Global Cultural & Business Practices

Wednesday,September 14, 2016
1:30 PM to 5:00 PM PDT

Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook
University Center
College of the Canyons
University Center Room 258
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91355

Cost: Attendance at this event is free

Improve Your Bussiness, Embrace Diversity

Global Business is Expanding…
Are you ready for the challenge

California Construction Expo 2016

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Long Beach Convention Entertainment Center
300 East Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90802

The California Construction Expo is the Golden State’s premiere gathering for contractors, designers, construction professionals, suppliers and construction workers to learn directly from government agencies about the increasing opportunities associated with $150 billion in public work programs currently proposed or underway. The government sector is in tremendous need of qualified contractors, professional service consultants, and skilled labor to support their construction programs. If your company directly or indirectly supports the design or construction industry, you need to have a presence at CalCon Expo

• Access to over $150 Billion of viable public works projects
• Face to face time with over 30 of California’s top-performing General Contractors
• Information on traditional and alternative project delivery methods
• Key resources and tools provided by city, county and public entities

Discover Global Markets: Building Smart Cities 2016

Registration is now open for Discover Global Markets: Building Smart Cities!

Tuesday, November 01, 2016 – Thursday, November 03, 2016

Swissotel Chicago
323 E Upper Wacker Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60601
United States
(312) 565-0565

This international business conference will highlight export opportunities that exist for U.S. companies in smart city development projects around the world.

Pre-Schedule One-on-One Meetings with U.S. Commercial Diplomats from key markets:

Participate in Dynamic Panel Sessions

Sessions will focus on relevant topics such as: global smart city trends, cyber-security, water and wastewater management, funding of smart city projects, two major markets – India & China, and more!

Network with trade experts, industry pros and fellow exporters

Register by August 1st and save 20%!

Fourth Annual SBA Faith-Based Small Business Summit

Date: July 27, 2016
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: USC Campus – Ronald Tutor Campus Center Ballroom
Cost: Free (On-site parking $12)

LOS ANGELES –This year marks the fourth SBA Los Angeles District Office Faith-Based Small Business Summit. The Summit supports President Obama’s initiative to strengthen faith-based and community organizations and expand their capacity to provide federally funded social services.

The summit is ideal for aspiring entrepreneurs, individuals already in business and faith-based institutions interested in starting or growing a small business. Attendees will have an opportunity to gain valuable business insight and network with other faith-based businesses and community members. The event will also provide a forum for faith-based organizations to meet with Emergency Preparedness and Local Community Resource representatives that can assist entrepreneurs in their congregation.

As a part of this informative faith-based event, representatives from the interfaith community, in conjunction with marketplace leaders, will be on hand to support entrepreneurship, economic growth and promote prosperity throughout our region.

Cosponsorship Authorization #16-0914-145. SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

Only 1 Week Left to Register:
https://faith_based-rsvp.eventbrite.com

Today: Join in CR4 or watch online – UN General Assembly Hearingsfor UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants at UNHQ

Join or watch online today:
UN General Assembly informal multistakeholder hearings for UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants
UN Headquarters, New York
Conference Room 4
10:00am-1:00pm and 3:00-6:00pm

On 18 July 2016, the President of the UN General Assembly will host informal multi-stakeholder hearings at UN Headquarters in New York in preparation for the 19 September UN Summit to address large movements of refugees and migrants, with the aim of bringing countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach.UN Member State consultations are underway on the outcome document for this Summit, and these hearings provide a significant opportunity for stakeholders to contribute their recommendations for the draft Declaration and draft Global Compact on Responsibility Sharing for Refugees. During the opening of the hearings, remarks will be delivered by:

H.E. Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the UN General Assembly
H.E. Ms. Dina Kawar, Ambassador of Jordan to the United States/Co-facilitator for the Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants (TBC)
H.E. Mr. David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations/Co-facilitator for the Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants
Ms. Karen AbuZayd, UN Special Adviser on the Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants
Ms. Nadia Murad Basee Taha, Advocate for refugees rights and victims of trafficking, Yazda
Ms. Michele LeVoy, Director, Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants
The concept note for the hearings is available here.

The programme for the hearings is available here.
Guiding questions for the 4 interactive panels are at bottom of this message.
You may watch the hearings online at http://webtv.un.org

It’s no longer business as usual at Herbalife: An inside look at the $200 million FTC settlement

The following is a post from the Federal Trade Commission’s Blog

By: Lesley Fair | Jul 15, 2016 8:26AM

Multi-level marketer Herbalife will pay $200 million back to people who were taken in by what the FTC alleges were misleading moneymaking claims. But when it comes to protecting consumers, that may not be the most important part of the just-announced settlement. What could matter more than $200 million? An order that requires Herbalife to restructure its business from top to bottom – and to start complying with the law.

Advertising in English and Spanish, Herbalife pitched its business opportunity as a way for people to quit their jobs and make the big bucks. Other ads promoted Herbalife as a means for already hard-working people to provide a little more for their families: “When we worked in factories our earnings could only pay for basic needs, but now we can take our 12 grandkids on vacations.”

But don’t start packing the kids’ bags because according to the FTC, it’s virtually impossible to make money selling Herbalife products. As explained in the complaint, our analysis shows that half of Herbalife “Sales Leaders” earned on average less than $5 a month from product sales. For folks who invested the most to build an actual retail business – a brick-and-mortar store that Herbalife called a Nutrition Club – the majority made nothing or even lost money. 

Which brings us to the inconvenient little secret about Herbalife that the FTC’s complaint alleges: The small number of distributors who actually made money made it not by selling products to people who wanted the company’s powders, pills, and potions, but rather by recruiting others to serve as distributors – and encouraging them to buy Herbalife products.

The lawsuit alleges that Herbalife deceived consumers into believing they could earn substantial income from the business opportunity or big money from the retail sale of the company’s products. In addition, the complaint charges that one of the fundamental principles of Herbalife’s business model – incentivizing distributors to buy products and to recruit others to join and buy products so they could advance in the company’s marketing program, rather than in response to actual consumer demand – is an unfair practice in violation of the FTC Act.

Under the settlement, that all has to change. The order requires Herbalife to drop its current system of rewarding distributors primarily for recruiting a “downline” of people who will buy the product at wholesale, without regard to whether there are customers out there who really want the merchandise. Under the new compensation structure, success in the Herbalife marketing program must depend on whether participants sell products, not on whether they can recruit additional distributors to buy products.

You’ll want to read the order for the detailed dos and don’ts, but they’re all closely tied to the law violations alleged in the complaint. Here’s just one example: The order requires a clear differentiation between people who join just to buy discounted products for their own use and those who join the business opportunity. For people in the bizopp, 2/3 of rewards must be based on verifiable retail sales, with no more than 1/3 coming from product designated as “personal consumption.”

And it’s not a “we’ll take your word for it” thing. The order includes teeth that will put a financial bite on non-compliance. To make sure everyone at Herbalife is on board with the new set-up, 80% of the company’s net sales will have to be real sales to real buyers. If that doesn’t happen, the rewards that high-level distributors pocket will be cut. What’s more, for the next seven years, Herbalife has to hire an Independent Compliance Auditor to monitor what the company is doing to comply with the new compensation plan. The Auditor will report to the FTC, who will have the authority to replace that person should it become necessary.

We’re glad to be returning $200 million to consumers. (Details about the refund program will be available soon.) But another key goal is to dismantle the alleged deception and unfairness built into how Herbalife does business. As the company rewrites its advertising claims and restructures its compensation system, we’ll be watching. The Auditor will be watching. And consumers should be watching, too.

Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week


AAPEX 2016
Education: October 31-November 3, 2016
Exhibits: November 1-3, 2016
Sands Expo
Las Vegas, NV

The AAIW is the largest exhibition in the United States for car aftermarket products manufacturers from all over the world. No other trade show offers you the opportunity of meeting over 4,000 innovative U.S. and international exhibitors from all parts of the world. More than 120,000 professionals from every corner of the global automotive aftermarket community attended last year’s show.

Also, throughout the week, there will also be seminars, workshops, industry get-togethers, social activities, receptions, and dinners, which have all been packaged to help you network with exhibitors and other industry professionals to exchange ideas and build your business. Products will include all categories of car care products, such as lubricants, chemical additives, sealants, car body fillers and paints, polishes, masking tapes, brake fluids etc.

You will also find automotive spare parts, audio, security and mobile electronics, car tracking systems, car and truck accessories, engines and engine parts, heavy duty truck parts, machine shop tools and equipment, marine performance products, motorcycle parts and accessories, service equipment, test and tune-up equipment, tires and wheels, tools and equipment and trailer accessories.