Through good times and bad, it had become abundantly clear in the last several years that thanks to technological innovation and international relations, the world is getting smaller and smaller. International trade has in some ways become more complex, it is more essential than it has ever been to our economy and the economies around the world.

In order for Los Angeles and the US at large to maintain a growing economy or lift the wages and incomes of Angelenos and Americans, it’s critical that we maintain a reach beyond our national borders top sell products, produce and services to the 95% of the planet’s population that lives outside the United States.

The US Chamber reported earlier this year that 40 million American jobs depend on trade, which is so integral to the many sectors of our economy.

The Los Angeles Business Journal was proud to conduct its first annual International Business Forum & Awards as a free virtual event on October 27th. We brought together and celebrated the global business community and those outstanding corporate stewards who are leading the way in international trade, investment, technology, and innovation.

The live virtual event also included an insightful panel conversation with market leaders sharing their expertise on the critical role that the international business community plays in our economy, followed by the awards presentation of this year’s honorees.
The panel and the award honorees and finalists are all described in these pages. We hope you find the information as inspiring and informative as we do.

Best regards,

Josh Schimmels
Publisher & CEO

Return to the International Business Awards pre-event page 

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