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CalChamber International Forum
May 23 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Topic: U.S. Trade Issues

Speaker: The Honorable Dale Tasharski, Acting Deputy Director General, U.S. Department of Commerce

Mr. Tasharski is a U.S. Department of Commerce career Senior Foreign Service Officer with the personal rank of Minister-Counselor and more than 31 years of experience bringing U.S. and global businesses together. He has served in several positions overseas, in the U.S. field, and in headquarters. Minister-Counselor Tasharski directs the Department’s efforts to formulate trade policy and solve market access issues facing U.S. firms seeking to sustain and expand their business operations.

Topic: International Economic Overview

Speaker: Chris Thornberg, PhD, Founding Partner, Beacon Economics

Christopher Thornberg is Founding Partner of Beacon Economics, LLC and widely considered to be one of the nation’s leading economists. An expert in economic forecasting, regional economics, employment and labor markets, economic policy, and industry and real estate analysis. Between 2008 and 2012, he was a chief economic advisor to the California State Controller’s Office. Dr. Thornberg has been widely quoted in the media across all platforms. Prior to launching Beacon, he was an economist with UCLA’s Anderson Forecast. Dr. Thornberg has taught in the MBA program at UC San Diego’s Rady School of Business, at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand, and has held a faculty position in the economics department at Clemson University. Dr. Thornberg holds a Ph.D in Business Economics from The Anderson School at UCLA.

Topic: International Overview of California

Speaker: Dan Walters, Journalist, CALmatters

Dan Walters has been a journalist for nearly 57 years, spending all but a few of those years working for California newspapers. He began his professional career in 1960, at age 16, at the Humboldt Times in Eureka. By the age of 22, Mr. Walters was the nation’s youngest daily newspaper editor. Mr. Walters joined the Sacramento Union’s Capitol bureau in 1975, just as Jerry Brown began his first governorship. Walters later became the Union’s Capitol bureau chief, and in 1981 began writing the state’s only daily newspaper column devoted to California political, economic and social events. In 1984, he and the column moved to The Sacramento Bee. He has written more than 9,000 columns about California and its politics and his column has appeared in many other California newspapers. Mr. Walters has written his own book, “The New California: Facing the 21st Century” has also been a frequent guest on national television news shows, commenting on California politics.

R.S.V.P. required by Friday, May 11

21st Annual International Business Luncheon
May 24 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
Network Globally. LUNCH LOCALLY.

The International Business Luncheon is a dynamic forum for business leaders and diplomatic representatives to discuss the state of global trade, explore new business opportunities, and recognize the region’s international connections.

For two decades, the Northern California World Trade Center has hosted this high-profile luncheon to grow trade by connecting businesses with international market opportunities and to celebrate consuls and trade commissioners from around the world.


Block Chain & Crypto Currencies: The Facts, The Risks and The Hype

Please join us for a dive into the world of blockchain and crypto currencies, with guest speaker, Ryan Mueller, Chief Compliance Officer of, a Canadian global payment processing company. With an extensive background in compliance, risk management, fraud investigation and sales throughout the payments and e-commerce industries, Ryan will provide background and insight into block chain and crypto currencies, separating out the facts and risks from the hype.

Startup Lebanon – Executive Innovation Retreat
Jun 4 – Jun 8 all-day

Additional Information  (PDF)

In 2015, the American Lebanese Chamber of Commerce launched Startup Lebanon as a series of bridge-building events between Lebanon and the United States, with a focus on the knowledge economy. The first edition, Startup Lebanon – New York City, was set up to introduce Lebanon’s top entrepreneurs and investors, in a full day conference at the Plaza Hotel, featuring keynotes, panels, and an exhibition, followed by a spectacular gala dinner at the rooftop Rainbow room of the Rockefeller Center.

The second edition, Startup Lebanon – Silicon Valley Roadshow, took place in 2016. The roadshow format was adopted to showcase the best of Silicon Valley, the heart of the startup world, to Lebanon’s top changemakers.  Twenty-five executives, entrepreneurs, and investors from across all industries in Lebanon participated in the 5-day roadshow. They engaged over 30 startups, VCs, and industry leaders, including Facebook, Google, Instagram, LinkedIn, Stanford, GSMA, SAP, and Singularity University, in site visits, conferences, luncheons, dinners, talks, demos, and keynotes. The Roadshow wrapped up with a gala dinner with inspiring keynotes by leaders in the world of technology.

This third edition will be Lebanon’s first innovation retreat for senior executives from Lebanon’s leading firms and institutions. 30 executives will get the chance to witness the future of technology, current innovation trends that will transform their businesses, and take part in a 2 day Design Thinking Workshop by Frog Design Inc – the world’s leading design agency – which has worked with giants like Apple, Sony, Microsoft, Disney, and so many others… Followed by 3 days of roundtables with experts in artificial intelligence, autonomous driving, blockchain, internet of things, augmented and virtual reality, the singularity, and more.

*Spaces are limited to 30 senior Lebanese executives.

ExporTech Los Angeles
Jun 19 – Aug 21 all-day

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Scholarship Information / Deadline Dates (PDF)

3-Session Program

Application for enrollment is now available. Deadline to submit application for enrollment is May 29th (3 weeks prior to Session 1 start date).

Date (Tuesdays)
Session 1:  June 19
Session 2:  July 17
Session 3:  Aug. 21

2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit
Jun 20 – Jun 22 all-day

The SelectUSA Investment Summit is the highest-profile event dedicated to promoting foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States. Featuring senior government officials, C-Suite business executives, and other thought leaders, each Summit focuses on a timely theme related to the U.S. investment environment, industry trends, and new opportunities.

As SelectUSA’s signature event, the Summit provides an unparalleled opportunity to bring together companies from all over the world, economic development organizations (EDOs) from every corner of the nation, and other parties working to facilitate business investment in the United States. Moreover, the Summit plays a vital role in attracting and facilitating international investment into the United States by raising awareness of the wide range of opportunities and positive business climate and facilitating vital direct connections between investors and EDOs.

The 2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit saw record attendance: more than 3,000 participants from 64 international markets and 51 U.S. states and territories.

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.

China International Import Expo
Nov 5 – Nov 10 all-day

In May 2017, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced at the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation that China will hold China International Import Expo (CIIE) starting from 2018.

It is a significant move for the Chinese government to hold CIIE to give firm support to trade liberalization and economic globalization and actively open the Chinese market to the world. It facilitates countries and regions all over the world to strengthen economic cooperation and trade, and to promote global trade and world economic growth in order to make the world economy more open.

The Chinese government sincerely welcomes government officials, business communities, exhibitors and professional purchasers across the world to participate in CIIE and to explore the Chinese market. We would like to work with all countries, regions and international organizations to make CIIE a world-class Expo, providing new channels for countries and regions to do business, strengthen cooperation and promote common prosperity of the world economy and trade.

China to Focus on Imports with International Expo in November
CalChamber, January 26, 2018