MBITA PARTNERS &
The Devalued Dollar: A Blessing
For American Exporters and Foreign Investors
Santa Cruz, CA
April 25, 2008
Global California - Online With The World
California Chamber of Commerce
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subscribers located statewide, nationwide and overseas.
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Collaborator, the online 'intranet' for California's global trade promotion
service providers, who collectively represent over 60,000 small to
mid-sized enterprises throughout California.
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As we push forward into the new year this issue of the
World TradeWinds eZine
highlights members with innovative technology, creative design and virtual
consulting. We also discuss the importance of working with qualified
and secure partners maximizing their expertise to support our efforts for
effective and efficient global trade and how new online tools are addressing
Tempo Plastic can
deliver close tolerance molding of intricate shapes, complex geometries, thin
wall applications and smooth glossy surface finishes.
Plastic provides custom molded foam, stock and custom protective packaging
that is particulate free, semi-flexible, long life protection for archival
storage, in-house handling, or product shipping. They also provide clean room
- compatible, durable parts molded from copolymer foams. They feature thin
walls, smooth surfaces, high foam densities, and their custom molded foam
parts can be replacements for injection molded parts. They specialize in
intricate shapes and offer static dissipative certification, responsiveness
and low cost molds.
|Since 1960, Tempo DRY molding
technology provides customers with innovative solutions. It started with foam
cup production and has evolved to custom thin-wall molding today. Patents for
this technique, which solved the problem of brittle molded parts, were granted
DRY molding to numerous other product applications where a glazed surface
finish is desired. The glazing process also results in good internal material
fusion. Originally, this surface and material fusion met a
‘No-Leak’ quality standard for foam cups. The company is one of
the few remaining cup molders in the world to adapt cup molding techniques to
serve modern engineered applications.
| Tempo’s smooth molded
surface finish lends itself to patterns for rubber, ceramic and metal casting
processes. A variety of ‘direct-pour’ lost foam pattern
applications for aluminum truck mount brackets were Tempo’s next efforts
in patternmaking. In the 1980s, development efforts centered on producing
steel castings without first removing the foam pattern.
MBITA is pleased to welcome its new member, Lakshmi Narayan of Narayan Design and
board member of the new Santa Cruz Design Innovation
Center (SCDIC). Lakshmi Narayan is poised to make this
center a Global Center of Design.
The Santa Cruz Design Innovation Center
poised to make Santa Cruz a 'design destination.'
by Lakshmi Narayan, board member, SCDIC
The SCDIC hosted a launch event at Plantronics, with an overwhelming attendance of over 350
people. Clearly, Santa Cruz boasts a thriving design community.
The SCDIC was created to showcase our
talent to the rest of the world. From individual designers and small design
businesses, to established businesses like O’Neill, Plantronics, NHS,
and Easton-Bell LLC, there is a ton of design talent in this town. More and
more, design is becoming a key differentiator in the 21st century economy and
creative design will rule markets around the world. When companies,
investors, and entrepreneurs go looking for great design, we want them to
come to Santa Cruz. And the Santa Cruz Design Innovation Center will be their
People crave community. And solving
interesting design problems often takes a collaborative, interdisciplinary
approach. The SCDIC will be the hub of a vibrant creative community. The
center will create opportunities for networking and collaboration, and
provide a space for teams to tackle cutting edge design challenges.
The SCDIC will be an educational
resource for its members. We’ll host speakers, forums, and conferences.
We’ll partner with programs at Cabrillo College, UC Santa Cruz, and the
local K-12 schools. Together, we’ll educate each other and the rest of
the world on why design matters and why Santa Cruz is a perfect place for the
creation of innovative design.
