• 06 Dec 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    Each year, in and around the Buffalo area, the Buffalo Award Program chooses the best businesses. They focus on companies that have demonstrated an ability to use marketing to grow their business and to help others. The companies chosen exemplify the best of small business; often leading through customer service and community involvement.

    For most companies, this recognition is a result of dedication and efforts as well as the work of others in the organization that have helped build the business.

    We're pleased to announce that our team is now a part of an exclusive group of small businesses that have achieved this selection.

    Global Chamber Buffalo has been selected 'International Trade Consultant' for 2018.

    Thank you for this recognition... and we look forward to working with exporters, importers and cross border investors in the coming years.

  • 20 Dec 2017 by Global Chamber

    'Warm connecting' is a focused, effective way of 'networking' advocated and practiced by Global Chamber®.

    We encourage Buffalo area companies to get connected through our warm connections - across town, across Upstate NY, around the US and around the world.

    There are many ways to network. For many of our members, 'warm connecting' is the best because there is some thought about your business goals before making a warm introduction - and the person who is introduced is known and will very likely be interested to meet you. People are too busy these days to take meetings with people they don't know UNLESS the intro is from someone they know AND there appears to be something in it for them, as well.

    Read more about 12 tips on warm connecting HERE. And join us to grow your business in warm and wonderful ways.

    Read more about our members HERE.

    Our team knows Upstate NY AND the world... reach out and find out more how we can help you and your company grow more effectively from Buffalo.

  • 03 Feb 2017 by Global Chamber

    Since we were recapping, and we're all watching, or listening closely to the current state of free trade, we thought we would also share a law review, perspective back from December 2016.  We are not alone in our concerns.  The geography of our foreign trade with Canada and Mexico is a concern from top to bottom and left to right.

    Thank you to Mr. Gregory Husisian for the indepth Q & A.  We will certainly be following this all carefully.  Click here to go directly to the article.

    Gregory Husisian is a partner and litigation attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP. Mr. Husisian is chair of the firm’s Export Controls and National Security Practice, focusing on international regulatory issues posed by Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) economic sanctions, International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and Nuclear Regulatory Commission export controls, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and the antiboycott regulations

  • 02 Feb 2017 by Global Chamber

    Recapping the NAFTA Road Shows

    Welke Customs Brokers & Global Chamber® Buffalo Expectations Exceeded 

    The Global Chamber® Buffalo would like to thank its sponsors Welke Customs Brokers USA and SB Marketing for making our NAFTA Road Show a great success!  Dynamic panelists: Eileen Martin from Damon Barclay, Martin Sadkin from Sam-Son Distribution, Mark Fisher from the Great Lakes Council, Steven King from CNYIBA, and Damon Piatek from Welke Customs Brokers were just fantastic!  These industry experts shared their knowledge and provided great feedback on the possible outcomes of the future of NAFTA. Craig Turner from Momentum Public Affairs and our own Chris Scalisi, Global Chamber® Buffalo, were effective, professional, and vested moderators of the events.

    The three cities of Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse had a robust and diverse turnout. Leaders of industry, higher education, and government came out in full force, participating in the event, sharing their concerns with our panelists, and discussing openly how the North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA) played, plays, and will continue to play a crucial role in their organizations.  Synergies were in the room afterwards as many of the participants in the audience stayed after, spending time meeting one-on-one with our panelists and creating new network opportunities with others who share their common concerns.  We would like to thank our friends from Hamilton and Toronto who drove down to participate in the NAFTA Road Shows.  Their experience and feedback on how NAFTA will affect their companies, and the overall impact it makes to our local economies was an excellent, reliable, unedited source.

    Most importantly a special thanks to Chris Caya from WBFO for recording this event and helping us spread the word to the rest of the region on the importance of this topic and how international trade education is vital to the international community.  We will be having many more of these Road Shows and educational events.  They will cover a variety of topics involving key components of international trade in order to help our regional companies expand their global reach. 

    If there is a topic of information related to international trade that you would be interested in learning more about, please feel free to let us know.  Remember, we are all in this together to “BE GLOBAL and UNSTOPPABLE”

    Here is the link to the WBFO "On Point" Audio

    Here is the entire recap provided by Welke Customs Brokers on YouTube

    Global Chamber® provides warm, strategic introductions across 70 metros, 100 cities in over 25 countries, offering proprietary business matching, mentoring, global events, access to global information, and much more.  All of which is available through membership.  

    NAFTA and other trade agreements will be a constant topic throughout the world under the current administration, good or bad, changing or staying the same, we all must continue to expand globally in both import and/or export to shape our companies, and mold the global community. 

    Art & Global Chamber® Buffalo Event

    Our sponsors, Welke Customs Brokers, do not rest!  The continue to provide value, education, and this time--some much needed entertainment!  So, this time, we're going to mix it up!  Welke Customs Brokers have been able to put together a great social event with great food and beverage, while you partake in a one-time only gallery viewing and open house. 

    The Global Chamber® Buffalo is proud to be a part of the first ever, brining together of two unique local artists, with international flare, and an "ever since I can remember" blessing that they share in each creation.

    Mr. Bill McCullagh, an Orchard Park artist, has had the "gift" and creative talent since he can remember.  His art in drawing, painting, and photography, like his artistic belief, is all around us, in everything he has created and found -  even in the strangest of places.  He believes that his artistic gift has provided one of the greatest mysteries of his life, as well as the constant reminder and feeling that this is what he was meant to do.  While we encourage you to visit his site, we believe you would best experience it live and in person with us.

    Mr. John Merlino, another local artist, recalls his "ever since I can remember" moment, "the first time I could pick up a pencil and draw."  While his focus was always on artistic achievement, especially in relationship to natural beauty and landscape, he found that working with dry brush watercolor was the perfect medium to express his artistic vision. Weaving texture and color gives way to his detailed, heightened realism.  There are plenty mixed media collages & abstract themes, as well.  He is constantly searching for diverse subject matter in relationship to both spiritual and organic form, in what he calls a "never ending series of projects."  The truth is in the art, and on John Merlino's site, there is a lot to browse and soak in, but come experience it all within mere inches of your eyes. 

    Each of these artist's works have a great international appeal and design, as well as international story-telling features in their subjectivity.  Come and mingle.  With all the Road Show work, Global Chamber® Buffalo articles, meetings, and business, we hardly have a real chance to have a deeper conversation, one on one, without interruptions.

    And, of course, we have a strong feeling, you could really find that piece of art that not only speaks to your eyes, but drives the soul of the space you plan on placing it in.


    Walter Edward Block is an American Austrian School economist and anarcho-capitalist theorist. He currently holds the Harold E. Wirth Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair in Economics at the J. A. Butt School of Business at Loyola University New Orleans.

