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Export University 2018
Jul 27 @ 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

The program is being held in cooperation with Milken NTE and U.S. DOC, DECSC, SBA, EXIM, LACBFFA, LARExC and numerous other agencies. There is no charge (except $10 for parking).

To register please contact:
Helen Mendoza at
Norman Arikawa at

($10 cost for parking)

Latin America & Caribbean Power Technologies for Ports – Reverse Trade Mission
Aug 7 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

USTDA is hosting the Latin America and Caribbean Power Technologies for Ports Reverse Trade Mission. This visit will bring port infrastructure decision-makers from Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Panama to the United States to introduce them to U.S. technologies for power generation and storage, electrical systems, and energy management to meet their port infrastructure development goals.

The itinerary for this visit will provide opportunities for U.S. companies to meet with and showcase their solutions to the delegation, as well as learn about upcoming port-related project opportunities in the Latin America and Caribbean region. As part of the itinerary, USTDA will host a business roundtable in San Diego, California on August 7, 2018.

This visit is being organized by Trade Center Management Associates (TCMA).

Leaves of Absence: Making Sense of It All – Oakland
Aug 10 all-day

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
  • (New mandate) Parental leave for employers with 20 to 49 employees
  • 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.

Brazil Passenger Rail Technologies – Reverse Trade Mission
Aug 13 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) ( will sponsor a Reverse Trade Mission (RTM) to the United States for a Delegation of senior Brazilian Passenger Railway sector officials from August 5 – 15 to Washington, D.C. and the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

On Monday, August 13 in San Francisco, CA, USTDA will host a one-day Business Briefing for U.S. railway-related companies to be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, 345 Stockton and Union Square (36th Floor) from 9.00 a.m. (Registration) – 4.30 p.m. There is no charge for attendance.


CONTACT INFORMATION: Koeppen, Elliott & Associates, Ltd. (KEA) ( is organizing this Business Briefing on behalf of USTDA. For further information regarding registration and/or to schedule a one-on-one meeting with the delegates, please contact KEA by by email at; by text or phone at 757-342-2149.

Hong Kong Food Expo
Aug 14 – Aug 20 all-day

Why Hong Kong?

Hong Kong is the second largest export market for California Food & Agriculture, totaling over $3.5 billion. Because Hong Kong is one of the leading trading hubs in Asia, the Hong Kong Food Expo attracts buyers from all over Asia and South-East Asia, the fastest growing and largest regional market for California consumer goods and food products. In addition, Hong Kong’s sophisticated transportation infrastructure system provides perfect opportunity for U.S. businesses to connect with other Asian markets.


Hong Kong Trade Mission Flyer PDF

HR Boot Camp – Sacramento
Aug 21 all-day

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 classifications
  • 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.

Vehicle Aftermarket Trade Mission to Chile
Aug 21 – Aug 22 all-day

Why Chile?

  • Chile is stable, prosperous and consistently ranks high on international indices relating to economic freedom, transparency and competitiveness.
  • Macroeconomic stability and growing integration with international capital markets has earned Chile an A+ credit rating, the highest in Latin America.
  • Under the United States – Chile Free Trade Agreement (FTA), 100 percent of U.S. consumer and industrial goods exports to the region are no longer subject to tariffs.
  • U.S. brands are the top sellers for heavy vehicles. Best prospects include but are not limited to: engine kits, differential gears, clutches, rings, accessories, lights, pneumatic suspension systems, batteries, filters, oil, joints, rods and fifth wheels.
  • In the market for light vehicles, the best prospects include but are not limited to: engine components, clutches, mufflers, tires, catalytic converters, lights, gearboxes, air filters, brake components and windshields.
83rd Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF)
Sep 8 – Sep 16 all-day

First held in 1926, TIF enjoys significant international appeal. It is held annually in September in Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece and an important administrative, cultural, and business hub of SE Europe. TIF attracts a large number of exhibitors, visitors, professionals and business representatives from across Greece and the neighboring countries.

The theme of the U.S. presence at the Show in 2018 will be “Harnessing Innovation”, intending to showcase American leadership in driving ingenuity and creativity in a variety of business sectors. Since the USA will be the honored country, the participating American companies will attract the interest of the public, government officials, as well as officials from neighboring countries. The Prime Minister of Greece will attend the opening and inaugurate the American Pavilion along with a high-level delegation from the U.S. Government.

Brazil FinTech Roadshow
Sep 17 – Sep 19 all-day

According to Finnovista, Brazil is home to the largest number of FinTech startups
in Latin America which is why, September 17-19, 2018 and in partnership with the
U.S. Commercial Service, PHM International will host a certified Trade Mission for
U.S. investors, incubators, and FinTech companies in São Paulo, Brazil.

*FinTech startup discounts available.




Brazil FinTech Roadshow-Flyer-1
California Harassment Prevention Training – Pasadena
Sep 17 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Meet in person with our qualified trainers and meet California’s two-hour harassment prevention training requirement for California supervisors in companies with 50 or more employees. (AB 1825, AB 2053, SB 396)

Ideal for California supervisors, HR managers and business owners

Seminar Description

What’s considered sexual harassment by law is not always obvious. There are gray areas to watch out for, and in-person training allows group discussion and further clarification.

This interactive, expert-led seminar:

  • Debunks common myths about harassment in the workplace—e.g., that most sexual harassment complaints involve unwelcomed touching; or that employees do not report sexual harassment because they fear retaliation.
  • Trains attendees on workplace behaviors that are considered harassing conduct or may create or contribute to unlawful sexual harassment in the workplace.
  • Depicts real-life workplace scenarios through role-playing exercises.
  • Provides information to assist in preventing and effectively responding to sexual harassment complaints or other inappropriate conduct.
  • Satisfies California-mandated supervisor training for employers with 50 or more employees, providing practical examples of harassment in the workplace and ways employers can address and prevent future conduct and legal claims.