Greater Irvine Chamber Hosts International Chambers and Community Partners to Discuss Hansang 2023 in Orange County

Published on January 18, 2023


During the Greater Irvine Chamber’s Jan. 17 Economic Vitality Council (EVC) meeting, representatives from the Korean American Chamber of Commerce Orange County (KACCOC) provided information about Hansang World Korean Business Convention 2023 to be held in Orange County, the first time the convention will be held outside of Korea. KACCOC is co-hosting the event along with the Overseas Koreans Foundation. 

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Hansang is an important activity by the Korean government, Overseas Koreans Foundation, and is a venue for Korean entrepreneurs around the world to build networks for business opportunities. The large-scale event drawing thousands, includes a trade show, educational sessions, and a startup pitch competition. 

Representatives from business, education, and community partners also attended the EVC meeting, furthering collaboration to support Hansang 2023 in Orange County and the Greater Irvine Chamber’s Irvine Gatewaysoft-landing initiative to help companies expand in Irvine. Organizations represented included SCOREOC/IE SBDC, Irvine Unified School District, U.S. Commercial Service - International Trade Administration, Iranian American Chamber of Commerce, Edwards Global Services, and Jones Lang LaSalle, among others. 

In preparation for the Hansang 2023 World Korean Business Convention, an Irvine delegation hosted by the Greater Irvine Chamber attended the Nov. 1 – 32022 World Korean Business Convention held in Ulsan, South Korea. As a part of the Greater Irvine Chamber’s economic development and foreign direct investment initiatives, the Chamber sent the delegation representing the United States, which included Bill Edwards, CEO, Edwards Global Services; Kate Klimow, COO, University Advancement and Alumni Relations, University California, Irvine; and Carlos Oregon, CEO, Thinkbox Technology Group.   

The 2022 delegation and Irvine Vice Mayor Tammy Kim were hosted by and attended the convention with KACCOC President Sean Roh, Chairman Jim Koo, Vice Chairman Edward Youn, Executive Vice President Vincent Park, Past President and Advisory Board Member Brian Chung, Vice President Claire Na, Executive Director Violet Oh, and Board Member Jonathan Park.   

The intent of the 2022 delegation was to strengthen cooperation for the promotion of economic and commercial exchanges and to establish closer coordination aimed at promoting contacts between the business communities of Changwon and Irvine.  

The Greater Irvine Chamber provides support for local companies to export products through its online export documentation services, accessed here. For more information about this service and how to become involved in the Greater Irvine Chamber’s Economic Vitality Council, contact Pepper Russell