    Global Chamber Presents:  Upcoming Events

    • February 8:  Jefferson County Economic Development Event: Perspectives on US-Canadian Cross-Border Trade. Where Are We Headed? - more.
    • February 15:  CNYIBA: Exports Control Seminar (2 CES Credits) -more.
    • February 15:  US Small Business Administration (SBA) presents: Financing Your Growth in Exports - more.
    • February 16: Webinar "Resources for New York Exporters - SIBL Library" - more.
    • February 16:  Buffalo World Trade Organization: Speaker Series: "Using Interns to Help International Business Development" - more.
    • February 23:  Welke Customs Brokers: Open House, Art Gallery & Reception (Global Chamber® Buffalo Sponsor) - more.
    • February 27 - March 4:  CNYIBA: Trade Mission Indonesia & Vietnam (Trade Exhibit Opportunity) -more.
    • March 2: Webinar "Resources for New York Exporters - Global New York" - more.

    Join US

    If you are considering doing business in other metros, we can help you reduce your risk and ease the process of entering new markets.  We would like to learn more about your business goals and share with you how Global Chamber® Buffalo can help you grow your business cross borders.  Contact us today to become part of our global tribe.


  • 20 Jan 2017 by Global Chamber

    Happy Inauguration Day!  Let us be clear, it is a happy celebration, no matter what.  We are a free nation with elections, and it is once again a new political era for which we will all play a roll, if we choose to, in shaping the coming future.  Hence, the celebration, coverage, and majesty of it all.  Call it the political New Year, if you will!  Regardless of left or right, up or down, the United States of America continues to allow our citizens to assemble, interpret, plan, and implement of their own free will for the pursuit of happiness.

    This Inauguration Day, on the heels of our NAFTA Road Shows this past Thursday (Rochester, Syracuse), and Wednesday in Buffalo, we experienced a tremendous amount of support and passionate discussion regarding the 20 year old trade agreement.  Panelists Barclay DamonWelke Customs Brokers Inc, Council of the Great Lakes RegionGlobal Chamber® BuffaloCNYIBA, and Sam-Son Logistics Inc all had such knowledgeable and interesting representatives that we were fortunate to get brilliant coverage from the WBFO (Buffalo's NPR News) correspondent, Chris Caya.  Chris truly nails it!  We truly appreciate the unprecedented amount of time given and the attention to all of our panelists and guests! 

    So, don't take our word for it--read the blog post: As Trump looks to change course, local supporters defend NAFTA and listen to the audio, and know that Global Chamber® Buffalo and our connections are willing participants in the celebration and preservation of continued global trade.

    Special thank you, again, to our sponsors locally, which were Damon Piatek and Welke Customs Brokers and Steve Lang SB Marketing LLC.

  • 12 Jan 2017 by Global Chamber

    The Resolve of All

    Your Resolutions & Global Chamber® Buffalo

    When it comes to the New Year, and every New Year’s Eve, whether we are with friends and family, or surrounded by a massive crowd, or lying in the lap of a loved one, we look back on our year and make a certain determination to do better for ourselves.  It could be considered a selfish act, but really the betterment we seek is truly for the benefit of all of those that our ripple of improvement touches.

    Global Chamber® Buffalo took a quick look back on the strides of 2016:

    1. Establish Solid International, Professional Network with Global Chamber®
    2. Modify and Secure Global Chamber® Buffalo Website
    3. Re-connect with Network of Regional Professionals
    4. Create Solid Collaborations from Buffalo to Rochester to Syracuse
    5. Win Over Critical Sponsors
    6. Start An Organic Information Flow (Social Media & Blog)
    7. Commit To An Engaging Newsletter
    8. Announce Strong, Dimensional, and Bi-Regional Advisory Board
    9. Create First Buffalo Event.  ("Over Coffee” Series)

    What does our New Year’s Global Resolution look like?

    1. Continue Sponsorship Drives
    2. Sell out “NAFTA Road Shows”  in Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse
    3. Solidify New Collaborations
    4. Strengthen College & University Connection(s)
    5. Develop Creative, Meaningful Membership
    6. Global Chamber® Buffalo Major Event:  June 2017

    This is why we say “Happy New Year.”  This is why we push ourselves, the company we work for, the customers we represent, and the chains of distribution all over the planet to be more progressive each year. It may start with a selfish notion, but a resolution to be better, to do better means asking for more—resources, territories and opportunities. 

    Now, how can we get you be involved!?

    Why Welke Is Taking The Lead On NAFTA Road Show

    by Damon Piatek, President & CEO, Welke Customs Brokers USA 

    Everyone reading this newsletter has been in the business long enough to understand that a new administration in Washington brings with it some uncertainty when it comes to international trade. New people, new policies and new direction are all possibilities, and from the private-sector point-of-view, the future becomes a bit murkier when it comes to planning.

    With this particular administration coming in, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been at the center of the trade conversation, from the onset of the campaign. President-elect Donald Trump has said that his intention is to renegotiate the deal, and if the NAFTA partners, Canada and Mexico, do not want to negotiate, he’ll rip the deal up and look elsewhere for trade opportunities.

    Obviously, for those of us whose livelihoods depend on international trade, this is alarming news – particularly those of us whose livelihoods depend on international trade and happen to operate in a border region that eats, sleeps, lives and breathes NAFTA. Over the past several months, we’ve heard concerns from importers, exporters, economic development folks and especially our Canadian colleagues, whose economy has been built largely to take advantage of its good relationship with the U.S., it’s #1 trading partner.

    The election is over now, and the inauguration is days away. We suspect that we’ll start to have some answers soon, but the timing is not mitigating the questions. Every day, whether it be customers, colleagues or confidants, someone is asking us what’s going to happen with NAFTA.

    So, we’re going to take a stab at it in what we’re calling the “NAFTA Road Show” – a series of panel discussions on the future of NAFTA, to be held in Buffalo (1/18), Rochester and Syracuse (1/19) and St. Catharines (1/31). Four cities for which NAFTA is a real benefit in job creation. And we’ve brought together some fantastic experts that do CanAm trade every day to give their insights.

    It’d probably be easier to sit and wait – when you put yourself out there, you leave open the opportunity for your forecasting to be wrong, of course. But we know there’s plenty that companies can be doing today to be sure that they’re ready for whatever happens with the agreement, and we believe as much education as possible on the topic will help to stem any complications down the road.

    Hope to see you at the Road Show.

    - Damon.

    "I like to keep it simple.  I am devoted to the same resolution each year!"


    "From Partnership, forms Prosperity."  Powerful, truthful words for us all to live each year by. That partnership here involves one of Global Chamber® Buffalo's regional allies, The Council of the Great Lakes Region, which has the honor this year to host the third Great Lakes Economic Forum. This forum will bring together hundreds of industry executives, government officials, leading academics and members of the NGO community who have a stake in growing the economy in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Region safely and sustainably while improving the well-being of the region’s citizens.

    Mark Fisher, Chief Executive Office of the Council of the Great Lakes Region, who will be on our panel for all three (3) of the NAFTA Road Shows, is very excited about the unique three day, cross-border event in Detroit, Michigan and Winsor, Ontario.  This is a valuable opportunity for anyone in our network to learn more about this mega-region and the people, government officials, and business making it all happen! 

