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Chapman to host Cross-Border Entrepreneurship Conference

The event will offer information on forming business partnerships in Mexico

by Caitlin AdamsPublished: October 12, 2012 02:45 PM

Next weekend, Chapman University will host a new event on cross-border business partnerships and opportunities, hosted in collaboration with several other organizations and companies. The Cross-Border Entrepreneurship Conference invites individuals, organizations and members of the business community to learn about how to expand or launch business opportunities in Mexico.

The daylong event, to be held Oct. 20 at Beckman Hall, will include panel discussions on a number of topics relevant to international business. Subjects will include information on how to establish business within Mexico, where to find cross-border sources of capital, details on government agency support from both countries, and legal and accounting considerations.

“Since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was enacted, the [U.S. and Mexican] economies have enjoyed almost two decades of successful economic collaboration, which has led to increased efforts by individuals, investment groups, and both U.S. and Mexican government agencies to further enhance the favorable investment environment by developing funding mechanisms and assistance programs to facilitate cross-border relationships,” said Richard Sudek, director of Chapman’s Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship.

Keynote speakers at the conferences include Alejandra García-Williams, Mexico's General Consul in Santa Ana, and Hector Barreto, former administrator and chair of the Small Business Administration. An international representation of business leaders will sit on the panels discussing their own experiences and common issues that arise in cross-cultural commerce.

“Despite all the media hype as to why one should stay away from Mexico, ie: danger, violence and sheer disregard for authority, there are countless reasons to connect with this country,” said Christopher Buckstein, director of Chapman’s eVillage, an entrepreneurial mentorship program coordinated through the Leatherby Center. “For the U.S., Mexico is the third largest trading partner after Canada and China as of June 2010. We'll debunk the myths and give you the real deal as to what is actually taking shape in regards to entrepreneurship and the state of the economy.”

The event is being presented in partnership with the Technology, Entrepreneurship & Cultural Mexican Association of Orange County; the Ralph W. Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics; the George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics; the Chapman University Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences; and OCTANe.

The conference will include a breakfast, lunch and cocktail reception. For more information or to register for the conference, visit its event page.

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