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  • 28 Nov 2017 by Global Chamber

    Until recently, methods to identify global risks with data have been misunderstood and underutilized. Using data visualization and artificial  intelligence to provide predictive analytics is now possible because of advances in both technology and new understandings of threat and risk. The resulting product helps NGO’s, businesses and governments create conditions for people to live secure, healthy, and fulfilled lives.

    Global risks have become increasingly complex for organizations due to rapid changes in society and technology. These challenges are further complicated by worldwide issues like climate change, mass migration, food and water security. Threats to business and government are now stacked in complex ways. Easy visualizations are needed to help decision-makers cut through the noise.  

    Global Chamber® Denver member, Lynx Global Intelligence,  states that businesses can learn by artificial intelligence by combining readily accessible, structured and unstructured data inputs like:

    - Internal Organization Data

    - Open Source Political Risk, Economic Other External Data

    - Social Media Sentiment and Web Scraping

    All these forms the Risk Dashboard Visualization / A.I. Deep Learning

    Read HERE full information about how A.I. can help you mitigate global risks and how the Lynx Dashboard Visualization works.

  • 19 Sep 2017 by Global Chamber Denver

     

    Doing Business in China: Culture, Etiquette, and Protocol

             Beginning in the early 1980s The People’s Republic of China reformed and opened its doors to the global market marking the beginning of its economic expansion. As a result, China has created a new position for itself as one of the world’s leading economic powerhouses.  According to the U.S. Trade representative, in 2016 China became our largest trading partner with two-way trade totaling 578.6 billion dollars. In addition to trade, investment from both firms in China investing in the U.S. and vice versa totaled just over 100 billion.

                The take away from China’s economic expansion is that there is a massive amount of money flowing between the U.S. and China, and this lends itself to any number of opportunities for firms that do business internationally. However, those who wish to pursue business opportunities in China should take into account the cultural differences between the United States and China and how those differences impacts doing business. Whether you find yourself going to China to meet new potential partners or brining Chinese clients to visit the States, recognizing and appreciating the differences in the way the Chinese do business will go along way to foster a healthy and beneficial business relationship.

    Relationships and Reputation

    Two concepts that are important to understand for doing business in China are relationships (Guānxi 关系) and outward appearances (Miànzi 面子), sometimes also translated as ‘face.’  The first of these, relationships is similar to networking in the United States, though can take a more social tone.  For example, many Chinese might take their business partners on social outings before discussing any business prospects. Business topics should not be discussed on these outings. Culturally it is important for many people from China to build friendly relationships with the people they do business with as they are often kept long term and used as a way of exchanging favors or gaining connections for future professional arrangements. So when doing business in China be prepared to enjoy dinner or drinks with your new partners before getting down to business.

    An equally important concept is what is known as Miànzi 面子, this translates in English into face or appearances, but the concept is more complex than that. It refers to a person’s reputation or prestige. Gaining face is to give your best outward appetence and giving face might involve helping someone else maintain his or her best outward appearance. For example, complimenting or praising someone’s performance gives them face.  Losing or taking away someone’s face is to be avoided. Some examples might include being confrontational in public or disagreeing with someone. Face does not just mean individuals, it can also include groups, companies, and countries.

    Etiquette

    Seniority, title, and rank

    Seniority, titles, and rank are vastly more important in China than they are in the U.S. Seniority is expected to be recognized and respected. For example senior group members should be seated first or introduced first. Titles are to be used when referring to people. Use Director Li rather than Mr. Li if he is introduced as such. It is generally a good idea to use proper names and titles until a stronger relationship is established or you are invited to use given names by your new partners. It is also important to note that family name comes first and their given name comes second. In the name Zhai Jing, Zhai is the family name and Jing is the given name, so Ms. Zhai would be the proper way to refer to her.

    Business Card Exchange

    Exchanging business cards is a more formal affair in China than in the United States. Always give and receive a business card with two hands. When you receive a business card you should read it. It is considered disrespectful to take a business card and put it in ones’ pocket or bag right away. Rather hold on to it with both hands until the exchange is complete. If the exchange takes place in while seated, neatly place any cards you receive on the table in front of you and collect them after the meeting is over. 

    Giving And Receiving Gifts

    It is common to give gifts to new business partner in China. These are usually small and inexpensive objects. Giving an overly expensive gift may cause someone to lose face.  Gifts should be wrapped in simple paper. When giving a gift it would not be unusual for a person to refuse at first and then accept when offered the second time. When receiving a gift it is proper to not unwrap the gift until after the meeting. When giving gifts be sure to have something for the entire group if the meeting is with a group of people. When giving gifts, give them in the order of seniority with the most senior person receiving the gift first. Group gifts are also acceptable. These are gifts given from your company to the other company. Be sure your company’s most senior person from your group gives the gift to the most senior person of the Chinese delegation.  Some gifts to avoid are watches/clock or knives and letter openers as these objects have bad connotations in Chinese culture.

