Monday, January 13, 2014

Canada Week Events in Phoenix

Arizona International Growth Group and the Global Chamber PHX are pleased to participate in this year's Canada Week in Phoenix.

Events start February 1st with the 62nd Annual Canadian Picnic, supported by Phoenix Sister Cities.

AZIGG's monthly event is Monday, February 3rd with Three Global Leaders - more HERE.

AZIGG is teaming with other local organizations including KeatsConnelly, Canada Arizona Business Council, Growth Nation and others for the Canada Week Business Mixer at DIRTT on Wednesday, February 5th - more HERE.

Additional Canada Week events are shown HERE. Join us!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

2014 Best International Restaurants in Phoenix

Here are some top international restaurants in Phoenix.

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Best International Restaurants in Phoenix (and Arizona)

Afghan: Flaming Kebob (Mesa and Tempe), Kyber Halal (Phoenix)

Bosnian: Caffe Sarajevo (Phoenix)

Brazilian: Fogo de Chao (Scottsdale)

British/Irish: Codfather (Phoenix), Cornish Pasty Company (Tempe and Mesa), George and Dragon (Phoenix), Rula Bula (Tempe), Skeptical Chymist (Scottsdale)

Cambodian: Reathrey Sekong (Phoenix)

Caribbean: Chino Bandido (Phoenix and Chandler), Havana Cafe (Phoenix), Millie's Cafe Puerto Rican Cuisine (Mesa)

Chinese: China Chile* (Phoenix), China King (Chandler), China Magic Noodle House (Chandler), Chou's Kitchen (Chandler), George and Son (Scottsdale), Great Wall Hong Kong Cuisine (Phoenix), New Hong Kong Restaurant (Phoenix), Szechuan Palace* (Phoenix)

Dutch: Rokerij (Phoenix)

Ecuadorian: Mi Comida Restaurante Latino (Phoenix)

El Salvadorian: Restaurant Salvadoreno (Mesa)

Ethiopian: Cafe Lalibela (Tempe), Gojo Ethiopian (Phoenix)

Filipino: Hey Joe! (food truck), Halo-Halo (Phoenix)

French: Amuse Bouche Bistro (Surprise), Au Petit Four (Scottsdale), Coup des Tartes (Phoenix), La Petite France (Scottsdale), Sophie's (Phoenix), Vincent's on Camelback (Phoenix), Vincent Market Bistro (Phoenix), Zinc Bistro (Phoenix)

German: Brat Haus (Scottsdale), Europa Pastry Cafe (Phoenix), German Sausage Company (Phoenix), Haus Murphy's (Glendale), Zur Kate (Mesa)

Greek: Greekfest* (Phoenix)

Indian: Al Hamra* (Scottsdale), Indian Delhi Palace (Phoenix), Jewel of the Crown (Scottsdale), Maharaja Palace (Glendale), Tandoori Times (Glendale and Scottsdale), The Dhaba (Tempe), Udupi Cafe (Scottsdale)

Italian: Andreoli Italian Grocer* (Scottsdale), Alexi's Grill (Phoenix), Avanti's (Phoenix), Cibo (Phoenix), Crudo (Italian), Giuseppe's on 28th (Phoenix), Marcellino Ristorante (Phoenix), Noca (Scottsdale), Pasta Brioni (Scottsdale), Pizzeria Bianco* (Phoenix), 'Pomo (Scotttsdale), Postino Arcadia and Central (Phoenix), Sassi (Scottsdale), Tomaso's (Phoenix and Chandler), Trattoria Bianco (Phoenix), Tutti Santi (Scottsdale, Gilbert and Glendale)

Japanese: Dozo (Scottsdale), Hana Japanese Eatery (Phoenix), Hiro Sushi (Scottsdale), Nobuo at Teeter House* (Phoenix), Roka Akor* (Scottsdale), ShinBay (Scottsdale), Shimogamo* (Chandler), Sushi Ken (Chandler), Toyama (Scottsdale), Yasu Sushi Bistro (Phoenix)

Korean: Cafe Ga Hyang (Glendale), Chodang Tofu and BBQ (Chandler), Takamatsu* (Chandler)

Kosher: Segal's Oasis Grill (Phoenix)

