• 17 Dec 2017 by Global Chamber

    Warm connecting' is a focused, effective way of 'networking' advocated and practiced by Global Chamber®.

    It can be a bit chilly outside in Baltimore and DC - especially near the water, but it's warm inside when people meet through warm introductions.

    There are many ways to network. For many of our members, 'warm connecting' is the best because there is some thought about your business goals before making a warm introduction - and the person who is introduced is known and will very likely be interested to meet you. People are too busy these days to take meetings with people they don't know UNLESS the intro is from someone they know AND there appears to be something in it for them, as well.

    Read more about 12 tips on warm connecting HERE. And join us to grow your business in warm and wonderful ways.

    Read more about our members HERE.

    Let's grow from our region to the world!

  • 21 Jun 2017

    The Baltimore USEAC staff, in partnership with the MD/DC District Export Council and the Maryland Department of Commerce, is presenting an export education program to assist Maryland companies with exporting. The program consists of three one-day sessions that offer counseling workshops and individual corporate coaching. Participating companies will have the opportunity to develop export plans over a 10-week period.

    This year the ExporTech Program will be held in Cambridge, MD.

    The proposed schedule Is:

    • July 27 – Export Strategy & Best Practices
    • August 30 – Mechanics of Exporting
    • September 27 – Export Growth Plan

    If interested in participating, please contact USEAC Senior International Trade Specialist, Jolanta Coffey.

  • 21 Jun 2017

    The Maryland Department of Commerce works with a diverse set of partners across the State, country and world to stimulate business growth and job creation in Maryland. Commerce representatives connect with members of the business community to assess immediate needs, long-term trends, and troubleshoot issues that arise. The Department offers a variety of financial assistance programs that can provide loans and loan guarantees, incentivize large-scale capital investments, and support other business activities.

    Commerce also has global representatives that work to attract businesses to Maryland and help connect Maryland businesses with overseas partners. The International Investment and Trade Department provides support to Maryland companies planning to enter new foreign markets or advance export sales. The Department has, in recent years, organized trade missions to China, France, England, South Korea, and Japan.

    Maryland is a natural launch pad for foreign companies looking to establish a U.S. location, given its proximity to Washington D.C.’s international community, access to three international airports, and the State’s diverse and highly-educated workforce. Maryland is home to more than 400 research centers and 50 federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, as well as world-renowned higher education institutions like the U.S. Naval Academy and two of the top 50 universities worldwide: the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University. Our world-class Port of Baltimore is the closest East Coast port to the U.S. Midwest.

    For more information about the Maryland Department of Commerce, visit



  • 01 Jun 2017

    Flagship Global Sourcing is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, with branch offices and personnel in China, Vietnam, and Ireland. The company is the single source solution for retail environment products and services with the value of extraordinary cost savings to their clients. At Flagship Global sourcing, they partner with customers from the idea and design stages, to prototyping and production, through the logistics and distribution of each project. Their global team of experts combines project, renovation, and replenishment needs, whether its flooring, office furniture, fixtures, or supplies, to maximize spend and minimize stress for their customers.

    Want to learn more? Please visit the company's WEBSITE.


  • 08 May 2017

     Gryphon International Financing Services, LLC is an international financing consulting business. It assists small and medium-sized exporters in accessing and obtaining financing from U.S. government agencies and other international financing programs based in Washington, D.C.

    Gryphon International advises companies on what financing advocacy programs are available and it works with clients  to obtain financing commitments. The company sets up meetings with policy makers at various financing agencies and it accompanies clients to the agencies for discussions on projects or export sales. Gryphon International Financing educates companies on how to best work with the financing agencies as well as understand realistic time frames for obtaining financing.

    Arthur Pilzar is the CEO of Gryphon International Financing Services. Prior to founding Gryphon International he served as Vice-President at the U.S. Export-Import Bank, an organization that he was part of for 27 years, Art is a seasoned public speaker, having addressed Euromoney, TXF and other international conferences worldwide over the past 40 years. Art has taught international finance at Georgetown University, University of Maryland, and other DC-based colleges and universities.

