A PASSION FOR YOUR GLOBAL PURSUIT
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" Series. Cultural 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 Connect, Engage 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.
GLOBAL CHAMBER® BUFFALO VISITS
CENTRAL NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ALLIANCE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone at 315-470-1800 for membership, program information, or any other requests.
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.
- 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.
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.