     

    More detailed information on Chinese culture and educate can be found on the link below

     

     

    https://www.internations.org/china-expats/guide/17519-culture-shopping-recreation/understanding-the-chinese-culture-17526

     

    http://tradecommissioner.gc.ca/world-monde/107932.aspx?lang=eng

     

    Nick Carpenter

    Global Chamber Denver

  • 17 Sep 2017 by Global Chamber

    Global Chamber® Denver hosted Mexico's 55th President in Denver and there are many pictures! Some initial ones are included below.

    Doing business cross-border and globally was the theme of our forum with President Vicente Fox. He shared his insights and expertise on global business and doing business in Mexico. Some of our members met with President Fox and his team to discuss specific opportunities.

    Special thanks to our members and sponsors! 

    Thank you to Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Denver Mayor Michael B. HancockAurora Mayor Steve Hogan, Consul General  of Canada Stephane Lessard and MSU President Janine Davidson for your participation and leadership.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    More pictures at the Global Chamber facebook page HERE...

    And at the Global Chamber Denver facebook page HERE, and to follow.

     

  • 15 Sep 2017 by Global Chamber

    Thank you global tribe of Denver - members, sponsors and collaborators with Global Chamber® Denver - for making the visit by President Fox memorable, valuable and amazing

    One of many follow-ups... we welcome all Global Chamber® Denver member to attend President Fox's CITEK 2017 Oct 3-4 at no cost... contact Jeffrey Campos HERE.

    And watch for more follow-ups... thank you President Fox and all our members, sponsors and collaborators!

     

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  • 23 May 2017 by Jeffrey Campos

    Global Chamber hosted the Advance Team for Mexico President Vicente Fox's planned visit to Denver, CO USA . Juan Garcia Senior Advisor to Mexico President Fox spoke to Global Chamber members on topics related to the planned visit to Denver. It consisted of three full days of meetings at Governor Hickenlooper's Office, Mayor Michael Hancock's Office's , Mexican Consulate's Office, Metro State University Denver, Global Chamber Denver, and more. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • 03 Jun 2017 by Jeffrey Campos

    Global Trade & Investment Forum will feature 55th President of Mexico Vicente Fox  on August 29 - August 31 2017

    The forum discusses unlocking new opportunities through strengthened US & Mexico relations, trade ties, investment and business linkages heard from President Vicente Fox. Read more.

    Vicente Fox was born in Mexico City on July 2, 1942, the second of nine children, fruit of the marriage between José Luis Fox, a farmer by trade, and Doña Mercedes Quesada.

    Whilst he was still a child, he and his family moved to the San Cristóbal ranch in the state of Guanajuato municipality of San Francisco del Rincón, where he would have the opportunity to live and play alongside the children of the local communal farmers, to share his childhood with them and, in his own words, see for himself “one of the avoidable ills of our country: poverty.”

    Vicente Fox is someone who is amiable, respectful, unpretentious, and honest; a man whose life on the ranch has taught him to value people’s loyalty and to appreciate the huge potential Mexico has to be triumphant.

    As he himself has commented on many an occasion throughout his life, “I know the value of opportunity. I grew up on a communal farm alongside the children of farmworkers and the only difference between me and my friends from childhood are the opportunities that I have been lucky enough to have.”

    A graduate of Iberoamericana University, where he gained a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at their campus in Mexico City, Vicente Fox recalls how at that time his provincial “cowboy” image was in sharp contrast to that of his classmates.

    He subsequently took a diploma course in Senior Management taught by professors of Harvard Business School.

    In 1964, he joined the firm Coca-Cola de México as a Route Supervisor. From aboard his delivery truck, he had the opportunity to get to know virtually every nook and cranny of the country. His performance in his work allowed him to rise up through the ranks, until he eventually became regional CEO of the company for Mexico and Latin America, the youngest person to hold such a position in the firm.

    With the experience he acquired, he decided to return to Guanajuato to become actively involved in the state’s business, political, social, and educational spheres, and to help contribute to its overall improvement.

    As a businessman and as a politician, Vicente Fox Quesada has always strived in his pursuit of the common good and equal opportunities.

    As a loving father, he has shared the joy of his work and home life with his four adopted children, Ana Cristina, Vicente, Paulina, and Rodrigo.

    He is a founder and former president of the Casa Cuna Amigo Daniel children’s home trust, an institution at which many children receive the care and attention they need. He is also a former president of the Loyola trust, whose purpose is to promote the Iberoamericana University’s León campus and the Instituto Lux, a school at which so many in Guanajuato have received their education.

    He has served as an advisor to the Mexican-American Chamber of Commerce and as Director of Grupo Fox, a group of companies engaged in the various branches of agriculture, livestock farming, agribusiness, footwear production and the manufacture of cowboy boots for export, and one which helps generate a wide range of job opportunities.

    In the 1980s, he joined the National Action Party (PAN), inspired to do so by Manuel J. Clouthier, a man he describes as his political godfather.

    In 1988, he was elected Federal Representative for the Third District of the city of León, Guanajuato. Whilst a member of Congress, his efforts were particularly focused on matters relating to agriculture and the livestock industry. During this period, he wrote widely for a diverse range of national and regional newspapers.

    In 1991, he ran for governor in the state of Guanajuato. In 1995, he ran again, this time in a special election for governor, which he won by a significant majority.