    Art has extensive experience crafting international financing solutions. He is prepared to travel domestically and internationally with the company's clients to help them sell foreign clients on the benefits of various financing options. 

    Gryphon International Financing Services is located in Odenton, MD. To learn more, please visit the company's WEBSITE.


  • 20 Apr 2017

    A recent webinar by Global Chamber® on March 28, 2017 shared information about the opportunities, risks, and guidelines for doing trade with Russia, Cuba and Iran. This webinar was hosted by Global Chamber® Baltimore/Washington member, WCC International, and Global Chamber® Worldwide.

    We learned that trade is possible with Russia, Cuba and Iran, however, anyone wishing to enter these markets must first do much up front research and homework.

    Our speakers discussed the different special sanctions in place, how companies can best navigate these restrictions, and what available resources are available to assist companies interested in these markets.

    Our expert speakers also reminded us of the importance to monitor these markets on an on-going basis as guidelines and rules for doing business with sanctioned countries change frequently. Thank you WCC International and all of our panelists!


    Patty Azar, from Vision Alignment, led this informative discussion.  

    Our panel of experts, who shared their knowledge and expertise, included:

    Elshan Baloghlanov, WCC International (Bethesda, MD) - Elshan is an international trade specialist and the Managing Director at WCC International. He and his firm help companies buy and sell across borders, particularly in the Caspian Black Sea Region.

    Doreen Edelman - Baker, Donelson (Washington, DC) -  Doreen is a shareholder and co-chair of Baker Donelson's global business team. She has 25 years experience counseling companies on export compliance, obligations, and responsibilities.

    Kerry Contini, Baker McKenzie (Washington, DC) - Kerry provides counsel for the firm's outbound practice group. She has written on export controls and sanction issues for several publications including the Export Practitioner. Her focus is on export controls, trade sanctions, and anti-boycott laws.

    That's me LeAnn Young on the left. It was a pleasure to learn more at this webinar!

    If you are interested in learning more about doing business with Russia, Cuba and Iran, please take time to view this informative webinar and reach out to WCC International or Global Chamber®.

    And did you miss it, or wish to see it another time? Here it is: Watch recorded webinar

    Click here to contact Global Chamber 

  • 06 Apr 2017

    Headquartered in Stevensville, MD, International Green Structures (IGS) is striving to be the global leader of sustainable housing solutions by providing affordable, durable building materials and structures. IGS offers a variety of pre-engineered designs ranging from single and multifamily homes, large scale worker housing, and transitional shelters for natural or man-made disasters. Ideal clients are construction companies, developers, non-profits, to emerging nations, communities, oil and gas mining companies, and corporations.

    IGS manufactures sustainable Compressed Agricultural Fiber (CAF) Panels. The process starts in the field with the straw left after the harvest of rice and wheat. The straw has little nutritional value for feedstock and is normally burned and or tilled under. IGS procures the straw from the farmer, thereby creating a second cash crop and compresses the straw into durable, strong CAF Panels which are cut into specific lengths for architecturally approved designs. At the build site, the CAF panels are fit to pre - engineered steel framing systems to create IGStructures for houses, schools and healthcare facilities. IGStructures are easy to assemble and pre-engineered designs allow for quicker, no waste construction and cost savings across multiple sectors.

    CAF technology has been used globally for over 70 years and has no long term impact on the environment. IGS has significantly improved the product and assembly process allowing for easy transportation and assembly at the job site within days of arrival. In 2008, the design was approved by the US Federal Government as a post disaster housing technology solution. IGSM-K and IGSM- W (their worldwide manufacturing facility) has exported product and successfully built IGStructures in the United States, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Vanuatu, Colombia, Guatemala and India. IGS is headquartered in Stevensville, MD and manufactures and exports from IGSM-K (Thika, Kenya) and IGSM-W in Whitewright, Texas.

    Learn more:



  • 21 Mar 2017


    Clements Worldwide is a leading provider of insurance solutions for expatriates and international organizations. Founded in 1947, Clements of­fers worldwide car, property, life and health, and specialty and high risk insurance to clients in more than 170 countries. Their dedicated staff in Washington, DC, London, and Dubai are committed to providing superior customer service and claims response.

