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Connect to Thrive – Impact of Digital Data and Commerce Across the Global Supply Chain
Mar 23 – Mar 24 all-day

This premier event for local, national and global businesses, entrepreneurs and academia focuses on developing insight about interconnectivity of people, places and things. Engage with industry experts as they share technology, models and best practices for leveraging the power of digital data and commerce across the global supply chain, while protecting the privacy and autonomy of personal identifiable information.

The Connect to Thrive Global Summit
Mar 23 – Mar 24 all-day

The Connect to Thrive Global Summit is a Trading Post on the frontier of the future – a place where academic leaders, community leaders, city managers and national leaders can explore what others are doing around the world, and what science and technologies are useful for improving lives. Now the future frontier is the potential of a globally connected world, enabled by science and technology to provide opportunity for many more people to fulfill their potential. Technologies, innovations are exploding around the world in hackathons, startups and in the hearts of small and large enterprises. We bring them together March 23-24 so that in one place we can discover what is working and who is doing it. You will hear from keynote speakers like Adam Cheyer, who led the development of Siri, John Ryan – who did the financial modeling for One LapTop per child, and Amanda Noonan of Frog Design, a leader in human centered design for social impact. We will feature workshops and panels where success stories can be reviewed, discussed and explored in depth – where challenges and obstacles can be highlighted so that we can coordinate together how to meet them more successfully.

Join us at the Global Summit where people and communities are networking to learn, share and innovate together to improve lives in the global digital economy.

HR Boot Camp – Pasadena – SOLD OUT
Mar 23 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

New to Human Resources or want a refresher? Build your HR muscle at this one-day, topic-packed seminar focused on the employment life cycle, from hiring through termination.

CalChamber’s employment law experts (your personal HR trainers) explain and provide compliance information for these core fundamentals:

  • Hiring, including I-9 verification and criminal background checks
  • Discipline and termination
  • Wage and hour; exempt and nonexempt classification
  • Meal and rest break requirements
  • Leaves of absence basics, including paid sick leave
  • Discrimination and harassment prevention
  • Policies and best practices

Learn what you need to know and take away best practices to avoid common HR mistakes. Join us at HR Boot Camp.

Product Features

  • Comprehensive overview of the employment life cycle
  • Presented by CalChamber’s top employment law experts
  • Conversational, interactive instruction lets you ask questions throughout the seminar

This seminar offers guidance only and does not serve as or replace legal advice.

Asia Pacific Business Outlook Conference 2017
Mar 27 – Mar 28 all-day

Now in its 30th 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.

The conference attracts a nationwide group of about 300 American managers who operate throughout the Asia/Pacific region. The conference provides a unique mixture of over 50 leading academic, business and government experts to advise a diverse audience of American firms on how to become more competitive in the dynamic Asia/Pacific marketplace, including private one-on-one appointments with senior commercial officers from American embassies and consulates in 17 economies.

Trade Mission from Ghana, Africa
Mar 30 all-day

The Northern California World Trade Center is hosting a trade mission from Ghana, Africa. Visiting executives are interested in business-to-business meetings with American businesses in a variety of fields to explore potential business opportunities and network. Brief meetings will take place throughout the day.

Interested American companies are invited to RSVP (RSVP required) to the NorCalWTC at the email address above.

Sectors/Industries of Interest

• Construction machinery companies
• Engineering and construction companies
• Construction parts companies (i.e. producing pipes, gaskets, bolts, elbows)
• Road construction companies


• Oil Exploration Companies
• Gas Companies specializing in pipe laying and pipe integrity testing

Renewable Energy:

• Companies producing energy saving products
• Renewable energy engineering companies


• Farming and farming equipment companies
• Agricultural machine parts companies
• Agricultural mechanization companies


• Event managers/agents
• Event equipment producers/distributors
• Companies that offer Health Training (international services)
• Banks and financial institutions

Available meeting time slots include 30-minute to 1-hour segments between 9:00 am – 12:00 pm or 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm. This is free for American businesses to attend.

Mexican Geothermal Opportunities Workshop
Apr 4 – Apr 5 all-day

Join us for our Mexican Geothermal Opportunities Workshop in La Jolla California, as well as a unique site visit on April 5 to the Cerro Prieto Geothermal plant in Mexicali.

Mexico’s geothermal sector is poised for growth with a new regulatory and investment framework now in place. The new structure will greatly aid with permitting for site studies and a concession system for exploration and development of geothermal resources.

