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International Business Cultures: How to do Business with Cultures outside of the US With Bill Edwards, International Business Expert and CEO of Edwards Global Services, Inc.

When: Thurs., September 8
7-9 AM
Where: Mimi's Café
4030 Barranca Parkway
Irvine, California  92604
United States
Contact: Harald Weiss

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Don't miss our September 8, 2016 Orange County Breakfast!

International Business Cultures:
How to do Business with Cultures outside of the US

With Bill Edwards, International Business Expert
and CEO of Edwards Global Services, Inc.

Thursday, September 8, Mimi's Café, Irvine, 7:00 to 9:00 a.m.

A key to successful international consulting is to understand the role of culture in international business. Whatever sector you are operating in, cultural differences will have a direct impact on your ability to sell and sustain your services. Improving your cultural awareness can be of major benefit to your practice whether your assignment is abroad or here in the US with international clients.

To learn about differences in international culture, joins us on September 8 at our IMC Orange County Business Forum as Bill Edwards, Internationals Business Expert and CEO of Edwards Global Services, Inc., shares his experiences in setting up franchises in over two dozen countries. These includes ways of doing business, dealing with governments, and appealing to the general public. Expects lots for first-hand war stories. Topics will include:

  • Cultural differences that can make or break you your business proposition.
  • How to avoid losing international clients due to cultural mistakes.
  • How to impress international clients with your local knowledge.
  • Must-know issues in dealing with international clients.
  • And a lot more...

All are welcome, not just IMC members. This will not only be a great learning experience about international consulting, but also an opportunity for you to network with your fellow consultants and business leaders in the Greater Orange County area. Be prepared to share your experiences in doing international business.

About Bill Edwards, CEO of Edwards Global Services, Inc.

Bill Edwards is CEO of Edwards Global Services, Inc., which helps clients take their businesses international through acquisitions, licensing, joint ventures, partnerships and distribution. EGS now has 5 principals and team members on the ground in 35 countries. With 37 years in international operations, Bill has has lived in China, the Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iran, Turkey and the USA. He has directed projects on-site in Alaska, Asia, Eastern Europe and the Near East, and he has worked on projects in over 60 countries. From 1990-2001, he worked with the AlphaGraphics as a master franchisee for China and Eastern Europe, and also served the company’s Senior International Executive, growing the company’s global network from 4 to 24 countries. He is a Certified Franchise Executive (CFE), a Member of the ICFE Board of Governors, and a member of the Advisory Board of the International Institute of Franchise Education at NOVA Southeastern University. Prior to his licensing and consulting career, Bill had a 20-year career in the oil and gas sector with Atlantic Richfield and Ashland Oil. Please see the OC Register article about Bill Edwards.

Good Location, New Expanded Menu, Easy Parking: Mimi's Café in Irvine!

Mimi's Café is located at 4030 Barranca Pkwy, Irvine, CA 92604, at the southwest corner of Culver and Barranca, 1-1/2 miles north on Culver from I-405. Map. Driving north on Culver, turn right on Barranca, then into Mimi's free parking lot. You will love our private meeting room with big windows.

  • Place: Mimi's Café, 4030 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, CA 92604
  • Date: Thursday, September 8, 2016 (2nd Thursday of the month)
  • Time: 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
  • Cost: $15 for IMC members, $25 for non-members. This includes any choice from the expanded IMC hot breakfast menu, tax and tip included.
The IMC Orange County Business Forum is a program of IMC SoCal, the Southern California Chapter of the Institute of Management Consultants (IMC USA), the national accrediting organization for management consultants. In addition to providing a range of benefits to management consultants, IMC USA awards the internationally recognized CMC (Certified Management Consultant) certification mark.

About IMC Southern California

The SoCal Chapter of IMC serves as a forum for professional management consultants to meet and interact with other consultants from various disciplines (for example, Operations, Human Resources, Marketing, Technology and Organizational Change).

Monthly breakfast meetings, dinner events and Special Interest Groups foster professional development and networking opportunities.

Unless otherwise specified the breakfast meetings are held on the first Friday of each month at The Lakes Golf Course in El Segundo.

Serving the greater Los Angeles area as well as Santa Barbara, San Fernando Valley and Pasadena areas, IMC SoCal meetings are open to both members and non-members.

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