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14th Annual International Networking and Business Forum.

13th Annual International Networking and Business Forum.

11th Annual International Networking and Business Forum.

10th Annual International Networking and Business Forum.

 

 

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15th Annual International Networking Evening & Business Forum

The 15th Annual International Networking Evening and Business Forum took place on February 11, 2009. This event regularly attracts hundreds of companies involved in international business. The evening will feature a global trade & economic outlook and an international resource center with more than 20 international trade associations and organizations representing over 3,000 New England companies. Come meet people and businesses interested in world trade while learning about the resources available to help your company’s international business!

The Global Trade & Economic Outlook:
Implications for International Business in the Year Ahead

In the current economic crisis, businesses are concerned more than ever about the outlook for the economy, both at home and abroad. What are global economic indicators predicting? Which markets have been hit by recession and which offer a bright spot on the horizon? Where should businesses retreat and where should they explore opportunity? Get answers to these questions and more from Christopher Probyn, one of the area’s leading economists.

Despite the country’s economic woes, now is an unprecedented time for the opening of free trade for U.S. firms. These free trade expansion trends, combined with a new presidential administration, could translate into opportunity for U.S. firms seeking access to overseas markets. Which markets are opening for U.S. firms and what is the outlook for global trade policy under an Obama Administration? Get answers to these questions and more from Leslie Schweitzer, one of the country’s leading authorities on global trade policy.

Christopher Probyn, Chief International Economist – State Street Corporation
With Special Guest: Leslie Schweitzer, Senior Trade Advisor – U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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14th Annual International Business Forum & Networking Evening


The 14th Annual International Networking Evening and Business Forum was held on February 12, 2008. This event regularly attracts companies involved in international business. The evening will feature a global economic outlook and an international resource center with more than 20 international trade associations and organizations representing over 3,000 New England companies. Come meet people and businesses interested in world trade while learning about the resources available to help your company’s international business!

The Global Economic Outlook: Implications for International Business in the Year Ahead

The global economy hangs in a delicate balance. As we face a possible recession, businesses are concerned more than ever about the economy. What are global economic indicators predicting? Which markets offer stability? Which markets offer growth and opportunity? Which markets are not worth the risk? What is the impact of the weakened dollar on international trade and investment? Get answers to these questions and many more from one of the area’s leading economists and global law firms.

Now is the optimal time for your business to be thinking about expanding global markets! This event will identify the critical success factors necessary for your company to succeed in the global marketplace. Speakers include:

  • Harry Grill, Partner – K&L Gates
  • Christopher Probyn, Chief International Economist – State Street Corporation

Networking Reception with Sponsor, Association & Government Exhibits
K&L Gates comprises over 1,500 lawyers who practice in offices located in 24 cities on 3 continents. We represent capital markets participants and leading global corporations, growth and middle-market companies, and entrepreneurs in every major industry group as well as public sector entities, educational institutions and philanthropic organizations.


13th Annual International Business Forum and Networking Evening


“Global Economic Challenges:

Preparing your business for opportunity in a changing world environment”

Overall sponsor: Holland & Knight PLC      www. hklaw.com

The event was held in the offices of Holland & Knight, with support from the Mass Export Center, Consulate General of the Czech Republic, Northeast Export Magazine, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Savitz Law Offices and Vacovec, Mayotte & Singer.

The business forum started with a Global Economic Outlook forum, with indicators for the business year ahead. This was followed by an in-depth forum examining the various aspects of doing business in the Changing World Marketplace.

“The Global Economic Outlook:  Implications for International Business in the Year Ahead”
2:30-3:30p.m.

Despite signs of an economic recovery, many companies are still uncertain about the future of overseas markets.  The presentation examined the following: Which markets offer stability?  Which markets offer growth and opportunity?  Which markets aren’t worth the risk?  What is the impact of the weakened dollar on trade and the dollar’s forecast for the future? 

Bill Witherell, Vice President & Chief Global Economist, Cumberland Advisors
& Senior Advisor for Finance & Corporate Governance – OECD

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Global Economic Challenges:  Preparing Your Business for Opportunity in a Changing World Environment
4:00 p.m – 6:00 p.m.

The global economy hangs in a delicate balance.  Every day, events such as war, political turmoil, terrorism, military operations and other factors threaten to disrupt that balance.  This session explored how firms operating in a volatile global environment, can prepare themselves for risk and opportunity.

The forum featured a keynote address on “Top Risks to the Global Economy” and included panelists discussing legal, financial and security issues that companies must effectively manage to succeed in today’s dynamic global marketplace.          

