The Valley International Trade Association Newsletter – December 2014

The Valley International Trade Association Newsletter – December 2014

Save The Date – Wednesday, January 28, 2015
How to Get Your Oversees Customers To Buy More From You

The next VITA Global Networking Breakfast is set for Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at 7:30am, at The Valley Economic Alliance’s BFG Boardroom. Learn “How to Get Your Oversees Customers To Buy More From You” by Gregory Moore, Regional Director from Export-Import Bank.

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) is the official export credit agency of the United States. Ex-Im Bank’s mission is to assist in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets. Ex-Im Bank enables U.S. companies, large and small, to turn export opportunities into real sales that help to maintain and create U.S. jobs and contribute to a stronger national economy.

Contact for more information or visit to register.

VITA Global Networking Breakfast with Meridian Finance Group & U.S. Commercial Service

Meridian Finance Group and U.S. Commercial Service presented at the VITA Global Networking Breakfast on Wednesday, November 12, 2014.

Mabel Luen, Trade Credit Specialty Broker with Meridian Finance Group discussed trade finance tools that exporters can use to expand their international sales. Luen presented on the global demand for credit and how to address it using export credit insurance. She explained that export credit insurance enables exporters to strengthen their balance sheets, reduce their bad debt reserves and facilitate securitization of foreign A/R.

Julie Anne Hennessy, Director of U.S. Commercial Services of the West Los Angeles branch and U.S. Department of Commerce informed attendees about how they assist businesses to expand into new international markets. Whether you are looking to make your first export sale or expand to additional international markets, Hennessy discussed services and opportunities such as trade counseling, market intelligence, business matchmaking and commercial diplomacy.

Presentations from the meeting can be seen at

Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America visits VITA

VITA & VICA welcomed Isabel Quiroz, Manager of Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America & Caribbean. AACCLA’s mission is to promote trade and investment between the United States and the countries of the region through free trade, free markets, and free enterprise.

They will be hosting the Outlook on the Americas Conference in Los Angeles next year on February 11.
More information can be found on

11th Annual Global California Conference California’s Super Region of Innovation

Louis Stewart, Deputy Director of innovation and entrepreneurship with the Go-Biz office of the State of California and over 24 experts from public and private sectors will be at the 11th Annual Global California Conference entitled, “California’s Super Region of Innovation.” The conference will be held on December 3, 2014 at the Coconut Grove at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

The Monterey Bay International Trade Association (MBITA) and have partnered this year to produce the event with the Bay Area Council (BAC), China Silicon Valley and Brand Monterey Bay (BMB).

“The innovation spirit and life style of California’s ‘Super Region of Innovation’ is spreading throughout the Chinese marketplace from Shandong to Shenzhen creating opportunities for economic growth, job creation and successful bilateral trade and investment between China and California with a focus on the CleanTech sectors to address climate change”, said Victor Wang, President of China Silicon Valley.

This year’s conference will call special attention to the trade and investment bridges for innovation between California and China. Today these bridges have morphed into ‘green, innovation superhighways with a focus on sustainable technologies and services as well as investment, telemedicine, eco-tourism, and e-commerce.

“The region’s unique start up and investment culture is matched by its rare and effective partnership with higher education all taking place in one of the most beautiful environments in the world”, stated Tony Livoti, President of MBITA/TradePort.

For more information, visit

Free Workshop on Internet Export Marketing

The Port of Los Angeles, as part of their special export workshop series, held a “Market Research Tools for Export Success” workshop on November 20. The class covered how not to be a typical “Googler,” learn to use Web portal, export start-up tools, trade and economic statistics and so on.

In collaboration with Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Economic Development, The Port of LA will host a free workshop on Internet Export Marketing on December 9, 2014, from 8:30am-12:00pm at the Los Angeles City Hall in Downtown.

The phenomenon of e-commerce and globalization provides opportunities for small and medium sized businesses to launch new marketing outlets for products and services. The internet offers much promise to U.S. firms interested in a new vehicle for exporting.Learn how to establish effective branding online, develop high impact internet advertising strategies, and identify key internet research tools.

To register, visit

Port of Long Beach and Boeing Present Aerospace Industry Exporting Workshop

Whether you are new to exporting or want to reach new markets abroad, the Aerospace Industry Export Workshop is the platform to help your business grow. Join area business leaders on Thursday, December 11, 2014 from 8am-11:30am at the Toyota USA Automobile Museum, to learn about the benefits of going global and how your business can increase sales and profits, reduce dependence on traditional markets, and grow your company’s international reach.

Speakers include Mark Bertrand, Vice President, Boeing Capital Corporation; Gina Barro, Business Development Manager, Port of Long Beach; Brian Peck, Deputy Director for International Affairs and Business Development, GO-Biz; U.S. Commercial Service and Dan Gardner, President, Trade Facilitators, Inc.

To register, visit

Jingle & Mingle with the Alliance on December 17, 2014

To RSVP, call 818-379-7000 or

Executive Forecast

The Executive Forecast set for January 23, 2015 at the Hilton Woodland Hills, is designed exclusively for business, community and educational leaders. In an uncertain economy, it is critical to constantly develop new ideas to stimulate productivity and growth. The Forecast will examine issues and innovative ways for you to reach your audience with methods for incorporating these into a strategic the Hilton Woodland Hills, is designed exclusively for Panelists including Ctrl.Me Robotics, LADWP and City of Glendale to discuss Innovation, Infrastructure and Social Media.

For more information and to register, visit

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