Archive for August, 2011

U.S. Small Business Administration – Trade Mission to Paris, France

“Intelligent Buildings: Putting the Pieces Together” Trade Mission • Green Building Conference • Matchmaking Services

European countries are at the forefront of the worldwide effort to improve energy efficiency, enacting laws designed to encourage green development and favoring products and practices that decrease our dependence on carbon fuels.

France ‐the third largest market in the European Union ‐has dedicated the highest percentage of its economic stimulus package to green industries. Most of the economic activity and job creation resulting from the stimulus will be tied to green building. France has dedicated $256 billion for the thermal rehabilitation of existing buildings and $17 billion for new buildings.

The market is seeking new technologies and services to meet increasingly stringent regulatory environments. The United States is well‐positioned to provide state‐of‐the‐art products and expertise to the intelligent building sector.

Europe currently replaces only one percent of existing buildings per year. Governments are looking for ways to motivate property owners to retrofit their buildings . This conference will examine how to “put the pieces together” –how to synchronize four drivers of intelligent building practices –through innovative products and services, regulations, financing, certification and monitoring processes.

Mission Objectives
Intelligent Buildings Trade Mission

SBA and the U.S. Commercial Service are working together on this trade mission to help U.S. businesses establish relationships, explore opportunities in the green building and renovation market, and facilitate export success to mission participants. These objectives will be measured through participation in:

1.Site visits coordinated by the city of Paris’ Economic Development Agency.
2.A Green conference specifically dedicated to retrofitting existing buildings.
3.Gold Key Matchmaking services provided through the U.S. Commercial Service –Paris.

August 11, 2011 at 11:41 am

2011 Greater Cincinnati International Trade Award


FT. MITCHELL, KY – August 3, 2011 –The Northern Kentucky International Trade Association (NKITA), a program of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, recently announced the finalists of the 2011 Greater Cincinnati International Trade Award. The finalists are:  Aristech Acrylics, one of the world’s largest suppliers of continuous cast acrylic and solid surface sheet; MI-SWACO, leading supplier of drilling  fluid systems, North American Stainless, the largest, fully integrated stainless steel producer in the U.S., and the OYSTAR Group, one of the world’s leading providers of complete solutions for packaging machines.

“The Finalists of the 2011 Greater Cincinnati International Trade Award are an excellent representation of the entrepreneurial energy and vitality of the business environment of our region,” said Daniele S. Longo, Vice President, International Affairs, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

The winner will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Revenue Generation –
    • Percentage of revenue income from international vs. domestic and export vs. import.
  • Global Network –
    • Size and scope of global network and relationships developed (i.e. partnerships, affiliations, etc.). Applicants must also indicate the number of different markets they exported and imported from as well as their adaptability to the culture and local business environments.
  • Risk Mitigation –
    • Strategies mitigate credit risk, treasury and currency exposures, legal issues and logistical issues while staying competitive.
  • Organizational Structure
    • This demonstrates how the businesses infrastructure is developed for handling international business and the measures they have taken to be multi-cultural and multi-lingual.

The winner will be announced at the 7th Annual NKITA Luncheon on Thursday, August 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Grand, Covington, KY.  The keynote speakers will be Mr. Fernando Aguiluz, General Cable, and Mr. Richard Ketron, MAG Cincinnati. Title Sponsors are DHL Express and Fifth Third Bank. Supporting Sponsors are SWECO and VonLehman. Event Sponsors are KPMG and SS&G.

Reservations are required by August 21st. The cost to attend is $35 for Chamber members, $45 for future members. For more information on NKITA or to make reservations, visit or contact Tim Norris at (859) 578 6394 or 

August 4, 2011 at 7:31 am

Travel with the Northern Kentucky Chamber in 2012

Peru - August 12-20, 2012
To learn more about the program, please email Kyle Horseman or call 859.426.3653.

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