"The impressive growth in the bilateral flow of trade, investments and tourists has turned Brazil into one of Florida's most important partners. The Brazil-Florida Business Council is, therefore, an important channel to encourage closer cooperation between business communities in Brazil and in the state of Florida.
As Consul General of Brazil in Miami, I am committed to working closely with the Council, in order to foster closer economic ties between both regions, especially at a time international trade has become a top priority to the Brazilian foreign policy."
Ambassador Adalnio Senna Ganem, His Excellency the Consul General of Brazil
"I want to thank the Brazil-Florida Business Council and Founding President Sueli Bonaparte for all you are doing to strengthen relationships between Florida and Brazil and create more opportunities for business and Florida families. Brazil continues to be Florida's number one international trade partner, and we want to make Florida first for job creation so families have more opportunities to live their dreams."
Rick Scott, His Excellency, the Honorable Governor of Florida
"Sueli, the amazing energy that you bring to this cause is astounding. I envision this organization and the relationship to go long beyond certainly my tenure as a mayor, and I think building a bond between Brazil and Florida, particularly between Brazil and Tampa, is going to be important. The Brazil-Florida Business Council can play a vital role to the economic growth of the city. If we are going to be the city we want to be, we will have to expand our horizons and be global in our perspective and global in our actions."
Bob Buckhorn, The Honorable Mayor of Tampa
A Message from the Founding President
Looking back on our 2017 accomplishments and forward towards the new year!
Dear members, partners and friends:
As we look back upon the past year, we would like to acknowledge those who have helped us shape the Brazil-Florida Business Council, Inc. (BFBC) "to strengthen the ties between the two markets and bring the vast opportunities they present for one another to light." (Peter Baumgaertner, Partner and Head of the Latin America Practice Group at Pillsbury, from an excerpt of an article published in Latinvex, November 2017).
It was an extraordinary year with amazing accomplishments thanks to loyal and committed members, partners, and friends like Peter. The high point of the impressive 2017 calendar of activities was the Brazil-Florida Business Awards Luncheon held on November 15th. The 2017 honoree was Jose Luis Cutrale, Chairman of the Board of the Cutrale Group, a notable business conglomerate that has been contributing to the economic and social development of both regions for a half-century. The honoree was introduced by Muhtar Kent, Chairman of the Board of the The Coca-Cola Company, who delivered a passionate and memorable speech highlighting Cutrale's contributions. Ambassador Adanio S. Ganem, Brazilian Consul General in Miami, and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn also participated in the event program before an audience of more than 300 business executives. Videos of their presentations are available on our site.
One of our chief goals for this year is to make the communication line with you more efficient. Please follow us on LinkedIn at Brazil-Florida Business Council Page. To reach a larger business audience, we will use this page to disseminate current business reports, articles of interest, member news, and BFBC announcements. Please send us your corporate releases, speeches delivered at conferences or published in trade magazines, and reports covering topics related to Brazilian-American and Brazilian-Floridian business matters. We will review and select those for distribution with priority given to BFBC members.
With your continued commitment and unwavering dedication, we are confident that 2018 will be another spectacular year for the history of the BFBC. We will continue to work hard to better serve our members and the business community. Thank you very much for your trust and friendship! Muito obrigada pela sua confiança e amizade!
Warm regards e forte abraço,
Sueli Cristina Bonaparte
Founding President & Chairman of the Board
Read more President Messages here.
Led by Shining Star, Brazil Business Council Gains Traction
Although The White House, Commerce Department and US Trade Representative’s Office are all led by protectionists these days, various chambers of commerce throughout the United States are moving ahead with promoting two-way trade and investment flows between the United States and Latin America.
One of the most active is the Brazil-Florida Business Council, which after only three years in operations has gained a reputation for its high-profile Brazilian guests while scoring strong feedback from attendees of its events, who lavish praise on the council’s founder, Sao Paulo native Sueli Bonaparte.
Read more at Latinvex.
Bonaparte: Brazil Back on Track
Brazil’s economy, Latin America’s largest, is back on track, says Sueli Bonaparte, president of the Brazil-Florida Business Council (BFBC). In this interview with Latinvex, Bonaparte talks about the outlook for Brazil’s economy, US investor interest, investment grade and why she started the BFBC.
Latinvex: To what extent have recent economic reforms in Brazil helped interest in Brazil among US companies?
Bonaparte: Despite Brazil’s dismal economic performance, foreign direct investment has hit record highs amid recent reforms. Savvy US companies recognize Brazil’s underlying economic fundamentals and see this is a historic buying opportunity. The economic team of the current administration has brought confidence to the international financial market and they have quickly taken essential actions to bring the economy back on track. Despite modest economic growth forecasted for the coming year, analysts expect that the new administration will continue pro-growth policies to foster more robust economic recovery in the coming years.
Read more at Latinvex.
