Upcoming Events

January 13-14, 2020

San Francisco, CA

Select Bay Area: Investor Immersion Program

SelectUSA will co-host a seminar in San Francisco, January 13-14, 2020, for global tech companies looking to expand in Silicon Valley. Specific topics will include: U.S. visa requirements, accounting and tax considerations, state and federal employment practices and regulations, financing options, information on key industries in the Bay Area, and more.

Registration for Select Bay Area, $650 per participant, includes all meetings, group transportation between and within San Francisco and San Jose, and some meals. Airfare and lodging are not included.

For more information, including registration, click here. If you have further questions, please contact Joanne Vliet and/or Doug Wallace.


January 13: Four Embarcadero Center, 22nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111

  • 10:00-10:20 a.m. PST: Welcome to San Francisco (Office of Economic and Workforce Development, City of San Francisco)
  • 10:20-10:40 a.m. PST: Federal Government Assistance to Foreign Investors (Jacqueline Vitello, Senior Investment Specialist at SelectUSA, U.S. Department of Commerce)
  • 10:40-11:10 a.m. PST: State of California’s Foreign Investor Assistance Programs (California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development)
  • 11:10-11:30 a.m. PST: Coffee Break
  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PST: How to Set Up an Office in San Francisco
  • 12:00-12:30 p.m. PST: Introduction to Bay Area Commercial Real Estate
  • 12:30-01:30 p.m. PST: Lunch Networking
  • 01:30-02:00 p.m. PST: Taxes Involved in Investing
  • 02:00-02:30 p.m. PST: Obtaining U.S. Visas (James McMillian, State Department)
  • 02:30-03:00 p.m. PST: Investment Golden Rules

January 14: San Jose City Hall (Rooms 118-120), 200 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113

  • 08:45-09:00 a.m. PST: Welcome (Joanne Vliet, U.S. Commercial Service San Jose/Silicon Valley)
  • 09:00-09:30 a.m. PST: City of San Jose: Setting Up a Business in San Jose, Manufacturing Capabilities, and the Foreign Trade Zone Program (Chris Burton, Dep. Director of Business & Economic Development, City of San Jose; Joe Hedges, Manager of International Programs, City of San Jose)
  • 09:30-10:00 a.m. PST: Incubators, Labs, Commercial and Co-working Options - Silicon Valley Office Space Landscape (Matthew Taylor, Sr. Vice President of Advisory & Transaction Services, CBRE)
  • 10:00-10:30 a.m. PST: Intellectual Property Rights Protections & Enforcement (Molly Kocialski, Regional Director for the Rocky Mountain Region, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office)
  • 10:30-10:45 a.m. PST: Coffee Break & USPTO Visit
  • 10:45-11:15 a.m. PST: What Makes Silicon Valley Unique (Dr. Richard Dasher, Director of the U.S.-Asia Technology Management Center, Stanford University)
  • 11:15-11:30 a.m. PST: Foreign Tech Company Success Story
  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PST: Lunch Networking
  • 12:30-01:00 p.m. PST: Why Incorporation in the United States is Important: A Venture Capitalist’s Perspective (Buddy Arnheim, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP)
  • 01:00-01:45: Executive Education Options in Silicon Valley (Gabriela Zelaya, Global Education Team Leader at the International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce; Dr. Robert Brancatelli, Sr. Associate Director in the Silicon Valley Executive Center at the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University; Lydia Chan, Manager of Business Development & External Relations, San Jose State University)
  • 01:45-02:00 p.m. PST: Conclusion
  • 02:00-05:00 p.m. PST: Site Visits (Co-working space, incubator, lab facility, manufacturing, and more TBA)

Silicon Valley: A Prime Opportunity for Tech Firms

The United States has the most advanced software and information technology (IT) services industry in the world. More than a quarter of the $3.8 trillion global IT market is in the United States. The San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley region is the largest high-tech manufacturing center in the United States. San Francisco is home to over 11,000 tech companies and San Jose, in the heart of Silicon Valley, is home to nearly 7,000. The cities ranked #1 and #2 last year in net tech jobs added.

Foreign tech thrives in the San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley. So get ready to compete! The Select Bay Area Investment Immersion Program will prepare your tech firm for success.

Learn more about the software and information technology industry in the United States.