Top 10 Reasons to Join the U.S.-Saudi SME Forum
The U.S.-Saudi SME Forum in Los Angeles is only a few weeks away. Still considering whether to join? Here are the top ten reasons on why I think you should.
By: Ed Burton, President and CEO
10. Build Your Connected Network to Boost Bilateral Trade
Connect with 200 small, medium and large enterprises along with speakers, sponsors and supporters to learn how your company can engage in global trade and collaborations between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. From networking breaks to the evening reception, there will be plenty of time for dialogue and introductions with a focus on growing and scaling your business.
9. Be Part of the Future of Innovation
Learn about NEOM, the $500 billion smart mega city and economic hub for innovation, knowledge, and trade in Saudi Arabia. Take advantages of opportunities in advanced manufacturing, energy, water, transportation & logistics, biotech, food, entertainment & media, AI, robotics, IOT, nanotech, 3D printing and digital sciences.
8. Be Part of the Local Supply Chain
Join the morning conversation focused on opportunities to enter into supply chains in industries such as power, water, energy, downstream petrochemicals. Learn how large corporations are expanding their local supply chain to integrate SMEs, and how you can be a part of it.
7. Tackle a Case and Solve Real-World Business Challenges
Gain practical insights by joining a hands-on workshop during day two of the forum. Apply here to join us for the SME Boot Camp where participants will engage in small group discussions and grapple with a live case study. Topics include 1.) Gaining Access to RFPs and Developing Winning Proposals or 2.) Marketing & Branding. Seating is limited, apply today.
6. Learn New Ways to Minimize Risk
There is an old proverb, nothing ventured, nothing gained. Join the breakout workshop session, “Risk Taking and Innovation,” to discuss the principles of navigating risk, how attitudes towards risk can vary by culture and to avoid common business mistakes. This is one session you will want to “venture” into!
5. Complimentary Registration
Due to the generosity of our strategic sponsors, Saudi Aramco and SABIC, there is no entry fee. Take advantage of our premier speakers, workshops, bootcamp, networking opportunities, luncheons and evening reception. Register Here.
4. Member’s Only Breakfast
Council Members are invited to join a private networking breakfast to meet and greet with the Council’s Senior Leadership team and connect with fellow member companies. Come learn about the exciting plans and activities planned for members in 2019. Not yet a member? Stop by the Council booth in the Souq Information Hub to learn more about the benefits of membership.
3. Explore Los Angeles, California
The conference venue at the JW Marriott at L.A. LIVE is in the heart of downtown L.A., close to entertainment venues, restaurants, shopping experiences and museums. The Staples Center and convention center adjacent to the hotel is home to sporting events, concerts and awards shows. There is much to see so add a day before or after to recover from jet lag and explore historic downtown or the beautiful beaches.
2. Visit the Souq Information Hub
Join us in our exhibition hall to have conversations with regulators, service providers, government entities and other organizations to answer your most pressing questions on conducting business in Saudi Arabia. The Souq Information Hub will be open during both days of the Forum.
1. Accelerate Your Growth and U.S. Saudi Partnerships
Learn more about the Vision 2030 Strategic Plan for Saudi Arabia, and how the small & medium-sized (SME) sector is seen as a fundamental source of economic growth. Meet highly ranked American and Saudi government and corporate leaders, entrepreneurs and key stakeholders and learn more about the SME ecosystem.
You definitely don’t want to miss out. Look forward to seeing you in Los Angeles. –Ed
For more information on the U.S.-Saudi SME Forum, please visit the conference website HERE.