    Join our own Christopher Scalisi, Executive Director of Global Chamber® Buffalo, and register for this regional 2017 global event!  For full agenda for the event click here.


    • January 18:  NAFTA Road Show-Buffalo, NY Global Chamber® Buffalo - more.
    • January 19:  NAFTA Road Show-Rochester, NY Global Chamber® Buffalo - more.
    • January 19:  NAFTA Road Show-Syracuse, NY Global Chamber® Buffalo - more.
    • January 25:  Navigating 2017 Global Challenges & Opportunities - (Webinar) more.
    • February 22:  No-Fail Process For Better Distributors/Channel Partners - (Webinar) -more.

    Join US

    If you are considering doing business in other metros, we can help you reduce your risk and ease the process of entering new markets.  We would like to learn more about your business goals and share with you how Global Chamber® Buffalo can help you grow your business cross borders.  Contact us today to become part of our global tribe.


  • 11 Jan 2017


    As we here at the Global Chamber® Buffalo are preparing for our up-coming "NAFTA Road Shows"

    January 18th at 10:00 AM in Buffalo, New York 
    January 19th at 10:00 AM in Rochester
    January 19th at 3:00 PM in Syracuse 

    we call out the informative article presented in spectacular format by James McBride (Senior Writer/Editor, Economics) with Council on Foreign Relations.  There is no question of the magnitude of this trade agreement, and our panelists in each of the cities, as well as our moderators, are anxiously awaiting the open discussion.  

    Take the time to read and absorb the work put here into this piece from the Council on Foreign Relations, while you are consuming the current press and daunting levels of
    misinformation that is pummeling our news feeds.  There is no doubt that the future of trade is always in flux, but there can be no doubt that it is the life blood of economic prosperity for our region, our nation, and the rest of the world.

    Continued Education + Shared Experiences = Progress!

  • 08 Dec 2016 by Global Chamber Buffalo

    The Foundations of Membership

    What has been laid out by Global Chamber® and Global Chamber® Buffalo

    There's actually a celebrated day in this month called "Tick Tock" Day, which is a reminder that there is only two days left in the year.  It is amazing when we look back on the very beginning of creating this organization, and how fast December has come to claim the end of the year 2016.

    This brief lead in article realizes the foundations laid, the placement of key personnel, collaboration groundwork covered, and the networking strides in the region and beyond to make sure that our global commitment and value proposition remain a rock solid, slam dunk for Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse companies.

    What is now in place?

    1. Local Professional Personnel
      • Chris Scalisi, Executive Director; Mark Kuligowski, Marketing Director
    2. Professional & Diverse Advisory Board
    3. Global Chamber® & Global Chamber® Buffalo Events
    4. Bi-Weekly Global Chambe® Buffalo Newsletter:  Forums, Articles, Notices
    5. CNYIBA Collaboration:  Professional connection to the center of our state.
    6. IIB (International Institute of Buffalo) Collaboration:  Cultural Education
    7. USTDA Collaboration:  Nationwide, global support made local.
    8. Sponsorship & Collaborations at Local Level:  SB Marketing, Welke Customs Brokers + More

    What lies ahead?

    A major announcement for quarter one of 2017...

    Making Global Local Welcomes 25 Global Chamber® Sites In Collaboration with 
    US Trade & Development Agency

    The hard work by the Global Chamber® as well as assistance from trade development professionals within the Global Chamber® metro areas that have always dealt with the USTDA, including our very own Chris Scalisi.

    This announcement truly legitimizes the group, our process, and our global commitment to our region(s).  This large, domestic outreach program called "Making Global Local" has the export promotions programs that can benefit Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse businesses on all kinds of levels, including far-reaching networks, education, and of course, funding resources.

    This is a huge win for Global Chamber® and Global Chamber® Buffalo.  Please read the entire announcement, and keep watching for more articles, engagement, and information to come from this fantastic collaboration! 

    About: USTDA
    The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries.

    Here is the link to the complete article from USTDA.



    Right on the heels of "Over Coffee" Series, and considering today (Dec 8, 1993) is the actual day it was signed into legislation, Global Chamber® Buffalo is proud to bring our region a two-day, three city, roadshow to discuss NAFTA past, present, and future.

    The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the tri-lateral trade agreement between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, received significant attention during the U.S. Presidential election, as both candidates took firm positions on its existence and its future. President-elect Donald Trump has said that one of his first priorities will be renegotiating the deal, and if it can’t be renegotiated, then he would eliminate it. Immediately following Trump’s election, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he’s open to renegotiating NAFTA, and that he’s looking forward to the conversation.
    Companies reliant on CanAm trade are wondering what’s next. In an expert panel discussion sponsored jointly by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce and Welke Customs Brokers USA, we’ll discuss the 20-year history of NAFTA, what its future may look like and, most importantly, what it means for Canadian importers and exporters.

    This is just another foundational piece that we and our collaborators have put together to solidify our commitment to having a solid value proposition of worthy events that have direct impact on today's businesses locally, regionally, and Internationally.

    January 11th: from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm in Rochester, New York.
    January 11th: from 2:00 pm - 4pm in Syracuse, New York.
    January 12th: from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm in Buffalo, New York.

    The venues are still being solidified, but once we have them solidified look to our "Events" webpage for all the information pertaining to the NAFTA Roadshows.


    Mr. Tom Bienias of Triex Consultants

    Tom has a very rich, respectful career in International operations.  As the President and CEO of Ethox International, a medical device manufacturing firm headquartered in Buffalo, NY and operations in Rochester (NY), Erie (PA), and the Peoples Republic of China Tom was instrumental in making sure the global aspect, reach and desires of the companies were met at all levels.

    Tom currently is the principle of Triex Consultants, a boutique consulting company involved in international and domestic business development. Having established and/or managed corporate operations in China, Ireland, Lithuania, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Sweden, Tom brings extensive international business knowledge and experience to the Global Chamber Buffalo.

    As an accomplished business development and manufacturing executive, he is well versed in strategic planning, manufacturing operations, engineering, project management, marketing, and foreign trade and business development. Tom also is recognized for exceptional leadership, communications, management, and interpersonal skills.


    Join US

    If you are considering doing business in other metros, we can help you reduce your risk and ease the process of entering new markets.  We would like to learn more about your business goals and share with you how Global Chamber® Buffalo can help you grow your business cross borders.  Contact us today to become part of our global tribe.



  • 10 Nov 2016 by Global Chamber

    Great Doesn't Mean Big.  It means...Great.

    Global Chamber® Buffalo Calling It Great...And Backing It All Up

    Just started swimming in your own lake (no pun to the region intended), working locally and feeling intimidated by a global expansion?  Expanding globally doesn't mean across the world, considering the position of the Upstate New York region.  The globe starts across the lake, or across the border.  Global Chamber® has those connections.  And, when you're ready to cross the world like the great business explorer you know you can be, we'll be there with the connections, education, and engagement, too!

