International Business News and Events

Trans Pacific Partnership: Obstacles and Opportunities

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) involves 12 countries and is the first "mega-regional" trade agreement of its kind.  The countries included represent 40% of global output and 25% of global exports. 


 Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) used to deal mostly with goods.  Modern trade agreements, including the TPP, encompass a much broader range of regulatory and legal issues so it is being debated on all sides. How will this affect your business? Join our distinguished panelists to find out the answers to your questions. 

Presented by the North Texas District Export Council and the US Department of Commerce
Location: Richland College Campus
               Wichita Hall (WH) 115
               12800 Abrams Rd.
               Dallas, TX 75243 
Date: Friday, August 21, 2015
Time: 7:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. 
Cost: $35
To register, please click here
The deadline for registration is August 18, 2015. No refunds for registration cancellation will be issued after August 18, 2015. If you have any questions, please contact Dan Swart at or at (817) 684-5355.  
Entrepreneur Speaker Series & Networking Event
Join us for an informative evening, network with successful entrepreneurs, bankers, lawyers, accountants and other professionals. Meet Chip Wilson, Founder, CEO, 360Solutions as he shares his story building his company.  Enjoy dinner, share your ideas and let us enjoy connecting with each other. 
Hosted by the Dallas Chapter of TiE
Location: Gleneagles Country Club
                 5401 West Park Blvd
                 Plano, TX 75093
Date: Thursday, August 27, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Cost: $15 for TiE members and $30 for non-members 
To register, please click here.  
If you have any questions, contact Vijayashree at or at 214-882-9905. 
Letters of Credit: Trade Finance Tools and Strategies for U.S. Exporters
An initial discussion on the fundamentals of letters of credit will be held as a requirement
for a better understanding of the topics of Part Two which will cover the traditional and
non-traditional trade finance products used in cross border sales. The following governing
trade transactions rules published by the International Chamber of Commerce will be
discussed: (a) Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Letters of Credit; (b) ICC
Publication, Incoterm 2010 as amended; and (c) ICC Uniform Rules for International
Collections, Publication No. 522. Additionally, there will be a discussion of practical tips on
using letters of credit from a legal perspective. 
Hosted by the National District Export Council, Richardson Economic Development Partnership, Richland College, and the U.S. Commercial Service 
Location:  Richland College-Garland Center
                 675 W. Walnut Street
                 Garland, TX 75040 
Date: Thursday, September 3, 2015 
Time: 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  
Cost: $75
To register, go to Please contact Daniel Ogden at if you have any questions.  
Future of Korea
A Council panel discussion titled "Future of Korea" will examine how politics, security and economic/financial issues affect the U.S.-Republic of Korea relationship. Leading the conversation will be authoritative voices from the U.S. Department of State, the Korean Embassy, the Korean Economic Institute and other organizations. 
Presented by World Affairs Council of DFW and Korean Economic Institute
Location: Hotel InterContinental
               15201 Dallas Parkway
               Addison, TX 75001 
Date:  Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Time: 6:30 p.m. Reception/ 7:00 p.m. Program 

To register, click here.  
Discover Global Markets: E-Commerce Strategies 
This program explores global e-commerce and digital strategies of most importance to exporters of both products and services.  High ranking U.S. government officials, visiting U.S. commercial diplomats and international business leaders will be in attendance. Experts from each international region will cover topics ranging from e-commerce forecasts, country trends, piracy, intellectual property rights and will highlight recent and future developments in the market place. 
Location: Gaylord Texan
                1501 Gaylord Trail
                Grapevine, TX 76051
                (817) 778-1000 
Date: Thursday, October 8, 2015 -Friday, October 9, 2015
Time: 8 a.m. Thursday to 2:30 p.m. Friday
To register, click here.  

The Business Magazine
June 17, 2015 
Richardson wins prestigious foreign direct investment strategy award
Richardson CoC News Release
April 21, 2015
Chinese investment tour stops in [Richardson]
Dallas Business Journal
September 7, 2012 
International business office celebrates milestones
The Dallas Morning News - neighborsgo - Richardson edition
June 22, 2012 
Texas is the Best State for Business 2012
May 2, 2012 

International Newsletter Summer 2015
International Newsletter Summer 2014
International Newsletter Winter 2014
Mike Skelton Awarded U.S. Commercial Service Certificate of Achievement April 1, 2014 
Texas Crowned Champion of Economic Development March 3, 2014
International Economic Development Council Presents REDP with Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award at IEDC's Annual ConferenceOctober 10, 2013
Richardson's Telecom Corridor Area Qualifies for "Area of Innovation" Membership in the International Association of Science Parks September 24, 2013
Richardson, UT Dallas Join National Effort to Create Next-Gen Internet Applications June 24, 2013
International Newsletter 6-19-12 Vol. 1, No. 2
International Newsletter 4-25-12 Vol. 1, No. 1
November 2011

 ZTE Meeting at RCC

Reading UK CIC Board Director and Members (and Mike Skelton) at the Malmaison Hotel 
 June 2015
Mayor Maczka and Bob Townsend at Ribbon Cutting
Representatives of Reading, UK and Richardson signing MOU
June 2015
America Day Conference in Gothenburg Sweden
March 2014 
Kenya Ambassador Jane Kamau
CeBIT Conference Hannover Germany
February 2014
Mike Skelton receiving USCC Award

Rio de Janiero Chamber of Commerce

October 2013 
American Chamber of Commerce Rio de Janiero
 October 2013  
Meeting with Rio de Janiero City Councilmen
 October 2013  

Updated 7/30/15 REDP 

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