• 28 Jun 2016 by Cesar Trabanco

    While we were learning about the historic decision taken by the people of the United Kingdom on its exit from the European Union (“Brexit”) and the uncertain impact this will have on international trade, the state governments of Arizona (USA) and Sonora (Mexico) were announcing their new initiative: The Arizona-Sonora Megaregion.

    This project aims to provide a competitive platform to companies from around the world to invest in this area and benefit from the resources shared by these two inter-country states. The combination of advantages that this region offers is very attractive and seems to be already working. Among these advantages are:

    • Skilled workforce + Competitive costs
    • Modern infrastructure + excellent geographic position
    • Low tax +Support from the government

    The Arizona-Sonora Megaregion focuses on attracting companies from four already well developed industries: Aerospace, automotive, mining and tourism. This project was presented during a business forum organized by the Arizona-Mexico Commission (AMC) last Friday, the 24th of June, in Scottsdale, Arizona. The forum had the participation of the governors from both states, the Hon. Claudia Pavlovich (Sonora) and the Hon. Doug Ducey (Arizona). Global Chamber had the opportunity to attend and hear the comments from both governors, along with the participation of the Secretary of Agriculture (SAGARPA) of Mexico, Hon. José Eduardo Calzada. There was a general consensus that this is the best way to promote the region in international exhibitions in order to excel in this competitive world.

    This is a proposal that state governments are building together, taking advantage of the already free trade agreement between United States and Mexico. Arizona and Sonora are sending a powerful message to the world after what happened with Brexit. This type of proposal seems to display a more viable option to promote international trade, which is not dependent on the traditional bureaucracy presented by central governments and where entrepreneurs of the region have greater participation. This trade approach is meant to work for the good of the American and Mexican society while avoiding dealing with internal policies that could trigger social differences as is happening in Europe.

    “We are talking about opportunities while others are talking about problems” stated Hon. Calzada when referring to the negativity brought by the Brexit situation.

    You can learn more about the Arizona-Mexico Megaregion in this article by The Arizona Republic... Grow Trade with Mexico Now (or Regret It Later)

    In the article, Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Claudia Ruiz Massieu answers questions, June 24, 2016, in the Editorial Board room at The Arizona Republic.

    Also see and hear more about Sonora-Arizona Megaregion in this video, here.

    By: Cesar Trabanco, Global Chamber

  • 25 Jun 2016 by Doug Bruhnke

    Madame Secretary Claudia Massieu attended the Arizona Mexico Commission Summit this week and was looking to work with businesses to continue the rapid growth of trade between Mexico and the United States.

    A dozen regional leaders met with her for lunch on Friday thanks to the arrangement by Consul General Roberto Rodriguez. Attendees included Jerry Moyes of Swift Transportation, Sharon Harper of Plaza Companies and Lorena Valencia of Reliance Wire & Cable.

    Two main points.

    First Madame Secretary was very interested to hear the ideas of the group about how to continue and expand the progress especially in these times when there are anti-trade forces more active and vocal. Some of the ideas....

    • Work with the young... they get it!
    • Have a strategy to clearly and simply communicate the value of trade
    • Create strong alliances and cooperation between business and goverment

    Second she called on the business community to do our part to communicate the value of binational trade. The press and the public can often latch on to a key dramatic issue and lose touch with the overall importance of trade, and the specifics - the create jobs and success on both sides of the border.

    Speak out. Explain. Try to explain things more on what people care about... jobs, security, family... and why trade helps us on BOTH sides of the border.

    From here Madame Secretary is joining the 'Three Amigos Summit" in Canada this week with the Presidents of the US, Canada and Mexico discussing trade, challenges and opportuities. Read more here:

  • 21 Jun 2016 by Doug Bruhnke

    Jeremy Schoenfelder has a long background in global business and non-profits. We're proud to have him officially join Global Chamber, and the global tribe.

    Jeremy's firms International Creative Capital and Sienna Partners are global.

