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Third Global Trade and Investment Forum of the Southern Tier, NY Region


April 13, 2017

8:30 am - 2:00 pm

Engineering and Science - 2008 | 85 Murray Hill Road | Vestal, NY 13850

The great majority of businesses in the Southern Tier are small. Most of them have limited resources and rely heavily on state and federal grants and loans to raise capital for their operations and growth. The region has further a rapidly growing start-up business community that is also in high demand for venture capital. The focus of the Forum will be on the flow of money across national borders, with two key questions for discussion: What are the recent trends and drivers of global investment flows?; and How can emerging and established businesses, as well as governing agencies in the Southern Tier take advantage of the opportunities that these cross-border flows offer as funding sources for company growth, job creation and regional economic prosperity?

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8:30 - Registration & Light Breakfast    

9:00 - Opening Remarks

  • Dr. Elena Iankova, Founding Director of the Center for International Business Advancement
  • Dr. Per Stromhaug, Asst. Vice President for Innovation and Economic  Development,  Binghamton  University
  • Dr. Upinder Dhillon, Dean and Koffman Scholar, Binghamton University School of Management

 9:30 - Keynote Address

  • Prof. Andrew Karolyi

10:30 - Coffee & Networking Break

10:45 - Panel 1: Raising Capital from Outside the U.S.: Trends and Best Practices

  • Grace Jahng, Executive Director International Banking, J.P. Morgan Chase
  • Cliff Olin, Managing Director of Olin Capital Advisors

11:25 - Panel 2: Growth Opportunities with Foreign Capital

  • Rana Jazayerli, Partner, Phillips Lytle LLC
  • Dr. Shailesh Upreti, President and CEO of Charge CCCV LLC

12:15 - Closing Remarks

12:30 - Lunch & Networking

The Forum is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Please register at: on-line registration


Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Harold Bierman, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Management
Professor of Finance
Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University

A KarolyiProfessor Andrew Karolyi is an internationally-known scholar in the area of investment management, with a focus on international financial markets. He has published extensively in top journals in finance and economics. His research has been covered extensively in print and electronic media, including The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Economist, Time, New York Times, Washington Post, Forbes, BusinessWeek, and CNBC.  He leads various executive education programs in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia, and is actively involved in consulting with corporations, banks, investment firms, stock exchanges, and law firms. He currently chairs the board of trustees and is past president of the Financial Management Association International and has served as a director of the American Finance Association.He has a BA in economics from McGill University and worked at the Bank of Canada for several years at its research department. He subsequently earned his MBA and PhD degrees in finance at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago.


Grace JahngGrace Jahng is an Executive Director at JPMorgan Chase's International Banking Group. Ms. Jahng is responsible for managing international relationships for the Commercial Bank's Middle Market in the Northeast region as well as Real Estate Banking nationally. Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, Ms. Jahng was a Managing Director at Societe Generale's Corporate and Investment Banking Group, responsible for origination and execution of corporate finance advisory to Fortune 500 companies. Ms. Jahng's international and investment banking experience also includes working for Merrill Lynch and Schroders in their Investment Banking Group. Ms. Jahng has a BA in Economics from Rutgers College and an MBA in Finance from Columbia University's Business School.

Cliff OlinCliff Olin is founder and Managing Director at Olin Capital Advisors, Inc., a mergers & acquisitions, exit planning and investment banking firm focused on the privately held, middle market business sector. Cliff offers advice on buy- and sell-side business transfers, exit planning and traditional investment banking services including Capital Raising and Private Placements of securities. The services focus on the Northeastern United States and include a referral network of national and international intermediaries and sources of capital. Cliff holds an MBA degree from Binghamton University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Cortland State University. He also holds the FINRA Series 79 Investment Banker Securities License and the FINRA Series 63 Uniform Securities Agent License.