Council helps businesses in Brazil, Florida navigate bureaucracy
Brazil is Florida’s No. 1 trade partner when it comes to exports, but getting in the door isn’t easy. The Brazil-Florida Business Council provides a forum for business people to exchange ideas and network.
Sueli Bonaparte - President and FounderTAMPA, June 17 — Brazil is Florida’s No. 1 trade partner when it comes to exports. But getting in the door isn’t easy. Cutting through red tape and tariffs requires a sharp tool.
Enter Sueli Bonaparte, who for 17 years served as executive director of the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce in New York City, slicing through bureaucracy to create international partnerships. After moving to Florida a few years back, Bonaparte said, she saw a lot of untapped potential for connecting business threads between this state and her native Brazil.
Encontro realizado em São Paulo auxilia investidores brasileiros interessados em ingressar no estado da Flórida
Uma das maiores ambições de empresários brasileiros é fazer com que seu negócio seja reconhecido internacionalmente, porém, muitos não possuem as informações e regras para trilhar esse caminho.
Pensando em auxiliar esses executivos, as organizações Brazil-Florida Business Council (BFBC), Enterprise Flórida e APEX-Brasil, que trabalham na intensificação do relacionamento entre o estado da Flórida e o Brasil, realizaram no último dia 7 de julho, em São Paulo, um encontro com o objetivo de apresentar estratégias para o investidor interessado em ter uma fatia de seu negócio nos EUA.
Com o tema "Investindo na Flórida: desafios e oportunidades", o encontro foi apresentado pela presidente-fundadora, Sueli Bonaparte, e contou com a participação de líderes empresariais com filiais no estado americano.
We are proud to highlight the following Council members in President's Circle and Patron membership levels. Learn more about prestigious companies who have selected the Brazil-Florida Business Council as their partner to foster business relationships between Brazil and Florida. If you wish to upgrade your membership category, contact Sueli Bonaparte at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gerdau is the leading company in the production of long steel in the Americas and one of the major suppliers of specialty long steel in the world. With more than 45,000 employees, Gerdau has an installed capacity of more than 25 million metric tons of steel and it is the largest recycler in Latin America, and around the world, it transforms millions of metric tons of scrap into steel every year.
More than a century ago, Gerdau began its expansion path and now has a presence in 13 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, India, Mexico, Peru, U.S., Uruguay and Venezuela.
Its products, sold on five continents, serve the civil construction, industrial and agricultural sectors. Gerdau products, in all their diverse forms, have a day-to-day presence in the lives of people. They are an integral part of the structure of homes, shopping centers, hospitals, bridges and hydroelectric plants; they are part of power and telephone lines; they are raw material for automotive parts and they can be found at work on the farm. For more information, click here.
HAYMAN-WOODWARD, in more than two decades of operation, offers professional and personalized advice to clients and partners, in areas such as expatriation, international trade, tax and fiscal consulting and government liaison and business development services. HAYMAN-WOODWARD assists different target groups such as big and small companies, families, and individuals with every step of the expatriation and relocation process.
Our legal team and local partner law firm in each jurisdiction assists clients with visa's management, our logistics team help with the transportation, safe passage and delivery of household goods, while our Family Office group will take care of all the other needs, including taxation, schools, legal and any other ancillary needs.
T-Grão Cargo Terminal de Granéis S/A was founded to operate the privatized grain silos complex located at Pier 26 in Brazil's Port of Santos, the largest and most active cargo port in Latin America.
The company's origins date to 1998, when it won the public bidding process to operate the old Santos Port silos. The Company’s management then initiated an ambitious modernization project to upgrade its facilities, ensuring it would be able to meet the increasing volumes of Brazil's grain trade.
Today, the concrete silo walls are the only remaining original part of the old Santos Port Silos. All other equipment in operation has been replaced by modern hardware which allows the terminal to be fully automated.
T-Grão is finalizing its expansion project to reach a total bulk grain storage capacity of 114,000 metric tons. The project has resulted in transforming the operation into a bi-directional terminal that handles both imports and exports simultaneously, all while keeping different grain products, such as wheat, soybean and maize, completely segregated.
Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras S.A. is the highly successful Brazilian airline launched by JetBlue founder David Neeleman. The quality of its services has been acknowledged by many national and international awards. In 2015 Azul was named by Skytrax World Airline Awards, for the fifth time in a row, as the " Best low-cost airline in South America." Azul launched their services in the Brazilian domestic market on December 15, 2008 between three cities: Campinas, Salvador, and Porto Alegre. The company's business model was based on meeting the demand for frequent and affordable air service to underserved markets throughout Brazil. Today, Azul is the airline with the greatest number of destinations served in Brazil. The company has a fleet of 140 aircraft, more than 10,000 employees, over 900 departures per day, 100+ destinations being served, and one-third of all the departures in the country.
A15 Investments is a Brazilian company investing in basic education in the United States. The company started operations in Florida, envisioning opportunities in the Sunshine State. Through a partnership with Kiddie Academy, one of the largest American franchisers of educational childcare, and leveraging 40 years education experience in Brazil, it established the first school from scratch: buying the land, building the property and managing the school operations. The company plans to build dozens of schools in the coming years.