    Sienna Partners provides consulting services to small and medium sized businesses, specializing in applying problem solving techniques in order to remedy immediate issues while maintaining a long-term perspective on growth and survivability.

    Thank you Jeremy and Sienna Partners and welcome to the global tribe.

    For more information, visit Jeremy's profile here:

  • 19 Jun 2016 by Doug Bruhnke

    Grow Globally Fair Phoenix features all the global resources in Metro Phoenix, all together, one time per year.

    Register HERE

    If you're doing business in countries outside the U.S., sign-up today to walk the global road through our trade show of international business.

    Also enjoy global business awards including Global Business Executive of the Year.

    Attendance: Only $10 for members and sponsors, $25 for non-members. For more information on becoming a member, click here.

    Trade Table (Members): $40 for members

    Trade Table (Non-Members): $100 for non-members

    • Over 50 global organization trade tables
    • International business community of Metro Phoenix
    • Global business awards (see categories below)

        Gold Sponsors:     

     To be announced          

         Copper Sponsors:

     To be announced


    Global Awards for Metro Phoenix

    Global Business Executive of the Year

    Foreign Direct Investment Leader of the Year

    Global Diplomat of the Year

    Global Business Reporter of the Year

    Global Business Service Provider of the Year

    Global Educator of the Year

    Global Government Leader of the Year

  • 19 Jun 2016 by Doug Bruhnke

    Every month Mayor Stanton and the city’s ambassadors are pitching downtown Phoenix to young entrepreneurs frustrated by the high cost of doing business in Silicon Valley.

    Some tech start-ups have already been sold: Uber opened a support center for drivers and riders last year, in a building that had stood half empty for a long time. DoubleDutch, a maker of events apps, is opening its first office outside San Francisco nearby.

    Read more in the New York Times article by Fernanda Santos.

  • 09 Jun 2016 by Doug Bruhnke

    The ASU College of Public Service and Community Solutions will be hosting two Mandela Washington Fellowship Institutes from June 17-July 31, 2016.  The Fellowship is the flagship exchange program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative

    The 25 Fellows in the Public Management Institute at ASU are young professionals between the ages of 25-35 and represent 20 African countries; they were selected from over 40,000 applications to the Mandela Washington Fellowship.  You can read their brief biographies at  We are looking to match the Fellows with young professionals in the valley who would have an interest in a more personalized learning exchange for at least an hour each week.

    The first session will be held at the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, June 22.  We will present an overview of the Public Management Institute and Peer Collaboration model and introduce the collaborators and Fellows to each other.  The Fellows and collaborators can then schedule their meetings for the following five weeks.  We have blocked the following times to allow the Fellows to travel and meet with their peer collaborators at their offices or other location as agreed upon between the Fellow and the peer collaborator.

    1. Wed, Jun 29, 9:00-12:00
    2. Tue, Jul 5, 1:30-6:00
    3. Wed, Jul 13, 1:30-6:00
    4. Wed, Jul 20, 2:30-6:00
    5. Wed, Jul 27, 1:30-6:00

    To be considered as a possible match for the Fellows, please go to and submit the form by June 15.

    Thank you,


    Hector Zelaya, MBA
    Bob Ramsey Executive Education
    School of Public Affairs
    College of Public Service & Community Solutions | Arizona State University
    502 East Monroe Street | Suite C105 | Phoenix, AZ  85004-4434 | 602-496-1308 |

  • 03 Jun 2016 by Doug Bruhnke

    Events are a great way for our international business network to meet each other and launch relationships. 

    Global Chamber recently hosted three strong women leaders: Consul General of Canada Sara Wilshaw; CEO/founder Suzy Batiz of Poo~Pourri; and Diane Divin, former Manager of Global Import/ Export Compliance at Mary Kay.

    Our “Women in Global Business” series has been very popular, and similar programs are planned for other cities, including in Phoenix at Squire Patton Boggs August 10th.

    Women and men are invited to learn and grow!

    Read more from Korina's article in In Business Magazine.

    Korina Smith, Global Chamber Dallas