Florida Chamber’s International Days begins its first full day of events

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce’s International Days kicked off Monday evening with its Viva Florida celebration, featuring Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner, and continues Tuesday morning for a full day of meetings, panel discussions and lunch.

At 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. today, the Chamber’s International Business Council meets, followed by a noon lunch with Mark Wilson, President & CEO of the Florida Chamber, and Tom Donohue, President & CEO of the US Chamber of Commerce. 

Governor Rick Scott is scheduled to present from 1:00 – 1:15 p.m., introduced by Steven Sonberg, Managing Partner of Holland & Knight.  After a half hour break, the summit continues with a panel discussion on the theme “A Global View of Florida”, moderated by Manny Mencia, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Florida, with panelists representing companies from Canada, Europe and Latin America. 

Beginning at 3:00 p.m., moderator David Schwartz, Executive Director of Florida International Bankers, will host a panel on “Financing Your Exports”, with panelists representing the Small Business Administration and the Florida Export Finance Corporation.  At 4:15 p.m., the Chamber hosts a Town Hall Meeting with Todd Kocourek, President &CEO of Florida First Capital Finance Corp. The first day of this summit ends with a 6:00 p.m. reception at the Governor’s Mansion.  For more details, visit here.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.