Virginia International Business Council



Upcoming events

    • September 26, 2019
    • 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Omni Hotel - 100 S. 12th Street, Richmond, VA 23219
    • 15



    Enabling International Trade Success Since 1948™

    Join us for our September 26th luncheon program:

    USMCA - Key Issues for U.S. Businesses

    U.S. Dept. of Commerce’s Deputy Asst. Secretary for the Western Hemisphere Rich Steffens will speak on the status of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and the importance of the trilateral trading relationship. This is a “must attend” event for parties who currently transact with Canada and Mexico or are considering entering into business partnerships in those countries.

    Do not miss this opportunity for an important and timely presentation on the state of the U.S.’s trade relationship with our North American partners Mexico and Canada.

    There will be an opportunity to dialogue with Mr. Steffens following the presentation.

    Guest Speaker:

    Rich Steffens, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere, U.S. Dept. of Commerce

    Details for the September VAIBC Event:

    When:  Thursday, September 26th, 2019

    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 September 16, 2019]: $25.00 for VAIBC members, $35.00 for non-members 

    Registration after September 16, 2019: $35 members, $45.00 non-members

    Register online:

    About the speaker:

    Richard (Rich) Steffens - As Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Western Hemisphere, Mr. Steffens is responsible for the work of 230 staff in 20 countries on trade and investment promotion and economic development.  Prior to this assignment, he served in the Office of the Secretary of Commerce, as Minister-Counselor in U.S. Embassy Canada, as commercial attaché in Moscow, as consul in Vladivostok in the Russian Far East, as senior commercial officer in Prague, and as commercial counselor in Ukraine.  His offices in Vladivostok, Prague, and Ukraine were all named International Trade Administration Organizations of the Year under his leadership.  He has been awarded the Commerce Department Gold Medal, Silver Medal, and Bronze Medal (two times).

    Prior to joining the Commerce Department, Mr. Steffens served as Assistant Director for Venture Development with the New Jersey Commission for Science and Technology and as Assistant Director of Research at the Fels Center of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.  He began his career with Andersen Consulting in New York.

    Mr. Steffens is a graduate of the Wharton School and holds a Masters in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.  He is author of The Changing Software Market and Secrets of a Venture Capitalist, as well as more than 50 articles on international trade and economic development.  He speaks French, Russian, Ukrainian, Spanish, and Czech.  He enjoys creative writing, hiking, and martial arts. He is married and has two children. 

    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

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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