Mexican: Barrio Cafe* (Phoenix), Carolina's Mexican Food (Phoenix), Comedor Guadalajara* (Phoenix), El Guero Canelo (Tucson), Elote Cafe* (Sedona), Javelina Inferno (Scottsdale), La 15 Y Salsas Mexican Grill, La Tolteca Mexican Foods (Phoenix), Los Dos Molinos (Mesa and more), Los Reyes de la Torta* (Phoenix), Mariscos Playa Hermosa (Phoenix), Mi Nidito* (Tucson), Spotted Donkey Cantina* (Scottsdale), Taco Atoyac (Glendale)

Middle Eastern: Al-Hana at Baiz Market* (Phoenix), Pars Persian Cuisine (Phoenix), Persian Garden Cafe (Phoenix), Persian Room (Scottsdale)

Pakistani: Curry Corner (Tempe)

Peruvian: Mi Comida Restaurante Latino (Scottsdale), Villa Peru (Tempe)

Polish: Polish Goodies (Phoenix)

Russian/Uzbek: Bon Appetit (Phoenix), Golden Valley (Phoenix), Restaurant Samarkand* (Phoenix)

Somali: Juba Restaurant (Phoenix)

Spanish: Tapas Papa Fritas (Scottsdale)

Swedish: Beaver Choice* (Tempe)

Thai: Chanpen Thai (Phoenix), Malee's on Main* (Scottsdale), Swaddee Thai Cuisine (Scottsdale and Chandler), Thai Lahna (Phoenix), Thai Spices (Mesa), Wild Thaiger* (Phoenix)

Vietnamese: Cyclo Vietnamese Cuisine (Chandler), Davang (Phoenix), Fresh Mint (Scottsdale), Khai Hoan (Tempe), Noodles Ranch (Scottsdale), Pho Thanh (Phoenix), Tea Lite Cafe (Scottsdale)

There are also many world-class resorts with great restaurants inside - some of which are international and all of which cater to international visitors.

Best Arizona Resort Dining

Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa (Phoenix)
Camelback Inn (Scottsdale)
Enchantment Resort (Sedona)
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort and Spa (Scottsdale)
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North (Scottsdale)
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch (Scottsdale)
Intercontinental Montelucia Resort and Spa (Paradise Valley)
L'Auberge de Sedona (Sedona)
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort (Tucson)
Ritz-Carlton Phoenix (Phoenix)
Royal Palms Resort and Spa (Phoenix)
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa (Paradise Valley)
Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort (Chandler)
Talking Stick Resort and Casino (Scottsdale)
The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort (Carefree)
The Hermosa Inn (Phoenix)
The Phoenician Resort (Scottsdale)
The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa (Scottsdale)
The Westin LaPaloma Resort and Spa (Tucson)
Westward Look Resort (Tucson) 

Other Top Restaurants in Arizona

Arcadia Farms Cafe (Scottsdale)
Binkley's Restaurant (Cave Creek)
Cafe Roka (Bisbee)
Donavon's Steak and Chop House (Phoenix)
Durant's (Phoenix)
Eddie's House (Scottsdale)
Eddie V's Prime Seafood (Scottsdale)
FnB (Scottsdale)
Joe's Farm Grill (Gilbert)
Joe's Real BBQ (Gilbert)
Kai at Wild Horse Pass (Chandler)
Lo-Lo's Chicken and Waffles (Phoenix and Scottsdale)
Mastro's Ocean Club (Phoenix)
Richardson's Cuisine of New Mexico (Phoenix)
Roaring Fork (Scottsdale)
Tarbell's (Phoenix)
The Farmhouse (Gilbert)
Quiessence, The Farm at South Mountain (Phoenix)

AZIGG Three Global Business Leaders Feb 3

Three Global Business Heroes
Arizona Leaders, Making it Happen Globally

Monday, February 3, 2014
7:30am – 9:00am

SkySong 1475 N Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale, Ingenuity Room (3rd Floor)
$20 in advance ($25 @ the door) Doors open at 7:15am

Three Arizona-based business leaders, discussing success, challenges and opportunities of growing globally. Enjoy global business discussions, networking, coffee, juice, water, fruit, breakfast pastries and free parking!

Who should attend: Arizona leaders looking to grow globally and network with the international business community.

What to Expect: The three leaders will provide their perspective on growing globally. Join us for global business networking, information and resources.
Welcome internationalists!