    We are a network within a network, within an even wider network, within a vast global networked community.  Think of just Western New York as an example:  Buffalo is situated in the network of the "Golden Horseshoe", within another overlapping wider network known as the "Great Lakes Megalopolis" (See more in next article), and then again, internationally networked through us here at the Global Chamber® Buffalo connection, worldwide collaboration, and sponsorship. 

    A membership that includes all of and constant educational content and seminars, is not only an incredible's a slam dunk, golden passport, VIP access badge.  It's the equivalent of having multiple worldwide global executives in marketing, finance, and supply chain distribution on your daily and weekly strategic planning meetings, as well as having a diverse university putting on daily training and educational classes without anywhere near the budget expenditure(s).

    Paying attention to UpState New York's global position.
    Paying our regional and global knowledge forward.
    Paying our respect for great collaborators and sponsors.

    The Global Chamber® Buffalo is interested in your next great success.  We are reaching out to these layers of networks .  We are collaborating with a variety of important organizations, professionals, and companies.  We are constantly building the interaction and engagement within the Global Chamber® executives and members.  This is a statement of how we can all, globally, get things done--from across the street, across the bridge to across the world.  Because once we've reached the world, "Big" is just the result of how "Great" we all were. 

    The Great Lakes Megalopolis 

    The Global Chamber® Buffalo and the Council of the Great Lakes Region is currently working collaboratively on the initiatives to help small and medium enterprises to expand their global reach.

    The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Region is a critical trade corridor and gateway to global markets for both the United States and Canada.  In fact, if the region were a country, the size of its economy, valued at USD$5.8 trillion in 2015, would make it the third largest economy in the world.  As well, the region accounts for almost 25% of total U.S. merchandise exports and more than 60% of Canadian shipments.  Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) drive innovation, jobs and integration, fueling economic growth. However, SMEs are underrepresented in cross-border trade in the region.  Capacity constraints limit SMEs’ ability to tackle border regulations and issues, identify appropriate partners and clients on the other side of the border, and access existing government supports.  As a result, the Council of the Great Lakes Region is seeking public and private sectors to develop a trade promotion and facilitation dialogue.  The aims of the dialog are to: a) showcase the sectors and business opportunities that exist for Canadian and U.S. SMEs on the other side of the border, b) connect SMEs to advisory services and programs in both countries that will help them grow and expand across the border, and c) research market failures and systemic barriers that prevent SMEs from participating in cross-border trade in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Region.

    We are in the process of developing programs and partnerships with others from the International Community. These include other Global Chambers, businesses along the Great Lakes Region, as well as collaborators and partners to help make these programs a great success.  

    For additional information, please feel free to contact Chris Scalisi at the Global Chamber Buffalo. 716-578-2983


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    "OVER COFFEE" SERIES:  Global Connection-Buffalo


    Upcoming Events

    • November 10:  International Institute of Buffalo: Academic World Quest  - more.
    • November 15:  CGLR: Great Lakes Infrastructure Exchange in Toronto  - more.
    • November 16:  CNYIBA: Webinar: The Secrets of Successful Trade Financing for Sales People -more.
    • November 17:  Global Chamber® Buffalo - Over Coffee Series #01-2016 - more.
    • November 29:  Global Chamber® Manila: Webinar: Magnificent Global Leader - Discussion with U.S. Trade Development Agency-more.

    Join US

    If you are considering doing business in other metros, we can help you reduce your risk and ease the process of entering new markets.  We would like to learn more about your business goals and share with you how Global Chamber® Buffalo can help you grow your business cross borders.  Contact us today to become part of our global tribe.


  • 04 Nov 2016


    Mexico is a key component of free trade agreements, and a culture rich in opportunity and desire.  The capital, Mexico City, is not only a testament to that truth, but an unwavering beacon to the global world, much like that of New York City, Toronto, and Los Angeles.  The sky is the limit, and this city deserves to be a destination for any global entreprenuer, international professional, educator, and import-export developer.

    This is why we are showcasing the article "10 Reasons You Should Jump On The Next Flight To Mexico City" by Gary Hoover, Retail Strategy & Analysis Consultant, Austin, TX.

    Just click the article title above, and enjoy a great read that will definitely peak and keep your "interest."

  • 26 Oct 2016


    Global Chamber® Buffalo is a valuable link to endless resources

    Great products and services that are unique can be developed everyday, but all good business people know that's not enough to attract locally, regionally, let-a-lone internationally.  An international strategy for a new brand can be extremely daunting, time consuming, and an unstable capital venture.  Today's small businesses and start-ups have the passion behind their product, but they fall short sometimes on necessary resources to complete a market penetration study in a foreign country, to hire individuals with the professional international experience, and to gain access to capital to make reliable, sustainable supply chain connections.

    Resources, you need them!  You need easy access to them!  You need to react and plan utilizing those resources!  Do you have such resources at your ready?  Do you have that extensive, virtual Rolodex™ of professionals that can retrieve, interpret, and educate right from a simple touch of your smart device?  Maybe even a direct line to the US Department of Commerce, or ability to ask a quick question to EXIM Bank USA (Export-Import Bank of the United States), or even get valuable insight from a dedicated custom's broker on the latest tariff code changes or free trade agreements?  Global Chamber® Buffalo is one of the 70 metros in over 100 cities, across more than 25 countries, that is already supplying global resources available to its world wide members.  Here is a quick list of those available to members right now!

    This Friday, at our first "Over Coffee" Series at The Dock Waterfront Bar and Grill in Blasdell, New York, Executive Director, Chris Scalisi is going to show you the global passion and resources that he and Global Chamber® bring to its members worldwide. Membership to this vast, growing, international network has the specialized design to open a world of resources to your international business plans.  And, Global Chamber® Buffalo is already backing that statement up by providing, not one--but two educational presentations during this first "Over Coffee" SeriesCultural Competence andLanguage Translation, both by our local collaborative partner, International Institute of Buffalo (IIB) to showcase that passion and network of professional, global pursuit.

    Collaboration and Sponsorship are just as important as Membership!  Great, vested and personal connections that wish to sponsor information, education, and events are critical to ensuring our foundation and delivering unique, usable content.  Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and all of Upstate New York in-between, we implore you to take a strong look at the Global Chamber® Buffalo, evaluate our professional exposure across the world, the network growth, and passion exuded daily, so that you can become another valuable resource avenue to members across the "Global Tribe."

    Hopefully you can make it!  Register Now!  If not, please watch for our next "Over Coffee Series" in November, or please reach out to us at Global Chamber® Buffalo. We want to hear about your passionate international pursuits, and how we can get help you ConnectEngage and Grow.


    Global Chamber® Buffalo Holds Its First Advisory Board Meeting

    On Monday October 17th, the Global Chamber® Buffalo held its first advisory board meeting. The advisory board members consisted of International business thought leaders from industry, government, higher education, and nonprofit industry organizations. The group was carefully chosen because of their expertise of international business and also their passion to help our region expand its global reach.

