International Trade Outreach Meetings – June 25 in Los Angeles, California and June 26 in Glendale, California
The Office of Advocacy, an independent office within the U.S. Small Business Administration, is holding international trade outreach meetings in Los Angeles, CA on June 25 and in Glendale, CA on June 26 to hear from small businesses about their views on trade agreements in negotiations with Japan, the European Union, and the United Kingdom.
The Office of Advocacy serves as an independent voice for small business within the federal government. In early 2016, Congress passed the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act, establishing a new role for the Office of Advocacy: to facilitate greater consideration of small business issues during international trade negotiations. The Office of Advocacy is tasked with producing a report to Congress evaluating the small business economic impacts of trade agreements in negotiations, particularly in the services, manufacturing, and agriculture sectors, as well as highlighting small business priorities, opportunities, and challenges. For this report, Advocacy is hosting outreach meetings in Los Angeles and Glendale to hear from small business affected by international trade.
The purpose of the outreach meetings is to hear directly from small businesses and their representatives regarding their views on trade agreements being negotiated with Japan, the European Union and the United Kingdom, and their experience doing business in these markets.
Los Angeles Meeting
The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. on June 25, 2019. The meeting will be held at the World Trade Center Los Angeles, located at 444 S. Flower Street, 37th Floor (CitiGroup Building), Los Angeles, CA, 90071. Please register here. Further information will be sent out upon registration.
10:00 – 10:10 AM Opening Remarks and Welcome
10:10 – 11:50 AM Discussion on Japan, EU, and UK Small Business Trade Priorities and Challenges
11:50 – 12:00 PM Closing Remarks
The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. on June 26, 2019. The meeting will be held at the SBA Los Angeles District Office Suite 1200, Glendale, CA, 91203. Please register here. Further information will be sent out upon registration.
8:30 – 9:00 AM Registration
9:00 – 9:10 AM Opening Remarks and Welcome
9:10 – 10:50 AM Discussion on Japan, EU, and UK Small Business Trade Priorities and Challenges
10:50 – 11:00 AM Closing Remarks
Outreach meetings are open to all interested persons, except for the press, in order to facilitate open and frank discussion about the potential impacts of trade agreements on small entities. The purpose of these outreach meetings is to exchange opinions, facts, and information and to obtain the attendees’ individual views and opinions regarding small business concerns. The meetings are not intended to achieve or communicate any consensus positions of the attendees.