    During his administration, the transparency he advocated meant he was fully accountable, both in terms of state finances and of his own personal wealth. He succeeded in turning the state of Guanajuato into the fifth most important economy in Mexico. Having achieved such excellent results during his administration, he was chosen as the official nominee of the Alliance for Change (an alliance between his own PAN party and Mexico’s green party, the PVEM) in the country’s presidential elections in the year 2000.

    In his autobiography “Vicente Fox a Los Pinos” (Mexico, Océano, 2000), he describes his political philosophy and his immense passion for Mexico.

    On July 2, Vicente Fox was victorious in the presidential election and that same day declared his commitment to “...form a government that is plural, honest, and capable; a government that includes the very best of the country’s citizens.” His election marked the end of a period of over 70 years during which every single president of Mexico had been a militant of the country’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (the PRI). As such, he was the first president in the country’s transition to democracy to come from the ranks of the opposition.

    In his inaugural address to the nation on December 1 of that year, the President of all Mexicans, Vicente Fox Quesada, undertook to “continue to build a giving country.”

    On July 2, 2001, exactly one year after his election victory, a major event took place at the President’s official residence of Los Pinos: the civil wedding ceremony of Mr. Vicente Fox Quesada, President of the United Mexican States, to Ms. Marta Sahagún Jiménez. It was a day that not only marked the first anniversary of Mexico’s democratic change and the first day of his marriage, but also his 59th birthday.

    Today, there is a new Mexico. Day after day, Vicente Fox worked tirelessly in his efforts to fulfill the promise he made in his inaugural address: “I am, and shall remain, thoroughly committed to continuing the efforts of this great nation; to working passionately for those who have bequeathed us our homeland, for those who have built the Mexico we have today, and for those who have ever dreamed of a different, a successful, and a triumphant Mexico.”

    His most positive legacy in terms of macroeconomic results was the reduction of inflation to a minimum, a virtually fully balanced budget, the strengthening of the peso, the effective management of the country’s foreign debt, and a historically low country-risk ranking, with foreign reserves at an all-time high of approximately 73 billion dollars.

    Never in our country’s history had such energetic efforts been made in the war on poverty, in the promotion of equality and to ensure equal opportunities, through a comprehensive policy aimed at doing just that. The officially-named “Opportunities” strategy enabled social development programs to reach families in the country’s most far-flung communities and regions on a scale never seen before.

    Thanks to the recognition it received from the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, the example set by the “Opportunities” program has been copied in over 30 countries.

    Following his presidential term (2000–2006), and for the first time in Mexico’s history, the now former president chose to remain in the public eye after leaving office and to speak openly and without censorship of his experience as head of state. In his book Revolution of Hope” (US, Viking Adult, 2007), Vicente Fox describes the road that led him to the office of the President, the history of his family, the root and foundation of the values that motivate his actions, and the gamut of experiences that led to his transformation from businessman to head of state.

    Today he lives on the ranch his grandfather purchased a century ago. The two-hundred-year old Ex-Hacienda of San Cristóbal is now home to a study center, library, and museum, all of which bear his name. Centro Fox, as it is better known, is a forum for thought and ideas, and is also home to Fundación Vamos México (the Let’s Go Mexico Foundation), an organization led by his wife, Marta Sahagún, which works to help end poverty.

    Today both continue fighting for Mexico and to make a difference, however small, so as to improve and one day overcome the shameful conditions people in various parts of our country and in Latin America endure every day.

    Today Vicente Fox continues to ride his horse like Don Quixote in search of new goals. For it is his abiding belief that whoever ceases to grow will begin to die; that whoever ceases to be active will be swept away by the tide and by their opponents; and that whoever wavers will lose sight of the path to success.

    In his travels along the path he continues to walk, Vicente Fox has been officially recognized for his work on many occasions, including the following honorary degrees he has been awarded in the Americas and Europe:

    • Honorary doctorate from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, March 2002
    • Honorary Doctor of Laws from Emory University, May 11, 2009
    • Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California, May 2009
    • Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from the International School of Law of IMADEC University, Vienna, Austria, 2011
    • Honorary Doctor of Laws from the Faculty of Laws of University of the Pacific, Stockton, California, May 2011
    • Doctor Honoris Causa from the Universidad Tecnológica de Santiago (UTESA), Santiago de Caballeros, the Dominican Republic, February 2011

    He is a member of Club de Madrid, an independent non-profit organization made up of 81 ex-heads of state and former leaders of democratic governments.

    If there is a road that Vicente Fox has chosen to follow in his life, it is, without a doubt, one that leads to the consolidation of democracy and leadership in Mexico and Latin America.

    Join us 8/29-31.

  • 02 Feb 2017 by Jeffrey Campos

    Global Chamber Denver Business Series Luncheon is proud to host Consul General of Russia Sergey Petrov on February 23 at 11:30a.m. at the Metro State University campus in the Tivoli Center Senate Room. To attend visit our event page.

    SPEAKER PROFILE
    As the Consul General of Russia in San Francisco, Sergey Petrov promotes trade‚ economic‚ cultural and scientific relations between Russia and the United States. Mr. Petrov was born in Moscow in 1962; he is married and has an adult son.