    From humble local beginnings providing international insurance to members of the U.S. Foreign Service they have grown into organization that provides customized coverage to humanitarian and development organizations, international schools, government contractors and global enterprises to name a few.

    With nearly 70 years of experience they have built a solid reputation in the industry and among clients. From our turnkey solutions to our customized programs Clements Worldwide offers individuals and organizations worldwide coverage to fit their needs.  












  • 17 Mar 2017

    Global Chamber® Baltimore/Washington welcomed foreign exchange specialists from Tempus  to our international business session on March 10. Peter Stoutjesdijk (hedging specialist), Phyllis Riley (FX strategist) and Dr. Jon Min (economist), showed us how best practices in foreign exchange can protect your company's profit margins, lower costs, and boost competitiveness in the world market for both importers and exporters.



    The World Economy: What is happening and what to expect.

    • The Foreign Exchange market is $5.2 trillion per day and expected to grow.
    • The US Dollar is strong and is expected to become even stronger.
    • The Yen is a safe haven currency, very liquid but difficult to forecast.
    • Initially the British pound reacted negatively to Brexit but has stablized.
    • Expect the Canadian dollar to weaken along with oil prices.
    • Mexican economy is slowing down. (Good place to vacation!)
    • Switzerland has has negative interest rates, which means when you save in the bank - you lose money. 
    • U.S. growth expected to be about 2% in 2017. but there are many political risks.
    • In Europe, growth is expected to be about 1% and finally, no fear of inflation.



    International Payments: Foreign exchange considerations for managing currency risk.

    • Consider doing business overseas in foreign currencies. This makes more sense for the international buyers and keeps you competitive in foreign markets. Then protect your investment through foreign exchange best practices on the home front.
    • Utilize a sim[ple hedging strategy (Forwards, Standing Orders) to lock in the best exchange rate and eliminate foreign exchange risk.
    • Hedging can be very useful to companies selling their products/services outside of the country.



    To learn more about how your company can utilize foreign exchange to its benefit, contact Tempus at:



  • 27 Feb 2017


    Registration is Now Open 

    for the EXIM Bank 2017 Annual Conference

    Register here 

    EXIM Bank's Annual Conference presents a unique opportunity for companies from around the world to meet U.S. exporters. Attendees include more than 1,100 exporters and representatives of financial institutions, foreign trade partners, and government officials. At the event, participants also meet EXIM Bank staff and obtain detailed information about our export credit products and programs.

    Featured Speakers

    John Browne, Executive Chairman, L1 Energy

    Jim Clifton, Chairman and CEO, Gallup

    Jay Ireland, President and CEO, GE Africa

    Jasandra Nyker, CEO, BioTherm Energy

    David M. Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, The Carlyle Group

    H.E. Mr. Louis-Paul Motaze, Minister of Economy, Planning and Regional Development, Republic of Cameroon

    Omni Shoreham Hotel
    2500 Calvert Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20008
    Phone: 202.234.0700

    Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Friday, April 7, 2017 - 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Hotel Accommodations:
    Overnight accommodations are being offered by the Omni Shoreham Hotel at a conference rate of $295.00/night +14.5% tax (single or double occupancy). To make a reservation on-line, please CLICK HERE (link is external). The cutoff date for reservations is Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

    Exhibitor Information:
    If your organization is interested in participating as an exhibitor, please send an email inquiry to Capital Meeting Planning via email:

    For More Information:
    Please contact Capital Meeting Planning via email: or by phone: 703.536.4992.

    Register here 

  • 09 Feb 2017





    OfficeDepot/OfficeMax  team up with Global Chamber to offer members discounts and special access to discounted items from OfficeDepot/Office/Max. Available only to Global Chamber members, this program (currently available in the United States) invites members to access a special link via the OfficeDepot/OfficeMax listing in the Global Chamber directory,  to take advantage of special members-only sales promotions and buying power discounts. 