Keynote Address “Top risks to the global economy”
Dr. David Young, Managing Director & Founder – Oxford Analytica

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“Legal considerations when doing business in dynamic international markets”
Jonathan Epstein, Partner – Holland & Knight LLP 

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“Assessing and mitigating financial risks in global business”
Jonathan Marcus, VP & Director of International Banking – Eastern Bank

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“Doing business in emerging international markets”
Sean Molloy, Regional Director, Asia Pacific – LoJack Corporation

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“The impact of the current global environment on security and enforcement in global trade”
John McKenna, Special Agent, US Dept of Commerce, Bureau of Industry & Security, Office of Export Enforcement

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  11th Annual International Business Forum and Networking Evening


"New Global Frontiers:
The Emerging Markets of Asia, the Expanded EU and Beyond"

The Global Economic Outlook:
Implications for International Business in the Year Ahead

Despite signs of an economic recovery, many companies are still uncertain about the future of overseas markets. Which markets offer stability? Which markets offer growth and opportunity? Which markets aren't worth the risk? What is the impact of the weakened dollar on trade and the dollar's forecast for the future? Get answers to these questions and many more from one of the area's leading economists.

Christopher Probyn, Chief International Economist, State Street Corporation
Presentation: The Global Economic Outlook

Business Opportunities in Emerging Markets of the World

Many U.S. businesses have enjoyed success in major overseas markets. Today, several of these companies are now looking to emerging markets as a way to build upon this success and ensure long-term growth. Many of the world's emerging markets also represent the fastest-growing export markets for U.S. firms. For example, 2004 growth in U.S. exports to China, Brazil and India was more than double the nation's export growth overall.

Even so-called "traditional" export markets are evolving. For example, the European Union expanded last year to include ten additional member states with future plans for four more. U.S. companies that don't pursue these emerging markets now may find themselves left behind in the future. This seminar will feature expert panelists and companies sharing their stories on the challenges and opportunities in emerging markets throughout the world.

Speakers included:

Oscar Escartin, Senior Partner - C.O.P.E. International (Latin America)
Presentation: Doing Business in Latin America

Levan Mahony, Esq. Partner - Holland and Knight (Intellectual Property)
Presentation: For details please contact Holland & Knight LLC

Joseph Preston, Vice President International - New Balance Athletic Shoe (Asia)
Presentation: Emerging Markets in Asia

John Rankin, HM Consul General - British Consulate General (EU Expansion)
Presentation: Business Opportunities in the Expanded EU

Tomye Tierney, Vice President & General Manager, Emerging Markets - Genzyme Corporation (Pioneering Emerging Markets)
Presentation: Pioneering Emerging Markets


   10th Annual International Business Forum and Networking Evening


Emerging Global Marketplace

"Marketing your product or service - are you getting your message across?"

Panel discssion was introduced by John Rankin, HM Consul-General of the British Consulate-General and moderated by Joe Nahil of Nahil Communications Group. This seminar provided not only broad international overviews, but specific practical advice and counsel from respected professionals in the fields of public relations, marketing, communications, exhibits and special events, high technology consulting, cultural trade issues, and web site development.

Speakers included:

John Rankin, HM Consul-General, The British Consulate-General

Robert Dubinsky, Corporate Communications, Inc.
Presentation: Events Strategy and Management

Christopher Nahil, Nahil Communications Group
Presentation: Marketing Integration: Getting Your Message Across

Kari Heistad, Culture Coach
Presentation: Seven Cross Cultural Marketing Tips

Bert Jackson, MMI USA, Inc
Presentation: Effective Web Marketing

Roger Berry, Liberty Global LLC
Presentation: Strategies for Business Development in Emerging Markets

Jeffrey Cote, System Integration Services, Inc.
Presentation: Concept to Completion: Key Intergration Strategies

 The Global Economic Outlook & Free Trade Expansion

Despite signs of economic recovery, many companies are still uncertain about the future and stability of overseas markets. Speakers provided an outlook for the global economy, and its impact on doing business internationally. Other points covered included: the recent surge in free trade agreements, free trade expansion trends, and opportunities and pitfalls for doing business internationally.

Speakers included:

Christopher Probyn, Chief International Economist, State Street Corporation
Presentation: Is the Real Global Recovery Finally Underway

Christopher Padilla, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative, Office of the United States Trade Representative, Washington, D.C. - View Mr. Padilla's remarks. 

 

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