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.

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

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.

NAFTA’s Economic Progress 2017
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

The North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, is a three-country treaty negotiated by the governments of Canada, Mexico, and the United States that took effect in January 1994. NAFTA’s terms, which were implemented gradually through January 2008, provided for the elimination of most tariffs on products traded among the three countries. The workshop will outline the economic progress made since its inception.

World Trade Week Kickoff Celebration Breakfast
May 4 @ 7:15 am – 11:00 am

For more than 90 years, World Trade Week (WTW), an initiative of the L.A. Area Chamber, has been the most extensive and unique program of its kind in the country. WTW dedicates itself to educating the public on the importance and benefits of global trade on the local and national economy through a series of educational programs and events.

World trade is celebrated throughout the month of May with more than 30 events hosted by partnering organizations in Southern California that are jump started by the Chamber’s Annual WTW Kickoff Breakfast with more than 800 guests. WTW supports college and high school scholarships, high school student and career counselor workshops, as well as briefings for civic and business leaders interested in benefiting from the global economy.

Asia Society 14th Annual Dinner
May 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Annual Dinner is Asia Society Northern California’s most prestigious event of the year, attended by over 400 leaders in business, civic affairs, academia, philanthropy, the diplomatic corps, and media. Each year, the dinner features some of the world’s foremost leaders in U.S. and Asian affairs, and this year, ASNC will present Visionaries of Giving Awards to individuals who have advanced human opportunity worldwide through their philanthropic work. Highlights from past dinners include speeches and awards presented to The Honorable Madeleine Albright, The Honorable George Schultz, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, Secretary of Energy Dr. Stephen Chu, George Lucas of Lucasfilms, Jack Ma, CEO,; Jerry Yang, Yahoo!; Steven Chen, co-founder, YouTube; Masashi Oka, CEO, UnionBank; California Governor Jerry Brown.

Join Asia Society Northern California for our 14th Annual Dinner as we honor Chong Moon Lee, Founder & Chairman, Ambex Ventures; Richard C. Blum, Chairman & President, Blum Capital Partners; Gideon Yu, Co-Owner of the San Francisco 49ers; Bill Draper, Co-Chairman, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation; and Timothy Draper, creator of BizWorld, a non-profit for young children to learn about business and entrepreneurship. Additional honorees will be announced. Sydnie Kohara, media strategist, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.