Economic Agenda - April 2007


April 2007




The European-American Chamber of Commerce formally launched in Cincinnati

After the opening of the first chapter of the European Chamber of Commerce (EACC) in Paris last year, Cincinnati became the first American city to be home an European-American chamber of commerce. This new organization will promote two-way trade between the Cincinnati region and European countries, including France, through the French-American Chamber of Commerce, that will become a subsidiary of the EACC. More than 200 European companies have a presence in the area, and hundreds of Cincinnati companies export their products and services to Europe.

The EACC was formally launched on February 5th, with the organization of an aerospace trade seminar “Doing Business with Airbus”, and an inaugural gala dinner with Barry Eccleston, CEO of Airbus North America as a keynote speaker. For more on the new EACC in Cincinnati, please visit

Lancement de la chambre de commerce européenne à Cincinnati

Après le lancement l’année dernière de la première chambre de commerce Américano-européenne à Paris, Cincinnati est devenue la première ville des Etats-Unis à se doter d’un bureau de cette nouvelle organisation. L’EACC a vocation à fédérer les efforts de promotion du commerce international transatlantique de chacun des pays européens représentés individuellement à Cincinnati, et notamment la France représentée depuis plusieurs années par la Chambre de Commerce Franco-américaine. On dénombre plus de 200 implantations de sociétés européennes dans la région.
L’European-American Chamber of Commerce de Cincinnati a été lancée officiellement le 5 février. Cet événement a donné lieu à un séminaire « Doing Busines with Airbus », hébergé par l’University of Cincinnati, et à un gala de lancement dont l’invité d’honneur était le PDG d’Airbus North America, Barry Eccleston. Cet événement a rassemblé près de 300 personnes.

Pour plus d’informations sur l’EACC de Cincinnati, consulter


Hollister Incorporated, Libertyville,IL announced in January 2007 the creation of Hollister Wound Care, LLC, as an alliance with Laboratoires URGO, of Dijon (Burgondy region). As equal partners in this alliance, both parent companies will share their respective strengths to ensure success of the new company.

Hollister Incorporated, an independent, employee-owned company with an 85 year-old heritage, will provide an array of well-established and highly-regarded wound care products and services.

Laboratoires URGO, a privately-held company with a dynamic presence in Europe and a strong commitment to quality and innovation, will provide a robust pipeline of advanced wound care products.

Through this alliance of two strong companies, Hollister Wound Care, LLC will provide healthcare professionals with advanced wound care products and services for the highest quality patient care. Web site:

Fiserv, Inc., Brookfield, WI, announced on March 14, that it acquired NetEconomy, a leading financial crime management and compliance solutions provider to financial institutions across the globe. NetEconomy, founded in 1993, is headquartered in The Hague, The Netherlands, with offices in London, Boston, New York, Sydney, Shanghai, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as well as Paris.

Fiserv, Inc. provides information management systems and services to the financial and insurance industries. Leading services include transaction processing, outsourcing, business process outsourcing (BPO), software and systems solutions. Web site:

A new guide "Guide to doing business in France" is now online Published by Lex Mundi, the World’s leading association of independent law firms, this free guide gives you all the important information you need for doing business in France.

About the Invest in France Agency: The Invest in France Agency is the economic development arm of the French government responsible for promoting foreign direct investment into France. Its mission is to help companies find the most profitable and competitive solution in France for their European business goals. In addition to facilitating access to financial and fiscal incentives, Invest in France provides key industry contacts, site selection studies and regulatory information and helps identify potential partners and acquisition opportunities. Services are customized, confidential and complimentary. Invest in France has 32 offices in 22 countries, including North American offices in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Toronto. For more information, please visit

GIF Invest in France Agency North America
205 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 3750
Chicago, IL 60601
Tél. (312) 628-1054 - Fax : (312)628-1033

GIF : The official French Exporters Free resource
Firmafrance.comwas launched in France on June 25th, 2003 by UBIFRANCE, the French Agency for international business development, and the French weekly magazine on topical industrial news, l’Usine Nouvelle. It is the first and only B2B website which brings together 20,000 French exporters. Dedicated to foreign companies who wish to identify reliable suppliers and partners, it also gives companies the chance to announce
their offers and seize business opportunities on line.


May 7-9, 2007: French accessories designers bring dynamic looks with feminine appeal to Accessories Circuit Show in New York.

Read the full article from the French Technology Press Office(here).

June 1-4, 2007: France to exhibit at JCK Las Vegas Jewelry Show.

Read the full article from the French Technology Press Office(here).


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To find a France Certified Agent in for your next trip, take a look at the Mdlf web site:

Programme France de Certification des agents de voyages
Le programme de formation des agents de voyages que propose la Maison de la France s’étend sur 3 ans. Il permet d’éduquer les agents de voyages américains sur la France d’en faire des spécialistes de notre destination et de nos produits. Ces agents bénéficient d’offres spéciales mises à disposition par les partenaires français et américains du programme sur la section professionelle sur site

France, Learn it, Live it, Sell it - Become a France Certified Agent
JPEG Maison de la France offers a unique Certification program for travel agents in the U.S.
The course prepares American travel agents to sell one of the world’s most popular destinations. You’ll discover the beauty and romance of France through maps, photographs, and information about niche markets that includes vineyard tours and barge cruising, and details about France’s famous food and wine. With in-depth information about France’s climate, history, transportation, accommodations, special
events, dining, entertainment, and shopping, you’ll soon be selling France with confidence.