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MBITA MEMBER STORY
RB INTERNATIONAL TRADE SERVICES (RBITS) was founded by Rosaliene Bacchus – an International Trade
Virtual Assistant – to provide administrative and operational support to
small businesses operating in the global marketplace and to promote trade with
Utilizing the Internet, communication
technologies, and business management programs, Rosaliene attends to your
needs virtually, at a distance, from her computer
desktop. With her experience in the Brazilian market, she can assist you in
expanding your business to South America’s largest economy and growing
consumer market and facilitate business communications with your Brazilian
To give you the edge in growing your
business in an increasingly flat world, RBITS has partnered with the Southern
California Virtual Assistants Group (SoCalVAGroup.org), other professionals,
and small businesses across the U.S. and overseas. Through this network of
collaborators, RBITS offers customized information services; legal services;
internet research; Portuguese/English translations; newsletters; internet
marketing; Website development and management; desktop publishing; writing and
editing; reports; database management; spreadsheets; PowerPoint presentations;
mass mailings; transcriptions; and much more.
Visit the RBITS Virtual
Office to get your complimentary copy of Rosaliene’s
two-part article on Doing Business with Brazil: Getting Started and access
the tools available on her Import
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The Importance of
Partnerships in Global Trade
|Recently, Ayse Oge, President
of Ultimate Trade, and board member to our partners in
Southern California, the Valley International Trade
Association (VITA), submitted an article for World TradeWinds
concerning the importance of ‘partnership’ for effective
exports and that the devalued dollar is helping American exporters be more
competitive in the global marketplace.
manages this country’s first statewide trade promotion
‘intranet’, the TradePort Collaborator, where forty different
public and private sector trade promotion organizations in California share
trade leads, contacts and information between themselves thus providing more
effective trade promotion services to their clients and members. The
same approach applies to importers, exporters and consultants involved in
some aspect of global trade where qualified information through vetted and trusted partners is
paramount to success.
In partnership with VITA we have also embarked on the new ‘GlobalCalifornia.com&rsq
uo; website which brings all of California’s global trade
community under one roof. So please read this article from Ms. Oge and
we wish you much success in the coming year.
in International Trade
by Ayse Oge,
President of Ultimate Trade
2008 is the best year for small and
mid-sized companies in the U.S. to get involved in international trade to
diversify their sales and generate additional revenue. The agenda of many of
these small and medium sized enterprises are now including exporting options,
made possible by the stellar standards of American products coupled with the
fact that American products and services are less expensive for world
As international trade professionals, we
have to take advantage of the current trends by putting all our efforts into
informing and inspiring more small businesses to take part in the global
economy. Partnership will provide us with the significant synergies,
efficiencies and competitive leverage to undertake important international
projects aimed at helping small businesses to be export-ready in marketing
their goods and services abroad. The determining factor in partnering is not
size, technology or finance; more important factors are leadership, vision, a
compelling set of value propositions, competence and a high degree of
The Outcomes of our Partnership will
help small businesses:
To eliminate the myth that says exporting is too risky,
not profitable and a highly complicated venture.
To remove the fear of exporting. As well-known quality
guru Edward Deming says: “Fear takes a horrible toll, hurts people.
Replace fear with freedom and security.”
To provide leadership in putting together an effective
export plan, and taking action and seeking guidance when they need it.
To sharpen their competitive skills in facing global
customer base with different needs and expectations.
To empower and encourage them to take calculated and
educated risks in international trade to expand their businesses and learn
from international customers in innovating new products and services.
The time is now for the international
trade professionals to work and team together in extending the much-needed
exporting support to the small businesses who are responsible for eighty
percent of the job creation in the U.S. economy.
International Trade Consultant
Global Trade Compliance Service
With a focus on global trade industry companies and professionals, the MBITA Global Jobs Center offers its
members—and the industry at large—an easy-to-use and highly
targeted resource for online employment connections in global trade.
Both members and
non-members can use the MBITA Career
Center to reach qualified candidates. Employers can post jobs online,
search for qualified candidates based on specific job criteria, and create an
online resume agent to email qualified candidates daily. They also benefit
from online reporting that provides job activity statistics.
For job seekers, the MBITA Career Center is a free service
that provides access to employers and jobs in the global trade industry. In
addition to posting their resumes, job seekers can browse and view available
jobs based on their criteria and save those jobs for later review if they
choose. Job seekers can also create a search agent to provide email
notifications of jobs that match their criteria.
TradePort Global Trade Center’ and obtain information on import, export
and investment opportunities from all points on the globe.
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