Virginia International Business Council



Upcoming events

    • February 26, 2020
    • 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Omni Hotel - 100 S. 12th Street, Richmond, VA 23219
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    Enabling International Trade Success Since 1948™

    Join us at our February 26th luncheon program:

    2020 Vision: Protecting & Promoting Your Brand in an Age of Upheaval & Uncertainty

    Featured Speaker: Brett Bruen, President, Global Situation Room

    Risk has gone regular. The speed, scale, and sophistication of the reputational threats faced by businesses today is challenging traditional crisis tools and techniques. Former White House Director of Global Engagement and Georgetown professor of crisis communications Brett Bruen shares some of the latest skills and strategies companies, especially those expanding internationally, need to adopt in order to survive and thrive. He was responsible for leading early efforts, which a CNN investigation credited with successfully pushing back against Russian propaganda. Bruen also pioneered the use of a more proactive approach, called Counter-Crisis Communications on the National Security Council. From building crisis communications infrastructure and countermeasures to identifying and tracking emerging vulnerabilities, he will discuss how companies can be better prepared for the constant, complex challenges we are likely to see in 2020.

    Details for the February VAIBC Event:

    When:  Wednesday, February 26th, 2020

    11:45am - 12:00pm:  Registration & networking

    12:00pm -   1:30pm:  Luncheon meeting and program

    Venue: Omni Richmond: 100 S. 12th St, Richmond, VA, 23219

    [parking garage entrance is on Cary St.]

    Cost: Early registration [by Feb 19th, 2020]: $28.00 for VAIBC members; $35.00 for non-members

    Registration after February 19th, 2020: $35 members, $45.00 non-members

    Register online:

    Established in 1948, The Virginia International Business Council, Inc. (VAIBC™) has had a distinguished history as a membership organization serving businesses engaged in or pursuing international trade and the wide range of professionals in the public and private sector that facilitate and enable international trade.  Monthly luncheon programs provide networking and educational opportunities vital to success.  We also periodically conduct special workshops featuring experts in the field on topics we believe to be especially timely and vital to our members, as well as several annual special events, which have historically included our December holiday party and spring golf outing.  We actively support other Virginia trade organizations and events, and provide scholarships and other outreach to Virginia colleges and universities.



Past events

December 05, 2019 VAIBC Holiday Celebration
September 26, 2019 USMCA – Key Issues for U.S. Businesses
May 22, 2019 The Future of the US/UK Trade Relationship
April 29, 2019 23rd Annual VAIBC Golf Outing & Scholarship Fundraiser
April 10, 2019 State of the Port
February 27, 2019 A Discussion with Christina Dick on BRAND AUTHENTICITY
June 11, 2018 You are invited! Virginia Maritime Meeting & Mixer - June 11, 2018
May 23, 2018 "NAFTA: Virginia’s Canada Connection"
May 17, 2018 VAIBC Scholarships Awarded on April 25, 2018
April 26, 2018 22nd Annual VAIBC Golf Outing & Scholarship Fundraiser
April 25, 2018 Universal Leaf – Business Update and Reformed Tax Policy Insights
April 12, 2018 State of the Port
March 28, 2018 Competing in the Online Global Marketplace
March 02, 2018 Brazil: Open + Ready for Business (Click here to see Presentations from this event)
October 18, 2017 Virginia Maritime Mixer-Shenandoah Valley Chapter
October 04, 2017 VCU to host the 2017 Business and Entrepreneurship in Africa Conference
September 27, 2017 Lithuania – Gateway to Eastern Europe. A Discussion on Trade & Defense Procurement in Lithuania
September 21, 2017 Virginia Maritime Mixer Central Chapter
May 24, 2017 Monthly Luncheon Program on May 24, 2017
April 25, 2017 Richmond Region State of the Port Luncheon April 25, 2017
April 20, 2017 21st Annual VAIBC Golf Outing & Scholarship Fundraiser
March 22, 2017 Monthly Luncheon Program on March 22, 2017
February 22, 2017 An Open Conversation with Export-Import Bank: Learn about tools available to small businesses to expand overseas sales.
January 25, 2017 Changing Tides: Trade Compliance in a New Political Era
December 06, 2016 Holiday Party
November 16, 2016 Settling Your Ocean Shipping & Cruise Line Disputes – For Free! Alternative Dispute Resolution Services – Using the Office of Consumer Affairs & Dispute Resolutions (CADRS), Federal Maritime Commission (FMC)
September 28, 2016 Challenges to International Trade and Global Trade Pacts: What we can learn from BREXIT
June 16, 2016 20th Annual VAIBC Golf Outing & Scholarship Fundraiser
May 23, 2016 "The Importance of International Trade: Virginia's Place on the World Stage" featuring The Honorable Terry McAuliffe, Governor, Commonwealth of Virginia
April 20, 2016 Sustainability: How to Achieve Meaningful Progress towards a Circular Economy
March 23, 2016 Richmond Region State of the Port Luncheon March 23, 2016
February 24, 2016 TPP: What do you need to know and what will it mean for your business?
January 27, 2016 Washington Dulles International Airport - Virginia's Air Cargo Gateway
December 14, 2015 Holiday Party
November 18, 2015 Does Your Current Insurance Cover All of Your International Risks?
October 28, 2015 Virginia versus the World Wine Tasting Networking Event
September 23, 2015 Compliance Workshop on Export Control Reform and Networking Luncheon "CPB Trade Transformation Update"
May 27, 2015 How to Unlock Major Opportunities for your Business with Trade Agreements
April 30, 2015 19th Annual VAIBC Golf Outing
April 22, 2015 How to Build Strategic Partnerships in Latin America
March 25, 2015 Aligning Economic Opportunity - Hampton Roads to Richmond
February 25, 2015 Global Fulfillment the Amazon Way
January 28, 2015 Service Center Metals … A Virginia Company with Global Reach
November 19, 2014 "Foreign Trade Zones and the Alternative Site Framework" and “Virginia Port Incentives, Port Tools for Business”






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