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  • 27 Jun 2017 by JP Martin

    Members of Global Chamber® are amazing AND extraordinary.

    To the left is last night's "League of Extraordinaries" event including members from Tucson and Phoenix... sharing, collaborating, and working together on new opportunities.

    Thank you members for coming together... including Mike Langley of University of Arizona.

    We're all busy working on our own things, but it turns out that the overlaps that we don't necessarily know about open up new doors if we can uncover them. And so last night was EXACTLY how it should work... opportunities abound from sharing and working together. Magical... thank you all!!!

    Not yet a member? Welcome!

    Business value is accelerating for members of Global Chamber®, including 20 multi-metro events that members can attend for FREE. And events like the League of Extraordinaries... for members only. In addition the new advisory board of Global Chamber Tucson has committees on exporting, importing, attraction, education, trade policy and more.

    We're also hosting the 55th President of Mexico on trade & investment at Global Chamber Denver in August.

    Read more about President Fox 8/29-31

    The summer is HOT with new business opportunities from Global Chamber®! Here are some highlights... read below. Join us this summer!

    • June 27: GC Multi-metro Healthcare in Asia
    • July 5: GC Mentor on the Road: Start-up Opportunities Including Funding
    • July 5: GC Mentor on the Road: Women Empowerment USA-India
    • July 18 - GC Global Growth Tips from the C-Suite
    • July 25 - GC Multi-Metro Women in Global Leadership
    • August 15 - GC Multi-Metro Agribusiness Opportunities
    • August 24 - GC Arizona Town Hall Education Input from the Global Tribe
    • August 28 - GC New Opportunities in Africa
    • August 29-31 - GC Global Trade & Investment with President Vicente Fox

     

    Let's get this growth thing DONE, together.

     

  • 14 Jun 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    Thank you to the Mexican Consulate of Tucson for hosting our global multi-metro event last Thursday!

    It was the BIGGEST multi-metro event EVER, and we pulled it off! And we had a wonderful audience in Tucson as well.. Read more about each session at the links below, and watch portions of the event, too.

    Special thanks to all the speakers and collaborators!

    Market Entry/Growth Panel Discussion, Part 1

    Read more and watch the video for part 1 HERE

    • Jan Knight, Principal at Bancroft Information Services (Tucson) - "Cross Border Market Research"
    • Hiroshi Konno, President/CEO at Konno Corporation (Tokyo)  - "IoT Trends and Opportunities"
    • Eric Miller, Co-Owner and Principal, PADT (Phoenix) - "Product Development in a Global World"
    • Vinayak Gupta, EVP Operations at Zero Mass Water (Phoenix) - "Growing & Operating Cross Border, Marketing Side"
    • Eduardo Gonzalez, Dep. Trade & Investment Commissioner, Promexico (Phoenix) - "Growing & Manufacturing, US vs Mexico"
    • Gus Scannapieco, CEO, Global Business Ventures (Nashville) - "Next on NAFTA"

     

    Global Manufacturing Panel Discussion, Part 2

    Read more and watch the video for part 2 HERE

    • Kazuaki Ohishi, Sr. Economist at Institute for Int'l Economic Studies of Toyota (Tokyo) - "Japan-Mexico Business Trends in Automotive"
    • Sumio Otsuji, Toyota Motor Corp. & Institute for Int'l Econ. Studies Tokyo - "Japan-Mexico Business Trends in Automotive"
    • Kirk Gerber, VP Manufacturing at Zero Mass Water (Phoenix) - "Growing & Operating Cross Border, Manufacturing"
    • Eduardo Saavedra, EVP of Business Development at Offshore Group (Tucson) - "Manufacturing in Mexico"
    • Arturo Freydig, CEO of ECN (Hermosillo) - "Automation to Become More Competitive"
    • Luis Ramirez, Principal at Ramirez Advisors Inter-National (Phoenix) - "Cross Border Issues"
    • Arnulfo Martinez, Executive Director at Industrial Development Commission of Mexicali (Phoenix) - "Setting Up Operations"

     

    Collaborator

    The mission of Promexico is to promote the attraction of direct foreign investment and the export of goods and services, as well as the internationalization of Mexican companies in order to contribute to Mexico's economic and social development and strengthen the country's image as a strategic business partner.