    Both Mark and I presented on the history and mission of the organization that was started over 8 years ago by our founder, Doug Bruhnke.  We shared with the board our recent developments with creating the “Over Coffee” Series, which will be an international education and information session that we plan on having across the upstate region. The mission of the “Over Coffee” Series is to share hidden international resources and services that are available for companies comprised of our region, and also share the benefits of being part of the Global Chamber® Buffalo (GCB). The GCB can provide linkages across the upstate region by providing services such as membership, networking, events, and education, but also act as a conduit to connect the upstate region with the Global Chamber® network (over 70 different metros in 100 different cities over 25 countries)!  The GCB can help facilitate the warm introductions and bring connectivity throughout the world.

    We also asked the advisory board to provide feedback on current opportunities in the region, and the opportunity to create new synergies to help promote our international trade community.  This strong, diverse advisory board, represents a region that has over 144 Billion in Gross Metropolitan Product (GMP), and is part of the 4th largest mega-region in North America.  The feedback is coming in, and we will share openly and honestly throughout our newsletters and events.

    The Upstate New York region has many resources in place to help our companies grow globally.  There are a variety of local international networking, education, and funding resources available to help our companies grow globally.  By working with the Global Chamber® Buffalo and its network through the Global Chamber® network, we can create additional benefits to expand their global reach.  By enriching the lives of stakeholders that are part of the fabric of the upstate international community, we can share information through our Global Chamber® network and create future opportunities, and share the wealth of resources this region has to offer.  In the weeks ahead, we will be announcing each advisory board and provide information on their experiences and the difference they make to our international community.



    We were recently invited to present at the Board of Directors meeting for the Central New York International Business Alliance (CNYIBA). With great pride, this organization recently became a collaborator with the Global Chamber® Buffalo. The organization was founded with similar beginnings to the Global Chamber®. The Central New York International Business Alliance was formed to enhance global sales of businesses in the 12-county CenterState, New York region.  It is the Small Business Administration's (SBA) designated regional "Export Outreach Team."

    It achieves its goal by:

    • Connecting new to export companies with experienced export mentors

    • Providing experienced guidance and counseling to companies looking to expand international sales

    • Encouraging the exchange of ideas among its members

    • Collecting, organizing and providing its members information regarding international trade, financing, marketing and other essential information to support their international business

    In collaboration with the CNYIBA, the Global Chamber® will cross promote membership, events, and education and outreach programs in order to help provide additional resources for its members, but also provide connectivity and education through the Global Chamber® network.

    Export Director of CNYIBA, Steven King’s 25+ years of international trade experience includes over 13 years with Fortune 500 companies Colgate, Palmolive, and also Bristol Myers Squibb.  He also managed the Zippo manufacturing exports to over 44 countries in Europe and Africa.  He has exported to over 80 countries and has been located in offices in London, Paris, French Caribbean, and New York City.  His substantial exporting experience has focused on consumer and industrial products, finding and managing overseas importers, and developing highly successful export markets from small countries (such as Cyprus and Malta) to the larger ones (such as Germany, France and Russia).  

    We are proud to announce that Steven King graciously joined the Global Chamber® Buffalo as an advisory board member.  His wealth of knowledge and experience to the international community and his guidance will be a great benefit to the Global Chamber® Buffalo and all its members, collaborators, and sponsors.

    Steven is currently the Executive Director of the Central New York International Business Alliance (established in 2002), based in Syracuse, NY, which is implementing a Brookings Institute Metropolitan Export Initiative (MEI).  This initiative is helping goods and services companies in a 12 county region in Central and Northern New York develop their exports through guidance, counseling, and outreach support, education, connectivity to export resources, mentoring, and exchange of ideas among the CNYIBA membership.

    Since the MEI plan began it has been clear that so many regional companies are under exporting or not exporting at all. Often lack of competence, confidence and knowledge is holding them back and the CNYIBA is here to help them overcome this. Exporting can be a great strategy to support a company’s Domestic U.S. business as the extra revenues will lower overheads and cost of goods, spreading risk and creating jobs and prosperity for our region”.

    Please visit their website for current updates or contact Steven King directly via email at or telephone at 315-470-1800 for membership, program information, or any other requests.

    The Charles Goodwin Roundtable

    This group of 40 Rochester companies meets monthly to discuss current international business conditions and problems related to international marketing.

    Charlie Goodwin is the president of Goodwin International Consulting, Inc.  In this capacity, he meets regularly with many of our region’s top exporting firms, including Gleason Corp. Gorbel Inc., Crossman Corp., and Eastman Kodak. Charlie has also taught international business courses at many area colleges, including SUNY Geneseo, Nazareth College, SUNY Brockport, St. John Fisher, U-of-R, Simon School, and RIT.

    Prior to his retirement in 2005, he served as the Vice President of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce for 25 years, where he managed the International Business Council, a group of over 1800 exporting firms from our nine-county area, as well as the activities of the Rochester Transportation Council and the Chamber’s economic development activities.

    Charlie is involved with many international business organizations including the Upstate District Export Council, the U.S. Dept. of Commerce Advisory Board, and recently joined Global Chamber® Buffalo as an advisory board member.

    We want to thank Charlie for giving us the opportunity to present the value proposition behind the Global Chamber® Buffalo, and for also giving us the opportunity to be part of this distinguished group.  

    Upcoming Events

    • November 3:  International Institute of Buffalo: Buffalo Without Borders  - more.
    • November 7-11:  Silicon Valley Entrepreneur & Innovation Program  - more.
    • November 14:  Global Trade & Investment Forum of the Southern Tier, NY  - more.
    • November 16:  CNYIBA: Webinar: The Secrets of Successful Trade Financing for Sales People -more.
    • November 17:  Global Chamber® Buffalo: Over Coffee #02-2016  Pictured Above.

    Join US

    If you are considering doing business in other metros, we can help you reduce your risk and ease the process of entering new markets.  We would like to learn more about your business goals and share with you how Global Chamber® Buffalo can help you grow your business cross borders.  Contact us today to become part of our global tribe.


  • 14 Oct 2016 by Global Chamber


    “The U.S. market is too big and attractive for Canadians to ignore.”  

    Never truer words were spoken, and we have one of the closest border relations--Upstate New York with the largest regions of Canada--Ontario.  This article from Michael Petro Editor/Reporter Buffalo Law Journal, Buffalo Business First, back in April, leads perfectly into the "global" discussion for local businesses to explore the potential for their goods and services to cross that border and make an impact.  

    Remember that we are the closest part of the Golden Horseshoe Region, which is the 4th largest mega region in North America, and it is grown continually,  Our About Us page statement is not fluff, it's truth!  There's a lot to explore globally, and with Global Chamber® Buffalo Membership, we can help business professionals connect, grow and engage comfortably and quickly in their goals to Be global and UNSTOPPABLESM.

