IEEP has high hopes for international business summit in Ontario

     When the 2008 Southern California International Business Summit hits Ontario’s Doubletree Hotel on Sept. 19, consulates from 15 countries will mingle with regional business leaders who are looking to make more money in oversees markets over the next decade.

     “They range from Poland, Mexico, Japan, China, Singapore, Armenia, and others,” said Bill Carney, president and CEO of Riverside-based Inland Empire Economic Partnership. “We’re hoping over 400 people will attend this year.”

     The organization tried promoting the first annual event last year, but efforts to attract publicity were in vain when October’s wildfires drew most, if not all, regional news media reporters to the natural disaster.

     “Ultimately, we’d like to encourage and increase the amount of global trade in the Inland Empire and show our business community the opportunities of developing business in foreign markets,” Carney said. “If you look right now among companies doing well in profitability and sales, it’s those having the largest share of foreign markets, the Caterpillars and John Deeres of the world.”

     Foreign investment into companies across San Bernardino and Riverside counties is another subject the event will address.

     So what businesses should attend the event, in Carney’s opinion?

     “It’s really for any business, but the obvious are the small manufacturers,” he said. “There are a lot of them who do foreign trade. We become aware of the niche products for markets abroad… and answer questions about how you finance it, insure it, and make sure you get paid.”

     The event is $50 if paid in advance, or $65 at the door, and pre-registration is required. Organizers ask that you RSVP by Sept. 12.

     For more information, visit or call 951-779-6700, ext. 241.


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