Southern California March Monthly Newsletter


 City National Bank serves successful companies that are global or ready to go global. Established in 1954, City National Bank is a Moody’s AA-rated financial institution, placing it in the top 1 percent of all US banks. City National provides working capital loans for export finance, international banking, letters of credit services, and foreign exchange. Its powerful team of experts and its relationships with the Ex-Im Bank, the U.S. Commercial Service, and the Bank of East Asia as well as other foreign banks uniquely qualify City National Bank to help its clients export their products to the world. City National Bank member FDIC.

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Asia Pacific Business Outlook 2013, Access 18 Asia Pacific Markets Including Brazil, Russia, and India in 2 days! New in 2013 - Myanmar!


Date/Time: APRIL 8-9, 2013

Cost: $699 - $849

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The Asia / Pacific Business Outlook, hosted by the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, with the full support of the U.S. Commercial Service, is the longest running, most successful regional conference of its kind focusing specifically on Asian markets. This conference has made a difference for U.S. exporters, and has become the premier U.S. commercial trade event focusing on the Asia / Pacific region. APBO 2013 brings the experts closer to you. It is a very rare opportunity for U.S. exporters to meet with Senior Commercial Officers (SCOs) from throughout the East Asia Pacific region and India, as well as Burma, Russia, Brazil, and Mexico at one venue. The SCOs from American embassies, consulates and institutes in Australia, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam will speak in small-group workshops.

Access the Western Hemisphere

Location: Minneapolis, MN Radisson Plaza Hotel

Date/Time: APRIL 23-24, 2013

Cost: $299

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This annual conference will bring 10 Senior Commercial Diplomats covering over 15 markets across the Western Hemisphere. Participants will discover how to identify new export opportunities, increase market share and competitive edge, and develop strategic relationships with those that are on the forefront of business and exporting in these key markets.

ACCESS 2013 International Trade Forum – Africa, Middle East, South Asia

Venue: San Diego Marriott La Jolla - San Diego, CA

Date: May 1-2, 2013

Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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Cost: $495 prior to March 31 ($595 after March 31)

Discover export opportunities and expand your company’s global reach at the ACCESS 2013 International Trade Forum. U.S. Department of Commerce Senior Commercial Officers and Commercial Specialists from Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia regions including Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, India, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates will provide information, help you identify new export markets, and develop market entry strategies. To learn more about the ACCESS 2013 forum and the one-on-one meetings with the Commercial Service Officers and Commercial Specialists, contact Julia Rauner by phone 858-467-7038 or email or Larry Tabash by phone 512-936-0039 or email

Gateway to Europe Conference

Venue: Minneapolis, MN Radisson Plaza Hotel

Date: June 4-5, 2013

Cost: $299 Early bird rate, $349 regular rate

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The MN District Export Council, in cooperation with the U.S. Commercial Service, is pleased to present the Gateway to Europe conference, the second of two regional International Trade Administration conferences to be held in Minneapolis in 2013!

This annual conference will bring more than 25 Senior Commercial Diplomats and U.S. international trade officials covering the European, Russian and Turkish markets. Participants will discover how to identify new export opportunities, increase market share and competitive edge, and develop strategic relationships with those that are on the forefront of business and exporting in these key markets.


City National Insight One20

Location: Los Angeles Convention Center

Date/Time: March 16, 2013, 7:30am-6:00pm

Cost: $299

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Exclusive Access to Game-Changing Expertise for Leaders of $1MM to $20MM Businesses

Join a community of peers for the definitive small business conference in the number one small business-driven economy in our nation-Southern California. Find the solutions you need to navigate difficult business conditions. And experience a dose of optimism born from the power of experience and a community of peers.

LA/Orange County World Class Shipping Facilities Webinar

Location: Online Webinar

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 20, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Cost: Free

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Jim MacLellan, Director of Development – Port of Los Angeles, and Joyce Sloss, Business and Job Resources Manager – Los Angeles World Airports, will present overviews of key LA regional shipping infrastructure and services that support international trade. This webinar is hosted by the Irvine Chamber of Commerce through their monthly Global Market Intelligence series as is free for US-based companies.

U.S. – Korea Free Trade Agreement Workshop and Seminar

What Exporters, Importers, Manufacturers, and Freight Forwarders need to Know!

Location: Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

Date/Time: April 10, 2013

Cost: $65

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The U.S. – Korea Free Trade Agreement is now in force and it's time to learn how your company can benefit! The District Export Council of Southern California, U.S. Commercial Service, KOTRA and the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea will present a half-day seminar on how companies can best leverage the agreement to their companies' advantage. Learn from U.S. Customs and Korea Customs officials as well as a private company already benefiting from the U.S. - Korea Free Trade Agreement.

ExporTech Corporate Management Program

Location: Norwalk, CA

Date/Time: April 24, May 22, and June 19, 2013

Cost: Early Bird Registration $3,500 per company for 2 executives

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Learn how to improve your export initiatives or get started on the exporting path! CMTC, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), and U.S. Commercial Service in collaboration with regional partners are presenting an in-depth and accelerated approach to help manufacturers with their export initiatives. ExporTech will connect you with the best international business experts in the region, assist you in developing an export growth plan, generate measureable results, and more. The program is designed for senior level management and requires a commitment to attend all three sessions. For more information contact: Elizabeth Glynn at (310) 984-0728 or email:

Innovation Economy Expo and 19th Annual CIEDEC World Trade Conference

Location: Ontario California Convention Center

Date/Time: May 9, 2013

Cost: $399

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The 19th annual California Inland Empire District Export Council (CIEDEC) World Trade Conference will be held jointly with Innovation Economy Expo on May 9 in Ontario, CA. The California Inland Empire District Export Council will host foreign consulate generals, one-on-one meetings and presentations that spotlight opportunities and explain the ins and outs of doing business overseas. The Innovation Economy Expo is a global community of business stakeholders coming together to create high-growth business opportunities by exchanging knowledge and ideas, creating projects, building teams and sharing international commercialization resources.

SAVE THE DATE! Think Asia, Think Hong Kong

Date: June 14, 2013

Location: Los Angeles JW Marriott – LA Live

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Produced by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, "Think Asia, Think Hong Kong", USA brings together top companies, business leaders and experts for two days of high-level discussions, business matching and networking. Hong Kong’s special relationship with both mainland China and the US, as well as its status as Asia’s international trade and financial center, make it the gateway for US companies seeking new markets and business opportunities in Asia and China. Building on successful "Think Asia, Think Hong Kong" events in the UK and Japan, "Think Asia, Think Hong Kong", USA creates this opportunity for the first time for the US market.

Participation is free of charge. Registration is required and will be launched online in due course.

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