    Click here for the entire article, and also check out his most recent article "More Law Firms Get In On Cross-Border Work," again on another local law firm's success into Canada.

  • 12 Oct 2016 by Global Chamber

    Connecting the Dots

    Your International Goals & Global Chamber® Buffalo

    Remember when you were a child in grade school, and it was the year that a class project would be to pick a country on the globe to do a report on?  Recently, in the movie, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014), the unfortunate sibling who wanted to do his project on Australia (which he loved and had intimate knowledge of to create a fantastic and fun report) had it taken away from him because the teacher simply wanted to spin the globe and wherever the finger lands--that's your country.  He wound up with the horn of Africa, Djibouti.  Needless-to-say, our hero of the story was less than wowed and completely under-prepared.

    In business opportunities across cultures and countries the need for tireless preparation is well above that of grade schooler, but the level of discomfort might be as frazzling. Fundamentals of international business--all the "dots", or in a narrowing of the field, focusing in on a particular "dot," can be an overwhelming task for an organization that lacks the resources, professional experience, and/or the time to seize the global opportunity or opportunities in front of them.  Lets just look at two quick, rather large and foreboding questions:

    • Do you have the RESOURCES for this global expedition?  This is capital expenditure, really.  The Global Chamber® Buffalo realizes that not all companies are created equal in their budgets, but they have equal opportunity on the world stage, or the section of the world they're looking at.  Our members are supplied with resources and networking connections to financial institutions that can review an international business plan and suggest capital financing packages that work through the United States and into the country/countries of choice (Example: The Export-Import Bank of the United States).
    • Do you have the CORE COMPETENCIES to strategically plan, execute and manage the international business you are seeking?  The Global Chamber® Buffalo membership provides training classes both in person and through webinars across disciplines to help revitalize your department directors without having to take on added expenses of additional employees or consulting firm costs (Example: Thunderbird School of Global Management).  

    That was just two questions.  We are sure you have more, and that is why you need to connect that very first "dot."  That very first "dot" is us, The Global Chamber® Buffalo (representing all of Upstate New York).  We are all about connections, throughout the world, and in helping grow your international network.  Here, at our upcoming "Over Coffee Series" on October 28th, you can meet us and discover first hand what the organization and value proposition truly are!  And, you can ask as many questions as you need.  

    We have already connected so many dots around the world.  Global Chamber® provides warm, strategic introductions across 70 metros, 100 cities in over 25 countries, offering proprietary business matching, mentoring, global events, access to global information, and much more.  All of which is available through membership.  

    Whether your company's next "dot" is the Horn of Africa, or maybe several "dots" all over Europe, Global Chamber® Buffalo is here to connect the dots from anywhere to everywhere for you. 

    Advisory Board Meeting Set

    On October 17th, the Global Chamber® Buffalo will have its first advisory board meeting.  We are very fortunate to have the best and brightest international business experts from Upstate New York, representing fields of industry, government, non-profit, and higher education.

    We will be discussing the mission of the Global Chamber® Buffalo and future plans that will create a strong value proposition and benefit for the Upstate New York companies that want to expand their global reach.  We will be announcing our advisory board members in our next newsletter.  There will also be full biographies on each individual board member on our website. Their accomplishments coupled with their desire to bring together expertise will make a strong impact to our international community.

    They are a dynamic asset to the Global Chamber® Buffalo, but more importantly to our membership growth, the success of sponsorship, and the backbone of collaboration.  Things are moving rapidly, and this first board meeting is confirmation that we have a firm commitment to the region and all its efforts.



    On Tuesday, October 18th, 2016, Global Ties Arizona and the National Committee on U.S.-China relations will be hosting Dr. Henry A. Kissinger at China Town Hall for a topic on Local Connections, National Reflections.

    Dr. Kissinger has years of experience in international security as the national security advisor to the U.S. and as the U.S. Secretary of State. He played a crucial role in arranging President Nixon’s 1972 visit to China, which opened the door to the re-establishment of U.S.-China relations.

    His decades of effort to strengthen the Sino-American relationship are why the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations have chosen him to participate at the Tenth Annual China Town Hall. The evening will include a presentation by Dr. Kissinger and question and answer period.

    Please visit their Facebook page or IVLP Programs page for current updates, telephone our office at 480-945-7750, or email for membership, program information, or any other requests.

    "OVER COFFEE" SERIES:  Global Connection-Buffalo

    Upcoming Events

    • October 18:  Tech Titans presents: Brexit in Depth - more.
    • October 18:  World Trade Center Buffalo/Niagara: 2016 China Town Hall - more.
    • October 20:  BWTA: Building the Case for Binational Innovation Prosperity -more.
    • October 24:  CNYIBA: Doing Business in Europe (Syracuse Event) -more.
    • October 25:  CNYIBA: Doing Business in Europe (Rochester Event) -more.
    • November 3:  International Institute of Buffalo: Buffalo Without Borders  - more.
    • November 7-11:  Silicon Valley Entrepreneur & Innovation Program  - more.
    • November 16:  CNYIBA: Webinar: The Secrets of Successful Trade Financing for Sales People -more.

    Join US

    If you are considering doing business in other metros, we can help you reduce your risk and ease the process of entering new markets.  We would like to learn more about your business goals and share with you how Global Chamber® Buffalo can help you grow your business cross borders.  Contact us today to become part of our global tribe.



  • 30 Sep 2016

    The United States and Canada are working together to keep our borders safe and expand our economic partnership. Here's how:

    Today, I am pleased to announce the release of the 2015 U.S.-Canada Beyond the Border Implementation Report, which can be viewed here.  The 2011 Beyond the Border Action Plan set forth specific initiatives for achieving a shared approach to perimeter security and economic competitiveness, in which both countries work together to address threats within, at, and away from our borders, while expediting lawful trade and travel. 

    Read more on this article by Amy PopeDeputy Homeland Security Advisor and Deputy Assistant to the President at the National Security Council

  • 29 Sep 2016 by Global Chamber

    Over Coffee Series

    Regional series designed specifically by Global Chamber® Buffalo

    Global Chamber® Buffalo presents our "Over Coffee Series," which is an Upstate New York gathering of Global Chamber® Buffalo Members, Sponsors and Collaborators along with regional business professionals to discuss pre-arranged topics, explore important global tactics, connect our networks, and participate in a variety of educational mini-presentations.

    The Over Coffee Series: October 28, 2016 will act as the exciting kickoff, including an introduction to the value of membershipcollaboration, and sponsorship, as well as an engaging presentation from Emily Brady, Director of Language Services at International Institute of Buffalo (IIB).  Emily manages interpretation and translation services, trains customers on working with interpreters, and performs advocacy and outreach for language access in many industries, including legal, education, healthcare, and government.  The event notice emails will go out this coming Monday, explaining the itinerary, location, and cost for the very first "Over Coffee Series." 

