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Enhancing Poland-US collaboration in small business initiatives – challenges and perspectives for the future

May 19, 2012 8:00 AM
May 19, 2012 5:00 PM
Free by Invitation ONLY
Trade and Investment Section of the Embassy of Poland Washington, DC
Hyatt Regency Hotel Chicago O'Hare
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9300 West Bryn Mawr Ave, Rosemont, IL, United States, 60018

The idea of this workshop has been developed by the Trade and Investment Section in consultations with the Ministry of Economy, Polish American Congress and Polish Chamber of Commerce as well as the leaders of Polish American business community throughout  the United States. Renewed interest in trade and international investment on both sides of the Atlantic has provided us with new opportunities. However, to be able to take advantage of these developments and fully explore them on an institutional and business level, more collaboration between parties is required and necessary. Better communication on new and emerging opportunities is one of the key issues, that could yield concrete benefits for both economies such as  increased trade volume, US SMEs’ investments in Poland, and a growing number of Polish companies establishing their foothold on the American soil.


To discuss opportunities stemming from enhanced collaboration and exchange of information between PAC/PNA, KIG and the T&I Section on the organizers’ side and Polish-American Chambers, Honorary Consuls of Poland, and other organizations actively involved in promoting business relations between Poland and the US. We believe it will lead to increased scope and reach of promotion of Poland-US economic relations, and business prospects particularly offered for smaller, family-owned companies on both sides of the Atlantic.

9:00 AM Frank Spula
President of the Polish American Congress/Polish National Alliance
9:15AM Olgierd Dziekoński,
Secretary of State, The Chancellery of President of the Republic of Poland
9:30 AM Dan Rutherford
Treasurer, State of Illinois
9:40 AM Eric Stewart
President, US-Poland Business Council
9:50 AM Maciej Cybulski
President, Polish American Chamber of Commerce in Warsaw – member of Polish Chamber of Commerce (KIG)
10:00 AM Dariusz Wojtaszek
Director, Polish Agency for Enterprise Development
10:10 AM Joanna Bensz
Director, American Chamber of Commerce – Wrocław Division
10:20 AM Honorary Consuls: R. Lawrence Ashe, Robert Ogrodnik, John Petkus
10.40 AM Coffee break
10:50 PM Poland – US collaboration – best practices, selected case studies
(moderated by Paweł Pietrasieński, Minister Counselor, Embassy of Poland, Trade & Investment Section)
11:00 AM Polish American Chamber of Commerce, Chicago
(technology startups’ initiatives)
11:15 AM US-Polish Trade Council, San Francisco
(US-Poland Innovation Hub)
11:30 AM Polish American Chamber of Commerce of Florida and the Americas, Miami
(green energy initiatives)
11.45 AM Atlanta Polish Chamber
(cooperation with US government and business organizations)
12:00 PM Polish American Chamber of Commerce Pacific Northwest, Seattle
(US-Poland cooperation in aviation industry)
12:15 PM Illinois Trade Office in Warsaw
(Polish American FDI success stories)
12:30 PM Warsaw Committee of the Chicago International Sister Cities
(developing business relations between Warsaw and Chicago)
12:45 PM Polish companies at the American market – case studies (Comarch, Fakro, Amrest)
1:30 PM Lunch, A, Key-note speech: Adam Wilczewski, Chief of Staff to the US Undersecretary of Commerce
3:15 PM Group workshops
Group A
Moderated by the Polish American Chamber of Commerce in Chicago in cooperation with other Chambers of Commerce
Group B
Moderated by the Polish American Congress in cooperation with Honorary Consuls
Group C
Moderated by the Trade and Investment Section in cooperation with US Department of Commerce, Polish Agency for Enterprise Development and Polish companies
4.45 PM Group workshop summary (10 min each group)
5:15 PM Coffee break (preparation of draft declaration)
5:45 PM Presentation of a text of the Chicago Declaration on Poland-US SMEs’ Collaboration
6:00 PM Signage of the Declaration (TBD); Conference closure
7:00 PM Official dinner organized by Frank Spula, President of Polish American Congress at the Copernicus Center
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