    Click here for the official announcement. Members are encouraged to visit the Office Max Global Chamber directory listing here.

     If you’re interested in becoming a member of Global Chamber to take advantage of this program and gain access to global connections, please contact us.

    CLICK HERE to email us or call us at 410.630.9058


  • 08 Feb 2017

    AAAE is managing for the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and the FAA a program that will bring 16 high level Turkish government and airport officials and a U.S. embassy official from Ankara to Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, Georgia, February 26 to March 4. This group will include the key leaders of the $12-16 billion New Istanbul Airport construction program. 

    There will be a business briefing at the Crystal City Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Virginia on Tuesday, February 28 that will include presentations by the Turkish delegates on business opportunities for the New Istanbul Airport as well as time for one-on-one meetings between U.S. industry, the Turkish delegates, and U.S. government officials.

     Click HERE to to learn more and register for the Feb. 28 business briefing.

    Confirmed Turkish Delegates 

    General Directorate of State Airports Authority (DHMİ) 
    Ms. Funda Makbule Ocak 
    Director General and Chairwoman of the Board 

    Mr. Mehmet Uslu 
    Head of Construction & Real Estate Department 

    Mr. Kemal Zafer Topuz 
    Head of Strategy Development Department 

    Mr. Mustafa Kılıç 
    Head of Air Navigation Department 

    Mr. Orhan Gültekin 
    Head of Electronics Department 

    Mr. Mehmet Gürbüz 
    Civil Engineer of Construction & Real Estate Department (Building Control Directorate) 

    Mr. Timur Alp Bayrak 
    Director General of Istanbul Atatürk International Airport 

    İGA Havalimanı İşletmesi A.Ş. (İGA) 
    Mr. Hüseyin Keskin 
    Chief Executive Officer 

    Mr. Mehmet Büyükkaytan 
    Chief Operating Officer 

    Mr. Trevor Carnahoff 
    Chief Consultant 

    Mr. Ozan Karakis 
    Airside Operations Director 

    Mr. Fatih Mere 

    Mr. Atinç Tunali 
    Airside Operational Planning Manager 

    Turkish Airlines 
    Mr. Akif Konak 
    Deputy General Manager in charge of Commercial Affairs 

    Mr. Fatih Kacmaz 
    Head of Department, Flight Operations 

    U.S. Embassy Ankara 
    Ms. Ozge Eksi 
    Senior Commercial Specialist 
    U.S. Foreign Commercial Service

  • 07 Feb 2017

     Global Chamber is pleased to announce that it has launched a full-service chapter to serve the Baltimore/Washington region. Known as Global Chamber® Baltimore/Washington, this chapter joins more than 120 Global Chamber chapters around the world in helping organizations engage in more successful cross border trade and investment. This new chapter covers Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Northern Virginia.

    Global Chamber Baltimore/Washington is lead by Executive Director, LeAnn Young, and Deputy Director, Lawrence Brill. LeAnn has directed Global Chamber® Baltimore for the past 16 months and now will take the helm for the entire region. Together, LeAnn and Lawrence have more than 50 years of global business experience in the public and private sectors.

    “With such a integrated metropolitan region, it makes sense to bring the organization together under one umbrella”, says LeAnn Young. “We found that companies from DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland were already joining Global Chamber Baltimore and benefiting from the many great resources and contacts we have available.”

    Global Chamber is an organization focused on supporting global business and expanding trade. The organization provides assistance for small, mid-sized and large businesses and it helps organizations with a local focus, like chambers, associations, and city and county develop teams, to extend their reach to the world. 

    “Our goal at Global Chamber is help companies make their global journey easier and less risky,” says Doug Bruhnke, CEO of Global Chamber worldwide. “The targeted warm introductions we provide through our Global Chamber network and through our partners, sponsors, and collaborators, open many new doors for our members, allowing them to be smarter about international business and shorten the runway in doing business across borders." EXIM Bank, the United States Trade and Development Association (USTDA) are just two of many global business organizations with which Global Chamber partners.

