Delegate Mark Keam - Virginia's 35th House District

Delegate Mark Keam and Export-Import Bank to Host International Business Forum

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Contact: Julia Kim
(703) 350-3911

Delegate Mark Keam and Export-Import Bank to Host International Business Forum
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~Global Access Forum to discuss export opportunities to Asian markets for small businesses~

VIENNA, VA — Delegate Mark L. Keam (D-Fairfax) and the Export-Import Bank of the United States will host the Global Access Forum for American small businesses looking to break into the Asian markets.

The free forum will be held on Friday, Oct. 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon at his office, located near Tysons Corner Center, at 1952 Gallows Rd., Vienna, VA 22182 in the 3rd floor conference room.

"The passage of the U.S. Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) a year ago signaled the Obama Administration's commitment to expanding business opportunities for American companies in the expanding Asian markets," said Keam. "Now we have got to give entrepreneurs and employees functional information and the resources to take advantage of the FTA and grow their businesses."

The forum will feature experts from the federal, state and local governments as well as the Korean government who will provide helpful information such as:

· Finding new markets and customers

· Accessing vital working capital

· Extending credit to your buyers

· Obtaining protection against the risk of nonpayment

· Understanding how to use government resources


8:30 a.m.: Registration
9:00 a.m.: Welcome Remarks
Delegate Mark L. Keam, Virginia House of Delegates, 35th District
The Honorable Patricia Loui, Member, Board of Directors, Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank)

9:15 a.m.: Guest Speaker, Chusok Yoon, First Secretary, Economic Section, Embassy of the Republic of Korea

9:25 a.m.: Panel Discussion with Agency Officials — "Resources to Grow Your Exports"
A discussion with federal agency officials who ex/plain how their products and services can assist business owners expand their export opportunities.
Moderator: The Honorable Patricia Loui, Ex-Im Bank

Panelists: Eric Sohn, Int'l Trade Specialist, Office of Japan and Korea, U.S. Dept. of Commerce
Regina Gordin, Export Finance Manager, Northeast Office, Ex-Im Bank
George Mui, Global Business Development Specialist, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), U.S. Department of Commerce

10:15 a.m.: Panel Discussion with Agency Officials — "Resources to Grow Your Exports"
A discussion with state and local officials representing: Fairfax County and the Commonwealth of Virginia

Moderator: Julia Kim, Office of Delegate Mark L. Keam

Panelists: Andrew Yu, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority
Oscar Ruiz, Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) Program Manager, Virginia Economic Development Partnership

11:15 a.m.: Networking Session

12 noon: Attendees are given the opportunity to meet one-on-one with federal, state and local agency officials to ask questions and learn more about how to effectively use government resources.

There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is requested. Registrants can email Julia Kim at or call 703-350-3911.

Delegate Mark Keam (, @MarkKeam) represents Virginia's 35th District, located in Fairfax County. The House District includes Tysons, the Town of Vienna, Dunn Loring and portions of Oakton and Fairfax. Currently serving in his second term, Delegate Keam is a member of the House Education and Finance committees.

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