     

     

     

  • 23 May 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    "League of Extraordinaries' gathers Global Chamber® members together - a strong reflection of the talented global tribe of business leaders we have in Tucson. This week 15 top service providers in the region from  a variety of professions... legal, commercial real estate, collections, consulting, marketing, insurance, financial services, logistics, ... met at the Mexican Consulate in Tucson to discuss how we can help each other grow.

    In the photo on the left is Mina Goldberg (SALEO), Sonia Vohnout (OppsSpot) and Shelly Glandon (Blue Canoe Marketing) who participated in League of Extraordinaries in Metro Tucson yesterday. All have clients with sophisticated challenges including cross border opportunities.

    It takes a village, and we are the global tribe. Be global and UNSTOPPABLE!

    Check out more photos HERE and overall at our Global Chamber® Tucson facebook page.

    In Metro Tucson we meet as part of the League of Extraordinaries periodically. Watch the calendar, and if you're a member... jump in! Contact us for more information and watch the calendar for the next League of Extraordinaries and more opportunities to grow your business.

     

  • 30 Apr 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    The 2nd Annual Global Chamber® Tucson Grow Globally Fair is complete. Wow! Thank you to all the attendees!

    Thank you to our wonderful hosts National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade. For a 2nd year in a row... a home run! Watch for the 3rd Annual Fair in April 2018!

    Thank you to Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild for attending, participating and speaking on the global business progress for Tucson and Southern Arizona. Watch for more from the Mayor throughout the year and then at the Mayor's Borderlands Conference October 17th.

    Special thanks to all our members who attended including Jan Knight and Bancroft Information Services, Ryan Flannagan and Nuanced Media, Creditsafe, Munger Chadwick, Wells Fargo Bank, Alliance Bank of Arizona, Thunderbird School of Global Management, University of Phoenix, G&A Advisors, Parra Law Offices, UPS, ProMexico, Consulate of Mexico in Tucson, SALEO and many more!

    And a shout-out to others who attended... some for the first time to a Global Chamber® event. Thank you! Let's talk soon about getting you involved!

    See some of the participants in the event listing HERE and check out pictures below. See even more pictures on the Global Chamber® Tucson Facebook page HERE.

    In addition to carefully tailored warm connections, Global Chamber® Tucson and our 525 locations around the world also deliver events to create further valuable connections.

    And so watch our calendar HERE for events designed for executives at companies in Southern Arizona.

    Thank you members in Southern Arizona - let's GROW!

    Not yet a member? A member looking for additional growth support? Contact me for more information HERE.

    Doug Bruhnke

    CEO/founder of Global Chamber®

    Executive Director of Global Chamber® Tucson

     

     

     

  • 29 Apr 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    We're dedicated to helping you connect from Southern Arizona to global opportunities in Mexico and well beyond.

    Tucson is naturally positioned for business with Sonora, Sinaloa, Chihuahua and Baja. There are other states in Mexico to consider and other countries in Latin America to grow.

    In Mexico our Global Chamber® chapters are in Hermosillo, Guadalajara, Juarez, Chihuahua City and Queretaro.... and growing.

    Global Chamber® also has an extensive presence in the Caribbean and a growing presence in Latin America including in Argentina and Peru. And we have team members across Asia, Africa and Europe as well.

    Pictured - the sign outside member law firm Squire Patton Boggs in Tokyo, nearby Global Chamber® Tokyo in the Hiroo-Ebisu area of metro Tokyo. There are opportunities in Japan for Southern Arizona companies, too!

    To help companies in Southern Arizona connect, and in addition to the warm connections that we create personally, Global Chamber® is also holding more events in Southern Arizona every month. AND we encourage those businesses who are open to attending events in Phoenix to keep an eye on the Tucson calendar for those, too - typically 3-5 per month more.

    We include events on our calendar for collaborating organizations that can help global companies grow.

    And so watch our calendar HERE for more.

    Thank you members in Southern Arizona - let's GROW!

    Contact me for more information HERE.