    EXPERIENCE
    Over 30 years ago, Mr. Petrov joined the diplomatic service at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR. Petrov’s first assignment was at the Embassy of the USSR in Afghanistan. Upon completion of his tour of duty, he worked at various posts at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 1995, he was appointed to the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the U.S.., specializing in congressional affairs and inter parliamentary exchanges. Starting in 1999, Mr.Petrov  worked in Moscow at the office of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Georgiy Mamedov; during 2002-2003, he was the head of his office. In 2003, Sergey was appointed to the Embassy of the

    Russian Federation in Canada, where he soon reached the position of Minister-Counselor and continued working there for 8 years. In 2011, he served as Deputy Director of North American Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the
    Russian Federation. In 2013, Mr. Petrov assumed the duties of Consul General of the Russian Federation in San Francisco.

    EDUCATION
    He graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 1986. Mr. Petrov speaks English, as well as Farsi and French.

  • 21 Dec 2016 by Jeffrey Campos

    The holidays are one of my favorite times of year as we all take time, and perhaps make the time, to give more to others and reflect on everything for which we are thankful.

    In the spirit of the holiday season, I wanted to pause for a moment and thank some of our Global Chamber “Champions” … dedicated people that help us through the year to continue our mission as a business resource organization providing vital business, education and connections.

    The first round of applause goes to the Global Chamber’s Board of Advisors, Committee Members, and volunteers representing a broad cross-section of area businesses – large and small –contributing their time, knowledge and expertise to develop, oversee and navigate the organization’s strategic plan, priorities and vision.

    I would certainly be remiss if I did not mention the Global Chamber’s Sponsors, Event Sponsors and Collaborators. Through their generous financial support, the Chamber’s vital programs and services are made possible for our Members and the communities we serve.

    And of course, our Members!  Their renewing faith and commitment to us as stewards of their investment provide the very foundation upon which the Global Chamber’s mission was created and we continue to proudly work on behalf of our businesses, our partners and our communities.

    Thank you for your commitment to defining the work of the Global Chamber through your voice. Your support as Members of this organization will help us to continue to make a positive difference for all our Members, our businesses and our community.

    Stay in touch. By working together, we will become stronger than ever.

    A very Happy New Year to you all,

     

    Jeffrey Campos, Executive Director Denver

  • 07 Dec 2016 by Global Chamber

    Global Chamber Denver Advisory Board is a global community of entrepreneurs, innovators, and thought leaders sharing a passion for international business success in Denver. Our newly created Advisory Board is made up of leaders from some of the world's most successful companies and leaders in the business community.

    This board offers input and advice pertaining to the content and development of programs, events and services geared toward chamber membership development.

    The following serve on the Advisory Board, helping Global Chamber Denver thrive:

     

    Co- Chair - Frances M. Mickelson, Cornerstone Advisors International

    Co- Chair - Emanuel Anton, Polsinelli

    Communications Committee - Francisco Miraval , Project Vision 21

    Marketing & Media Committee - Martin Alvarez, Modern Gladiator Magazine

    Education Committee– Maria Segura DPS International Studies

    Membership Committee - Louise Pumphrey, Wealth Strategies

     

    Vanessa Giacoman, Panorama Government Solutions

    Deborah Quintana, World Wide Money Exchange

    Heather Barry, Denver International Airport

    Derek Okubu, City of Denver Office of Economic Development

    Maria Velasco, Spring Institute

    Joann Thompson, Worldwide Travel Specialist

    Gilbert Cisneros, Chamber of the Americas

    John Vasquez, Newport Capital

    Douglas Jackson, Project Cure

    James Hall, The Focal Point 

    Charlie Walling, Froozer

    Larry Martinez, Glaxo, Smith, & Klein

    Nicholas Lopez, CRM Consulting

    Bashir Bataille, Geotech

    Norma Mozee, Afinidad Americas

    Marsha Barancik, Tri-Sector Strategist

    Gabriel Torres-Duvic, US Bank

    Jessica Acosta, ECS Compliance

    Daniel Armendariz, Hispanic Business TV

    Rebeca Aristizabal, RNN Architects

    Karlyn Shorb, Aurora Sister Cities

    Marcela de la Mar, Mexican Cultural Center

    Scott Nelson, Placeable

    Trevor Jones, Lynx Global Intelligence

    Pilar Camargo, Mile High Multilingual Services

    Melinda Cain, Real World Solutions

  • 18 Nov 2016 by Jeffrey Campos

    Global Chamber Denver hosted the first annual reception in honor of the Colorado Consular Corps Reception at the exclusive Buell Mansion on November 15, 2017. Held to be a tribute and recognition to our global partners. The Consular Corps is over 60 years old as an organization.  The number of countries which choose to have official representation in Colorado has grown significantly over the last ten years, as Colorado has become more linked to international business and global activities.  Ten years ago only Mexico had a "career" consulate in Colorado.  Today the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada and Peru, in addition to Mexico, have full-time professional consulates in the state.  The list of Honorary Consulates also has expanded, most recently with Morocco and Uganda establishing consulates.

