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Financing: the Name of the Game in Global Trade

Category: Luncheons
Date(s) and Time(s): Friday, Oct 26, 2007, 11:30 AM - Friday, Oct 26, 2007, 02:00 PM
Venue: El Palomar Restaurant
Address: 1336 Pacific Ave.
City / State / Country: Santa Cruz / CA / US
Organizer / Promoter: MBITA
Phone: 831-335-4780
URL: http://www.mbita.org
Description: The Monterey Bay International Trade Association (MBITA), and the Monterey Export Assistance Center (EAC) of the U.S. Department of Commerce (USDOC) cordially invite you to attend the luncheon meeting in Santa Cruz ‘Financing: the Name of the Game in Global Trade’ .

Small to mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) face stiff competition from their foreign counterparts in both domestic and foreign markets because foreign governments support their small enterprises with grants, loans and aggressive industry sector marketing campaigns to help them compete in the global marketplace. American SMEs also have financial support to compete in the global marketplace from private direct investors, venture capitalists and state and federal government loan guarantors for trade financing and direct foreign investment.

Join us on October 26th to hear from experts in venture capital, and from public-private sector trade finance and foreign direct investment (FDI) service providers, and learn about all the tools U.S. companies can employ to compete in the global marketplace.


David Josephson, Western Regional Director of Export-Import Bank of the United States (www.exim.gov) provides export credit insurance, exporter loan guarantees and foreign buyer loan guarantees used to make export sales proposals internationally competitive.

Sheridan Tatsuno, Principal, Dreamscape Global (www.dreamscapeglobal.com)
Raising money for startup companies is one of the most difficult, yet exciting challenges facing all entrepreneurs, especially those going global against stiff foreign competition. Mr. Tatsuno is a specialist in finding customers, investors and business models to raise necessary funds to compete in the global marketplace.

Michael Farstad, Vice President of Commercial Banking, Alta Alliance Bank – Oakland (www.altaalliancebank.com) will discuss the various government guarantee programs that help lenders make export finance loans to exporters. His banking experience spans 25 years specializing in export finance process—pre-export loans (inventory finance) and post-export loans (accounts receivable finance).

Jerry Avila Regional Manager-Northern California & Senior International Trade Specialist Office of International Trade of the U.S. Small Business Administration (www.sba.gov) will speak about the SBA\'s Loan Guarantee programs: the Export Working Capital Program and SBA\'s Export Express.

Hal Nissley, Founder of Boards-Early-Stage.com. Mr. Nissley’s experience spans over 30 years as an entrepreneur and investor for successful start-ups and established Silicon Valley companies. He brings a wealth of first hand experience in the financing game and what it takes to be a successful global business.

Sally Johnson, Partner, InterNetLC.com (www.internetlc.com), an Internet eCommerce company, providing international trade finance services and access to pre-shipment transactional working capital to the beneficiaries of documentary letters of credit, worldwide.

For speaker bios visit www.mbita.org/speakerbios_financing.pdf

Date Friday, October 26, 2007
Place El Palomar Restaurant – 1336 Pacific Ave. Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Time Noon lunch to 2:00 pm, 11:30am registration
Price $25 members; $35 non-members (online registration until October 18@ 5:00pm)
Pay at door: $30 members, $40 non-members (cash or checks only)

Reservations required

Contact the MBITA office at 831-335-4780 cristina@mbita.org

ONLINE REGISTRATION AT http://www.acteva.com//ttghits.cfm?EVA_ID=331

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