Questions? Contact Yvonne @ 480-595-5000 (

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Global Report Card for Arizona 12/2

On December 2nd we're pleased to present our annual report card on Arizona's global footprint. This year Hank Marshall, City of Phoenix Economic Development Executive Officer, and Arizona's Honorary U.K. Consul, is doing the grading. He attended last year, and has some different thoughts!

Global Report Card for Arizona

A Frank Assessment and Outlook

Hank Marshall, Economic Development Executive Officer, City of Phoenix
Rudy Vetter

Monday, December 2, 2013
7:30am – 9:00am

SkySong 1475 N Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale, Global Room (2nd Floor)
$20 in advance ($25 @ the door)

Special interactive component that allows you to 'vote' using your cell phone! Also enjoy coffee, juice, water, fruit, breakfast pastries and free parking!

Who should attend: Arizona leaders looking to understand the state of international business in Arizona and to network with the business community.

What to Expect: Hank will be providing a report card on Arizona's progress with global business, and you'll be able to vote on his grades and recommendations using your cell phone. Join us for the 7th Annual AZIGG "Int'l State of the State"

Welcome internationalists!

Questions? Contact Yvonne @ 480-595-5000 (

Sunday, October 27, 2013

World Arizona Update

"World Arizona" is a Phoenix-based international initiative since March 28, 2013 that has included over 110 business, non-profit, government and community leaders discussing ways for Arizona to be more successful with global trade, investment and tourism.

This post is a summary of ideas coming out of the discussions. More info will be shared at the Nov 4th Arizona-Canada event (RSVP) and Dec 2nd AZIGG "International State of the State" event.

Here are key issues and opportunities for Arizona to expand global business success, with people identified below to contact for more information:

1) Global Attraction Strategy. An example of a successful economic development initiative by Arizona to attract global business is the AZ Chamber's efforts to reduce business taxes and regulations, improving regional and global competitiveness. Gaps in what could be a more effective Arizona global business attraction strategy include pulling together coordinated efforts within the multitude of key stakeholders and throughout the community . We know that California, Texas and Utah have global strategies because we can see them. California has China highlighted on their economic development website, Utah's Governor consults regularly with international exports like Lew Cramer of World Trade Center Utah, and Texas' Governor reaches out directly to specific company targets. For more contact Glenn Hamer of the Arizona Chamber, Sandra Watson of the Arizona Commerce Authority, Barry Broome of GPEC, Keith Galbut of Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations and Doug Bruhnke of Growth Nation and the Global Chamber.

2) International Brand. There is an opportunity to overcome SB1070 and related damage of Arizona's brand in the international community. SB1070 targeted illegal immigrants, but the result has been that far too many people all over the world perceive Arizona as unfriendly to outsiders. Arizona Tourism and GPEC have made separate attempts to move the needle, and there are a variety of activities to overcome this by other organizations. It will take a brand definition and coordinated rebuilding. Contact Sherry Henry of AZ Department of Tourism, Barry Broome of GPEC, Sandra Watson of AZ Commerce Authority and Doug Bruhnke of Growth Nation.

3) Export Initiative. Metro Phoenix is rated only #30 in the U.S. for exports, and the region appears to be stepping backward. This is an area of urgent attention - and like other cities that have identified exports as a priority, a regional long-term plan is required. Contact Hank Marshall, City of Phoenix.

4) Direct International Flights. As with exports and international trade in general, Phoenix and Arizona are 'below average' with direct international flights - a key issue for international businesses to consider growing in and relocating to Arizona. Contact Deborah Ostreicher, City of Phoenix.

5) Language Training. One of the successful initiatives for Utah especially on creating a perception of internationalization has been the immersion language training programs implemented under the leadership of Governors Huntsman and Herbert. Contact regional leader City of Scottsdale, John Huppenthal of the Arizona Department of Education and Doug Bruhnke of the Global Chamber.

6) Government Champions. Governors Brown (CA), Herbert (UT) and Perry (TX) have different approaches, but all have a stated priority for global business. There are AZ government leaders who also have done so - like Mayors Smith (Mesa), Lord (Goodyear) and Lane (Scottsdale); U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema and AZ Rep. Tom Forese. Rep. Matt Salmon is the only Congressional leader who speaks Mandarin, and attended our first meeting. Contact these leaders or Doug Bruhnke of AZIGG.

7) Business Champions. Doug Bruhnke of AZIGG has been involved since 2001 in Utah with Governor-to-business leader initiatives that get business leaders to work together within a global business strategy. Something tailored to Arizona can be done, too. Contact Doug Bruhnke for more.