Rana JazayerliRana Jazayerli is an immigration attorney and partner at Phillips Lytle, LLP. She practices at the firm's Washington, D.C. office in the fields of immigration and international business. Attorney Jazayerli counsels clients in all areas of U.S. immigration law, with an emphasis on employment-based visa. She is extensively experienced in matters involving the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, having assisted both individuals seeking to obtain U.S. permanent residency through investment, and U.S. companies looking to acquire EB-5 regional center designation to allow them to finance job-creating projects. Attorney Jazayerli is fluent in Arabic and English, and regularly advises and represents clients from the Middle East, among those from other locations across the globe. She has a BA degree from Georgetown University's Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service, an MA in communications from the American University, and a JD from Columbia University's School of Law.

Shailesh UpretiDr. Shailesh Upreti is President and CEO of Charge CCCV LLC and an inventor of multiple breakthrough technologies. He holds more than six patents in the United States and their equivalent in 35 countries. His findings have been published in over 100 peer-reviewed international journals and his technologies have been commercialized across the globe in various verticals. He is well integrated into the global energy & digital payment industry and serves on various advisory boards to bridge the gap between meaningful findings from applied research and commercialization. Recently he was awarded a cash prize of USD 500,000 in the world's largest business competition 76West for his innovative energy storage technology.

Center for International Business Advancement

PO Box 6000

Binghamton, NY 13902

Telephone (607) 777-6059


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September 5 – December 12, 2017

Exporting is one of the most effective means of expanding sales and markets for healthy businesses. Is your company considering – or already exploring – markets abroad? If so, you could benefit from the ExportNY Program offered by the Center for International Business Advancement in partnership with the Alliance for Manufacturing & Technology, and the Small Business Development Center at Binghamton University. ExportNY is an interactive program designed to help companies increase their growth potential by expanding to international markets.

The Program is offered in the Southern Tier, NY region under the aegis of the ExportNY Program developed in Syracuse as a partnership between the Whitman School of Management (Kiebach Center for International Studies) at Syracuse University, the Central NY Technology Development Organization, and the Central NY International Business Alliance. The Program has proven itself to be a successful springboard for growth and opportunity for companies from the Syracuse area and the Central NY region where it has been offered for over 18 years and has trained over 120 companies through the years.

ExportNY for the Southern Tier will include eight full-day meetings over a four-month period. Participants will meet every other Tuesday at Binghamton University from September 5 to December 12, 2017. During this period, they will learn the basics of international exporting, and put together their international export plan. The Program will provide classroom training, market research, tools and resources in a stimulating, interactive and supportive environment. Program staff will cover the key elements of exporting. In addition, guest speakers from industry will share their expertise on banking, cultures, currencies, intellectual property, legal contracts, marketing, selection of foreign partners, supply chains, and more. The Program will also provide student interns from Binghamton University – a team of four-five students for each participating company. The students will work under the guidance of their faculty instructor, the participating company executives, Program staff and a designated librarian. By the end of this fast-paced program participating companies will have an international export development plan and be on the way to expanding their markets.

Program fees will be partially covered by grants from the Workforce Development Institute and other state and federal sources. Enrollment is limited to just eight companies! If you are interested in embarking on a journey of international expansion and want to learn more, please contact Elena Iankova, Per Stromhaug or Jim Cunningham.

November 2016

Southern Tier Business Journal features CIBA’s forum on global entrepreneurship. You can read the article written by Norman Poltenson here.

Binghamton University highlights how the CIBA 2016 forum aimed to spark entrepreneurial ideas regionally. You can read the story, published in Inside Binghamton, here.

October 2016

CIBA is designated by the U.S. Small Business Administration Syracuse District Office as part of its regional export outreach team for the Southern Tier, NY region.

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  • Tim Combs

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  • Eric Niermeyer and Speakers

    Eric Niermeyer, Owner/CEO American Craft Furniture, Inc. 

  • Dean Dhillon and Audience


  • President Stenger

    Harvey Stenger, Binghamton University President

  • Erin Cole and Harvey Stenger

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