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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.

  • 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.