    With 95% of the world’s purchasing located located outside of the United States, Africa becoming the fastest growing market, and a middle class in Asia of 525 million people, there is plenty of opportunity for American businesses to grow through international sales of products and services. Says Lawrence Brill, “we are looking forward to helping organizations in the Baltimore/Washington region to be more successful globally. Our work not only helps businesses to grow, but our local economy as well”.  In addition to helping exporters, Global Chamber works with companies who are involved in importing and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).

    Global Chamber offers its members a variety of services, including local and virtual events about global business, and access to global business communities, jobs, and resources, through its online worldwide member portal. In the Baltimore/Washington metro, Global Chamber plans to hold events around the region that focus on topics that make sense for the local global business community.  Membership in Global Chamber is worldwide. The organization is on track to grow to 525 metros worldwide by 2020.

    Global Chamber Baltimore/Washington’s office is located 9250 Bendix Road, N., Columbia, Maryland. For more information about Global Chamber Baltimore/Washington, please visit, and call 410.630.9058 or email


    About Global Chamber®

    Global Chamber is a thriving and collaborating community of CEOs, executives and professionals in 500 metros taking on the world of global business. Our millions of trusted resources, followers and connections in over 5,000 cities support members growing globally by filling in the gaps that happen across borders. Global Chamber visit or call 1-888-476-9845.

  • 08 Feb 2017

    Connect to Business Opportunities in Southeast Europe

    The markets of Southeast Europe are investing in infrastructure and market development. They represent an opportunity for U.S. companies to increase sales and find a strategic foothold to grow in Europe.

    Join Trade Winds-Southeast Europe to connect to potential partners, government decision-makers, market experts, and companies that have succeeded in the region.

    Trade Winds, the largest annual U.S. government-led trade mission, will lead U.S. companies and organizations to Southeast European markets in 2017, to connect them to promising business opportunities.

    Your company should join Trade Winds-Southeast Europe to take advantage of projected regional economic growth and to gain a strategic foothold to launch a larger European export strategy.

    The region features strategic ports and bustling overland trade routes to established markets, and these individual markets are all heavily investing in infrastructure growth and market development.

    Have questions? Contact us at


  • 06 Jan 2017 by Susan Sadigova


    Diplomacy, Trade and Investment

     Azerbaijan, the land of fire, is a name that conjures up the exotic but until recently was little known. However, this Republic in the Caucasus is becoming a rising star on the international stage and is developing into a key energy, security and trade partner for U.S. and Europe.

    Today, the nation is undergoing a transition from a purely oil-based economy to one that encompasses information and technology, industry, agriculture, tourism and much more. With nine of the world's eleven climatic zones, almost anything can, and does, grow in Azerbaijan - a boom to farmers. Keeping at the forefront of global development and progress, alternative energy sources are on par with oil production. Solar panel and wind turbine makers are eyeing the government's new incentives for the production of renewable sources of energy.

    If you want to learn more about Azerbaijan and vital topics of business and trade with this country, consider attending the USACC Annual Conference in Washington, DC on March 1-2, 2017. Global Chamber members who are working in the focus industries under discussion at this year’s conference may attend for free.

    Click HERE for more information and to register for the 2017 USACC Annual Conference.

     Best regards,

    Susan Sadigova

    Executive Director

    U.S.-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce (USACC)


