Sunday, January 20, 2013

AZIGG February 4th: Be a #1 Importing Business

Becoming a #1 Importer: Tips from the QDIStone Success Story, by CEO Arif Surmen
QDIStone    Inc 5000

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

SkySong 1475 N Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale (2nd Floor)
$20 in advance ($25 @ the door)
Includes coffee, juice, water, fruit / breakfast pastries. Free parking.

QDIStone has had an extraordinary run of importing and B2B (and B2C) selling success. Learn more from CEO Arif Surmen on how they became an Inc. 5000 fastest-growing firm while being HQ'd in Phoenix.

Who should attend: Arizona leaders looking for international success tips and to network with the business Arizona global business community. 

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

Sunday, January 6, 2013

World Trade Forum V January 15, 2013

Join us for the the annual international "World Trade Forum" organized by Snell and Wilmer on January 15, 2013 - this year featuring AZ Commerce CEO Sandra Watson, US Commercial Service Director Eric Nielsen, and Phoenix Councilman Bill Gates. 

World Trade Forum V is a town hall style conversation sharing perspectives on Arizona’s international business scene. The expert moderator is Brett Johnson of Snell and Wilmer. The event is free and is being held at ASU's SkySong in Scottsdale.

To reserve your spot, please send an e-mail request to or call 1.855.793.8368. Join AZIGG, Arizona Council for International Visitors (AZCIV), U.S. Commercial Service, The Global Chamber of Commerce and other international groups at this important event. 

See you January 15th for Snell and Wilmer's World Trade Forum!

For more information including other international events, click here.

Our 6th Year of International Business in Arizona

Mayor Jim Lane (Scottsdale) at 'Grow Globally 2012'
The Arizona International Growth Group (AZIGG) is an Arizona-based organization that provides information to executives as they look to grow their business globally. We collaborate with over a dozen organizations to support the economic development of Arizona. 

AZIGG holds monthly events featuring business leaders successfully conducting international business. Anyone may attend these events - and there is no 'membership' per se. Attendance fees and sponsorship cover operating costs such as event space, food/beverage and the web. 

Thank you to all our sponsors especially Chairman and CEO Sponsors CQ Coach, Polsinelli Shughart and Snell and Wilmer. Their financial support sustains our events and gets international success stories and information to Arizona businesses. We all appreciate you!

Learn more about AZIGG at ...,, and  

In the first quarter of 2013 we have four exciting events planned!

First we are supporting Snell and Wilmer's annual Trade Forum V on January 15th - always an outstanding event! There are two more open events that will feature a highly successful importer (QDI Stone) and a long time international leader with NKK Switches (Kiyoko Toyama).

AZIGG is also hosting a private event with sponsors and local international leaders that will feature dialogue with some key Arizona political leaders. Let me know if you'd like more info.

My name is Doug Bruhnke, founder of AZIGG - and also founder/CEO of Growth Nation. For more information on AZIGG visit our home page or contact us at 

Happy New Year!