AICC Madagascar branch and the Madagascar Youth for Development Association held a joint meeting.

September 30, 2017, the AICC, American International Chamber of Commerce Madagascar branch and the Madagascar Youth for Development Association held a joint meeting.

“Malagasy Youth for Development Y4D” is an association which regroup malagasy young people in Madagascar island. The association has its representant in 22 regions of Madagascar and has thousands of members.

According to Y4D member boards in national and regional levels, they have decided to have partnership with the American International Chambre of Commerce branch of Madagascar. They have asked Mr José RAMAHERISON to be the Honor President of the Malagasy youth for Development association.

The AICC Madagascar is helping Malagasy youth. The development comes from youth, So the reason why AICC Madagascar gave an office, a meeting room and materials and furnitures to Malagasy Y4D association.

Free Webinar on the Education Landscapes in Nigeria and Ghana


Register for Free Webinar on the Education Landscapes in Nigeria and Ghana

Tuesday, May 9th from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Is your school interested in recruiting more students from Sub-Sahara Africa? If you seek to diversify your student body, increase enrollment and want more information about how to connect with students from West Africa, this webinar is for you.

Webinar Information
Learn from the US Commercial Service and EducationUSA specialists about higher education systems, current market trends and typical student profiles from Nigeria and Ghana.

Find out what opportunities are available for U.S higher education institutions, including the upcoming Education Recruitment Tours to Nigeria and Ghana in September 2017.

Why Nigeria?
This market is the largest country in Sub-Saharan Africa, both in terms of the economy and the population. One-fifth of Nigeria’s population is between the ages of 15 and 24, creating significant demand for higher education opportunities. As the demand cannot be met domestically, students are searching for international opportunities. Education fairs will be held in both Abuja and Lagos, Nigeria.

Why Ghana?
Ghana has experienced a decade of sustained economic growth, and its education expenditure relative to income is double the average for the African continent. These factors, coupled with the fact that English is the primary language of instruction, sets Ghana as the second largest sender of students to the United States. U.S. schools will participate in an education fair in Accra, in addition briefings, meetings, and networking events.

Where Businesses Come to Grow Presents: Top Strategies to Win Federal Government Contracts

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern Time)

“This webinar provides the best strategies to win contracts in the very competitive federal contracting arena. With over $100 billion in federal procurements, learn proven strategies to identify and win contracts.”

– Barbara English, Owner and Vice President
English-El Enterprises

Top Strategies
to Win Federal Government Contracts

Workshop will cover:

  • The most effective federal officials to engage with that are not well known but powerful;The best small business programs out there for small businesses;
  • How to determine the best agencies to contact based on your NAICS code;
  • Strategies to ensure you land your second contract after the first one
  • The top two contracting associations/organizations every small business should join;
  • The best way to price government contracts; and
  • How the “internal” source selection process works for Contracting Officers

Learn How to Get 8(a), HUBZone, EDWOSB, and WOSB Certified

Small business certifications are like professional certifications: they document a special capability or status that help you compete in the marketplace. These certifications can help you pursue business opportunities with the federal government and prime contractors who often have goals to ensure small businesses are integrated into their purchasing and procurement efforts. At our Federal Contracting Certifications workshop, we’ll give an overview and demonstrate how to apply for the following certifications:

8(a) Business Development (BD) Program

The SBA’s 8(a) Business Development program, named for a section of the Small Business Act, is a business development program created to help small disadvantaged businesses compete in the American economy and access the federal procurement market.

Applicant firms must be:

a small business in operation for at least two years

unconditionally owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who are of good character and citizens of the United States; and

demonstrate a potential for success

Participants in the 8(a) BD program can receive sole source contracts up to $4 million for goods and services and $7 million for manufacturing. 8(a) firms are also able to form joint ventures and teams to bid on larger prime contracts.

HUBZone & WOSB Procurement Programs

The Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal contracting opportunities. The benefits for certified companies include competitive and sole source contracting and a 10% price evaluation preference in full and open competitions and subcontracting opportunities.

The Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) and Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) programs allow federal contracting officials to set aside and sole source certain contracts to eligible woman-owned and economically disadvantaged woman-owned businesses.

Now, there are TWO ways to participate in this training; you can attend the workshop at our Santa Ana District Office on December 15th or you can log in to our Webinar on December 22nd. Please see below for details.

Agenda/Date/Location for the December 15th Workshop

Registration: 8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. (PST)

8(a) BD Program Certification Workshop: 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (PST)

HUBZone & WOSB Certifications Workshop: 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (PST)

Thursday, December 15th, 2016 at the Santa Ana District Office Training Room, located at 5 Hutton Centre Dr. #900, Santa Ana, CA 92707

Agenda/Date/Location for the December 22nd Webinar

8(a) BD Program Certification Workshop: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (PST)

HUBZone & WOSB Certifications Workshop: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (PST)

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016…log in information will be sent after successful registration

FREE Workshop: SBA Loans to Start, Run, & Grow Your Business 

Jan 6, 2017 Friday
Fresno SBA District Office
801 R Street., Suite 201
Fresno, CA 93721

The United States Small Business Administration is hosting a FREE SBA loan workshop for entrepreneurs who want to start or buy a business, or business owners who want to grow their companies.

This workshop will be presented by an experienced SBA Loan Officer who will cover the specifics of SBA guaranteed loan programs. Learn about small loans for home-based businesses, multi-million dollar real estate and manufacturing transactions, exporting loans, construction loans, lines of credit, and others.

This workshop will also include a local banker who will explain how to prepare a successful SBA loan application, and the event will conclude with a Question & Answer session.


Better Business Through Better Records and SBA Recources

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PDT

Information Every Business Owner Needs to Know

Join this webinar to learn helpful record keeping information on asset/purchase/expense records, gross receipts, maintaining employment tax records, record keeping time frames and the different types of record keeping. Learn how to keep your business documents organized all year round ensuring your taxes are filed accurately and in the very rare instance of being audited you are prepared!

Also learn about the many the SBA programs, tools, and resources that can strengthen your business and help it to grow.

Presented by:
Internal Revenue Service
U.S. Small Business Administration
Sponsored by:
City of Tustin
Tustin Chamber of Commerce

Click HERE to Register

Making Global Goals Local Business – Dubai

Oct 24 – 27, 2016
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The UN Global Compact invites you to Dubai for a series of events as part of our Making Global Goals Local Business campaign, where we will bring together leaders across sectors to explore the transformative platforms and partnerships needed to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on the ground. In Dubai, over 600 participants from business, civil society, government, the UN and Global Compact Local Networks will focus on moving from awareness to action, showing that companies that do business responsibly and find opportunities to innovate around the SDGs will be the market leaders of tomorrow.

Oct 24-25, 2016
Annual Local Network Forum
Jumeirah Mina A’Salam Madinat Jumeirah | Al Sufouh Rd
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Oct 24-25, 2016
UN Private Sector Focal Points Network Annual Meeting
Jumeirah Mina A’Salam Madinat Jumeirah | Al Sufouh Rd
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Oct 25, 2016
PRME Business for Peace Forum 2016
American University of Sharjah | United Arab Emirates

Oct 26, 2016
Business for Peace Annual Event
Jumeirah Mina A’Salam Madinat Jumeirah | Al Sufouh Rd
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Oct 27,2016
Pearl Initiative & United Nations Global Compact 2nd Regional Forum
Conrad Hotel
Sheikh Zayed Road
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

AICC UN Global Compact Office:

Better Business Through Better Records – Webinar

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time

Topics include:

  • The purpose of recordkeeping, such as an audit or loan application!
  • Recordkeeping systems
  • Documents and reporting of gross receipts, purchases, and expenses; travel, transportation, and gift expenses; assets, employment taxes,
  • Electronic Records

Presenters and Q & A Participants:
Neki Cox, IRS, Stakeholder Liaison
Christopher Lorenzana, SBA Lead Economic Development Specialist
Neki Cox, IRS, Stakeholder Liaison

Presented by the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Small Business Administration

Sponsored by the City of Tustin and the Tustin Chamber of Commerce

US donates $37 million to UNHCR to support education gaps forrefugees

The United States is pleased to announce a contribution of nearly $37 million of humanitarian assistance toward the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to support critical education gaps for refugees in 16 countries.

On September 20, 2016, Jordanian King Abdullah II, Mexican President Peña Nieto, German Chancellor Merkel, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam, Swedish Prime Minister Löfven, Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau, and Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon will join President Obama in hosting the President’s Leaders’ Summit on Refugees.

This Summit will bring together government leaders who are prepared to make new and significant pledges that address the most urgent needs of refugees. As part of the Summit, the United States and co-hosts aim to increase refugee self-reliance by encouraging major refugee-hosting member states to focus on new policies that will facilitate refugee access to education and increase the number of refugee children enrolled in school by one million. In order to reach that goal, additional resources are needed to close significant funding gaps of leading humanitarian organizations.

This funding will both further the United States’ financial contributions to refugee education and support the implementation of the commitments made for the Summit by refugee-hosting countries through the provision of additional resources to UNHCR to increase the number of children accessing quality education.

UNHCR is the largest provider of education for refugees globally, but remains underfunded. The UNHCR fundraising document “Education for Refugees: Priority activities and requirements supporting enrollment and retention in 2016” highlights unfunded or underfunded education activities for schools and students at all levels of education.

The document appeals for nearly $60 million to support refugee education in sixteen countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East – which collectively host 2.1 million refugee children of school-age (5-17 years), an estimated 57 percent of whom are out of school. With full funding, UNHCR could support tens of thousands of refugee children to enroll in school during the upcoming academic year. The United States government strongly encourages other donors to close the remaining $23 million funding shortfall.

2016 IP Strategy Innovation Summit

IP Strategy Innovation Summit
September 28 & 29, Boston, 2016
Marriott Copley Place Boston

Learn to Optimize your IP Strategy to Protect Yourself and Foster Innovation

IP Strategy is the backbone of successful innovation management. It not only bridges the gap between the legal and innovation departments but can also help build relationships with external partners.

Confirmed speakers include:

Chief Patent Counsel, Schnieder Electric
Senior Intellectual Property Manager, Stryker
SVP & General Counsel, Spartan Race
Senior IP Counsel, Sonos
Head Of Innovation, Aramco
Patent Counsel, HP
Business Unit Patent Officer, Schneider Electric
Assistant Director of IP, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
IP Rights & Clearance Associate, Viacom

To join 100+ in-house counsel, industry experts and thought leaders.

Secure your passes, please contact AICC membership service.