  • 30 Jan 2017 by Phyllis Riley


     The View

    by Global Chamber Member - Tempus-US

    US$ Strength to be Tested with Change of the Guard

    A strong economy and policy divergence meets Donald Trump

    The economic reality of the U.S. looks much better than many expected. Although outlooks were downgraded throughout the past eight years, the Great Recession ended and the greenback solidified its status as the most trustworthy currency. Obama leaves the country in a healthier state than many predicted throughout his administration. With the aid of loose monetary policy from the Fed, unemployment fell to 5.0% and lower, reaching the “full employment” level. Manufacturers, often said to be under siege, found resurgence while services expanded. Banks used to be hesitant to reach into their reserves and lend, but Obama-backed policies allowed these institutions to flourish, even as they coped with strict, yet much needed, financial regulation under Dodd-Frank. The process of leaving a recession behind is painstaking, but the country is now increasing payrolls and jobless claims are at their lowest levels in four decades. One could even argue that pushing for insurance exchanges as the ACA (Affordable Care Act) was implemented, created new jobs and provided the previously uninsured an opportunity to spend on something other than high medical bills. Wage growth also experienced an uptick lately, but overall spending has been anemic. More importantly, higher educated workers represented a greater share of wage improvements, which increased inequality. That, of course, was unintended, but the technological advances of the last decade have changed the dynamics of the economy. Competition, deregulation, and subsidizing may be characteristic of the incoming administration, one that has pledged to revive business in areas with lack of prosperity, those with socio-economic deficiencies that demanded attention from the political class. 

     We believe the U.S. Dollar reached multi-year, if not record, highs against most of its peers based on merit and the ongoing disturbances of other regions in 2016. Although there is doubt in how the U.S. will handle new endeavors with such a supposedly drastic change in policymakers, we remain confident the economy can be steered competently. We cannot lose faith. In order for a fiat currency to work, participants in such a monetary system must maintain some level of faith in the markets. That also goes into more basic things like believing in the democratic institutions behind them. Hopefully, President Trump’s administrative assignments appreciate the value of stability and positive tone while the economy is on the right footing. We foresee volatility as countries around the world measure our reliability. Thus, we do not see the Fed incrementing its Federal Funds Rate more than once or twice. A calm and collected America can take leadership, but only if respect is bestowed upon ratified international trading agreements and authorities, even though major realignments may take place.

    Author: John Doyle, Director of Markets


    To read the entire market-update report, click HERE.  

    Join Global Chamber Baltimore-Washington on March 10th for a session on foreign exchange.  Experts from Tempus-US will be sharing information about Foreign Exchange Best Practices in Managing Export and Import Risk.  REGISTER HERE


  • 17 Jan 2017

    WCC International Joins the Global Tribe

    WCC International is an international trade and import/export management company, headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. It serves as a “one-stop-shop” and offers support to its clients in cross-border trade, business development and partner identification.

    Since 2008, with the team of experts in international trade, global marketing and transnational taxation, as well as intellectual property and business law, WCC International helps its clients sell their products and services across international borders of the United States and select countries of the Caspian-Black Sea (CBS) region.

    While some organizations approach WCC International to meet a one-off or occasional need, others have established lasting business relationships with it, especially when they need to enter a new market, find a business partner, a buyer or a seller, source new products or ingredients, sell goods or deliver services across national boundaries.

    Whether you want to sell your products or offer services to customers overseas, or buy goods or services from abroad, and if your target market either U.S. or a particular country in the CBS region, feel free to reach out and schedule a meeting with WCC International expert to discuss the details of your product or service proposition.

    To learn more about WCC International and their services please click HERE.

    Click HERE to meet the members of their team.






  • 16 Jan 2017


    Small Businesses Learn About Export Assistance at Global Chamber Round Table 

    At our Global Chamber® Baltimore round table on January 11, 2017, small companies in the Baltimore/Washington region had the chance to learn about the various the resources and services that are available to help companies export more successfully  Our featured speaker for the event, Tammy Maxwell, head of Minority and Woman-Owned Business Outreach for EXIM Bank, described what financial services are available through EXIM Bank, as well as how to use them. She spoke about exporting of products, as well as exporting of services, which has high potential in today's global market.

    Additionally, we had the opportunity to hear from representatives from the Maryland Department of Commerce, the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Baltimore, the Small Business Administration and Global Chamber, who shared information about the export assistance each of their organizations provides.

    We were thrilled to have a over 30 people from the business community attend. With this great interactive group we had a good exchange of information and helpful business connections made.

    For more information about the export resources shared at this event:

    • EXIM Bank - Resources
    • Maryland Department of Commerce - Resources
    • US Department of Commerce - International Trade Administration - Resources
    • US Commercial Service - Baltimore Office - Resources
    • Small Business Administration - Resources
    • Global Chamber Baltimore/Washington - Resources