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           PROMOTING GLOBAL BUSINESS AND TRADE OPPORTUNITIES

                     HILLSBOROUGH - PINELLAS -  SARASOTA - MANATEE - POLK  - PASCO - HERNANDO COUNTIES   

 

              "Global Knowledge Leads To New  Business Opportunities

 

     MEMBERSHIP SERVICES & MEMBER COMMITTEES

 


 

MEMBERSHIP SERVICES & BENEFITS -

The TAMPA BAY GLOBAL BUSINESS INITIATIVE in cooperation with the  WORLD TRADE CENTER offers globally minded citizens an opportunity to hear from international experts and high level dignitaries about their perspective on world affairs and also to enlighten members on the cultures of other nations and to learn how to engage in business or trade in other countries. It comes at a time when America's image around the world is at all-time low. It is crucial that we be informed on critical global affairs and how they impact our daily lives.

MEMBER BUSINESS SERVICES & PROPERTY PROMOTION

 

A linked website (currently under construction) http://www.bestinvest-tampabay.com/  and http://www.bestinvest-floridasuncoast.com/ will provide information to potential investors to promote foreign direct investment in the region, whether it be corporate offices, commercial, industrial or residential properties. The website will be linked to this website and promoted to all 290 World Trade Centers worldwide.

 

Another link also offers member listings on  http://www.tampabayexportregister.com/ (currently under construction) for companies or individuals who want to promote their products or services to foreign business, institutions or governments.

 


KNOWLEDGE AND INVOLVEMENT ARE THE KEY

TO SUCCESSFUL GLOBAL BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

T

he Councils and Committees are for members to develop greater understanding,

awareness and knowledge of the global marketplace.

 

TAMPA BAY - CUBA BUSINESS COUNCIL

Jose Valiente - Chairman 

Frank Cisneros - Vice Chairman  

J. Parke Wright IV - Council Senior Advisor

The newly formed Tampa Bay - Cuba Business Council will address important issues of specific trade and investment opportunities which could develop in Cuba in coming months and years. It will also offer a platform to study and learn more about the Cuban economy and what will be the primary opportunities, specifically in agriculture, real estate, hospitality, transportation, shipping and natural resources. Council members will have opportunities to participate in workshops, conferences, missions and a series of programs designed to educate and inform local businesses on future economic development and trade. The Council offers an opportunity for dialogue and exchange of ideas on the important changes shaping the future. The Council  is only open to members who are individual or corporate trustees of TAMPA BAY WORLD TRADE CENTER | WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL .

 


 

GLOBAL BUSINESS PRACTICES

Co-Chairs, Charlotte Starfire,  Dr. Maria Crummett

Members of the council are given the opportunity to serve any of the five different committees. The committees and sub-committees address specific issues related to creating a better knowledge and understanding of world cultures, business practices, socio-economic  issues, travel tips and the do’s and don’ts of working or living in that part of the world and to conduct workshops on how to market to develop trade opportunities in those regions of the world.  The Committees will make periodic reports to the general membership and suggest speakers. A member can serve on two committees. Being on a Committee gives the members an opportunity learn more about cultural differences between countries around the world. The committees will also be responsible for planning trips to the regions to promote economic and cultural development.   All TBGI WTC/WAC members are eligible to be on committees of their choice.

·  Committee on Europe - Marcia Cohen, Marcia Cohen, P.A.

           ·  Sub-Committee European Union & Western Europe - Maria Hubert

              Â·  Sub-Committee on Russia & Eastern Europe - Dr. Barbara Weiss, University of Tampa

 

·  Committee on Asia & Pacific Rim - Kimi Springsteen, Asian Liaison, Hillsborough County

              ·   Sub-Committee on Central & Western Asia - Harry Walia,

            Â·   Sub-Committee on East & Southeast Asia - Dr. H.J. Yang & Ms. Hongling Han-Ralston, Chinese-American Chamber of Commerce

 

·  Committee on The Americas -  Jim Pyburn, Director Port Development, Port of Tampa

               ·  Sub-Committee on The Caribbean Basin - Derek Lloyd, Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce

            Â· Sub-Committee on Central America - Trudy Carson, Tampa International Airport

            Â·  Sub-Committee on South America - George Martinez, US DOC International Trade Administration

            Â·  Sub-Committee on Mexico & Canada - Greg Lovelace, Port of Tampa & Drew McIntosh. Attorney, Fowler White Tampa

 

·   Committee on the Africa & Middle East - Helen Solomon

           ·  Sub-Committee on The Middle East - Open

            Â·  Sub-Committee on North Africa -

Open

            Â·  Sub-Committee on Central Africa & South Africa - Open

         

The committees address important issues of specific global regions which could impact the Tampa Bay region and Florida, but also be a venue to learn more about other cultures around the world. There are significant numbers of business people and retired executives who are, or were, involved internationally. The Council offers an opportunity for dialogue and exchange of ideas on the important events shaping the future.