Drummond Advisors has a multidisciplinary team with experience and certifications to operate in the United States and Brazil. Our team has accountants, lawyers, managers and consultants with experience in international business. The qualifications of these professionals enables Drummond to have a broad and complete overview of the challenges involved in international transactions, including those relating to accounting standards (US GAAP vs. IFRS-International Standards), tax, legal and market analysis.
In a market with fewer economic barriers, it is important to be in constant contact with specialized professionals who are in tune with world economic trends. In such a global market, it is vital to have qualified consultants certified in specific countries to help ensure proper international accounting, taxation and legal compliance, with security and excellence. In this challenging environment, Drummond Advisors was created to fulfill the needs of companies operating in both the Brazilian and U.S. markets.
In order to deliver an exceptional level of high quality service, the consulting performed by Drummond Advisors presents a set of skills that differentiates us in the market, allowing greater efficiency, timeliness and promptness in service. We mean to always work in partnership with our clients, ensuring their accounting, tax, legal and market needs are aligned to your goals, thus enabling sustainable financial decisions and successfully exits.
JurITis USA (TOTVS official partner), based in South Florida and with more than 30 years of experience supporting top Latin American law and accounting firms, JurITis USA is a niche channel for professional services software solutions by TOTVS, one of the world's top software companies. We deliver fully integrated, cloud-based software for billing, timesheets, finance, bookkeeping, analytics and key performance indicators (KPIs), enabling you to centralize, streamline and improve your company’s operations.
Miami International Airport (MIA), located on 3,230 acres of land near downtown Miami, is operated by the Miami-Dade Aviation Department and is the property of Miami-Dade County government. Founded in 1928, MIA now offers more flights to Latin America and the Caribbean than any other U.S. airport, is America’s second-busiest airport for international passengers, boasts a lineup over 100 air carriers and is the top U.S. airport for international freight. MIA is also the leading economic engine for Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida, generating business revenue of $33.7 billion annually and welcoming 70 percent of all international visitors to Florida. MIA’s vision is to grow from a recognized hemispheric hub to a global airport of choice that offers customers a world-class experience and an expanded route network with direct passenger and cargo access to all world regions.
Tampa International Airport is consistently ranked among the world’s top airports, serving nearly 18-million passengers with routes to more than 70 destinations around the world, including London, Panama City, Zurich and Havana. In the past few years, the airport has received top awards on the state, national and international levels, including being named the No. 2 domestic airport in reader polls by both Travel + Leisure magazine and Condé Nast Traveler. CNN also listed TPA as the only U.S. airport among ten of the world's most loved airports. Tampa International recently broke ground on the largest construction program in airport history as it expands its main terminal and builds a 1.4-mile people mover extending to a new rental car facility. Tampa International Airport is the flagship airport of the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, which operates all publicly owned airports in Hillsborough County, Florida. For more information, click here.
SAVE THE DATE
February 22, 2018
South American Wine Dinner
Hosted by the Tampa Club
Click here to RSVP
March 12, 2018
Brazil Breakfast Briefing
Brazil Central Bank President
Location: Renaissance São Paulo Hotel
March 29, 2018
Annual Membership Luncheon
The Honorable Mayor of Tampa
Location: The Tampa Club
Meirelles Says It's the Right Time to Invest in Brazil
THANK YOU MEMBERS
Gerdau Institucional Inovação
Telemundo Coverage 2018 Brazil Business Forum
Brazil-Florida Business Award Luncheon 2017:
"Sueli is relentless in pursuing excellence for Brazil-US relations, and she should really be congratulated for that. Honestly, we highly respect her work and all the great things she’s done now, she’s doing it here."
"I'd like to say how excited we are for the launching of the Brazil-Florida Business Council and the important work they'll do in further connecting Brazil's and Florida's business communities and promoting Brazilian companies in Florida."
David Neeleman, Azul Brazilian Airlines
"It is important to work with partners such as the Brazil-Florida Business Council to help counsel and advise American companies about doing business in Brazil."
Stephen Knode, United States Commercial Service
"Brazil continues to be Florida's largest global market for trade and FDI. The partnership between the Brazilian Office of Enterprise Florida and the Brazil-Florida Business Council play a vital role to capitalize on business prospects in both regions."
Fabio Yamada, Enterprise Florida Brazil
"A Sueli é uma locomotiva para o desenvolvimento de negócios, ela não se cansa de procurar meios para auxiliar o crescimento de todos, prova disso é a Brazil Florida Business Council que em tão pouco tempo já alcançou tamanha expressão e mostra o tempo todo ao que veio, aglutinando mais interesse no Brasil e esse tipo de iniciativa faltava na Florida.”
Marcelo Fleury, LAFINSA
“ I am always impressed with the quality of work you do to promote Florida. Outstanding!”
Atila Noronha, former President, Outback Brazil