
    • Meetings with U.S. Diplomats from across the region (20 minute increments). 
    • One market (Mission Stop) for business matchmaking

     

    2. Trade Winds Forum Only*

    The fee is $950 (per person) and includes:

    • Conference program in Santiago, Chile from September 7-9, 2016
    • 2 networking receptions
    • 2 networking lunches
    • Meetings with U.S. Diplomats from across the region (20 minute increments). 

    *Does not include business matchmaking meetings in any of the mission stops.

     

    To learn more and register for Trade Winds 2016, click HERE.

     

  • 08 Jun 2016

     GLOBAL CONNECT Networking Event 

    Wednesday, June 29, 2016 (New Date)

    Engage in a growing Global Business Community around Baltimore!

    For anyone working in or interested in global business.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As Global Chamber continues to evolve and engage in the greater Baltimore region, we look forward to working with the global business community. To that end, we invite you to our first GLOBAL CONNECT Networking Event on Wednesday, June 29, from  5:30-7:30 pm at the Centre Park Grill in Columbia, MD.

    We look forward to bringing together business leaders, professionals, investors, service providers, and government support teams for connections, content, and conversation about global business. All industries welcome!

    Our growing global community is for small, medium, and large businesses and we look forward to seeing anyone interested in pursuing global business, as well as experienced 'globies'. 

    Join us!

    Advanced ticket purchase requested.

    Learn more. 

    Register.

     

  • 13 Jun 2016

     Are you exporting for the first time?

    Exported before, but things have changed?

    The US Commercial Sevice of the US Department of Commerce provides Basic Guide to Exporting that addresses issues companies face when exporting products and services.  The book provides in-depth information and solid advice about the key activities and issues relevant to any prospective exporter.

    The 11th edition is the most recent version of this book and it can help you navigate through planning, selling, shipping, and the post-sales export processes. Reading this guide is a good place to start.

    Some topics covered:

    1. The World is Open for Your Business
    2. Developing an Export Strategy
    3. Developing a Marketing Plan
    4. Export Advice
    5. Markets and Channels
    6. Finding Qualified Buyers
    7. Tech Licensing and Joing Ventures
    8. Preparing Your Product for Export
    9. Exporting Services
    10. International Legal Considerations
    11. Going Online: E-Exporting Tools for Small Businesses
    12. Shipping Your Product
    13. Pricing Quotations and Terms
    14. Methods of Payment
    15. Financing Export Transactions
    16. Business Travel Abroad
    17. Selling Overseas and After-sales Service
    18. Rules of Origin for FTAs

     

    You can download the guide for free from the U.S. Department of Commerce website. DOWNLOAD

      Be global and UNSTOPPABLE!â„ 

     

     

  • 07 Jun 2016

    Claudio Toyama is the Founder and CEO of Toyama&Co, a transformational leadership company that helps values-based leaders in Global Fortune 500 and mid-size companies to build and sustain high performance cultures. Claudio is best known for making sure that individuals, teams and organizations achieve and maintain high levels of sustainable performance by enhancing the customer experience, enabling and elevating employee engage and coaching business professionals in dynamic leadership development. His career has not only spanned 20 years, but also four continents! Claudio has lived in and worked in Brazil, Japan, Italy, United Kingdom and the United States. Welcome Claudio and Toyama&Co to Global Chamber Baltimore and the Global Tribe!

  • 06 Jun 2016

    Read below about this great new program. Deadline to apply is Jun 15, 2016. 

     The Maryland Department of Commerce and University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business have launched the Maryland Global Consulting Program to provide global consulting expertise to small Maryland companies. Smith students, both graduates and undergraduates, will provide the consulting services through the school’s Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), a Title VI Center funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education. Student teams will be supported by Smith faculty and international trade and investment experts at Commerce. The consulting engagements will identify new or expand existing international strategies for client companies and solve international business challenges.

    “International growth in trade and investments is one of the great areas of opportunity for Maryland companies and our economy as a whole. Our cutting-edge technologies and products and highly skilled workforce give Maryland the ability to play and compete on the world stage,” said Commerce Secretary Mike Gill. “I could not be happier to forge this new partnership with the Smith School and bring together the bright and talented Smith students with faculty members and Commerce experts to give Maryland companies a leg up on their competition around the world.”

    "The Smith School is well-positioned to contribute to the growth of the Maryland economy. Our student talent has a strong track record of working with global and local companies engaged in international trade to solve the challenges they face,” said Alex Triantis, Dean of the Robert H. Smith School of Business in support of the partnership. “I am excited to be entering into this partnership with MD Commerce that will not only bring growth to our region but also provide our students with real-world opportunities to practice their skills and contribute to the success of local companies."

    The Maryland Global Consulting Program will address a range of issues for clients, including those in general strategy, marketing, finance, supply chain and logistics, and data analytics. Teams of five to six students, advised by Smith faculty and Commerce subject matter experts, will spend 14 weeks tackling the projects. MBA teams will provide 400 hours of consulting services and honors undergraduate teams, 200 hours. Participating companies will pay a flat fee of $2,000 for MBA teams and $1,000 for undergraduate teams to support the program.

    Applications to the program will be accepted on an annual basis, due to the Maryland Department of Commerce by June 15. Contact Linda Reibert at linda.reibert@maryland.gov or 410-767-0685 for more information

    The above press announcement provided by the Maryland Department of Commerce.

  • 02 Jun 2016

     Global Chamber Baltimore member, Art Minsberg of Adaptasia LLC, and Global Chamber Baltimore Executive Director, LeAnn Young, recently had the opportunity to visit the Embassy of the Philippines in Washington, DC and meet with the Commercial Attache of the Philippine Trade and Investment Center, Raymond H. Batac. The goal of the meeting was to seek ways to increase trade between Maryland businesses and the Philippines.

    The Global Chamber Baltimore team had an informative visit and appreciated the warm hospitality extended by the attache and his staff. Discussions included the state of the nation, the TPP, the ASEAN community, and  export and import opportunities. We also initiated the first step towards a joint event about 'Doing Business with the Philippines' scheduled for later this year

    Some takeaways from the meeting include:

    Current News

    • Rodrigo Duterte was elected the new president of the Philippines in May 2016. He will take office on June 30, 2016.
    • The new president has a very different approach to government and business than the previous administration. He is proposing many changes whose impact may be seen later in his administration.

    Embassy Information

    • In addition to the Embassy of the Philippines in Washington, DC, the Philippines also has offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York.
    • As a result of the recent presidential election and change of power in the Philippines, the Philippine Ambassador to the U.S. will change during summer 2016. 

    General Trade Information

    • SMEs are an important part of the economy in the Philippines
    • The country's major trade partners include:the U.S., Japan, Korea, China and the ASEAN nations.
    • The Philippines has only one bi-lateral trade agreement with another country and it is with Japan.
    • Currently, foreigners cannot own land in the Philippines (they can rent it).
    • Foreign companies cannot have a majority stake in Philippine companies; Filipino investors must have at least a 60 percent ownership. This is a significant obstacle to the country's membership in the TPP.
    • Negotiations with the TPP may eliminate/reduce some of the current trade limitations.

    Industry Specialties

    • The Philippines is a large provider of business process services to the U.S.
    • It is an exporter of semi-conductors and other "parts" for later assembly into larger devices.
    • The Philippines is a good source for:
      • Processed food products
      • Digital production and animation
      • Accounting services and preparation of reports
      • Architecture Design
      • Medical Transcription 
      • Health Information Management - BIG DATA
      • "Brick and Mortar" Manufacturing
      • Apparel
      • Customer services centers
      • Aerospace maintenance and repair
      • Travel-related leather goods