2nd Quarter Pacific South Network Newsletter

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Greetings Exporters, 

As we approach the 2nd quarter of the calendar year great opportunities to connect, learn and push forward avail themselves. In April, APBO brings Foreign Commercial Service Officers from over 18 countries. Along with buyers and successful exporters, APBO is the must attend event if you are looking to succeed in the Asia-Pacific markets. 

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce is leader of export initiatives in Southern California. In May, the LA Chamber begins World Trade Week with their 90th World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast. Followed by Orange County and Inland Empire's world trade events, May is the month of opportunity. 

I suggest exploring all of these options. Get to the half-way mark with a network of allies, ready to complete the second half of the year with record high export success.  

Take Care, 

Richard M. Swanson Jr. 

Fifth Americas Competiveness Exchange on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Press Release Available here

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) and Economic Development Administration (EDA), in coordination with the Organization of American States (OAS) and the U.S. Department of State, today announced that 51 high-level representatives from 24 countries will participate in the Fifth Americas Competitiveness Exchange (ACE) on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, April 10-16, visiting sites in Arizona and California. ACE brings together decision-makers from throughout the Western Hemisphere and other nations to explore global and regional partnerships and economic development opportunities that will strengthen innovation and entrepreneurship in the region.

For more information about ACE V, including a complete delegation list and itinerary for the tour, please visit http://riacnet.org/fifth-exchange.

Asia Pacific Business Outlook

Earl-bird Deadline extended to April 1. 

Now in its 29th year, Asia/Pacific Business Outlook (APBO) is North America’s premier event for business leaders who want to expand their trade and investment in the Asia/Pacific region. The USC Marshall School of Business and the U.S. Department of Commerce have been working together on APBO since 1988 to help exporters and investors take advantage of tremendous opportunities and overcome challenges in the constant changing economies of Asia. More than just a business conference, APBO is a comprehensive networking and learning experience designed to provide business leaders with the contacts and the latest, relevant and valuable information available–all focused, organized and distilled into two invaluable days.

Date: April 18 - 19, 2016
Location: Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, CA
Register here

National Association of Broadcasters

NAB Show 2016 in Las Vegas is part of the International Buyer Program. Do not miss a great opportunity take part in the Global Market Insights Program and B2B Matchmaking. 

The National Association of Broadcasters advocates for the nation's radio and television broadcasters. The association helps to advance the interests of industry and public affairs. NAB focuses on advocacy, education and innovation. 

Date: April 16 - 20
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Register here

LA Chamber Annual WTW Kickoff Breakfast

For nearly 90 years, World Trade Week (WTW), an initiative of the L.A. Area Chamber, has been the most extensive and unique program of its kind in the country. 

World Trade is celebrated throughout the month of May with more than 30 events hosted by partnering organizations in Southern California that are jump started by the Chamber's Annual WTW Kickoff Breakfast with more than 600 guests. 

Date: May 3, 2016
Location: JW Marriott at LA Live
Register here.

China eCommerce BOOT CAMP

The China eCommerce Boot Camp is a one-day training event designed to provide US SME brand owners with the opportunity to practically learn about eCommerce in China.  The goal of the program is to develop an initial draft of a China eCommerce strategy.
Seating is limited, register today to secure your spot!

Cost: $300 per attendee, $75 fee for additional participant from same company (2 max per company)
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Date:Thursday, May 12
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Place: Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, 350 S. Bixel Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017
For questions and or interest in registering, please contact Terri.Batch@trade.gov


China E-Commerce Boot Camp is a part of Chinaweek 2016. Chinaweek is an annual, week-long series of events designed to bring the most current, relevant, multidisciplinary information about China and Chinese culture to the western world via Los Angeles, the natural US gateway to China. This year Chinaweek takes place May 7 - 14 in Los Angeles.

To learn more visit Chinaweek.la

OC World Trade Week Breakfast & Forum

The Orange County World Trade Week Breakfast & Forum is hosted by the Irvine Chamber. Last year over 200 attendees gathered to represent the Orange County exporter community. This year's keynote speaker is Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, president and CEO of Earth Friendly Products. The event includes the Orange County Trade overview, Export Pathways, Export Success Stories and the Exporter of the Year Award. 

Date: May 17, 2016
Location: Irvine Marriott
Register here.


IE - A Global Business Perspective

Take part in the 22nd Annual Inland Empire World Trade Conference. This is a great opportunity to meet buyers from the DOD, Fortune 500 companies, prime contractors, international countries and other government agencies. 

Date: May 26, 2016
Location: Riverside Convention Center
Register here.

Overseas Opportunity

2016 SEMA Australia Business Development Conference

SEMA has announced Australia as the fourth venue for its popular overseas Business Development Programs. The pilot project will be held May 25–29, 2016, in Melbourne, Australia.

Register here.

LA Chamber - Certificate of Origin & Free Sale

The Chamber can meet your export documentation needs. The Chamber now offers services to obtain Certificates of Origin & Free Sale. 

Learn More here.    

North Nevada

Welcome to our new DEC members in Nevada. 

  • Joe Dutra (Kimmie Candy Inc.) 
  • Kathy Halbardier (Nevada Industry Excellence)
  • Mike Moore (Rust Bullet Inc.)
  • Melissa Choroszy (University of Nevada – Reno)
  • Rhea Gustafson (Nevada Industry Excellence)
  • Russ Romine (Legacy Supply Chain Services)
  • Sandra Rentas (Northern Nevada SBDC)
  • Susie Askew (University of Nevada – Reno)
  • Volker Huber (Prime Memory Solution Inc.)

For general questions, please contact your local Trade Specialist using Pacific South Network.

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