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2018 International Business Forum

Menger Hotel - San Antonio, TX
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

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.

Event Agenda

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7:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. Welcome Remarks by Mayor Ron Nirenberg
9:00 a.m. Import and Export Tracks
11:30 a.m.
Luncheon Registration
12:00 p.m. 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
6:00pm-8:00pm “A Celebration of Sports Diplomacy”
Reception hosted by the San Antonio World Affairs Council 

Event Registration

IBF Event Registration

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 
Phone: 210-758-2717 
Email: speak@mengerhotel.com

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

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

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