    The reception’s international guest list that exceeded over 150 guest that included over 20 members of the foreign and honorary consulates, Aurora Mayor Steven Hogan, public officials from City of Denver, State of Colorado, Senator Bennet’s, Office, Congressman Coffman’s Office and business leaders from Colorado.

    Consuls recognized were from Mexico, Japan, Canada, Peru, United Kingdom, Russia, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Finland, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Netherlands, Denmark, Morocco, Uganda, Mongolia, Germany and Republic of Korea. Russian Consul Deb Palmieri, indicated "The event was over the top with such a great mix of attendees."

    The sponsors were extensive that included the City of Aurora Office of International and Immigrant Affairs, Visit Denver, Cornerstone Advisors International, Crestcom, JF Global, and Molson Coors.

     

    Consuls From Over 20 Countries introduced by Finland Consul Juha Makikalli

     

    Left to Right Former Mayor of Cherry Hills Village Doug Tisdale, Mayor of City of Aurora Steve Hogan and Executive Director Jeffrey Campos

     

    Buell Mansion Cherry Hills Village , Colorado

     

    Left in back - Board Member Scott Nelson speaking to John Bristol State of Colorado Office of Economic Development

    Front - Juan Materon speaking to Board Member Maria Segura

     

    Japanese Consul Makato Ito in discussion with some guest.

     

    View from outside looking in at the Consular Corps Reception!

  • 06 Nov 2016 by Jeffrey Campos

     The 2016 Consular Corps Reception is a Tribute to our Global Partners, the Consular Corp of Colorado. The Colorado Consular Corps is over 50 years old as an organization.  The number of countries which choose to have official representation in Colorado has grown significantly over the last ten years, as Colorado has become more linked to international business and global activities.  Ten years ago only Mexico had a "career" consulate in Colorado.  Today the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada and Peru, in addition to Mexico, have full-time professional consulates in the state.  The list of Honorary Consulates also has expanded, most recently with Morocco and Uganda establishing consulates.

    It gives Global Chamber great privilege to host the Colorado Consular Corps Reception a tribute to our Global Partners. The reception’s international guest list includes members of the foreign and honorary consulates, mayors, officials and business leaders from Colorado. This event will showcase Denver as global city and honor the consulates.

    In attendance we have confirmed consuls from Mexico, Japan, Canada, Peru, United Kingdom, Russia, Finland, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Netherlands, Morocco, Uganda, Mongolia, and Germany.

     

     

    To Attend Consular Corps Reception

    November 15, 2016

    Buell Mansion 1 Buell Mansion Parkway Cherry Hills Village , CO

    6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

     

    Sponsored by City of Aurora Office of International & Immigrant Affairs | Visit Denver | Molson Coors | Cornerstone Advisors International | Crestcom | Jordan Friedman CPA

  • 25 Sep 2016 by Jeffrey Campos

    Many of us in the 'global tribe' and who are members of Global Chamber are foodies - enjoying the diverse international cuisine available around the world! It's part of the fun of traveling and being part of the global tribe! And so we're interested in sharing the best restaurants featuring local cuisine for more people to enjoy!

    We have already started our 'best of' international restaurant series, with the best international restaurants we know of in ourcommunity.

    We are proud to announce Pizza Wars to be held on Friday October 7, 2016 at Tech Social. Six area restaurants will provide pizza to attendees, who paid $30 in advance or $40 at the door, and could vote for their favorite pizza pie.

    This unique event combines our love for Pizza, Beer & Wine.  Your ticket will include you an unlimited sampling of pizza pie’s from participating Pizzeria’s. In addition, there will be tastings of beer and wine.

    The culmination of the day will include a head-to-head battle for pizza supremacy! Each pizzeria will be competing in the following 3 categories:

    • Best Specialty
    • Best Cheese
    • Fan Vote

    A panel of celebrity judges will determine the out-come of Best Specialty & Best Cheese. Your paid admission includes 1 fan vote per adult on the evening of the event. The champions in each division will be awarded an award to proudly display in their pizzeria! To attend RSVP Here !

     

  • 22 May 2017 by Jeffrey Campos

    Young Professionals' Committee members are seen as a vital and active group of Global Chamber.   The committee officially launched on May 17th, 2007 with exciting initiatives ahead.

    Young Professionals are:

    • Under the age of 35
    • Those new to the working world,
    • Masters or PhD students,
    • Those looking for a career in various sectors post-graduation, and
    • Those who have been working for a few years and starting to advance in their careers.

    The Young Professionals' Committee works to increase participation among Young Professionals in services and volunteer opportunities in the region.  The committee

    • Serves as an intermediary between young professionals or new graduates moving into the next phase of their professional or academic careers,
    • Supports and vocalizes the needs of Young Professionals' within the Chamber, and
    • Helps define the future of Global Chamber

    For more information or to get engaged contact us at den@globalchamber.org.

  • 08 Feb 2017 by Jeffrey Campos

    There is a lot of discussion about what are the best ways to market your business in government contracting locally and internationally. The opportunities can include food and beverage concessions, retail shops, food distribution and construction management, among others.