    From there, the series are planned to be hosted every fourth Friday of each month with plans to move the events throughout the Upstate New York Region, and possibly make it a more weekly event.  Please look to the EVENTS section of our website for more details, including speakers, presentations, and the event location(s) throughout the Upstate New York region nearest you.

    Not only will the coffee be great, but so will the educational and networking value! This is the perfect setting to experience the Global Chamber® and realize the value within the membership. 


    Central New York International Business Alliance (CNYIBA) becomes Global Chamber® Buffalo Collaborator





    The Global Chamber® Buffalo would like to announce the collaboration with the Central New York International Business Alliance (CNYIBA).  The Central New York International Business Alliance was formed to enhance global sales of businesses in the 12-county CenterState, NY region. It achieves its goals by:

    • Connecting new to export companies with experienced export mentors

    • Providing experienced guidance and counseling to companies looking to expand international sales

    • Encouraging the exchange of ideas among its members

    • Collecting, organizing and providing its members information regarding international trade, financing, marketing and other essential information to support their international business.

    In partnership with the Global Chamber® Buffalo, both organizations would strategically work together by providing its member companies:

    • Access to VIP experiences, seminars, information

    • Access to the people and information to grow

    • Access to cross border consulting and mentoring

    • Member discounts, special opportunities

    • Access to Export Circles, Export Reach

    • Virtual membership in the 'global tribe’

    • Global reach to throughout the Global Chamber network

    We are very fortunate to be strategic partners of the CNYIBA to provide additional resources to help our upstate companies expand their global reach.  

    Our Sponsor

    SB Marketing LLC becomes Global Chamber® Buffalo Sponsor

    SB Marketing LLC, located in the Larkin District in Buffalo, New York, provides services in creative design, photography, web design & development, email campaigns, social media campaigns, printing and more.  Steve Lang and his family are South Buffalo natives with great passion for the people, culture, and area surrounding Buffalo--and the entire Upstate New York Region.

    The Global Chamber® Buffalo is proud and fortunate to have the team involved in our print applications, but more importantly, as a valuable resource for our members and collaborators. The years and variety of marketing experience, and their realization of the constant evolution of marketing, makes them a great partner for marketing endeavors of all sizes and styles.

    Personalized service is just natural for them, and that translates to uniqueness every time.
    The commitment to delivering marketing needs in an efficient, cost effective, and brand enhancing manner is what drives them to make your company, product or service a visual communication success!  Let them bring your concept to life--like they have for companies like Innex, regional areas like Chautauqua County, and for events like The Insandity Beach Race

    Watch for Steve Lang and SB Marketing LLC at our "Over Coffee Series" as well as on our social media.

    Sustainability From Rio To Buffalo: Think Globally and Act Locally


     It's always about linking regional, national, and international events, and this fantastic, informative sustainability event is happening right in our backyard!

    Come and learn how the 2016 Olympic City of Rio de Janeiro opened the grounds for the demands of the people in the local communities to be included in the solutions for chronic problems they are facing: access to clean water, pollution, excessive traffic and more.  Learn the story of a famous Non-Profit in the outskirts of Rio named "SINAL do Vale" who has played a large role on a local level to address these problems in unique ways; a model from which Buffalo and the Great Lakes Region can learn.

    All proceeds go towards student scholarships with the Canisius International Business Programs!

    Click here to learn more and register for the October 6th event.

    Upcoming Events

    • October   5:  GRE: 2016 ITAR & EAR Expert Roundtable - more.
    • October   5:  CNYIBA: Trans-Pacific Partnership Webinar Series: Vietnam - more.
    • October 18:  Tech Titans presents: Brexit in Depth - more.
    • October 18:  World Trade Center Buffalo/Niagara: 2016 China Town Hall - more.
    • October 20:  BWTA: Building the Case for Binational Innovation Prosperity -more.
    • November 3:  International Institute of Buffalo: Buffalo Without Borders  - more.

    Join US

    If you are considering doing business in other metros, we can help you reduce your risk and ease the process of entering new markets.  We would like to learn more about your business goals and share with you how Global Chamber® Buffalo can help you grow your business cross borders.  Contact us today to become part of our global tribe.


  • 23 Sep 2016


    The Buffalo area generated more than $56 billion of goods and services last year. That local output would have ranked 76th among the world's nations, putting Buffalo just ahead of Panama.


    Read the rest of this article from G. Scott ThomasProjects Editor, Buffalo Business First by clicking here.

  • 22 Sep 2016

    At one time, early in the industrial revolution, economic development revolved around water. Water was needed for transportation and for hydraulic power to turn early machines. Then it was electricity! A country couldn't develop without juice. Then, briefly, it was all about telecom and fiber. 

    But today nearly the entire planet has reliable transportation, electricity (at least while the sun is out): and Internet connectivity.   So now, and for the foreseeable future, economic development is all about TALENT.  

    Yet the USA is sending some of the world's most talented people away - AFTER educating them! And they are going back home to compete with us!  As an example, nearly 20% of the University at Buffalo's enrollment is made up of international students, who will be forced to leave shortly after graduating! 

    We all know that in the current USA political environment, immigration reform involves many difficult challenges, so change to the current system is not going to happen anytime soon.

    So what can we do?  Stop educating foreigners?  Forget it: they pay full fare and our colleges and universities need their cash! 

    No, I think its best to adjust, to find a work-around. 

    After 18 months of discussions, meetings, planning, & general laying of the groundwork, bric, the Binational Research & Innovation Corridor has been established to take advantage of the assets within the binational region of Western NY, Hamilton and Niagara, Canada.  

    Committed to bric membership thus far are the University at Buffalo; Brock University in Niagara Canada; McMaster University in Hamilton; and Hamilton Health Sciences. We think and hope there will be others soon. These four entities have nearly $1 billion in annual research spending.   The three universities have almost 80,000 students and all three are among the leaders on the continent in terms of numbers of international students.

    Among other things, bric will provide a way to address the issue of talent, both in terms of attracting talent and retaining talent.  

    So how does bric work around the USA's immigration problem?

    Well, imagine a joint MBA involving UB and one of the Canadian universities.  An MBA program which is targeted towards non-North American students. Year one at UB would provide the standard business foundational learning.  But year two at either Brock or McMaster would focus on entrepreneurship and international business.  Part of year two's curriculum would involve 1.) starting a company - by necessity, in Canada; and 2.) expanding the business internationally. 

    Unlike the situation today in the USA, a foreign student who starts a business in Canada, can stay in Canada and seek citizenship. 

    OK, so how does that impact economic development in Western New York? 

    USA and Canadian citizens can take advantage of a provision of NAFTA called the TN Visa which allows people in most scientific research jobs to work on either side of the border.  So even if the business is located in Canada, researchers from the USA could work there.    

    Further, it is a well established fact that for a relatively small country like Canada, in order for their businesses to scale up, they need to develop an international strategy.  And their international strategy almost always begins with a go to market in the USA strategy.  

    We know of many companies which are Ontario-based which are benefiting the WNY economy already.  So what if we were able to increase the number of companies benefiting WNY by keeping the foreign students/entreprenuers in the binational region? 