    Doug Bruhnke

    CEO/founder of Global Chamber®

    Executive Director of Global Chamber® Tucson

     

  • 14 Feb 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    Global Chamber® Tucson is pleased to participate in a new export promotion program that includes Southern Arizona.. Exporters are encouraged to participate by applying for the new Sun Corridor Export Recognition Program, opening on Valentine's Day! We love exporters in Tucson and across the region!

    The program seeks to raise awareness of how important exports are to the region’s economy and to connect businesses with resources that can help them increase and improve their bottom line through exporting.

    Any exporting business—whether emerging, proficient, or expert—can apply by visiting www.jpacaz.org. An evaluation team will assess each business in four categories, including Overall Export Achievement (one business recognized from each of the three counties). Additional categories exist for Veteran, minority, or woman owned businesses.

    All applicants will be introduced to programs in the community that can increase their exporting. The top scoring businesses from each of the three counties will be recognized at the Sun Corridor EDGE (Economic Development for the Global Economy) event on May 19, 2017. The public is invited to attend the event and hear from the top scoring businesses, speakers on international trade, and videos featuring the top scoring businesses.

    Program partners include Central Arizona Governments, Arizona District Export Council, East, Valley Partnership, Global Chamber Phoenix and Global Chamber Tucson, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Maricopa Association of Governments, Metro Phoenix Export Alliance, Partnership for Economic Innovation, Pima Association of Governments, Sun Corridor Metropolitan Planning Organization, Sun Corridor Inc., U.S. Commercial Service, Az Commerce Authority & Western Maricopa Coalition (WESTMARC).

    Applications are due by 3:00 p.m. on March 17, 2017. Registration for the EDGE event will be available soon at www.jpacaz.org. The event is hosted by the Joint Planning Advisory Council. The council comprises elected officials and business leaders with the purpose of strengthening the coordination and economies of the Sun Corridor.

    For more information, please contact the Maricopa Association of Governments at (602) 254-6300, or Doug Bruhnke of Global Chamber®.

    Key Dates:

    • Application by March 17, 2017
    • Recognition: May 19, 2017
  • 20 Jan 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    Eddie Geisel of Tucson-based Modular Mining Systems shared tips and techniques for exporters to grow from Southern Arizona. He knows... he's a Thunderbird graduate and has worked with multiple companies to help them grow globally. These days you'll find Eddie in countries worldwide if he's not in Tucson.

    Modular Mining Systems is the leading provider of information management solutions for open-pit and underground mining operations worldwide. Eddie discussed their success as they've grown... and a variety of tips and techniques that have worked for them and for Eddie over the years.

    Our next event is Grow Globally Fair Tucson 2017 - at National Law Center. Join us for this and other upcoming events.

    About Eddie Geisel

    Eddie is Head of Global Sales for Modular Mining Systems.

    He is a global business development and sales leader skilled at getting global results from start-ups to Fortune 500s.

    His expertise includes: Global Sales Strategy; Advanced Technology Sales, Leadership, C-suite Relationship Cultivation; International Contract Negotiation; Networking; Talent Development; Cultural & Emotional Intelligence.

    Eddie has a BS in Business Adminstration from University of Arizona and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) Global Business Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

  • 05 Jul 2016 by Doug Bruhnke

    Global Chamber was pleased to host a delegation from across Latin America last week.

    Business and government leaders discussed trade and finance included representatives from Cuba, Venezuela, Mexico, Bolivia, Panama, Costa Rica, Paraguay and Peru.

    Each country leader shared their perspectives on opportunities with their country. Our members were honored to make these special connections.

    Thank you to our partner Promexico for attending as well... and Eduardo Gonzalez.

    One of the great values of being part of the global tribe is that we do events like this, have contacts to millions of executives, professionals and leaders across the globe.... and we connect members to new business opportunities every day.

    Many thanks to the U.S. State Department and their International Visitors Leadership Program, adminstered by Global Ties US. We're honored to participate in opportunities like this over the years. Consequently Global Chamber members gain more access to leaders all over the world.

    Read more about the specific leaders HERE.

    Tucson is a bridge to Mexico AND Latin America.

  • 03 Jul 2016 by Doug Bruhnke

    We had a wonderful meeting last week with some key members of Global Chamber at the Lodge on the Desert.

