• 14 Nov 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    Wow - what a 3-day period for global business in Utah and the region!

    First we had a number of Global Chamber members from around the region and country attending GetGlobal 2018 in Los Angeles. It was two days of great information and global connections, November 7-8, and our 3rd year involvement. Read more HERE at Global Chamber Los Angeles. We do a LOT of events around the world. There's something about the LA area that sets the bar higher for the quality of speakers and attendees. Very impressive! Below... picture of Kuntal Warwick of Global Chamber San Diego (left) with members Dr. :Corinne Jenni (Strategati, San Diego - center) and Jill Bishop (Multilingual Connections, Chicago - right).

    Second it was the Utah Global Forum on November 8th, and we thank our members for attending and connecting to information and other business leaders. Thierry Lavigne is often the man in Utah who attends the most events involved with global business and culture, and this was no exception. Thank you, Thierry for all you do.

    Then third and finally, November 9th was the Rural Business Summit in Price with Rep. John Curtis. We don't take any political sides - we just love when politicians from any side support sustainable business and international trade. And so we thank Rep. Curtis to work with others to get that day set aside to help companies grow.


  • 14 Nov 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    It's been a heck a ride for the team of Global Chamber Salt Lake City. Through it all, we're alive, well and thriving... regionally and globally.

    We've had four leaders in 4 years, and so we're looking for a break to create some continuity. Two of the 4 had life changing occurrences related to family and career, and so they came, built and left. Most recently the most amazing Meher Ayesha has returned to Asia due to her husband having some visa issues following his company status change. And so through no fault of Ayesha or her husband, they had to leave the country, and that has been particularly sad for us. We miss Ayesha!

    For those of you asking, she has landed in Asia and is looking for a role in Chengdu, China. If you have any ideas or contacts for her, let us know at

    The fourth lead person is yours truly - Doug Bruhnke - U of U grad and founder of Global Chamber. I know the 5th lead person will be THE ONE!! In the meantime membership in Global Chamber has GREAT value because we're built to connect members to opportunities anywhere. And so if you're looking to grow your business beyond Utah, call us!

    Along the way some special leaders have really saved the day in their own ways. Kirk Galster from Salt Lake has been helpful for the chapter including originally introducing Meher to us. Subsequently he moved to Djibouti and he's a Global Advisor for us there... and he introduced us to our Executive Director of Global Chamber Djibouti.

    In addition the very amazing Thierry Lavigne has been a member since our earliest days, and he community activism, global mindset and complete, 100% support for the State of Utah is inspirational. Thank you, Thierry for all you do, making a difference every day.

    Thank you to ALL our members for being part of the global tribe!

    We've now been around for 4 years!! As one of the original chapters of Global Chamber, there are now 272 metro areas in our network, growing monthly... to 525 metros. Our approach is global... and so we're the first and still ONLY chamber of commerce in hundreds of locations that helps companies grow from anywhere to everywhere.


  • 17 May 2018 by Global Chamber

    We're offering global businesses in Utah a special opportunity to utilize the time and talent of our students and staff.

    At Utah Valley University (UVU) our emphasis is on engaged learning – making education practical. In a win-win for our students and our business partners, the MBA Capstone class gives MBA teams the opportunity to solve pressing business problems for business clients by applying the key principles they’ve learned during their MBA program. This year we're offering members of Global Chamber® this opportunity.

    Read more HERE.

  • 17 Jan 2018 by Global Chamber

    Thank you Tim Hunt of inWhatLanguage for sharing his expertise in today's globinar on Cross Cultural Communication. He spoke on Evaluating Technology and Challenges with Video Translation. 

    Tim is responsible for all the design and development of Unify, The Translation Management Cloud. He brings 30 years of translation industry experience to the position and 16 years of software development management. Previously Tim was the President and co-founder and designer of Quick Request a service sensing technology for facility management. He was formerly the President of Go Natural CNG in alternative fuel vehicles focusing on natural gas powered vehicles for Freightliner and GM.  He was also the general manager of North America for Certiport, who is the sole provider of Microsoft Office and Adobe certification exams worldwide.

    Prior to that Tim was the founder, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Lingotek. Tim developed the algorithms for Lingotek’s in context searching called the Language Search Engine. Under Tim, Prior to his foray into being an entrepreneur he supervised scripture translation worldwide in 85 different languages and 47 countries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  For 14 years, he spent 3 months of every year overseas in 40+ countries.

    Tim received his MBA from the University of Utah, where he was also awarded the 2002 Utah Outstanding Student Entrepreneur of the Year. He was also awarded a Top REVenue GENerator award in 2014 by Mercato Partners, Silicon Valley Bank and Diversified Insurance Group.

  • 20 Dec 2017 by Global Chamber

    'Warm connecting' is a focused, effective way of 'networking' advocated and practiced by Global Chamber®.

    We encourage Salt Lake City metro companies to get connected through our warm connections - across town, across Utah, around the US and around the world.

    There are many ways to network. For many of our members, 'warm connecting' is the best because there is some thought about your business goals before making a warm introduction - and the person who is introduced is known and will very likely be interested to meet you. People are too busy these days to take meetings with people they don't know UNLESS the intro is from someone they know AND there appears to be something in it for them, as well.

    Read more about 12 tips on warm connecting HERE. And join us to grow your business in warm and wonderful ways.

    Read more about our members HERE.

    Our team knows SLC and the world... reach out and find out more how we can help you and your company grow more effectively inside and outside Utah.

    Having wine and cheese downtown SLC and talking about international business is not without value. But we've found that warm introductions that get your business into any country you wish to grow are a lot more valuable.

