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Sustainable Cities: Green Trade Network Summit - Santa Cruz, Sept 25, 2009

MBITA holds regular events to educate and connect regional companies with international business opportunities.

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2nd annual Green Trade Network Summit
September 25, 2009
Cocoanut Grove at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

The groundbreaking efforts of Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and the Dongtan initiative in Shanghai, China are examples of projects that are establishing a worldwide trend of developing new sustainable cities of the 21st Century.

Great opportunities exist for Green small to mid-sized enterprises to supply technologies, services and products for these historical undertakings.

Green trade summit in Santa Cruz showcases alternatives to oil

Last year's event The event brought about 150 people to Santa Cruz and is expected to return next year. The message, loud and clear: Green is not just a color. It's a mind-set around the world. Those at the summit spent the day learning what other countries do to reduce oil dependency and finding out which markets might be receptive to their products and services.

Among last year's successful networkers were:

  • Andrew Nourafshan of the Center for Resource Solutions pointed out Santa Cruz Organic obtained its Green-e certification for buying green energy.
  • Jeremiah Ridenour, founder of Wise Solutions in Corralitos, talked about his green chemistry formula for cleaning tanks used by wineries and dairies.
On September 25, 2009, the 2nd annual Green Trade Network Summit will feature panels, presentations and guest appearances from the leaders of break-through products and services in air and water purification, green construction, waste management and renewable energy and how they can be used in our existing infrastructures and for the new Sustainable Cities of the 21st Century.

The Monterey Bay International Trade Association (MBITA) is now accepting ground-floor sponsorships and speaker submissions.

Contact the MBITA office at 831-335-4780 or email at for further details.

See background information and presentations of the 1st annual Green Trade Network Summit conference that was held in September 2008 in Santa Cruz, Ca.

MBITA - Monterey Bay International Trade Association

MBITA is a non-profit international trade association dedicated to promoting business networking, and education in the greater Monterey Bay Region. MBITA provides access to global resources and utilization through the latest technologies in order to maximize their members' profits in the global economy.

MBITA holds regular events to educate and connect regional companies with international business opportunities. Another upcoming event is the July 31 Small business luncheon seminar:

Small Business and Global Supply Chains

The Monterey Bay International Trade Association (MBITA) will be holding their Santa Cruz seminar/ luncheon chapter meeting on July 31st at the Fuji International Buffet on July 31St entitled ’Global Supply Chains and the Opportunities They Bring’, sponsored by SGS North America Inc. (

This event will begin with a seminar entitled ‘Small Business in The Global Supply Chains’ led by Dr. William Goldsborough, Partner of Logistic Alliance Strategies and Associates who will present key macro economic conditions that confront our business community as the global recession recedes.

What are large multinationals doing to develop supply chain logistic excellence, review emerging logistic trends and tools? Dr. Goldsborough will conclude with suggestions of what small enterprises that are importing and exporting must do to stay globally competitive going forward.

The luncheon immediately following the seminar will feature two heavyweight service providers for the Global supply chains. The sponsor for this event and keynote speaker for the luncheon is Stella Ludovicy, Government and Institutions Services, SGS North America Inc. ( who is one of the leading inspection, verification, testing and certification companies in the world recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity in the certification and inspection sector of global supply chains.

Robert Krieger, President of Krieger Worldwide ( with offices in Los Angeles, Otay Mesa, Calexico and Hong Kong with more than 25 years industry experience in all phases of Customs Brokerage and Freight Forwarding will also give a presentation during lunch. Mr. Krieger will analyze the significant challenges Facing California’s goods movement capabilities and deficiencies and what remedies are being proposed to revitalize the State’s multidimensional transportation network.

Interested participants for this seminar/luncheon must make a reservation through the MBITA office at 831-335-4780 or online with further details on the conference at

MBITA President
831-335-4780 (

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