It’s World Trade Week, Utah!

David Neeleman, founder of Azul Airlines (and JetBlue) will be speaking at Salt Lake City’s big, World Trade Month event next week. Learn more and register here: https://www.zionsbank.com/conference/conf-landing.jsp

World Trade Week: Destination Spain

Spain’s got troubles, to be sure. But the world’s 9th-largest economy (right around California, with similar struggles) is still an A-List destination for US exporters. Spain-based Banco Santander is the EuroZone’s largest bank, and are driving sound economic recovery strategies.

There’s an outstanding resource group called Invest In Spain, whose many fine resources include a comprehensive guide called Doing Business in Spain 2011.

El Poble Nou: Barcelona Re-Born

That ought to make good beach reading for anyone interested in learning how and where to plot global growth.

In the past two quarters, Hanson Marketing has identified opportunities to trade with Spain in diverse sectors: alternative energy, rail transportation, and professional services. When paired with the US Department of Commerce Foreign Commercial Service, exporters in the US are armed with excellent, timely tools for successful trade.

For a great perspective from Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, visit the Department of Commerce’s website here. More here: http://www.trade.gov/worldtrademonth/

Exporting your company’s goods and services to Spain and other points is the best way to boost your overall revenues and stake claim as leader in your industry. Whether a small, family firm or an enterprise, you’re this close to being regarded as Thought Leader for your market sector!

Welcome to World Trade Week: Spotlight Miami

Miami-area businesses are in for a treat, as a team of area international business pros hosts a series of great events to celebrate World Trade Week. It sounds like the best field trip ever! Visit here to sign up. If I were going, I’d sign up for the cargo and cruise ship terminal tours.

Miami is one of the world’s true global trade hubs, and is full of experts on everything from logistics to banking. Their newspaper, The Miami Herald is regarded for its international business coverage.

For a great perspective from Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, visit the Department of Commerce’s website here. More here: http://www.trade.gov/worldtrademonth/

Exporting your company’s goods and services is the best way to boost your overall revenues and stake claim as leader in your industry.

Welcome to World Trade Week: Spotlight Kansas City

This week, Kansas City’s best and brightest trade pros gather for the city’s annual FUTURALLIA 2011 event, showcasing global trade success stories and tricks of the trade for regional businesses of all sizes. The organizing team’s done a great job of putting a results-oriented, ROI-driven program together.  They mean business (despite the sci-fi name)!  Sign up here.

Theirs is the best promotional idea I’ve seen yet, among all WTW events: airline ticket giveaways to international attendees.  Two lucky visitors from Belgium and Canada will enjoy those juicy KC steaks even more, having flown to KC free courtesy American Air!

For a great perspective from Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, visit the Department of Commerce’s website here. More here: http://www.trade.gov/worldtrademonth/

Exporting your company’s goods and services is the best way to boost your overall revenues and stake claim as leader in your industry.

Welcome to World Trade Week: Spotlight New York City

The World Trade Week celebration in New York City is always top drawer.  If your located in or near there and are seeking answers to questions on how to grow globally, take a look at this calendar of events, sign up, and go. My vote for the most informative, interesting session is “The Venetian Variety – From Tourism to Nanotechnology”, exploring possibilities in and around Venice.

For a great perspective from Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, visit the Department of Commerce’s website here. More here: http://www.trade.gov/worldtrademonth/

Exporting your company’s goods and services is the best way to boost your overall revenues and stake claim as leader in your industry.

Welcome to World Trade Week: Spotlight Oregon

My home state is one of the hot-spots during the upcoming World Trade Week.  A team of international business pros is hosting an impressive round of events, statewide and online.  If you’re in Portland or Eugene, or points between, take advantage of this great lineup. More here: http://www.oregon4biz.com/Grow-Your-Business/Export-assistance/tradeweek/

For a great perspective from Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, visit the Department of Commerce’s website here: http://www.trade.gov/worldtrademonth/

Exporting your company’s goods and services is the best way to boost your overall revenues and stake claim as leader in your industry.

Welcome to World Trade Week: Spotlight San Diego

What makes Cali Baja hum? San Diego’s loaded with export pros, and they’re contributing to the success of this year’s World Trade Week. Southwestern College Center for International Trade Development’s National City campus hosts an info session on “How to Enter into the European Market”. Register to attend here. The speaker lineup includes teams from Baker & McKenzie, a group that’s always worth listening to when it comes to global trade. There will also be representatives from the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency.

