Posts filed under ‘South America’

Business in the Americas Conference

On Friday, April 20, the Cincinnati Hispanic Chamber will host the Business in the Americas Conference at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. There will be headline speakers from the US Commercial Service and leading companies who will share insights and practical advice about doing business in the Americas: NAFTA, CAFTA, Caribbean,
Andean and MERCOSUR/SUL. More than 35 business attorneys from every major country in the Americas will be on hand to discuss trade opportunities and to answer your specific questions about how to grow inter-American business.

More information on this event can be found here. To register, please visit

April 16, 2012 at 11:18 am

Chile Aims to Attract Foreign Startups

Like so many young entrepreneurs, Stanford University grads Amit Aharoni and Nicolas Meunier had an idea for a business: a website to help Americans find deals for cruise-ship vacations. Unlike many other entrepreneurs, though, they didn’t launch their company in Silicon Valley, opting instead to go nearly 6,000 miles south, to Santiago, Chile.

Aharoni, a 30-year-old MBA who spent nine years in the Israeli Defense Forces, and Meunier, 25, a programmer from France with a masters in electrical engineering, are the first participants in Start-Up Chile, a government program to woo foreign entrepreneurs. The goal is to put Chile on the map as an innovation hub. “We wouldn’t have come to Chile if it hadn’t been for the program,” says Aharoni. “It’s not something that you might consider naturally.”

Start-Up Chile is trying to tackle what President Sebastián Piñera calls an obstacle to growth: a dearth of entrepreneurs. Shortly after taking office in March, the billionaire, who made his fortune introducing credit cards to the country, pledged to add 100,000 businesses and 800,000 jobs by 2014. In a July speech, Piñera said Chile needs to look outside its borders and “work hard to regain its entrepreneurial and innovative culture.”

Nicolas Shea, a Chilean who had been running an e-learning company in Silicon Valley, moved back to Santiago to help run Start-Up Chile. The program will have a budget of $1 million this year and $5 million in 2011. More than 150 people, with ideas ranging from software to solar panels to gadgets that use radio-frequency identification technology, have applied to the program. Those who make the cut will receive a $40,000 grant, a one-year residency visa, and hand-holding from the program’s seven-person team to ensure participants settle in quickly and make connections with potential hires and investors. Read More

Source: N. Leiber, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, October 21, 2010

November 4, 2010 at 11:56 am

Chile’s Outsourcing Challenge

The list of challengers to U.S. tech supremacy may be getting longer. Many pundits say the greatest threats to the nation’s status as a tech superpower are China and India. Those people would do well to look south.

Aside from notable exceptions such as Venezuela, South America is a growth dynamo with a young population and rapidly maturing economies. Much recent growth has come from rich natural resources and a commodity bubble that rained cash on farmers, miners, and drillers alike. (By Vivek Wadhwa, BusinessWeek, October 20, 2009)

Read More

October 30, 2009 at 8:00 am

Wal-Mart’s Painful Lessons

It’s rare that a $100 billion business can be marginalized, but such is the case with the international arm of Wal-Mart Stores (WMT). As a stand-alone company, it would rank among the top five global retailers. Inside the $401 billion retail giant, though, the business has traditionally received short shrift. Its Bentonville (Ark.) headquarters is underwhelming—a drab, largely windowless, one-story structure named after Bill Mitchell, a former Walmart executive whom nobody seems to remember. (By Matthew Boyle, Business Week)

Read More

October 16, 2009 at 11:33 am

RD International Trade Seminar Series Office of Economics

RD International Trade Seminar Series
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 500 E Street, SW Washington, DC
Room : Conference Room – 615P

Metro Directions:
Take the orange, blue, yellow or green lines to the L’Enfant Plaza stop. Use the exit marked “7th & D Sts.” Exit through the construction, down the stairs. Turn right and walk east to the corner of 6th and D Sts. (half a block). Turn right and walk south on 6th St. (2 blocks) to the corner of 6th and E Sts. The USITC building is on the left (SW corner).

Check the Schedule of Seminars

October 15, 2009 at 8:00 am

NKITA and Chamber to host Brazilian delegation

A delegation of Brazilian Manufacturing and Construction companies will visit the Tri-State at the end of April. The delegation is looking for business opportunities and new business partners. More information shall follow. For details, please contact Daniele S. Longo, Vice President Business Development and International Trade, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce at

March 30, 2009 at 12:58 pm

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.

RSS Northern Kentucky Chamber – Calendar

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.