Navigating the Chinese Business Environment

Though China’s regulatory system and consumer market can appear intimidating to enter, there is almost always a fast, efficient, and secure approach for businesses from the Bay Area. Solidifying an economic relationship between China and the Bay Area has been central to Chinese development policy for the last decade and the Bay Area Council has been central to the implementation of that policy. This has put the Council in a unique position to guide businesses in accessing the many preferential policies available to our region.

The China initiative began in 2008 with the establishment of Silicon Valley Bank in Shanghai. Its mission was to access more opportunities for new business in China by partnering with local governments. Since then, by capitalizing on relationships with local, provincial and central government, the Bay Area Council has opened opportunities for new business in Nanjing, Hangzhou, and Shanghai. The Bay Area Council members have also provided much of the thought leadership, investment, and services China needs to resolve its critical challenges of environmental degradation, economic slowing, and deficits in public healthcare.


  • Logistics planning for trips, delegations and one-on-one meetings
  • Introductions to key government officials and business leaders
  • Translation of marketing materials and presentations
  • Business development and introduction to clients
  • Interpretation services during negotiations and meetings
  • Facilitation for terms of agreement, including site selection and incentives
  • Preparation of required registration documents and guidance through registration process
  • Continuing networking and government relations support after registration

Upcoming Events

Silicon Valley SF [Partner Event]

Jan. 19, 2017
Covo – 981 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Chinese New Year Gala [Invite Only]

Feb. 2, 2017 
San Francisco

Past Events

Golden Autumn Trade Fair [Open to Public]

Sept. 12, 2016 – Sept. 13, 2016
Gulou District, Nanjing

Delegation: Global Entrepreneurship in the Interest of Society [Invite Only]

Oct. 10, 2016 – Oct. 14, 2016
Shanghai, Hangzhou, Beijing

Pacific Business and Investment Briefing: Leveraging Bay Area Regional Strengths to Grow Chinese Trade and Investment [Invite Only]

Nov. 14, 2016
Bay Area Council, San Francisco

Executive Committee

Andrew Giacomini, Managing Partner, Hanson Bridgett LLP

Michael Ghielmetti, President, Signature Development Group, Inc.

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