Trade and Professional Associations consist of:

Their goals revolve around their particular missions in the business world. These associations can help exporters find relevant information about an industry or another country. Many can provide advice and executive networking if you become a member.

If you belong to a relevant national, professional or industry segment, one of these organizations may be the most comfortable or efficient way to get assistance.

American Electronics Association
5201 Great America Parkway, Suite 520
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Tel: (408) 987-4246
Fax: (408) 970-8565
Robin Palos, Director, Membership Development

The American Electronics Association is the nation's largest high-tech trade association. It represents the electronics, software and information technology industries, providing access to industry information and executive networking connections, including financial and educational conferences. They also offer a variety of value-added business services. AEA offers human resources services and management development programs. They publish a directory, a catalog, reports and an AEA World Electronics Outlook, and more.

Asian Manufacturers Association
770 Menlo Avenue, Suite 201
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Tel: (650) 321-2262
Fax: (650) 322-5579
Catherine Hung, Executive Director

The Asian American Manufacturers Association is a non-profit organization of corporations and individuals whose purpose is to promote growth and success of U.S. technology, manufacturing and related enterprises throughout the Pacific Rim. The AAMA represents more than 650 members from over 550 companies in the United States and Asia.

Asian Business Association
41 Sutter Street, PMB#1080
San Francisco, CA 94104
Tel: (415) 284-6765
Fax: (415) 284-6767

The Asian Business Association, Inc. (ABA) is a nonprofit business organization dedicated to economic development and prosperity through education. Originally founded by Asian-American entrepreneurs in 1979 to facilitate business opportunities, ABA has since evolved into a dynamic organization of Asian and non-Asian business owners, entrepreneurs and executives who share a common vision of business development and economic prosperity for everyone.

Asian Business League of San Francisco
465 California Street, Suite 1222
San Francisco, CA 94104
Tel: (415) 788-4664<
Fax: (415) 788-4756
Doris Chew, Executive Directo

The Asian Business League of San Francisco provides members with the opportunity to develop business skills, to meet with other business leaders, to participate in the advocacy of issues important to Asian Americans, and to learn and share information about current economic and business issues facing Asian countries. All this is accomplished through seminars, workshops, and networking events.

Asian Business League of Silicon Valley
P.O. Box 751
Santa Clara, CA 95052
Tel: (408) 496-5699
Tel: (408) 292-5424

Provides members with the opportunity to develop business skills, to meet other business leaders, to participate in the advocacy of Asian-American issues, and to learn and share information about current economic and business issues facing Asian countries. All this is accomplished through seminars, workshops, and networking events.

Bay Area Bioscience Center
311 California Street, Suite 610
San Francisco, CA 94104
Tel: (415) 834-1401
Fax: (415) 834-1402
Sue Markland, Director

The Bay Area Bioscience Center is a non-profit public interest organization founded in 1990 to raise public awareness about the biosciences and improve communication among companies, schools, universities and local government. The center can arrange special activities, such as faculty visits, briefings for local officials, media contacts and speaker programs. The center also offers numerous resources to the community, including a library, company information for investors and job-seekers, a Career Center and Job Bank, weekly Job Seekers Brownbag Lunches, and public and scientific seminars. The Bioscience Library and Resource Center is open to the public weekdays 9 to 5. The library holds a Directory of Bay Area Bioscience Companies, an up-to-date database with over 400 Northern California companies in biotech, pharmaceutical, medical device and related industries. It is available for purchase or can be reviewed at the Center. An additional listing of over 250 Bioscience companies elsewhere in California is also available.

Chinese Software Professionals Association
P.O. Box 700249
San Jose, CA 95170-0249

The Chinese Software Professionals Association (CSPA) is a non-profit organization of dedicated and enthusiastic Silicon Valley computer professionals. The mission of CSPA is as follows: To provide a forum for members to share their professional experiences, to promote professionalism and entrepreneurial spirit, and to advance technology collaboration, and facilitate information exchange in the software profession. The CSPA focuses its events and activities on the software profession.

Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of Northern California
P.O. Box 26269
San Francisco, CA 94126-6269
Tel: (510) 536-2233
Fax: (510) 261-9598
Ms. Jeremy Potash

The purpose of the Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of Northern California is to air industry issues, and improve standards of conduct and services; also to highlight innovations, trends and regulatory changes which may affect members' clients, and take common action when necessary. In the latter role, the association serves a greater interest; it is often the broker or the forwarder who first learns of proposed new regulations, changes in government policy or modifications in procedures that may be prejudicial to the needs of cargo, unnecessarily burdensome, ineffective or otherwise in need of protest or amendment. The association offers a powerful, collective response.

Hong Kong Association of Northern California
41 Sutter Street, Suite 1748
San Francisco, CA 94109
Tel: (415) 398-4506
Fax: (415) 392-2964
Michelle Chow, Executive Director

The Hong Kong Association of Northern California was founded in 1984 to provide a focus for Northern California-based individuals and corporations interested in business and trade with Hong Kong. It was the first Hong Kong Association founded in North America. The Association is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation organized under the direction of a Board of Directors which sets policies and directs programs. Programs include regular lunches with distinguished speakers, roundtable meetings with visiting government and business leaders, trade missions in small groups, and social events.