    Thank you to all our members... and to the group that came out to discuss our next steps on expanding global business to and from Tucson.

    See more pictures here on Facebook: Global Chamber Tucson

    Thank you! Doug

  • 28 Jun 2016 by Cesar Trabanco

    While we were learning about the historic decision taken by the people of the United Kingdom on its exit from the European Union (“Brexit”) and the uncertain impact this will have on international trade, the state governments of Arizona (USA) and Sonora (Mexico) were announcing their new initiative: The Arizona-Sonora Megaregion.

    This project aims to provide a competitive platform to companies from around the world to invest in this area and benefit from the resources shared by these two inter-country states. The combination of advantages that this region offers is very attractive and seems to be already working. Among these advantages are:

    • Skilled workforce + Competitive costs
    • Modern infrastructure + excellent geographic position
    • Low tax +Support from the government

    The Arizona-Sonora Megaregion focuses on attracting companies from four already well developed industries: Aerospace, automotive, mining and tourism. This project was presented during a business forum organized by the Arizona-Mexico Commission (AMC) last Friday, the 24th of June, in Scottsdale, Arizona. The forum had the participation of the governors from both states, the Hon. Claudia Pavlovich (Sonora) and the Hon. Doug Ducey (Arizona). Global Chamber had the opportunity to attend and hear the comments from both governors, along with the participation of the Secretary of Agriculture (SAGARPA) of Mexico, Hon. José Eduardo Calzada. There was a general consensus that this is the best way to promote the region in international exhibitions in order to excel in this competitive world.

    This is a proposal that state governments are building together, taking advantage of the already free trade agreement between United States and Mexico. Arizona and Sonora are sending a powerful message to the world after what happened with Brexit. This type of proposal seems to display a more viable option to promote international trade, which is not dependent on the traditional bureaucracy presented by central governments and where entrepreneurs of the region have greater participation. This trade approach is meant to work for the good of the American and Mexican society while avoiding dealing with internal policies that could trigger social differences as is happening in Europe.

    “We are talking about opportunities while others are talking about problems” stated Hon. Calzada when referring to the negativity brought by the Brexit situation.

    You can learn more about the Arizona-Mexico Megaregion in this article by The Arizona Republic... Grow Trade with Mexico Now (or Regret It Later)

    In the article, Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Claudia Ruiz Massieu answers questions, June 24, 2016, in the Editorial Board room at The Arizona Republic.

    Also see and hear more about Sonora-Arizona Megaregion in this video, here.

    By: Cesar Trabanco, Global Chamber

  • 25 Jun 2016 by Doug Bruhnke

    Madame Secretary Claudia Massieu attended the Arizona Mexico Commission Summit this week and was looking to work with businesses to continue the rapid growth of trade between Mexico and the United States.

    A dozen regional leaders met with her for lunch on Friday thanks to the arrangement by Consul General Roberto Rodriguez. Attendees included Jerry Moyes of Swift Transportation, Sharon Harper of Plaza Companies and Lorena Valencia of Reliance Wire & Cable.

    Two main points.

    First Madame Secretary was very interested to hear the ideas of the group about how to continue and expand the progress especially in these times when there are anti-trade forces more active and vocal. Some of the ideas....

    • Work with the young... they get it!
    • Have a strategy to clearly and simply communicate the value of trade
    • Create strong alliances and cooperation between business and goverment

    Second she called on the business community to do our part to communicate the value of binational trade. The press and the public can often latch on to a key dramatic issue and lose touch with the overall importance of trade, and the specifics - the create jobs and success on both sides of the border.

    Speak out. Explain. Try to explain things more on what people care about... jobs, security, family... and why trade helps us on BOTH sides of the border.

