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Consulate General of Georgia Webinar – Georgia: View from Silicon Valley
Jun 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

2021 marks the 30 year anniversary for the regaining of Georgia’s independence from the Soviet Union. These three decades mark the development of Georgia into a truly democratic state, a liberal economy and a reliable strategic partner to the United States. Within the development of the economy, Georgia established a robust business environment based on strong innovation and technology ecosystem fostering growth of startups throughout the country and the region. Integration of AI into Georgia’s economy and its application across multiple sectors becomes one of the main priorities for effective and efficient development.

Recent global pandemic challenge has accelerated the digitalization process and increased the role of emerging and smaller markets. In this process Georgia is taking the advantage and makes rapid adjustments and reforms in order to boost the FDI through the simplified business procedures, decreased bureaucracy, and increased intellectual and relatively cheaper human capital.

Today’s discussion will focus on the developing trends of global digitalization and its effects on rapidly developing world, as well as explore the urgency in adapting to the age of technology and information. Further strengthening of U.S.-Georgia bilateral relations will rely on the necessity of close ties between the tech sectors of the countries driving innovation and productivity.


10:00 – 10:05   Mr. Levan Beridze – Welcoming remarks and brief introduction of the speakers by the Consul General of Georgia in San Francisco

10:05 – 10:10  H.E. Kelly Degnan – Opening Remarks – Ambassador of the United States to Georgia

10:10 – 10:15 H.E David Bakradze – Opening Remarks – Ambassador of Georgia to the United States

10:15 – 10:25 Mr. Mamuka Tsereteli – President of the America-Georgia Business Council

10:25 – 10:30 Introduction of the panel discussion theme and the panelists:

10:30 – 11:30 Digitalizing Georgia: AI in the emerging economies
Moderated by: Levan Beridze – Consul General of Georgia in San Francisco

  • Mr. Irakli Nadareishvili – Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia
  • Mr. Mark Caine Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Lead, World Economic Forum
  • Ms. Mariam Lashkhi – MP, Deputy Chair, External Relations Committee, Member of the Education Committee. Associate Professor, Business and Technology University
  • Mr. Zaza Pachulia – Businessman and Investor





Getting Back on Track: Help is Here – Educational Webinar Series
Jun 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Small Business Administration (SBA) & Public Private Strategies Institute (PPSI) are providing several educational opportunities for you to:

* Hear about what steps you can take now to learn and take advantage of new and existing programs that are available at the SBA
* Get an update regarding programs and recent policy announcements made by the Biden-Harris Administration
* Have your questions answered by SBA Leadership & small business experts
* Learn how you can become a vaccine leader in your community
* Discover tools and resources you can use to take your business digital

This week we are focusing on SBA Region 6 Serving – AK, LA, NM, OK, TX

Cosponsorship Authorization # 21-0501-14: The SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products, or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

Reasonable Accommodation:

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities (such as providing an ASL interpreter) will be made if requested at least 24 hours in advance of this event; please send an email with the subject header ACCOMMODATION REQUEST to An ASL Interpreter will be available live for the May 20th and June 3rd webinars. All the webinars will be recorded and will be available on with subtitles within a few days after the event.

If you need live language interpreters for a webinar, please contact Stephan Jordan via AT LEAST 72 HOURS prior to the webinar you wish to attend. Please use the date of the webinar you wish to attend as the subject header with INTERPRETER REQUEST and in the email please indicate the language you would like interpreted. If you need assistance with registration or other technical difficulties, please contact Stephan Jordan at

International Trade Update and Business Opportunities for U.S. with Europe, Africa, & Latin America
Jun 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Join us for this timely webinar in this 2 part series where trade representatives from Consulates General in Los Angeles will join us from Europe, Africa and Latin America to provide a summary update on international trade relations with the U.S. and present their perspectives for opportunities for U.S. businesses in a panel discussion followed by Q&A. 