    A shining star in the industry is LFL International, Inc.  (LFL), owned by Lloyd and Loretta Lovell, is a minority owned Program, Project and Construction Management company and a Food Service company under the dba Lizzy Food LLC. 

     

    Most recently they have engaged with an operating partner from Latin America, Espresso Americano, a “Farm to Table” Coffee concept with currently 180+ stores and is locally headquartered in Denver, CO (www.espresso-americano.com).  The office in Denver and continued franchise opportunities in the metro area as well as nationally will provide increased job opportunities and economic support for the local Denver metro economy.   A group together that will achieve success for the Denver community and internationally.

    LFL’s technical company is a multifaceted organization specializing in project management, program management, construction management, procurement management services, project controls, cost estimating, scheduling, project management staff augmentation and business management consulting. LFL’s objective is to provide the needs of their clients from project conception through project completion.

    LFL, as a technical company, takes pride in being able to staff projects with personnel whose professional qualifications and skills are well suited to the unique projects in which they participate. The professional and technical personnel who staff these projects have over 40 years of combined experiences. LFL has provided professional services on behalf of a variety of federal, municipal and governmental agencies/entities and has participated in several significant, high profile projects.

    Lizzy’s Food is a food manufacturer and assumed the responsibilities of LFL’s food distribution services. Lizzy’s home cooked entrées are old family recipes handed down through generations and still enjoyed by families today. Lizzy’s entrées are “Homemade” style entrees, that remind us of meals “Just like Grandma Made it” with comforting taste.

    The goal is to provide quality home cooked entrees for your weekly table settings or any event worth celebrating. We believe that you should not have to wait to be at a family gathering to enjoy family oriented recipes. Lizzy’s home cooked entrées provide the luxury for anyone to have a superb home cooked meal anywhere and anytime, minus the preparation time to prepare home cooked meals.

    Lizzy’s Food is certified as an Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) and is a MBE under the Minority Supplier Development Council.

  • 06 Nov 2016 by Jeffrey Campos

    This week, Cuba released its 2016-17 portfolio of foreign direct investment (FDI) opportunities at the annual Havana International Trade Fair (FIHAV) that we were thrilled to attend. The portfolio details 396 economic development projects, 69 more projects than last year. A summarized list of key investment opportunities in a range of industries, including agricultureenergy, biotech, health care and transportation, is available below.

    Cuba releases a yearly portfolio of investment opportunities at the annual trade fair. This year's Havana International Trade Fair was attended by representatives from 25 U.S. companies, signaling the U.S. business community's growing interest in doing business in Cuba.

    Cuba has recognized that foreign investment is a critical tool of development as the island nation seeks to strengthen nearly every sector its economy. Cuba is open for business, and it's time that Congress gets out of the way of American companies interested in helping Cuba move into the 21st century.

    The new 2016 portfolio highlights the tangible and potentially lucrative opportunities for U.S. companies to play a leading role in modernizing Cuba. But despite recent regulatory changes, U.S. companies still face unnecessary hurdles and outdated restrictions related to Cuba. Until Congress fully lifts the embargo, American companies will be stuck on the sidelines as foreign competitors move in on Cuba's growing markets.

    Investment Opportunities in key sectors:

    *Figures below are estimated project costs stated in the portfolio. 

    • Port of Mariel: Over $1.5 billion to develop the Port of Mariel and strengthen its goal of becoming the logistics hub of the Caribbean.  
    •  $740.14 million for comprehensive agro-industrial projects to increase food production; encourage sustainable development; and increase efficiency, quality and competitiveness in the different forms of production management. Cuba is seeking FDI for 76 projects, 36 more projects than last year. 
    • $252.4 million to promote projects to modernize and create new capacities (e.g. to produce bottles and packaging, recycle raw materials), manufacturing electronic equipment and electrical appliances, chemical products and by-products, medical equipment, textiles, clothing and accessories, hygiene products, perfumes and cosmetics. Cuba seeks to cover their national demand, replace imports and increase exports.  
    • Renewable Energy: Cuba is seeking over $290 million in renewable energy projects with the goal to create, enlarge and modernize production capacities and to promote projects to generate energy from renewable sources. 
    • Oil & Gas: Cuba is seeking almost $2 billion for 6 projects to increase oil and gas production.
    •  $119.3 million to modernize Cuba's transportation infrastructure. Specifically, Cuba plans to expand its port, roadway, and rail capacity and improve its system for repairs and technological updates of vessels and trains. This includes preparing port facilities to receive cruise ships and bringing its commercial aviation services up to international standards.  
    • Biotechnology and Drug Industry: $27 million to promote projects in Cuba with strategic partners to improve the manufacturing of finished products and active drug ingredients for generic medicines. Cuba is looking for partners to complement domestic projects by increasing joint R&D projects, as well as the creating or extending their own production capabilities.  
    • Health care: $50 million to develop exports of Cuban medical and health services.
    • $110 million to access new technologies to improve efficiency in construction, increase production of materials AND spare parts, and to recover and complete general repairs for plants. Additionally, Cuba seeks to promote the building of infrastructure and industrial maintenance jobs, primarily for the nickel, oil and cement industries as well as for the designing and building of hotels for tourism and the real estate complexes associated with golf courses.