8) Growing Mexico. There are additional growth opportunities with Arizona's number one trading partner. Contact Margie Emmermann of the Arizona Mexico Commission.

9) Growing Canada. There are additional growth opportunities with Arizona's number two trading partner. Contact Glenn Williamson of the Canada Arizona Business Council and attend the next AZIGG event on November 4th for more details.

10) Growing China and Other Countries. What should Arizona's strategy be with other countries, especially since the vast majority of future economic development will be in China, India and countries outside Mexico and Canada. Contact Sandra Watson of AZ Commerce and Doug Bruhnke.

Hear more about World Arizona at the next AZIGG events, and add your voice to the conversation.

Also watch for a continuation of the World Arizona initiative...supporting local and global growth. 

For more background on what other states are doing, please see this recent Growth Nation post

Message from Doug Bruhnke: Very special thanks to... 

- Sherry Henry, AZ Tourism, for your enthusiasm and support!
- Hank Marshall, City of Phoenix, for all you do, and your ideas.
- Glenn Williamson, CABC, because you're amazing at what you do.
- Mel Sanderson, Freeport McMoRan, for your international inspiration.
- Keith Galbut, Galbut and Galbut, for your steady and expert approach.
- Hank, Rex, Steven, Denise and Celia for sharing your ideas at ACA.
- Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, for working extremely hard to do the right things.
- Sandra Watson, for continuing to listen and keep an open mind.
- Everyone who keeps the faith that global business changes everything.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Canada Arizona Magic November 4th

Canada Arizona Magic
New Investment, Trade and Tourism Opportunities
Glenn Williamson - CEO, Canada Arizona Business Council (CABC) and Chairman, EPCOR


Monday, November 4, 2013
7:30am – 9:00am

SkySong 1475 N Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale, Innovation Room, 3rd Floor
$20 in advance / $25 at the door

"Mr. Canada-Arizona" Glenn Williamson discusses opportunities for U.S. companies seeking investment and new business.

Who should attend: Arizona business, non-profit and government leaders seeking growth across borders, especially Canada.

This month's event sponsor is Growth Nation, helping companies grow cross-border with a magical mix of marketing, publicity and sales support.

Welcome internationalists! RSVP
Questions? Contact Yvonne @ 480-595-5000 (
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Sunday, August 18, 2013

AZIGG Grow Globally PHX 2013 October 7th

Grow Globally PHX 2013
"All of Metro Phoenix's Global Resources, All in One Place, All at One Time"
Who's Who and What's What of Global Business
5th Annual Grow Globally Phoenix Fair

Grow Globally
Monday, October 7, 2013
3:00pm – 5:00pm

SkySong 1475 N Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale, Convergence Auditorium
$30 in advance ($40 @ the door)
Exhibitor tables are available.
Includes international walking dinner and beverages. Free parking.

Who should attend: Arizona business leaders looking to export and grow globally. This is your annual best chance to connect to the global business community. Growing globally truly is 'the road less traveled'. Come with us on the journey!

Grow Globally Phoenix Fair is a signature event for AZIGG. Pictures from previous events are shown here for 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012

Welcome internationalists!
Questions? Contact Yvonne @ 480-595-5000 (

Exhibitors and Sponsors
Asia Arizona Business Council
Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Arizona Commerce Authority
Arizona Consular Corps
Arizona Council for International Visitors (AZCIV)
Arizona District Export Council (ADEC)
Arizona International Growth Group (AZIGG)
Arizona State University and ASU SkySong
Arizona Technology Council
Canada Arizona Business Council
Chinese Chamber of Commerce
City of Scottsdale
Galbut & Galbut PC
Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC)
Juras Law Firm
Korean Chamber of Commerce of Arizona
Lamson Consulting
Mesa Community College Study Abroad Program
Mojo Video Marketing
Organization of Women in Trade - Phoenix (OWIT-Phoenix)
PCFR International State of the State
Phoenix Business Journal
Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations (PCFR)
Phoenix Sister Cities
RUSTEC - Russian Science Technology & Education Consortia
Scottsdale Sister Cities
Small Business Administration (SBA)
The Great Canadian Picnic
Thunderbird Executive Education
Thunderbird Online
US Commercial Service
US Export Assistance Centers (USEAC)
Valley of the Sun Clean Cities Coalition
Vistage International
Welcome to America Project
World Trade Forum January (2014)