Build Back Better Together: Canada-United States
Jun 29 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

The Institute of the Americas’ virtual forum entitled “Build Back Better Together: Canada-United States” will be presented on June 29, 2021. The forum is being organized in cooperation with the Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles and the Consulate of Canada in San Diego in honor of Canada Day. The forum will be filmed and rebroadcast by the University of California-Television (UC-TV) which reaches more than 3 million households throughout the state.

The host, the Institute of the Americas, is an independent, inter-American institution located on the University of California San Diego campus devoted to encouraging economic and social reform in the Americas, enhancing private sector collaboration and communication, and strengthening political and economic relations among the nations of Latin America, the Caribbean, the United States and Canada.

For the “Build Back Better Together” forum, we have Katherine Baird, Deputy Head of Mission for the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C. delivering the opening keynote address. Ms. Baird’s address will be followed by a panel focused on US-Canada trade and investment that includes the participation of Ian Saunders, Deputy Assistant Secretary, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, as well as Eric Miller, Colin Robertson and Kirstine Stewart, (bios attached) moderated by David Weaver, Chairman and CEO, Intercap Energy Systems  (agenda attached).  The forum will close with remarks by United States Congressman Brian Higgins, Chairman of the Northern Border Caucus.  We expect 300-500 business leaders to attend the virtual forum.

Uniting US and UK LGBTQ+ Communities: Making Pride Inclusive
Jun 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
2021 Taiwan Trade Shows
Jul 1 – Nov 5 all-day

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizers of FOOD TAIPEI MEGA SHOWS 2021, TAITRA, TFPMA, TPA and Chan Chao International, announce that the trade shows rescheduled to October 6-9, 2021 at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 1 & Hall 2 (TaiNEX1&2). This decision was made in consideration of the health and safety of exhibitors and visitors.

FOOD TAIPEI MEGA SHOWS comprise five concurrently-held trade shows, including FOOD TAIPEI, FOODTECH TAIPEI, BIO/ PHARMATECH TAIWAN, TAIPEI PACK, and TAIWAN HORECA. In addition to the physical shows, FOOD TAIPEI MEGA SHOWS ONLINE will be launched for a month from October 6th to November 5th with the online services including virtual booths display, meeting scheduling and message leaving. FOOD TAIPEI MEGA SHOWS present the complete supply chain of Taiwan’s food industry and products of exhibitors from other countries, which provide global buyers a one-stop procurement platform with high quality, reliability, and innovation.

Medical Taiwan 2021 regret to announce that the physical show has been postponed to October 14th -16th due to concerns about spreading COVID-19 infections.

Following on from the latest developments in the spread of COVID-19, the Taiwan Center for Disease Control currently recommends suspending or postponing large-scale public gatherings. TAITRA, the organizer of Medical Taiwan 2021, has taken this recommendation into consideration and made the decision to prioritize public health and welfare at this time.

Medical Taiwan 2021 have been made possible by a digital transformation of the show by building up online services and strategies to promote business between exhibitors and buyers. It will feature virtual booths, online meetings, and video conferencing. The virtual show will be scheduled to October 7th – 21st.

For updated info, please refer to the following websites:








Sourcing Taiwan Online-Smart Vehicle Supply Chain
Jul 8 all-day

Sourcing Taiwan Online-Smart Vehicle Supply Chain is organized by the Bureau of Foreign Trade and the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) to serve as a trade link between global buyers and top-rated Taiwanese suppliers.

This event, focusing on the electrification of mobility, will be held on Thursday, July 8th, 2021 and invite over 100 international buyers from the following prosperous sectors:

  1. Electric Vehicle Solution and components: electric control, motor, battery, charging equipment and body parts.
  2. V2X & Autonomous driving: automotive chip, LCD & LED, memory module, automotive PCB, power component, passive components & antenna, optical components, ADAS, infotainment.
  3. Smart Transportation Service Models: MaaS, SaaS, PaaS and IaaS.

This event will bring more business opportunities for buyers worldwide to source, purchase from and do business with Taiwan.