    Content Courtesy of Engage Cuba .

  • 05 Sep 2016 by Jeffrey Campos

    Global Chamber Denver and Lynx Global Intelligence are happy to announce an exciting new partnership to locate and facilitate opportunities in Cuba for Colorado businesses and organizations.  To announce the new campaign, Global Chamber Denver will host the "Why Cuba Campaign Forum" on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. at The Palm - Westin Denver, 1672 Lawrence St, Denver, CO 80202. Sponsored by the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade – Minority Business Office.

    Speakers Sonny Betancourt and Trevor Jones of Lynx will provide insight into business in Cuba, Cuban culture and society, environmental and development trends, and other topics that will benefit Colorado-based businesses. 

    The Forum will allow leaders from industry, small business, environmental and development groups to learn about the current landscape and opportunities in Cuba, engage in group discussions and to arrange participation in a trade delegation going to the island, scheduled for February 2017.

    Business/Global Trade:

    Discuss current trade conditions, areas that are ideal for business market immersion: e.g. energy, agribusiness, medicine, manufacturing, technology, development and environmental markets. Discuss potential for joint partnership opportunities to include Cuban areas of interest. Explain the best options to engage in Cuba, vital marketing tactics and overall business cultural understanding.

    Ecological and Environmental Aspects:

    Discuss potential coordination strategies within eco/enviro and business. Some areas that are potential areas of concern: deforestation, desertification, overfishing, soil degradation (salted soils), air pollution and water pollution.

    Business opportunities lay in collaboration in expert guidance, trainings, smart growth strategies, sustainable development, coral reef protection, natural resource protection, and climate change assistance. 

    Cultural and Generational Aspects:

    Discuss the historic and changing Cuban culture. Areas such as: art, food, lifestyle, music, athletics, photography, video and overall broadcasting etc.

    Business opportunities within these areas will be examined. Academic and Colorado-based cross-cultural trips will be arranged in 2017.

    For further information, please contact Lynx Global Intelligence sonny@lynxglobalintelligence.com or trevor@lynxglobalintelligence.com.

  • 24 Aug 2016 by Jeffrey Campos

    Global Chamber held “Access to Capital” this month on August 10, 2016. Over 40 attended the event, which includes a panel of lending experts that discussed traditional and alternative lending options, and spotlight presentations on equity, alternatives and business credit at Tech Social in Denver.

    Local experts shared their stories with small business owners in hopes of helping them understand the best funding options for their businesses. This is incredibly valuable information since many of the small to medium-sized businesses believe that they will have difficulty raising both equity and debt financing within the coming months.

    Even with lower interest rates, small businesses are still not applying for loans and are instead seeking alternative lenders with higher rates because they fear having their loan application denied.

     “We look forward to bringing our Access to Capital to Global Chamber and providing small businesses in the region with the education and access to funding options that they are lacking.” indicated John Vasquez of the National Community Development Fund.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Event speakers include:

    John Vasquez National Community Development Fund

    Greg Lopez, Past Small Business Administration Director

    Brett Haigler, Peoples Community Bank

    Due to popular demand we are excited to announce that another Access to Capital event will be held in January 2107.

     

    Jeffrey Campos

    Executive Director Denver

  • 16 May 2016 by Global Chamber Denver

     

    The Global Chamber
     

    Who We Are                             

    Global Chamber Denver helps members get business done across metro areas!

    We are a thriving and collaborating community of CEO's, executives, and professionals growing business across 500 metropolitan areas. We leverage technology and our collective networks around the world to help member companies grow, reduce risk, be more productive, and succeed faster.

     

    Join Us For Our Next Business Speaker Series

    Doing Business In Latin America

    Connecting over 100 business owners seeking opportunities in Latin America! Join us for a unique forum featuring industry leaders from the private and public sector, who will share their expertise on challenges and emerging opportunities in Latin America’s key markets.

    WHEN: Tuesday, May 24th 2016

    Registration 4:30 pm  |  Program 5:00pm

    Reception 6:30 pm

    WHERE: CU Denver Student Common Building 1201 Larimer St   |  Corner of Larimer St & Speer Blvd  | Denver, CO 80204

    RECEPTION: Dorchester
    1448 Market Street  |  Denver, CO  80202

     

    Speakers

    Wayne M. Chancellor is a Denver Public companies and securities attorney who focuses on mining, natural resources, corporate operations and general business transactions. Mr. Chancellor has extensive experience with the multitude of agreements, permitting and environmental requirements, governmental affairs and corporate transactions associated with various stages of the mining life cycle.  

     

    Jose V. Zapata is a partner in Holland & Knight’s Bogota office with more than 20 years of experience in the natural resources sector. He focuses his practice on corporate and commercial matters with an emphasis on the environment, energy and natural resources.

     

    Carlos Bello is Consul General of Mexico in Denver was designated by the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, and ratified by the Mexican Senate on 2013 as Consul General of Mexico in Denver with jurisdiction over the states of Colorado, eastern part of Wyoming and eastern part of Montana.

     

    George Skidmore is a CPA, qualified in Colorado and Oklahoma, and provides strategic direction in the areas of global tax, finance and accounting, as well as international treasury and site selection.