International Association of Business Communicators
1 Hallidie Plaza, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94102
Tel: (415) 433-3400x710
Fax: (415) 544-4747
Pam Arnold, Membership and Leader Services

The International Association of Business Communicators provides products, services, activities and networking opportunities to help people and organizations achieve excellence in public relations, employee communication, marketing communication, public affairs and other forms of communication. IABC specializes in helping people and organizations, make business sense of communication, think strategically about communication, measure and clarify the value of communication and build better relationships with stakeholders. It is a membership organization. IABC charges for seminars and conferences on a cost recovery basis.

Multimedia Development Group
San Francisco, CA 94107
Tel: (415) 512-3556
Fax: (415) 512-3569
Leslie Mattison, Managing Director

The Multimedia Development Group is dedicated to fostering business development in the interactive media community and provides access to strategic information, capital, talent, technology, and the know-how to make best use of it all. It is a venue for networking, promotion, education and market development. They organize regular programs throughout the year, including events, panel discussions, business seminars and trade missions.

National Association of Manufacturers
703 Market Street, Suite 1406
San Francisco, CA 94103-2124
Tel: (415) 243-9115
Fax: (415) 243-9118
Stella Gutsch, Public Affairs Associate
Nicole Lamboley, Regional Manager

The National Association of Manufacturers aims to enhance the competitiveness of manufacturers and improve living standards for working Americans by shaping a legislative and regulatory environment conducive to U.S. economic growth, as well as to increase understanding among policy-makers, the media and the general public about the importance of manufacturing to America's economic strength. Members of the NAM have access to a wide variety of cost-cutting and profit-improving programs: including reduced shipping costs, technical assistance programs and an on-line marketplace for B2B commerce.

North American Chinese Semiconductor Association

Tim Wang, President
Tel: (831) 439-6537
Leroy Luo, Director of Membership
Tel: (510) 492-6222

The North America Chinese Semiconductor Association is a professional organization dedicated to the advancement of and collaboration among the Chinese professionals in high-tech industries centered around semiconductor sector. NACSA members cover almost all major semiconductor related companies, chip makers, equipment manufacturers, design house, software companies, etc. Their expertise includes every aspect of semiconductor sector encompassing processing, manufacturing, design, testing, packaging and software, in addition to marketing, technical communication, accounting and law. NACSA is an inclusive organization, open to anyone sharing with the common mission, which is to strengthen networking among professionals, foster the entrepreneurship among Chinese, and promote the exchange in the global semiconductor sector. It holds seminars and discussions on topics which are interesting to professionals. NACSA also organizes special task teams, aiming to promote better networking among members, and more. There is no membership fee.

The Pan American Society of California
601 California Street, #615
San Francisco, CA 94108
Tel: (415) 788-4764
Fax: (415) 989-2904
Socorro Leal, Executive Director

The Pan American Society of California is a non-profit organization headquartered in San Francisco. The Pan-Am Society is a nonprofit organization that strives to be a clearinghouse for viewpoints on our neighbors, with an emphasis on Latin American affairs. They provide their members and the local community with events covering a wide range of interests, including political, economic, and social issues, without aligning themselves with particular ideologies or factions. Their goal is to keep our members informed on an array of issues involving Latin American, Caribbean and Western Hemisphere relations.

Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International
805 East Middlefield Road
Mountain View, CA 94043
Tel: (650) 964-5155
Fax: (650) 967-5375
Nancy Stewart, Executive Programs

Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International is an international trade association, with over 2400 members, that represents the semiconductor and flat panel display equipment and materials industries. It is committed to free trade and open markets. SEMI's primary goal is to help its members expand their global marketing opportunities and improve access to their customers and industry, government and civic leaders. SEMI provides it members with up-to-date industry specific information and educational resources needed to manage their company and market their products more effectively. Among its many services, SEMI sponsors international exhibitions, publishes manufacturing standards and two directories, as well as providing programs such as the International Trade Partners Conference, Industry Strategy Symposia, trade missions, and business and marketing education programs.

Semiconductor Industry Association
181 Metro Drive, Suite 450
San Jose, CA 95110
Phone: (408) 436-6600
Fax: (408) 436-6646

The Semiconductor Industry Association is the leading trade association representing the computer chip industry. The mission of the SIA is to provide leadership for U.S. chip manufacturers on the critical issues of trade, technology, environmental protection and worker safety and health. Their goals include free and open markets worldwide, maintaining U.S. leadership in technology, driving state-of-the-art programs to protect the environment and providing safe working conditions. They also publish the SIA directory, semiconductor industry forecasts, statistics and year-end summaries.

Silicon Valley Chinese Engineers Association
1253 Pecan Court
San Jose, CA 95131
Tel: (408) 844-7438
Lu Wang, Chairman, Public Relations

Silicon Valley Chinese Engineers Association is a non-profit professional organization formed mainly by the professionals in the Bay Area from mainland China with a mission to promote professionalism and entrepreneurship among members and to protect the members' professional and business interests. This is done through organizing a variety of professional activities and establishing channels to allow members to engage in China's rapid economic development. SCEA is well-recognized both in the U.S. and in China. SCEA organizes professional and social activities and creates various professional divisions to strengthen professional ties with China.

Society of Iranian Professionals
1659 Scott Boulevard
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Tel: (408) 496-9093
Mazdak Rooein, President

The Society of Iranian Professionals is a membership organization whose mission is to improve opportunities for, and promote recognition of, Iranian professionals from a wide range of disciplines and professions. SIP has no political or religious preferences. Their goals included providing a professional environment of trust and communication for furthering educational, cultural and networking aspects. They hold professional seminars and workshops for the Iranian business community. They also produce a newsletter for members.