Smart_Vehicle_Supply_Chain_Tentative Agenda
Defense Exhibition Athens 2021: USA Pavilion
Jul 13 – Jul 15 all-day

Rank with the Best
Leading American defense companies will have the opportunity to join the USA Pavilion at DEFEA, a high-profile international defense and security exhibition ensuring exhibitors’ maximum exposure, highest visibility and unparalleled access to partners and customers. The USA Pavilion will be the meeting point for defense & security industry professionals, providing a platform for networking and exchanging ideas on joint ventures and partnerships formation, as well as to outreach with key decision makers of the defense and security markets internationally. Designed to provide upgraded means of communication between exhibitors and official visitors for productive contacts, the USA Pavilion will ensure the most efficient and effective use of exhibitors time and promotional budget. The latest in American technology, incorporated in state-of-the-art equipment and services for the defense and security industries will be displayed.

DEFEA (Defense Exhibition Athens – 2021, is a high-profile international defense exhibition for land, naval, aerospace, homeland and cyber security defense systems, and is organized under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Defense,

the General Directorate for Defense Investments and Armaments and the Greek Ministry of Shipping, with the support of the Hellenic Manufacturers Association of Defense Material, the Hellenic Aerospace Security and Defense Industries Group and the Hellenic Association of Space Industry.  

It provides a unique opportunity for international companies to showcase their latest defense technology, equipment and systems across land, sea and air. Greece, with its geostrategic position as a gateway to Asia, Africa and the Middle East, maintains excellent relations and military cooperation

with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern countries, and also shows a rising investment in defense and security.

USA Pavilion Brochure

Sponsorship Opportunities

The American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, AmCham ( is organizing the USA pavilion at DEFEA 2021, therefore any companies based in California wishing to exhibit at DEFEA may contact AmCham directly (detailed information and relevant contact details are available here:

Exporting – What’s in It for You?
Jul 13 @ 10:00 am – Jul 15 @ 12:00 pm
Virtual LIVE Zoom Training

This 2-day training, Tuesday, July 13 and Thursday, July 15, from 10:00 am to Noon (PT) provides the foundations of exporting to include: key export concepts, an understanding of export restrictions and regulations, export documentation, modes of transport, and methods of payment.

Training Descriptions:
This two-day training will explore the basics of exporting to include: key export concepts, an understanding of export restrictions and regulations, export documentation, modes of transport, and methods of payment.


What is exporting all about?

  • definitions, myths, affordability, competition, prerequisites, benefits, risk, and export readiness.

Steps to successful exporting

  • research, have a plan, pricing, regulations, funding opportunities, getting paid, and logistics.

Key concepts you must know before you export

  • product classification, AES, transportation modes, INCOTERMS®, and methods of payment.

Export documentation process

  • Initial inquiry, export quotation, proforma invoice, customer purchase order, commercial invoice, packing list, certificate of origin, bills of lading, and recordkeeping.

Recommended For:
Companies that are looking for a strategic growth opportunity for their business and want to find new markets for their products. Ideal for all businesses interested in learning the fundamentals of exporting.

EXIM’s 2021 Virtual Annual Conference
Sep 21 – Sep 23 all-day

Registration is now open for EXIM’s 2021 Virtual Annual Conference, September 21st – 23rd. Companies with 500 or fewer employees qualify for the Small Business Rate of $150 for the three-day event.

This year’s theme, “Building Back Together,” will emphasize how collaboration between industry and government can fuel economic recovery for U.S.-based companies. A small business track is being developed that will focus on practical strategies and tactics for implementing a successful exporting strategy. “Hear from your Peers” will feature business owners who embraced exporting and the impact it has had on their companies’ operations and the bottom line.

Topics under development for breakout sessions include:

  • Small Business – a Big Deal for EXIM! An interactive discussion with established small business customers on how they achieved success in exporting with the support of EXIM.
  • Buyer financing for capital equipment sales – a forum to explore how EXIM’s medium-term loan guarantees assist U.S. exporters in securing financing for foreign buyers of U.S. made products.