     

    John Bristol is the Global Business Manager – Americas for the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade Office, has more than 10 years leading organizations with economic development experience across the Americas and in the U.S. government,

     

    Individual/Sponsor Registration

     

    Global Chamber Members & Students: $10 or Group of 8/$50

    Non-Member: $20 or Group of 8/$100

    Event Sponsor: $500

    Register or sign up to be a sponsor HERE

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  • 05 Apr 2016 by Jeffrey Campos

    Key Stats

    Mexico Peso

    US$1 = $14.63

     

    Key Cities: Guadalajara, Monterrey, Mexico City

     

    Population: 124 Million

     

    Natural Resources: Petroleum, silver, gold, lead, zinc, copper, natural gas, timber

     

    • Mexico is one of the seven most attractive countries to invest in (UNCTAD).

     

    • World's thirteenth most visited country (World Trade Organization).

     

    • Second largest export market for U.S. products and services.

     

    • Labor pool is estimated at nearly 78 million people

     

    • The cost of manufacturing in Mexico is 23% cheaper than in the U.S.

     

    Primary economic activities feature crude oil extraction, tourism, and intense industrial, mining, and agricultural products. This includes the cultivation of a variety of agricultural products, mainly sugarcane, maize, oranges, bananas, tomatoes, green chilies, lemons, mangos and potatoes. Livestock is also an important sector for Mexico

     

    According to the World Trade Organization, Mexican workers rank among the hardest-working in the world, in terms of the amount of hours worked per year.

     

    Friendly International Environment

    -          Twelve free trade agreements along with an Economic Partnership Agreement that grants it preferential access for its goods to over forty countries.

    -          Twenty-eight investment promotion and protection agreements.

    -          Strong and well-defined double taxation treaties with more than forty countries.

    -          Low country risk with a local currency rating of A-.

    Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – Recently passed the Promotion of Authority by the U.S. Congress and likely to be completed this year.

    -          If completed, it will eliminate more than 18,000 and other trade barriers on American products across the countries involved - including Mexico. This will greatly benefit small to medium-size U.S. businesses looking to expand.

     

    -Mexico’s economy is predicted to surpass that of Brazil in the next 6 years and become the 5th largest economy in the world by 2050 (Goldman Sachs).

     

    Healthcare/Medical

    -Medical products from the U.S. are highly regarded in Mexico due to high quality, after-sales service, and pricing, compared to competing products of similar quality. Consequently, U.S. medical equipment and instruments have a competitive advantage and are in high demand in Mexico.

    -Access to public market is now open to all pharmaceutical companies with operations in Mexico.

    -Mexico’s challenges with diseases like diabetes and obesity create a demand for more effective treatments and medical technology.

    Best prospects for medical devices include:

    • Anesthesia equipment • Defibrillators • Electrocardiographs • Electroencephalographs • Electro surgery equipment • Gamma ray equipment • Incubators • Lasers for surgery• MRI equipment • Patient monitors • Respiratory therapy equipment • Suction pumps • Ultrasound equipment • X-ray equipment

    -Large public and private hospitals regularly seek out the most modern and highly specialized medical devices

    -Some medium and small private hospitals with limited budgets buy used or refurbished equipment.

    -Rising urban populations and decreasing rural populations has resulted in lacking healthcare for the rural areas. Increased demand for U.S. quality clinics and treatment centers.

     

    Automotive

    Surpassed the U.S. and Canada in 2012 as the largest North American auto-producing nation.

    -          Fourth largest exporter of vehicles in the world.

    -Under NAFTA, U.S.–manufactured products enjoy duty free import benefit giving U.S. businesses a quality versus cost advantage over other foreign manufacturers.  

     

    Travel and Tourism Services

    -Mexico is the second largest source of international traveler to the U.S.

    -Distributing promotional material at one trade show is not likely to generate meaningful results. It is essential to establish personal relationships with tourism companies in Mexico.

    -To save money and facilitate processes, wholesalers in Mexico are now buying products and services from tour operators in the U.S

    -U.S. travel and tourism companies are advised to travel to Mexico in order to obtain sufficient exposure in the Mexican market and increase sales

     

    “Mexico’s Silicon Valley”

    -Guadalajara is one of Mexico’s key commercial hub and contributes a large percentage to the total gross national product.

    -Prominent conventions and expositions year round that attract herds of foreign investors.

    -Opportunities in almost all industries but the leading sectors include: electronic components, agricultural equipment and supplies, furniture manufacturers, processed foods, food processing, packaging equipment, and supplies.

     

    Energy/Infrastructure

    -Due to recent constitutional reforms, Mexico is finally ready to unlock its renewable energy potential.

    -Due to proximity and years of experience, U.S. companies are uniquely positioned to supply projects in Mexico’s evolving energy market.

    -Over the next three years, the Mexican government plans to invest more than $600 billion to modernize transport, telecommunications, water, energy, and environmental sectors.

    -The Mexican government has prioritized the re-launch of passenger trains as part of its massive transportation strategy.

    -Other big investment plans to expand major ports and modernize international airports.  

     

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