Ocala/Marion County Chamber Global Trade Workgroup

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Final 2009 Presentation of the Ocala/Marion County Global Trade Workgroup (International Business Council)

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Ocala/Marion County Chamber Global Trade Workgroup

  1. 1. International Business Council Recommendations to the Board
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Council Members </li></ul><ul><li>International Trade in Florida </li></ul><ul><li>Foreign Investment in Ocala </li></ul><ul><li>Chamber Survey Results </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendations to the Board </li></ul>
  3. 3. Council Members <ul><li>Jaye Baillie Chamber of Commerce </li></ul><ul><li>Robert Couch Liquid Capital of Florida </li></ul><ul><li>Ron Ewers Ewers Consulting </li></ul><ul><li>James George American Cable Services </li></ul><ul><li>George Gibson Bowyer-Singleton & Associates </li></ul><ul><li>David Harden American Heritage Engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Stu Lewis Sandler Training </li></ul><ul><li>Bartow McDonald Sperry Van Ness </li></ul><ul><li>Hellena Smejda Fountains at Golf Park/Equestrian Springs </li></ul><ul><li>Elizabeth Stevens Chamber of Commerce </li></ul>
  4. 4. International Trade in Florida <ul><li>Fastest Growing Sector Since 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Exported $47 Billion in 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>44,000 Florida Companies Export </li></ul><ul><li>1.1 Million Jobs Depend on International Trade </li></ul>
  5. 5. 2006 Foreign Investment $231,500,000
  6. 6. Chamber Email Survey <ul><li>127 Responses </li></ul><ul><li>35% Purchase From International Vendors </li></ul><ul><li>22% Sold to International Customers </li></ul><ul><li>34% Plan to Sell Internationally </li></ul>
  7. 7. Recommendations <ul><ul><li>Joint initiative of the Chamber and EDC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Purpose to increase international trade and investment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Members are companies that want to grow revenues through collaborating with each other and international partners </li></ul></ul>Create the International Business Council
  8. 8. Strategy Phase One <ul><li>Indentify Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Solicit Member Companies </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct 1 st Annual International Trade Survey </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>a. Partner with CFCC Marketing Class </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Build Relationships with Resource Partners </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Florida Chamber of Commerce </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Enterprise Florida </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Small Business Development Center </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>U.S. Department of Commerce </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>U.S. Chamber of Commerce </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Strategy Phase Two <ul><li>Awareness Campaign </li></ul><ul><li>a. Press Releases, Website, Direct Mail </li></ul><ul><li>Host 1 st Annual International Trade Forum </li></ul><ul><li>Develop Trade Curriculum with Resource Partners </li></ul><ul><li>“ Reverse Trade Missions” with consulates in Miami </li></ul><ul><li>to introduce their nations to Ocala </li></ul><ul><li>Trade Missions to Countries of Opportunity </li></ul>
  10. 10. Benchmarks <ul><li>Delivery of 1 St Annual Trade Report </li></ul><ul><li>Delivery of 1 st Annual Trade Forum </li></ul><ul><li>Number of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>IBC members </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participants at Forum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participants in Trade Missions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Increases in: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Exports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foreign Investment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jobs Created </li></ul></ul>

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