EXIM 101 – an overview of EXIM trade finance solutions for businesses and projects of all sizes.

Expo Dubai 2021
Oct 1 2021 – Mar 31 2022 all-day

2021 USDA Presentation – Expo Dubai 

A Global Stage for Business

Discover a unique global platform to win investment, forge agreements and promote international cooperation.

For more information or to register, please click here.

Build Expo Greece 2021
Oct 15 – Oct 17 all-day

Detailed information available at: 

The leading trade fair of the construction sector in Southeast Europe, Build Expo Greece, will be held in Athens, Greece, on October 15-17, 2021. 

Architects, Interior Designers, Building Consultants and other professionals of the construction sector looking to source quality building materials for their projects

will have the opportunity to meet with the a large number of companies exhibiting a wide range of products at the trade show.

An attractive hosted buyers program is offered to eligible international buyers. For more information please visit:

2021 Select LA Investment Summit
Oct 20 @ 8:00 am – Oct 21 @ 5:00 pm

Los Angeles is home to United States’ largest county economy, with an annual GDP of over $707 billion. With 88 fantastic cities and over 100 unincorporated areas within Los Angeles County, investment opportunities here are unrivaled throughout the nation. In fact, FDI Cities Magazine ranked Los Angeles 5th in the world for return on foreign investment. More than 18 million consumers live in the five counties that make up the Greater Los Angeles Region, establishing the area as one of the United States’ largest and most attractive marketplaces for every business type. Over 10,300 foreign- owned enterprises have already selected Southern California as their U.S. landing pad, with more selecting Los Angeles each week.

As international companies enter a new market, they often struggle to find the right local partners to integrate into this complex region. The needs of international companies are unique, and a holistic strategy must be carefully developed to navigate business channels and discover the right opportunity in Los Angeles. This is the essence of the Select LA Investment Summit. Select LA provides international and local companies with a comprehensive understanding of the region’s investment ecosystem with actionable insights that can guide key business decisions.

Through matchmaking technology and over four hours of networking, Select LA offers the perfect environment to create and foster new relationships with individuals who are responsible for turning a conversation into an investment opportunity. Just as important as a connection is understanding the local processes and protocol to ensure successful transactions, which is why we gather state and local government officials in addition to private businesses.

The World Trade Center Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation are delighted to jointly host the summit, presenting an array of opportunities to match international investors with local partners, such as table exhibits, one-on-one interactions, plenary panels and breakout sessions led by local and international executives.

12th World Chambers Congress: Dubai 2021
Nov 23 – Nov 25 all-day


The International Chamber of Commerce World Chambers Federation (ICC WCF) and Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) are forging ahead with preparations for the 12th edition of the World Chambers Congress, which will take place in one year in Dubai, from 23-25 November 2021.

Preparations for the 12th World Chambers Congress are moving forward at a determined pace. With only one year remaining until the event, ICC and DCCI are working together to identify session speakers, finalise the agenda, and coordinate logistics to ensure a productive experience for all participants.

Under the theme “Generation Next: Chambers 4.0”, the Congress will address how technology is reshaping the future of global trade. Representatives from business, government, civil society and chambers of commerce will unite in Dubai to learn how chambers can navigate the ever-evolving conditions of global trade and remain relevant to their local communities. The event will provide chamber leaders with an opportunity to share best-practices, participate in cross-industry dialogues and discuss solutions that will address existing challenges.

Athens International Tourism & Culture Expo 2021
Nov 25 – Nov 27 all-day

Detailed information available at: 

An important international tourism fair, the Athens International Tourism & Culture Expo, is going to take place in Athens, Greece, on November 25-27.

Visiting the trade show presents the opportunity to professionals of the international tourism industry to meet with representatives of hotels, travel agencies,

conventions & conferences venues, business travel services, alternative tourism agencies, archaeology & religious tour operators etc. of the Greek tourism sector. 

 An attractive hosted buyers program is offered to eligible international tour operators and travel agents. For more information please visit: