The Chico Enterprise Record reports:
Area exporters and businesses have an opportunity to put their wares before the eyes of retail buyers from Shanghai, China next month. Butte College’s Center for International Trade Development is one of the state’s centers putting out a call to exporters. “Retail growth is extremely strong in the Chinese market, creating tremendous incentives for California exporters,” said Chico center director Jim Wilson. Businesses must register by Thursday. Suitable products include cheese products, nuts, frozen products, canned foods, wines, cereals, bakery products, premix flours, snack foods, condiments, dried foods, cookies, chocolate, fruit jam, oil and oil products, seafood, organic food products, and juices. The buying mission is organized by the California Department of Food and Agriculture and U.S. D epartment of Agriculture, in addition to the California Centers for International Trade Development. The event itself is July 2 at Long Beach City College.Questions can be directed to Wilson at 879-9049, or to Priscilla Lopez at the Center for International Trade Development at Long Beach City College, 1-562-938-5018.
The D-Day Blog has weighed in on the Schwarzenegger Canada junket- and if you thought what we wrote was harsh this guy nails it:
This is about the eighth time I’ve seen a report similar to this one that undisclosed donors are financing a Schwarzenegger trade mission… The excuse put forth by the Governor’s spokespeople is always the same: this SAVES taxpayer money because they don’t have to finance these trade missions! Really? What about all the corporate welfare checks that get cut as a result of this access? What about all the watered-down regulations that cost taxpayers, not only with money but with public health and quality of life? What about the state contracts that could go to lower bidders who don’t have the same relationships (read: bribery poke) with the Governor? .. It should frankly be outlawed for a private company with business before the state to finance the Governor’s travel, especially when it’s supposed to be official business. This is government for sale from the guy who was supposed to be such a big reformer because he was richer than dirt. This is also why I’ve been so adamant about the CDP-Chevron donation. Influence peddling in the capital is an epidemic that needs to stop.
Lake Tahoe-area tourism executives will gather in South Lake Tahoe on Wednesday to share strategic information at the 2007 SMG Tourism Conference. This eighth annual event, which is themed â€œSustainability & Authenticity: Marketing Your Destinationâ€™s Unique Character,â€ will address issues critical to tourism, including geotourism, social media and brand building, California tourism trends, and how Indian gaming and economic development trends are impacting destination character, officials said. Speakers at the event include Jonathan Tourtellot, director of sustainable destinations at the National Geographic Society; Dave LaPlante, CEO of Twelve Horses; and William Eadington, gaming expert at the University of Nevada, Reno.
“The Consulate General of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in Los Angeles, Sri Lankan Consulate is pleased to announce the inaugural Focus Sri Lanka 2007 Expo and Cultural Show, ‘Focus Sri Lanka on May 28. 29, 2007 at the California Market Center in downtown Los Angeles. The Focus Sri Lanka experience includes a ‘cash and carry’ exhibit hall preview on Monday May 28th beginning at 1pm, followed by a vibrant cultural show in the evening, which commences at 7pm. The next day, Tuesday May 29th, Focus Sri Lanka’s diverse exhibits will be open to trades people and wholesale buyers, from 10AM – 6PM. Registration/Info available online at: http://www.FocusSriLanka.com . With almost two full days of opportunity to view and explore, Focus Sri Lanka’s exhibits spotlight exotic and marketable Sri Lankan imports, including; Apparel, Ayurvedic Spa products, the World’s best Ceylon tea, decorative accessories, gifts, gem & jewelry, homewares, handmade recycle paper, natural and organic products, spices, and more. Sri Lanka’s rapidly growing tourism industry will also be represented including action/adventure travel, ecotourism, and luxury resorts. The event includes many special attractions, designed to demonstrate the often surprising variety this beautiful country has to offer: A screening of the Bollywood smash film ‘Water,’ and a chance to meet its young Sri Lankan star, Sarala; appearances by Sri Lankan all-star Cricket players; a ‘Cooking with Tea’ demonstration by celebrity chef Robert Wemischner; a pottery wheel demonstration and a tea queen beauty pageant.”
“Golden California Inc. has partnered with a large trade show organizer to stage the “California Technology Fair at CeBIT Asia 2007″ in Shanghai, China, in October. Golden California, a West Sacramento consultancy that advises on doing business between China and California, will produce the Oct. 10-13 fair with Hannover Fairs USA Inc., which is a subsidiary of Germany-based Deutsche Messe AG. The fair will showcase cutting-edge technologies developed across industry sectors in California, Golden California said Thursday.”