    From here Madame Secretary is joining the 'Three Amigos Summit" in Canada this week with the Presidents of the US, Canada and Mexico discussing trade, challenges and opportuities. Read more here: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/article/infographic-the-three-amigos-summit

  • 09 Jun 2016 by Doug Bruhnke

    The ASU College of Public Service and Community Solutions will be hosting two Mandela Washington Fellowship Institutes from June 17-July 31, 2016.  The Fellowship is the flagship exchange program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative

    The 25 Fellows in the Public Management Institute at ASU are young professionals between the ages of 25-35 and represent 20 African countries; they were selected from over 40,000 applications to the Mandela Washington Fellowship.  You can read their brief biographies at http://publicservice.asu.edu/content/2016-public-management-cohort.  We are looking to match the Fellows with young professionals in the valley who would have an interest in a more personalized learning exchange for at least an hour each week.

    The first session will be held at the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, June 22.  We will present an overview of the Public Management Institute and Peer Collaboration model and introduce the collaborators and Fellows to each other.  The Fellows and collaborators can then schedule their meetings for the following five weeks.  We have blocked the following times to allow the Fellows to travel and meet with their peer collaborators at their offices or other location as agreed upon between the Fellow and the peer collaborator.

    1. Wed, Jun 29, 9:00-12:00
    2. Tue, Jul 5, 1:30-6:00
    3. Wed, Jul 13, 1:30-6:00
    4. Wed, Jul 20, 2:30-6:00
    5. Wed, Jul 27, 1:30-6:00

    To be considered as a possible match for the Fellows, please go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16m50tpX4vX1MscpMWZ7hzdIX_xjXaOTqj7zcWl9Oxx8/viewform and submit the form by June 15.

    Thank you,

    Hector

    Hector Zelaya, MBA
    Director
    Bob Ramsey Executive Education
    School of Public Affairs
    College of Public Service & Community Solutions | Arizona State University
    502 East Monroe Street | Suite C105 | Phoenix, AZ  85004-4434
    Hector.Zelaya@asu.edu | 602-496-1308 | ramseyexecutive.asu.edu

  • 18 May 2016 by Doug Bruhnke

    Source: U.S. Commercial Service

    2016 Q1 export numbers are out and AZ decreased 14% compared to the same period in 2015, while US total exports decreased 6.85%. This can be partially attributed to the strength of the dollar and a strong 2015 Q1. 

    - Kristian Richardson, Director, U.S. Commercial Service in Arizona

  • 18 May 2016 by Doug Bruhnke

    by LeAnn Young, Global Chamber Baltimore

    With the vast resources available in the digital world, exporting abroad is no longer just for the big corporations. An increasing number of small U.S. businesses are growing by finding key markets outside the U.S.

    Here are a few items a small business should know:

    Demand: More than 70 percent of the world’s purchasing power is located outside of the United States.

    Profitability: Exporting can be profitable for businesses of all sizes. On average, sales grow faster, more jobs are created, and employees earn more than in non-exporting firms.

    Competitive Advantage: The United States is known throughout the world for high quality, innovative goods and services, customer service, and sound business practices.

    Diversifying Risk: Most companies that export have an easier time riding out fluctuations in the U.S. economy and are more likely to stay in business.

    Inaccurate Assumption: Exporting requires a huge capital outlay and a scale that is too big for most small businesses.

    Truth: A business of any size can make the right connections to enter markets worldwide. Quality, competitive pricing, and business stability are among important global factors.

     

    Are Global Markets Part of Your Growth Plan?

    Small businesses continue to make the Maryland economy vibrant. In a recent MDBiz news article, Secretary Gill, Maryland Department of Commerce, reported that 97% of all business employers in the state are small businesses. 

    If you are a small business, make sure you consider connecting your business to the rest of the world. Companies across borders want American products and services. Interestingly, less than one percent of America’s 30 million companies export – a percentage that is significantly lower than all other developed countries. And of the U.S. companies that do export, 58% export to only one country. Plenty of global business opportunty awaits companies of all sizes! 

  • 10 May 2016 by Doug Bruhnke

    The recent sessions of Arizona Town Hall in Tucson and precursor meetings that included the Global Chamber event "Global Town Hall' provided a forum for regional leaders to discuss the Arizona-Mexico relationship.... opportunities and challenges. The verdict? More opportunity than challenges!

    Read more in the final report HERE.

    Thank you to Arizona Mexico Commission for collaborating with Global Chamber on the pre-event.

    Thank you to Arizona Town Hall for including Global Chamber in the process.

    Thank you to all the participants... including Melissa Sanderson of Freeport McMoRan, and Mike Patterson (below) of Polsinelli.

     

     

  • 22 Apr 2016 by Doug Bruhnke

    We were honored to host "Global Town Hall", a Phoenix-area precursor to "Arizona Town Hall" being held April 24-27 in Tucson.

    Thank you to Bank of America for introducing us to the team putting this event on, and we subsequently worked together to stage this event.

    Many thanks to the members who particpated including Mel Sanderson of Freeport McMoRan who will also be at the AZ Town Hall in Tucson.

    This discussion was centered on Mexico-US business, investment and economic development. And the one in Tucson will carry that conversation forward.

    The Phoenix portion this week was a wonderful discussion that was summarized by our facilitators Mary Grier and Patricia Norris. It featured local business, economic development and government leaders and an opening statement by David Farca, President of ToH Design Studio and President for the Arizona-Mexico Commission.

    The output will be used in the session in Tucson. The overall report will be completed and presented to regional leaders with the goal of making progress in the Arizona-Mexico relationship including growing trade.

    The event was a collaboration between Arizona Mexico Commission, Arizona Town Hall, Global Chamber, Global Chamber Phoenix, Global Chamber Tucson, Global Chamber Hermosillo and Global Chamber Queretaro.

    See photos from the session here: https://www.facebook.com/GlobalChamPHX/posts/1087500754605439

  • 12 Apr 2016 by Doug Bruhnke

    On April 20th, Global Chamber is holding a special "Arizona Town Hall" focused on Mexico-Arizona business, investment and economic development,

    We'll process Mexico-Arizona business issues in order to come out with group conclusions for input to the state-wide Arizona Town Hall in Tucson April 25-27.

    This event is a collaboration between Arizona Mexico Commission, Arizona Town Hall, Global Chamber, Global Chamber Phoenix, Global Chamber Tucson, Global Chamber Hermosillo and Global Chamber Queretaro.

    This Global Town Hall will feature local business, economic development and government leaders. And we will be discussing global trade, not just Arizona-Mexico.

    There will be an opening statement by David Farca, President of ToH Design Studio and President for the Arizona-Mexico Commission.

    Learn more and attend the April 20th "Global Town Hall" by Global Chamber by clicking HERE. Our input will be used in the Tucson meeting.

     

    The larger annual Arizona Town Hall is April 24-27.

    Date & Attendance Requirements: For the Tucson event, attendees must block out on their calendars the entire period from Sunday evening to midday Wednesday. Active participation by each participant throughout the entire process is essential. The concluding plenary session on Wednesday morning is a critical phase of the Town Hall process during which the participants finalize their recommendations report.  This session should end by 12:30 p.m.  However, it has occasionally gone beyond that time.
     

    Location:  Casino Del Sol Resort, Tucson, Arizona.

    Hotel Reservations:  To make hotel reservations, click here for the instructions.

    Attendance is by invitation only.  If you would like to receive an invitation, please call the Town Hall office.

    Meal Programs: All meal programs are open to the general public. To attend a meal program, register using the "Meal Functions ONLY" form and you may choose which meal programs you wish to attend. If you plan to attend the Town Hall as an observer, register using the "Observer" form and choose your meals.

    • Sunday Dinner ProgramJonathan Rothschild, Mayor, City of Tucson; Opening Comments & Overview Tara Jackson, President, Arizona Town Hall, Linda Elliott-Nelson, Board Chair, Arizona Town Hall, Vice President for Learning Services, Arizona Western College ($55)
    • Monday Breakfast ProgramKey Facts You Need to Know: Panel presentation by authors of the 108th Arizona Town Hall Background Report ($25)
    • Monday Lunch Program: Christopher Wilson, Deputy Director, Mexico Institute,
      Wilson Center
      ($30)
    • Monday Dinner ProgramRoberto Coronado, Assistant Vice President in Charge and Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, El Paso Branch ($50)
    • Tuesday Lunch Program:  Performance by Luz de Luna; What Happens Next? Presentations by Arizona Town Hall board members ($30)
    • Tuesday Dinner Program:  Recognition of student participants ($55)

    For more, click HERE.

     

  • 23 Mar 2016 by Doug Bruhnke

    That was fun! Thank you to Mayor Rothschild for his globally-minded comments and continued efforts with growing Tucson globally.

    Thank you to the global tribe for coming out and making it such a fun afternoon! "All the global resources of Southern Arizona, all together, one time per year."

    Thank you to our hosts.... National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade.

    Thank you to our gold sponsor Polsinelli, and the wonderful Mike Patterson, who introduced Mayor Rothschild.

    Thank you to our copper sponsors APL Logistics and Tommy Bahama Tucson.

    Congratulations to the 2016 Global Business Awards!

    • Global Government Leader Mayor Jonathan Rothschild City of Tucson
    • Global Education Leader President Ann Weaver Hart University of Arizona
    • Global Executive Felipe Garcia Visit Tucson
    • Global Diplomat Bob Walkup, Honorary Consul of Korea
    • Global Service Provider Christina Parisi U.S. Commercial Service
    • Global Business Reporter Luis Carrasco Arizona Daily Star

    For many images of the event, please click here for the facebook page for Global Chamber Tucson.

    Here are a few pictures!

     

  • 13 Mar 2016 by Doug Bruhnke

    This week we were honored to host Mr. Luis Jimenez, Counselor of the US Trade Representative, Washington, DC. Below he is shown in the center, flanked by Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane (left) and entrepreneur, Kazakhstan expert and former Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman (right).

    Mr. Jimenez addressed a full room of regional business and government leaders on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. He was interviewed by Doug Bruhnke, CEO of Global Chamber, and audience members were able to get their questions answered.

    Some of the key facts about TPP...

    • Reduces to Zero 18,000 Different Taxes on Made-in-America Exports
    • Includes the Strongest Worker Protections of Any Trade Agreement in History
    • Includes the Strongest Environmental Protections of Any Trade Agreement in History
    • Helps Small Businesses Benefit from Global Trade
    • Promotes E-Commerce, Protects Digital Freedom, and Preserves an Open Internet
    • Levels the Playing Field for U.S. Workers by Disciplining State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs)
    • Prioritizes Good Governance and Fighting Corruption
    • Includes First Ever Development Chapter
    • Supports Services Exports

     

    Read the full story HERE and see more pictures on our Phoenix facebook page HERE.

  • 13 Mar 2016 by Global Chamber

    This is a guest OpEd from member Julio Espinoza. Please provide your comments below.

    Some regional advocates will argue that better wages and free trade are bad for the private sector putting American companies and workers out of business. Some others will argue that raising wages and outsourcing operations will make the U.S. economy stronger. Regardless of your opinion, what the business leaders and the general public can do to help our local economy grow is to continue with the educated debate on increasing the income of our households and helping our businesses to be locally sustainable and globally competitive. Note from Global Chamber Tucson: Exports and foreign direct investment brings money to Southern Arizona!

    A minimum wage increase along with ease of doing business, as controversial as they can be, have a positive impact in local economies; both workers and business owners will be thankful in the long term for the improvement of the economic foundations of small communities. However any macroeconomic adjustments only translate into development if policy makers find a way to match wage increases with tax credits, income redistribution measures and more market deregulation. This is not a political or social justice aspiration by itself, but a legitimate business demand that needs to be addressed. But is the City of Tucson doing a good job in this regard? What can the general public and business leaders do to advance their best interest? It seems Tucson is moving in the right direction and we all need to work together to keep the momentum going.

    Last year the Mayor and Council of Tucson started conversations with local constituencies about raising the minimum wage in Tucson. What are the assumptions behind this controversial proposal? It boils down to basic macroeconomics theory: if we expand the demand side of the economy (income), we will also see an increment in the supply side (goods and services), which translates into economic growth for everyone, the blue collar and the white collar workers. Along with a minimum wage increase comes more productivity and consumer satisfaction as well as higher inflation rates, which are inevitable with any economic growth cycle.

    Early this year, Mayor Rothschild with other community leaders such as the Small Business Development Center (which provides affordable business consultancy services and loans to the local entrepreneurs) and Visit Tucson (whose mandate is to promote the hospitality and retail industries of Tucson) put together the Borderlands Trade Conference (BTC). The event raised the international stature of Tucson and deepened ties with Mexico, a democracy in transition and an emerging economy (12th largest economy in the world) with an expanding middle class eager to spend their discretionary income in the United States.  This was the second edition of the BTC and they are planning to host another BTC next year because our city economy needs foreign investment and consumers as much as our companies need to outsource operations to be competitive. This is a win-win situation for everyone and the City of Tucson seems to be leading our local economy in the right direction: embracing globalization.  

    If the increase in the minimum compensation translates into economic growth, why are some interest groups opposing it? The answer is simple: the belief that higher compensation will put companies and jobs out of the market. But can ideology be wrong in the face of economic theory and statistical data? Increasing minimum wages does not necessarily translate into poverty alleviation itself as much as it does not necessarily represent imminent bankruptcies and unemployment; the readers can refer to extensive literature on the subject. Let’s just say that the more income households have, the more they are prone to spend per quarter because families gain consumer confidence along with discretionary income. Raising the wages of the labor force leads into economic stimulus, lower employee turnover and training costs, larger talent pool, increased productivity and customer satisfaction, which translates into a more competitive business environment. Working families, mostly the minorities, are not the only ones that will certainly benefit from a minimum wage increase (economic stimulus) and that is why many cities around the country have been raising minimum wages besides bringing investment in high wage industries.   

    In a highly competitive economy, cities want to stay strong communities and competitive economies because they are battling against other cities for local and foreign investments that diversify their economic sectors. For example, we can see transition into advanced industrial sectors in the Phoenix Metro area where cities such as Mesa have been able to position themselves as the hub of operations for big companies such as Apple and have achieved a significant expansion of the households’ income over the last decade. This brings up the question of the kind of city we want in the future: a small college economy with poor infrastructure and lack of human resources or a vibrant diversified economy where people can study, work, prosper and stay. If Mesa’s favorite fruit is Apple, what is Tucson’s?

    If free market measures along with the economic stimulus of better wages makes sense for our city economy to grow and stay competitive what is holding us back from taking leadership? The dilemma for the Tucson private sector is to decide between keeping low operation costs (with a high human resources turnover and brain drain) or support a minimum wage increase that eventually translates into a vibrant and diversified city economy that can host high wage job industries: Health, Education, Aerospace/Aerial, Technology and Tourism (HEAT). The dilemma for the general public is how to decide on the kind of information to trust and the leadership to follow.

    It looks like the Mayor and Council of Tucson have been very proactive trying to diversify the economy of Tucson understanding that the main industries of the City need other industrial clusters and supply chains around them. We all need to support these efforts regardless of our political ideology and short term business interests if we want our city to prosper and be sustainable for generations to come. On March 15th, at the National Law Center for Inter-American Trade, the City of Tucson will be collaborating with the Global Chamber to conduct “Grow Globally Fair Tucson”, an all-in-one annual business fair for companies in Southern Arizona and Mexico to connect them to the resources to grow and raise the international stature of our interdependent border region.

    The fair seems to be the continuation of the efforts of the Mayor and Council of Tucson to make our city a global player with high living standards by creating international trade and investment opportunities. Mayor Rothschild will share his views on international business progress and opportunities in and from Southern Arizona. The event will also include business matching to grow across the U.S.-Mexico border and around the world. Attendees will have access to regional business specialists like the international law experts of Polsinelli and the National Law Center, as well as the economic developers of the Small Business Development Center of Pima and Santa Cruz, and more.

    As we need more voices to join the debate and more companies to prosper, our duty as economic and political agents of one of the most resilient cities in the Southwest is to make sure that we foster an inclusive dialog based on macroeconomic theory and facts, not political ideologies that damage our best business interests. If you want to be part of the debate, try to reach out to your local councilmember: be informed, ask for facts and do your own research.  If you are a business owner and want to know more about how to make your business grow, make an appointment with the business experts that can help you with a business expansion plan, affordable loan and international trade and investment opportunities. Together we can make Tucson (Arizona as a whole) an oasis of HEAT in the desert. 

    Julio Espinoza of Espinoza Consulting is a member of Global Chamber

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