TAMPA BAY FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT COUNCIL

Jean Charles Faust - Chairman, JF Faust Realty

Vice  Chairman -  Marco Oliveri, Tampa Bay Partnership

Committee for Residential Real Estate Investment - Maddy Krasne, C&V Real Estate St. Petrsburg & Valerie Kogan, RE/Max  Co-Chairs

Committee for Retail, Industrial & Commercial -  Open

Committee on Technology Investment - Keith Winn

The newly formed Tampa Bay Foreign Direct Investment Council will develop opportunities to encourage and market the Tampa Bay region to investors worldwide with investment opportunities in Tampa Bay, specifically residential, commercial and industrial properties. The Council will also develop target specific foreign investment which is considered beneficial to local economic development and job creation. Council  members will have opportunities to participate in workshops, conferences, missions and a series of programs designed to educate and engage members on potential investment and economic development opportunities and how to promote their business in foreign markets. The Council offers an opportunity for dialogue and exchange of ideas on the important events shaping the future. The Council  is only open to members who are individual or corporate trustees of TAMPA BAY WORLD TRADE CENTER & WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL..


The TBGBI  was formed to offer opportunities to provide a venue and network to visiting international dignitaries, foreign officials, academia, business executives and recognized journalists to address some of the major issues facing different parts of the world and to learn more about foreign markets and countries. Emphasis will also be on creating a deeper understanding of cultures and the thinking of foreign leaders, plus making members feel more comfortable traveling in countries around the world.

The Tampa Bay World Affairs Council has applied to be formally affiliated with the World Affairs Council Association of America, which currently is connected with 87 WAC organizations in several major cities across the United States (See www.worldaffairscouncils.org for more information.)

The TBGBI

along with WTC provides its members with opportunities to become globally aware of economic, energy, global warming, political, cultural and travel topics and to develop new personal insight of important world events. Members also enjoy the potential for business and personal relationships with individuals from around the world through monthly luncheon forums and receptions to meet visiting dignitaries, governmental officials, business leaders and academic and environmental experts, as well as recognized journalists invited to address members on important business, environmental, cultural, political or travel related subjects.

The TBGBI is an organization which offers opportunities to provide a venue and network to visiting international dignitaries, foreign officials, academic experts, business executives and recognized journalists to address some of the major issues facing different parts of the world and to learn more about foreign markets and countries. Emphasis will be on creating  a deeper understanding of cultures and the thinking of foreign leaders, plus making members feel more comfortable traveling in countries around the world.

The TBGBI WTC

gives world minded citizens an opportunity to hear from international experts and high level dignitaries about their perspective of world affairs and also to enlighten members on the cultures of their nations. It comes at a time when America’s image around the world needs improvement and Americans need to be more aware of global affairs and how they impact us locally.

The TBGBI WTC will address important issues which could impact Florida and the U.S., but also be a venue to learn more about other cultures around the world. There are significant numbers of business people and retired executives in southwest Florida that are, or were, involved internationally in their careers and still care about what’s taking place, but are not getting an opportunity for dialogue to keep abreast of the important events taking place around the world.

The TBGBI WTCoffers a way for people who  to stay informed, be involved and also to broaden their knowledge about the cultures of different countries in the process.

The TBGI WTC will give foreign nationals a connection to reach out to make new friends and to establish new investment opportunities and business alliances beyond South Florida and Miami.   

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MONTHLY LUNCHEON AND EVENING PROGRAMS WITH VIP INTERNATIONAL SPEAKERS AND FOREIGN  DIGNITARIES AND BUSINESS LEADERS, US DEPARTMENT OF STATE, OFFICIALS, WASHINGTON THINK TANK AND ACADEMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL EXPERTS, oas - Organization of American States REPORTS ON LATIN AMERICA, RECOGNIZED JOURNALISTS AND TRAVEL WRITERS.

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COUNTRY SPECIFIC INFORMATION FORUMS - TRAVEL ADVISORIES - OVERSEAS TRAVEL TIPS.

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UNDERSTANDING FOREIGN CULTURAL PRACTICES Forums

 

MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION

 

Membership Levels (per year)

 

TAMPA BAY GLOBAL BUSINESS INITIATIVE

One time Fee - $5000 International Trustee -  (Member of Tampa Bay Ambassador's Circle)

$500 Annually - (10 Corporate Representatives)

  • VIP Seating All Events;

  • Invitations to all high level dignitary receptions, dinners and functions;

  • Private Meetings and Dinners with high level dignitaries in Tampa;

  • First preference to participate in Global Business Development & Fact Finding Missions;

  • Corporate Promotional Opportunities all Functions, Programs, Conferences and on Website;

  • VIP Expanded Corporate Listing in Who's Who In International in Tampa Bay;

  • Private Country Briefings on Travel, Visa Requirements, Business Practices and Cultural Expectations;

  • Staff Arrangements for Best Hotels and In-Country Transportation Services when traveling abroad;

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  • etters of Introduction to Foreign Business Associations and Officials as requested;
  • Monthly Corporate Ad in Tampa Bay International Journal.

  • Individual World Trade Center
    $25 Student

    $125 Individual
    $250 Trustee Individual

    $500 Lifetime Member - One Time Charge

    (Individual Only)

    $1000 Lifetime Trustee - One Time Charge

    (Individual Only)

     

    Corporate

    $300 Corporate Member (4 Representatives)

    $750 Corporate Trustee  (4 Representatives)
    $1000 Corporate Trustee Patron (8
    Representatives)