  • 05 Jul 2017

    Great news! Global Chamber has landed in Salt Lake City.

    I’m Meher Ayesha, the Executive Director of Global Chamber Salt Lake City. We have already started reaching out to our partners, collaborators, and sponsors. We have also been connecting member companies to businesses and organizations around the world, bringing new opportunities to them and the metro area.

    Global Chamber is the only organization in the world that helps companies grow beyond all borders - from every metro area into all other metro areas, collaborating with regional organizations around the globe to build new opportunities for them and their community. Read more.

    Please contact me directly to learn more about how you can grow your business from and to metro Salt Lake City through global connections and our other services.

    Looking forward to working with you to grow globally!



    Executive Director, Global Chamber   Salt Lake City

  • 29 Apr 2017 by Kirk Galster

    A recent White House executive order remove the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and there is a promise from that same administration to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, One perspective is that the U.S. is on an isolationist trade policy path with an “America First” campaign. The White House has also signaled placing tariffs on other countries such as Canada and China, further confirming this move toward slowing down imports with the intent of favoring and rebuilding the U.S. industry and manufacturing sectors, all while running the risk of sparking trade wars and losing ground to China in the Pacific, Middle East, and Africa.

    These U.S. policies and proposed actions have a striking resemblance to isolation trade policy and the Import Substitution Industrialization (ISI) policies that Latin America attempted in the 1950s-70s with very little success. Those policies tried in Latin America took on a much more Marxist and government intervention theme versus what the U.S. is doing, but the general concept is similar.

    If tariffs are placed on incoming imports that isolate an economy while the country focuses on internal investment, the nation may be able to industrialize their own industries and establish production where imports generally were the only option. These policies did have some success and are not completely invalid, but were found to be unsustainable and inefficient as they are running against free market economics and the general trend of the global economy (Baer, 1972 - below). In the U.S. the difference would be to rebuild already pre-established industries as opposed to developing new industries all together.

    Whether policies like this are effective and are what America needs today is irrelevant. What matters is understanding what this means for your corporation and how to make the best of a difficult situation - but with endless opportunities worldwide.

    Given these circumstances there are some key strategies your company could take depending on your individual industry.

    1. Build a strong global network. As with almost any global strategy, networking is quite possibly the first and most important step to success. This is an easy one to tackle... join Global Chamber® to grow globally and build a network in 525 metro areas - everywhere!
    2. Maintain and build robust domestic operations and avoid importing into the U.S. if you currently manufacture abroad., rebuilding or invigorating domestic operations to maintain or grow market share within the U.S. may be a vital step to take. This will ensure that even though importing some products into the U.S. may not be economically viable due to potential tariffs, the U.S. market will be secured. Ensure that if you are importing into the U.S. that there are not any additional costs due to tariffs. Instead of exporting from the U.S. or importing into the U.S., consider exporting to other nations from abroad and establishing domestic market share at home.
    3. Establish global operations in your industry to avoid fallout of possible tariffs placed on goods coming from the U.S. in response to U.S. tariffs. If you are not currently manufacturing or producing abroad, consider looking to regional hubs where you could establish operations. From those hubs you can export to other nations and not take on any tariffs that are slapped on the U.S. in retaliation to the U.S. tariffs put on those nations you are exporting to. This is counterintuitive because you should be able to export easily from the U.S. but given that new tariffs may be added on U.S. exports this will need to be considered thoroughly.

    And talk to your politicians... tell them about your business needs and have them know that you place business ahead of politics, smart economics versus populist rhetoric.

    By Kirk Galster, M.S., Global Advisor, Global Chamber® Salt Lake City


    Notes: Baer, W. (1972). Import Substitution and Industrialization in Latin America: Experiences and Interpretations. Latin America Research Review, 7(1), 95-122.

  • 06 Apr 2017 by Global Chamber

    In the coming years, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region may become the most important developing economy for global opportunities.

    The fact is the decline in oil prices and the continuing trend away from fossil fuels is an important reason why the Middle East is becoming more valuable as an investment destination. This is contrary to popular belief that the oil industry is the only opportunity available in the MENA region.

    As other developed economies, such as the EU, face growing instability in coming years with extreme inflation in parts of the EU and the exit of the United Kingdom and potentially other countries, developing economies will become more important. This is both in terms of diversification of revenue streams from traditional markets and the increase in expected returns in developing economies.

    The Middle East consists of 17 countries and a population of about 400 million (World Population Review, 2016). And there are plenty of business opportunities for Utah companies. Read more

    By Kirk Galster, Global Chamber® Salt Lake City

  • 01 Nov 2016 by Doug Bruhnke

    Join us for a special lunch discussion with Senator Orrin Hatch on the positive impact of global affairs programs in Utah.

    We are supporting the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition... and the Global Chamber is pleased to collaborate with USGLC in Utah and in other states.

    When: November 18, 2016; Lunch 12:00pm-1:30pm; Registration and Expo open at 11:30am
    Where: The Grand America Hotel, 555 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84111



  • 16 Aug 2016 by Doug Bruhnke

    Hi I'm Doug Bruhnke, CEO/founder of Global Chamber.

    U of U 1980, Chemical Engineering. Married in Salt Lake City 1982 to my bride who grew up in Sugarhouse.

    Global Chamber is growing to 525 metros around the world, and we're already approaching 100. We've had some fits and starts with our Salt Lake chapter, but we hope to have someone in place again shortly to get things moving forward.

    In the meantime we already have a number of members in Utah who have seen the promise of Global Chamber. Thank you!

    Watch for more! And you can contact me at

    Thanks, Doug