    Just the beginning:

    There is much more to bric, so stay tuned for additional posts regarding bric's ideas for:

    • driving more research spending into the corridor;
    • commercialization of intellectual property;
    • and providing a soft landing for international companies, people, and ideas.  


    Patrick Whalen

    Director - Niagara Global Tourism Institute

  • 16 Sep 2016

    The Global Chamber®  Buffalo, every Friday, is going to take an interesting Blog post from somewhere, that we believe deserves a look.  It could be from any of our Global Chamber(s) across the world, one of our members, sponsors, or collaborators.  Be sure to check them out, and give them a good read.

    This week's #BlogofInterest comes from Global Chamber® New York City through the experienced voice of Tatiana Nikishina.  

    How To Transport Art

  • 15 Sep 2016 by Global Chamber Buffalo

    We at the Global Chamber® Buffalo couldn't agree more with this article 19 Tips for Taking Your Small Business Global by Annie Pillon of Small Business Trends.  So, we thought we would share it, but expand and highlight two of the valuable "tips,"

    Utilize Expert Tools & Services
    Businesses sometimes are not equipped with the particular expertise within their own people/departments.  That's not a call to fire and rehire that particular "know-it-all" near unaffordable candidate.  It's not a crime either that your director(s) need a variety of additional education, training, or information gathering assistance.  Remember, these people know your business, what makes the product and/or services valuable/sellable, and they have a unique vested interest that a newcomer will not.  Imagine, if your company already had the Global Chamber® membership in their back-pocket?  You would already have a network of professionals in 25 countries and tools at your early disposal!

    Meet The Right People
    It takes time and energy that can negatively impact on a department's efficiency, when it is taxed with collecting information (raw) or reaching out to new contacts (getting their attention for the first time).  A friend of ours is doing this right now, and he called himself, "I'm the director of cut-n-paste, right now."  He is referring to gathering internet contacts from sites and pasting into formatted emails.  Been there, done that!  Imaging your company already having a warm, designated contact that might be able to facilitate mutual business meetings with the right people?  That's Global Chamber®, and that's all of us at Global Chamber® Buffalo, representing all of Upstate New York.

    Click here for the other seventeen tips.  

    Global Chamber® Buffalo can be that membership value your company is missing.  Let us "Tip" the scale in your favor, as you grow globally.  Contact us today.

  • 14 Sep 2016 by Global Chamber Buffalo

    Prophets for Progress

    Introducing the Global Chamber® Buffalo

    Welcome to the first newsletter from the Global Chamber® Buffalo.  We are upstate New York’s largest international organization that covers all of Upstate New York from Buffalo to Rochester to Syracuse.  This region, which is part of the Golden Horseshoe, is the 4th largest mega region and fourth largest urban region in North America.  With a growth rate of 110,000 people per year, the region is the second fastest growing major urban region on the continent.  Most of the growth is on the Canadian side of this bi-national region, but the future potential for investment and economic growth is in the U.S.  

    Global Chamber® provides warm, strategic introductions across 65 metros in 25 countries, offering proprietary business matching, mentoring, global events, access to global information, and much more.  All of which is available through membership.  And, membership can often lead to sponsorship, providing additional access to more prospects in your business target.  In membership or sponsorship - or both (which is often the case) - the values are high.

    We're the only organization in the world with the mission to grow business from anywhere to everywhere while collaborating with every organization.  Global Chamber® has a vision of over 100,000 members in 500+ metros by 2020 with virtual members everywhere.  We are growing around the world daily, and we are confident that growth can do wonders for you. 

    This is a recent post on "How We're Different" that may be helpful.  As a member we will welcome you to one or more Global Chamber® virtual communities to support your interests and growth.  Our 'for members only' events and services, including "League of Extraordinaries," "Export Circles," and "Export Roundtables" can be a perfect fit to learn, connect and grow globally.  Many of these events are free for our members and provide a great value of knowledge while building a vast, reliable network.

    The Global Chamber® Buffalo (representing all of Upstate New York) is moving quickly, and there are many area business and educational professionals joining and sponsoring.  Our blog, newsletter and social media are great digital arenas for every day information, keeping communication flowing, and ensuring all our mutual progress. 


    Mark Kuligowski Joins Global Chamber® Buffalo

    If you're going to provide such a dynamic and unique global education and connection service, one's marketing must have that unique regional perspective and a background that understands dynamic interaction.  We at the Global Chamber® Buffalo are proud to have Mark Kuligowski on board as our Marketing Director.

    Mark comes to the Global Chamber® with over 20+ years of global marketing strategy experience with an operations management skill set and a diverse, rich background in working one-on-one with people and assessing their needs and developing solutions that reach their goals.  

    His passion for making an impression is as dynamic and unique as the Global Chamber® Buffalo.

    You can click here to read his full bio on our website here.

    Mark is a valued asset, not only to the Global Chamber® Buffalo, but to our members and sponsors as well, so feel free to reach out to him.

    EXIM Chairman Discusses "How To Expand Success"

    Global Chamber® New York City, Global Chamber® San Francisco and Global Chamber® London present a live virtual webinar for U.S. exporters on 9/27 featuring 
    Fred P. Hochberg, Chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

    The Chairman will be joined by exporters from around the U.S. who will share their challenges and experiences.  Moderated by Patty Azar,
    The Magnificent Leader.  We will be sharing tips from successful exporters to grow globally.

    Join us for a candid interview and questions with the Chairman and President of Import-Export Bank of the United States, Fred P. Hochberg.

    Patty Azar (Magnificent Leaders)
    Tatiana Nikishina (Global Chamber New York City)

    Keynote Speaker
    EXIM Bank Chairman Fred P. Hochberg

    Additional Speakers: Exporters from Around the U.S.

    EXIM Bank is the official export credit agency of the United States.  It is an independent, self-sustaining Executive Branch agency with a mission of supporting American jobs by facilitating the export of U.S. goods and services.

    When private sector lenders are unable or unwilling to provide financing, EXIM Bank fills in the gap for American businesses by equipping them with the financing tools necessary to compete for global sales. More about EXIM Bank.

    Export-Import Bank of the United States is a collaborator of Global Chamber.

    Attend this event by clicking HERE..

    Global Opportunity In Your Hands

    In some countries like the U.S., less than 1% of executives are involved with international business. Shocking, but true.

    Coming back from every holiday is an opportunity to change the game and tap in to new opportunities... in other cities and countries.

    One of the real barriers to growing across borders is finding more customers, distributors, agents and partners who you know like and trust. If you were selling just across town it would be a lot easier. Talk to you local friends, find some folks to speak with, have a coffee with them, and do business.

    That's not scalable across the country and world.

    So you need a network of people you know, like and trust across the borders where you wish to expand business. That's easier than you may think, if you approach it logically and methodically. For an SME it can be challenging and sub-optimized without spreading a wide net.

    Here are some thoughts to help.  

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