The Institute of the Americas (IOA) in collaboration with the US Department of Energy (DOE), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the US Commercial Service, Mexico’s Ministry of Energy (SENER) and the Federal Electric Commission (CFE), will provide an outlook and insights on Mexico’s geothermal sector, as well as presentation of a recent NREL report: “Mexican Geothermal Market Assessment Report”.

The April 5 site visit to Cerro Prieto is optional and will take place in addition to the workshop. Cerro Prieto is one of the largest of its kind in the world and counts installed capacity of roughly 820MW. The first powerhouse units were commissioned in 1973 and most recent increases to its output were completed in 2009. It is an excellent example of Mexico’s geothermal energy potential, how projects have been developed over the last several years, and how CFE manages and operates geothermal projects.

Trade Connect Introductory Workshop
Apr 5 @ 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Trade Connect Export Workshops cover the fundamentals of exporting, including costs, risks and steps. In cooperation with other agencies and professional associations, this introductory program presents a summary of services which also includes the basics of the commercial transaction, finding overseas markets, trade financing, documentation and logistics.

Who should attend: All those interested in learning about the export process, including Manufacturers, Suppliers, Intermediaries, Service Providers prospective new exporters and entrepreneurs Export ready companies looking to expand their international business operations

Leaves of Absence – Sacramento
Apr 6 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Managing leaves of absence isn’t easy. Plenty of documentation and tracking are involved, which aren’t so simple when leaves are intermittent or when California and federal rules overlap.

Then there are California’s unique and rather complicated leave laws, such as paid sick leave. With all of the law’s intricacies, employers are clearly confused—and with good reason.

Join our employment law experts for this one-day intensive seminar as they address common and more difficult-to-resolve issues related to leaves of absence:

  • What benefits apply whether the leave is paid or unpaid
  • Eligibility requirements for various leaves
  • Required notices from the employee and the employer
  • What leaves require employers to continue benefits such as health care
  • When employers must pay an employee on a leave of absence
  • How different leaves interact with each other

Our experts speak specifically to state and federal laws regarding:

  • California paid sick leave
  • California and federal family and medical leave
  • Leave as a reasonable accommodation for a disability
  • Pregnancy disability leave
  • Other leaves such as PTO, kin care, jury duty and USERRA

To avoid penalties or costly litigation, it’s essential to understand all required and optional leaves of absence, plus the differing California and federal legal requirements that apply to them. Makes sense.

Product Features

  • Comprehensive overview of differing California and federal rules for required and optional leaves of absence
  • Presented by CalChamber’s top employment law experts
  • Conversational, interactive instruction lets you ask questions throughout the seminar.

This seminar offers guidance only and does not serve as or replace legal advice.

Orange County CITD – Export Compliance Training Program
Apr 17 – May 22 all-day

6 Week Training – Mondays (April 17 – May 22, 2017)
Join us for an export compliance practitioner’s course, which walks participants through all aspects of export compliance. This hands on workshop covers the nuts and bolts of exporting, including jurisdiction and classification, obtaining and managing authorizations, due diligence, technical information and the provision of services, choosing and using consultants and third parties, identifying and dealing with violations, and managing in house compliance. Whether you are new to your role of dealing with export compliance at your company or need a refresher, this course will teach you the basics and keep you up to date on the latest in export compliance.

Live Webinar: Are Drug-Free Workplaces in California Up in Smoke?
Apr 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Breathe easy, everyone. Even with the recent passage of Proposition 64, also known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, employers can still prohibit drug use, possession and impairment at work, and test for drug use when appropriate.

The challenges facing employers won’t be maintaining your drug-free workplace policies and practices, but rather properly communicating and enforcing these policies and practices—now that adults can legally use marijuana for recreational purposes.

Join CalChamber’s employment law experts to help clear any haziness you may have about Proposition 64 and the workplace. Topics include:

  • What Prop 64 means for employers
  • When and how drug-testing is permitted in California, including pre-employment and reasonable suspicion testing
  • Implementing and enforcing drug-free workplace policies
  • Supervisor training
  • Best practices

Presented by top CalChamber employment law experts
Ideal for HR professionals, office managers, business owners or anyone responsible for hiring and staffing
Mobile-optimized for viewing on tablets and smartphones
Ability to submit questions during webinar
Downloadable webinar slides and webinar recording

This webinar offers guidance only and does not serve as or replace legal advice.