• 17 Nov 2016 by Doug Bruhnke

    With all the revelations about fake news, including that Americans may have actually clicked on more 'fake' news links online than real news over the past few months, the truth is more important... and elusive... as ever.

    And so the video we're sharing here attempts to correct some of the damage caused by misunderstandings about Mexico. This is a link that was uncovered by Mike Patterson, attorney at member Polsinelli during a recent trade mission to Mexico.

    The mission was organized by City of Phoenix and GPL - Greater Phoenix Leadership. Mike is "Mr. Mexico" and of course he was there!

    Mike thought you might like to see this 2 minute video by Agustin Barrios Gomez a Former Congressman. It's true, and it likely conflicts with other info you may have received over these past months and years!

    Click here for the VIDEO:

    One key fact:  When we buy something from Mexico, every dollar we spend includes 40 cents of content made in the US. We make stuff together! When we buy from China every dollar includes less than 4 cents.  

    It is less known that before an average auto part goes into a car in a plant in Mexico, it has crossed the border back and forth (US content, Mexican content, US content, Mexican content, etc.) an average of 8 times.

    Purchasing autos from Mexico has a lot more content from the U.S. than you may think!


    Mike Patterson


    Phoenix Office

  • 14 Nov 2016 by Doug Bruhnke

    We were treated to information in our 'Part 2' on growing in Asia last week, November 9th.

    State Department Fellow working at Global Chamber... Alexandra Shitova... shared with us 10 reasons why you should be doing business in Russia. Did you know that it's the largest country in the world with over 6.5 million square miles, and it's the world 6th largest economy (GDP)? Another interesting fact is that more billionaires live in Moscow than any other city in the world... and NYC is #2. Read more about Russia

    State Department Fellow working at Global Chamber... Thongmala (Oi) KEOLA... has similarly written about why you should be doing business in Laos. Lao PDR with 7-8% annual GDP growth is transforming from a land-locked country to a 'land-linked' country, with all the advantages of being in the center of the ASEAN region, with access to 600 million people there and 1.3 billion people in China. Read more about Laos

    We also learned more about opportunities for your to grow in Singapore, Malaysia and Singapore. See and hear more from Nazri Muhd HERE.





  • 03 Nov 2016 by Doug Bruhnke

    Congratulations to Mark Roberts, Vice President at Alliance Bank of Arizona!

    This are the details from Kristian Richardson, U.S. Commercial Service:

    U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced the appointment of 20 inaugural members of the Trade Finance Advisory Council (TFAC). Established in August 2016, the TFAC will advise the Secretary on policies and programs that will expand access to finance for U.S. exporters and educate them on available U.S. government resources.

    “Access to capital is critical for U.S. firms competing in foreign markets,” said Secretary Pritzker. “Expanding available financing options allows U.S. exporters, particularly small and medium-sized businesses, to sell more of their world-class products, services, and technologies to consumers around the globe. Increased trade leads directly to stronger economies and new jobs in cities and towns across our nation.”

    TFAC members represent banks, other trade finance organizations, exporters, and research institutions. TFAC will provide perspectives from a diversity of stakeholders in order to obtain balanced and comprehensive insights on the current challenges and prospects for U.S. exporters in accessing finance.

    Congratulations Mark Roberts, Vice President of Specialty Banking, Alliance Bank of Arizona, for his appointment to this prestigious position. And thank you for your and your team's support of Global Chamber.

    Link: Alliance Bank of Arizona

    Mark's Profile - click here