Access Africa; Trade Promotion Seminar In Celebration of Black History Month

    February 17, 2023 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Rod Hirsch

    Access Africa; Trade Promotion Seminar

    In Celebration of Black History Month

    Date:  Friday, February 17, 2023

    Time:  2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Venue:  Karibu Wine Lounge

    1419 Park Street, Alameda CA 94501

    *Invitation Only Event, Please RSVP to


    1:45 pm         Check-in

    2:00 pm         Introduction of Congresswoman Barbara Lee, CA-12 (Invited) by Chadwick Spell, Board Chair, Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce

    2:10 pm         Welcome Remarks by Congresswoman Barbara Lee, CA-12 (invited)

    2:15 am         Introduction of Federal and State of California (Go-Biz) Guest Speaker(s) by David Socher, Chair Northern California District Export Council (NorCal DEC)

    Recognize fellow NorCal DEC Executive Committee members Sung Wook Lee, Vice Chair, Tom Neff, Treasurer & Rod Hirsch, Executive Secretary

    2:30 pm         Introduction of Special Guest Speaker The Honorable Deputy Consul General with the Consulate General of the Republic of Kenya, James Omosa Rwoti (invited) by Dr. Christine Wachira, The Wachira Group

    2:45 pm         Presentation on U.S. Commercial Service Export Promotion Services & Missions by Rod Hirsch, Director of the Oakland Export Assistance Center

    3:00 pm         Presentation on Small Business Administration (SBA) Working Capital Loan Program by Michael Fazio

    3:15 pm         Presentation on the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) by Mariana Guevara

    3:30 pm         Presentation on ExIm Bank Export Credit Insurance by John Keevan Lynch

    3:45 pm         Q&A