The program also provides sales strategies and sample itineraries. Upon successful completion of the course and test, agents will be invited by Maison de la France to participate in a low-cost educational trip to France. For criteria on the France Certified Agent program, visit and click on Destination Specialist Courses.

For Tour Operators, journalists and professional, please
call: (312) 327-0290 (please note new phone number). For general information about tourism in France, please call: (514) 288-1904 (for the general public) or (514) 288-6989 (for travel agents) or visit

JPEG Pour bien préparer vos vacances en France
de la Maison de la France et Skifrance.frde l’Association nationale des Maires des Stations de Montagne.

To prepare your vacation in France two sites: from Maison de la France and from the Association nationale des Maires des Stations de Montagne.

Maison de la France is delighted to provide you with information and helpful hints for you and your students’ next trip to France!. Don’t hesitate to contact Maison de la France at (514) 288 1904 if you need brochure for the Young Traveler or the general FranceGuide 2005 brochure that includes fun facts and celebrities’ interviews such as Tony Parker who grew up in France.

E-newsletter from the Maison de la France
E-News from France is the Maison de la France French Government Tourist Office monthly consumer e-newsletter. It provides up-to-the-minute information on travel to France, including hot deals, events and other news of interest to American visitors. For more information and to sign up click (here) or send an (email).

Through expatriate eyes!
Through expatriate eyes is a way to discover the Paris of Parisians! The faculties of expatriate friends - the booksellers, writers, journalists, wine merchants and restaurateurs that define contemporary Paris reveal the best of Paris - past and present. For calendar of events or other information please contact Terrance Gelenter at 415-388-4956. Visit the website:


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SAVE THE DATE: May 4: La Nuit des Etoiles
Save the date for the French-American Chamber of Commerce’s annual event honoring Executive of the Year, John D. Bliven, Managing Director of High Voltage Products, Areva Inc. Sofitel Water Tower, 20 E. Chestnut. Black tie optional. Contact the French-American Chamber of Commerce at 312-578-0444 or

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: May 5: Election Brunch
After La Nuit des Etoiles, join the French American Chamber of Commerce and TV5 Monde at the Sofitel La Cigale for brunch with French and Francophiles alike in honor of the second round of the French Presidential Elections. It only happens once every 5 years... don’t miss this exciting event! Also, Participate in the raffle for a fabulous gift basket from Fox & Obel. La Cigale. Sofitel Water Tower, 20 E. Chestnut. 10am - 1pm. $25/Nuit des Etoiles attendees, $30/general public. RSVP: 312.578.0444.

April 18: FACC Business Breakfast Seminar “Banking Issues in the U.S. for Foreign Corporations”
Join the French American Chamber of Commerce and Joseph Chevalier, Executive Vice President of First American Bank for the April Business Breakfast. Breakfast and networking will be followed by a Presentation and Q & A. Mr. Chevalier will discuss practical issues of banking in the U.S. as compared with common banking practices in Europe. Topics to include: opening a bank account, account expenses, overdraft facilities, Lock Box Accounts, and Fed Wires. 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Great Street Restaurant, Renaissance Hotel, One W. Wacker Drive. RSVP by April 16 to
Jeanette at 312-578-0444 or

April 5, 2007: Annual Meeting & Automotive Seminar
The Annual Meeting allows those who are interested in the Chamber to find out more about the organization and learn who the Board of Directors are. After the meeting, there will be a brief talk regarding the condition of the automotive sector and a buffet and cocktail hour. To RSVP contact:

May 3, 2007: Looking Beyond the Obvious: Opportunity and Risk in the Automotive Industry - Rising Gas Prices, Hybrids and Meeting the Consumer’s Needs
Join the FACC Michigan for a talk by Alan Baum,
Director of Automotive Forecasting, The Planning Edge. Mr. Baum, noted automotive analyst, who is frequently quoted by Bloomberg, Automotive News, The Detroit News and many others, will present his insightful and often unconventional view of today’s automotive industry. He will
discuss how industry participants can minimize their risk and maximize their opportunities in these difficult times by understanding changing consumer attitudes and relevant industry changes. $30/members, $40/non-members. RSVP by April 25. Click (here) for complete information.

May 12, 2007: French-American Chamber of Commerce Springtime in Paris Soiree
Join the FACC of Detroit This spectacular event includes dinner, dancing, a fashion show and raffle. 7:00 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. at the Orchard Lake Country Club, 5000 West Shore Drive, Orchard Lake, MI 48324. To RSVP contact:

Save the Date! May 10: Bridging the Gap, Making the most of your business trip to France
Traveling to France? Unsure of correct cultural and business etiquette? Plan to attend the French American Chamber of Commerce of Northern Ohio’s seminar. Thursday, May 10th, 2007 - 4:00-6:00PM at Corporate College East- 4400 Richmond Road, Warrensville Heights. Cost: $30/$25 members/$20 students. RSVP: (216) 274.2354, or e-mail: before 05/04.
Send check to: FACC, 200 Public Square Suite 3300, Cleveland OH 44114.

NEWS: The French American Chamber of Commerce of Northern Ohio announces Mr. Larry Miller from Tremco as the new president of the organization. Welcome!

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