NW 2nd & Everett
Portland, Oregon 97209

Presented jointly with Business Oregon, Noble Pacific Holdings and Stoel Rives LLP.

$25 (includes lunch). Please add $5 handling charge to above for registration after Mon., 12 noon, Sept. 21, 2009.


As the clouds from the world financial crisis start to clear, silver linings still remain. Although both the US and China legislated their own economic stimulus policies, the implementation of the policies by each country has been dramatically different. Today, almost two years after the start of the crisis, China will most likely end 2009 with an 8%-9% GDP growth, while the US GDP growth will be small at best. In the midst of China's Stimulus Package there are plenty of opportunities for US companies, but how does one actually access and develop the business?

Please join for a practical discussion on how to identify, access and successfully develop China Stimulus Plan Opportunities. Our panel will present strategies, techniques and information on how to successfully do business in China including:

• a “real life” success story
• trends in Oregon exports to China
• state resources available to help your company succeed in China.
• the wave of the future and the increasing foreign direct investment opportunities (FDI) for Chinese companies in the US


Manuel ("Manny") C. Menendez III
Manny, Co-Founder and Partner of Noble Pacific Holdings LLC, is a veteran international businessman, entrepreneur and humanitarian who has been successfully doing business in Europe, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Central America and the USA, but his passion has been working in China and most countries in the Asia Pacific region for the past 30 years. He is the founder of MCM Group Holdings, Ltd., an organization specializing in international business development and trade, and whose activities are focused on the Asian Pacific region with special emphasis on the People’s Republic of China.

Derrick M. Olsen
Derrick is an International Relations Officer at Business Oregon (Oregon Business Development Department). Derrick and the state’s international business team work to promote the export of Oregon products and services to strengthen the state's economy. Specifically, they help Oregon’s small- and medium-sized non-agricultural businesses develop a competitive advantage in today’s global marketplace through counseling, market research, due diligence in identifying and evaluating international partners, and other key services. This work benefits from Oregon’s trade and investment representatives in China, Japan, Korea, and Europe. Derrick also is a liaison to foreign diplomatic missions; federal, state, and local partners working on international issues; and higher education institutions.

Derrick graduated from Tigard High School, has a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, and a Master’s of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

Wally Van Valkenburg
Wally is the Managing Partner of the Portland office of Stoel Rives LLP, a law firm of over 375 lawyers practicing in seven states. Wally practices in the firm’s Technology and Intellectual Property Group, where he has represented technology companies for over 25 years in a variety of industry sectors, including electronic equipment, software, biotech, and Internet services. Wally also represents clients in a number of other industries, including footwear and apparel, sports and entertainment, health care, electric and gas utilities, metals, and wood products.

In 2003, Wally was appointed by the Governor to Chair the Oregon Economic and Community Development Commission. In that role, in November of 2008, he accompanied the Governor and several state and business leaders on a trade mission to China and Japan.

Official Website: http://nwchina.org/programs/090922cbn.htm

Added by Craig Fisk on September 21, 2009

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