At the border, the annual MEXPORT trade show is the area’s best gathering place for all things supply chain. This San Diego event’s a stone’s throw from the Tijuana city limits, so it’s a great chance to mingle with friends from over the fence, too. At last year’s MEXPORT event, I learned a lot about two industries that make our cross-border trade hum: logistics and security services. Sign up here. It’s free to visitors, and they’re running shuttles across the border to simplify parking and transport!

Read more about MEXPORT in a previous post here.

For a great perspective from Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, visit the Department of Commerce’s website here: http://www.trade.gov/worldtrademonth/

Exporting your company’s goods and services is the best way to boost your overall revenues and stake claim as leader in your industry.

World Trade Week: View from the Border

2009 World Trade Week events in the southern California/US-Mexico border region:

Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce & U.S. Commercial Service co-hosted The Americas Business Forum in Los Angeles May 27-28.

  • Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke reminded guests to tap the US & Foreign Commercial Service’s myriad resources.
  • LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa shared his vision of the city as a “21st-century Venice”, a hub of global trade.
  • Bob DeMartini, export manager of Hayward Pools provided a valuable look at winning international sales through hard work and sensible channel relationships. My favorite line: “‘Exclusivity’ means ‘Exclusive Right NOT to Sell'”. Wise advice from a channel veteran.
  • Commercial diplomats from Latin America posts recapped sector growth data and read socio-political gauges. Watch what will happen in Panama in the coming decade: the $5.2 billion Panama Canal expansion project will double the canal’s capacity, and the mammoth Colón Free Trade Zone re-exports $19 billion in goods and services into all Latin American and Caribbean countries and the US, and is set to expand.
  • Orange County Center for International Trade & U.S. Commercial Service co-hosted an excellent Mexico Trade Outlook in Santa Ana May 26.

  • Ann Bacher, Incoming Minister Counselor of Commercial Affairs for the US & Foreign Commercial Service posted impressive statistics: California businesses account for 15% of the US exports to Mexico, valued at about $20 billion. NAFTA is the world’s largest free trade area, home to 440 million people and a GDP of $15.4 trillion.
  • Despite immediate concerns about influenza, sub-standard infrastructure, and narco-violence, US suppliers should keep an eye on such long-term prospects for export growth as aviation-related services and systems, automotive manufacturing systems (GM and Chrysler aren’t the only car makers located in Mexico!), franchising, security and safety systems (more on the Merida Initiative here), and education (online and campus), the latter of which signals a more informed, motivated work force.
  • Carlos Rodriguez y Quesada, spokesman for the Mexican government’s foreign investment agency, PROMÉXICO, reported major infrastructure opportunities: $4 billion to build or upgrade 1400 kilometers of rail, maritime, including the $5 billion Punto Coronet project; highways, energy, telecomm, and manufacturing systems.
  • Have you heard about Cali-Baja Bi-National Mega-Region? The economic development agencies in San Diego and Imperial Counties and the state of Baja California announced this joint venture during World Trade Week, to market the region nationally and internationally.

    At an event near the Otay Mesa Border Crossing in San Diego, I spoke with the new field director of the US Customs and Border Protection Agency, Paul Morris. Paul noted that the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) quietly went into effect on June 1, and all systems appear to be GO.

    Finally, good news from El Paso. The head of the US-Mexico Border District Export Council, Cecilia Levine, is joining her cross-border colleagues in celebrating the opening of El Paso’s first Department of Commerce office. The new office will collaborate with the DEC as well as promote a Gold Key program tailored to US suppliers who are seeking to preserve trade with manufacturers in Mexico.

    It’s World Trade Week!

    As you read this, about 31 million Americans are at work in jobs that are directly supported by international trade. Nearly one in every five U.S. jobs are linked to exports and imports of goods and services.
    Contrary to popular belief, the United States remains the world’s largest manufacturer. Since NAFTA was launched, U.S. manufacturers have boosted their output by more than 50%; U.S. factories account for over 20% of the worlds manufacturing output. Indeed, in California alone, more than 700,000 jobs are supported by the $117 billion in manufactured exports from the state to the rest of the world.

    This week-long observance of the absolute relevance of international trade to the US economy began in 1926 – like today, a most notable period of economic angst and isolationist leanings. The idea was hatched by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, who sought ways to promote growth for the booming southern Cal region and the new Port of Los Angeles.

    Hat’s off to the resourceful folks at the US Chamber of Commerce whose website, TradeRoots.org, is chock full of trade data.

    This month, the southern Cal region is still on it. In the remaining days of May, there will be gatherings in Santa Ana (Mexico Trade Outlook) and downtown LA (The Americas Business Forum) featuring some progressive, hard-working teams of government and trade officials. I will attend both, and will let you know how they go!

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