2018 International Business Forum
The San Antonio Economic Development Foundation’s (SAEDF) goal is to market San Antonio globally to attract job producing investments to the San Antonio community. Hosted by SAEDF, the 5 th Annual International Business Forum (IBF) will bring together importers, exporters and foreign direct investors to Explore, Expand, and Connect in San Antonio, Texas.
The IBF is San Antonio’s most targeted program for local companies to develop export business opportunities and attract FDI to San Antonio. The event will include several panel discussions for exporters, and foreign investors, a keynote luncheon, pre-arranged matchmaking meetings and networking opportunities. The IBF will conclude with an evening reception celebrating diplomacy and trade, co-hosted by the World Affairs Council of San Antonio and the City of San Antonio’s International Relations Office.
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|8:30 a.m.||Welcome Remarks by Mayor Ron Nirenberg|
|9:00 a.m.||Import and Export Tracks|
Keynote Luncheon: “Keeping Free Trade Alive: Why it matters and How the Auto Industry’s Cross-Border Operations Depend on it”
Introductory Remarks: The Honorable Rolando B. Pablos, Secretary of State, State of Texas
Keynote Speaker: Kevin Voelkel, Senior Vice President Toyota Motor Manufacturing
|1:30pm||Global & Foreign Diplomat Tracks|
|3:30pm-5:30pm||Pre-Arranged B2B Meetings|
“A Celebration of Sports Diplomacy”
Reception hosted by the San Antonio World Affairs Council
Register today for the 2018 International Business Forum
- Registration Rate: $175USD per participant
B2B: The International Business Forum Business matchmaking session will take place from 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM. Each meeting will last 10 minutes and are meant to be introductory sessions only. Meetings will be with local companies, foreign diplomats and/or service providers to consider business opportunities.
The deadline to register for prearranged business to business meetings is October 17, 2018.
In order to participate, please register for the event and select “YES” for B2B meetings. SAEDF will contact you to send a B2B application.
Venue & Reservations
The 2018 IBF will be held in downtown San Antonio at the Historic Menger Hotel. To reserve your special room rate for the 2018 IBF, click here.
Hotel Contact: Stacy Peak, Sales Manager
For more information on reservations and the host hotel, click here.
IBF Keynote Luncheon
Keeping Free Trade Alive: Why it matters and How the Auto Industry’s Cross-Border Operations Depend on It.”
Presented by: Mr. Kevin Voelkel - Senior Vice President, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas
Individual Luncheon Registration: $45UDS
Click here to register for the keynote luncheon. Luncheon sponsorship opportunities are also available and highlighted below.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for San Antonio’s most targeted program to develop export business opportunities and attract FDI to San Antonio. To review sponsorship levels and benefits, click here.
Foreign Diplomat Reception: A Celebration of Sports Diplomacy
Join the World Affairs Council of San Antonio for the annual Foreign Diplomat Reception held in partnership with the City of San Antonio’s Office of International Relations. It is held in conjunction with the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation’s International Business Forum. For more information and registration, visit the World Affairs Council.