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Business, Culture and Other Ties That Bind Brazil and Florida

Miami’s Broward Center for the Performing Arts announces its two-day Business Forum to be held at Nova Southeastern University on March 10 & 11, 2005 as part of the State to State, Business to Culture, Focus ’05 Brazil program.

The strong business and cultural ties that bind Florida and Brazil lie at the heart of the Broward Center’s initiative that combines culture, commerce and community.


The bi-national Business Forum, featuring speakers such as former Ambassador to Brazil, Donna Hrinak, includes a list of luminaries discussing the future of business between Brazil and Florida.


“The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is creating an excellent model through which Florida and Brazil can celebrate our mutual cultural and business interests during this extremely innovative schedule of activities,” commented Ambassador Hrinak.


Topics for the first day of the Business Forum include such timely issues as Cultural Tourism; Creative Cities and Economic Development; Business & Culture Connect and more. Topics for the second day include: the Future of Free Trade; Future Trade Opportunities for Florida and Brazil; Strengthening Business Tools for Expansion of Trade; Legal Landscape and more.


Speakers invited to participate in the Business Forum include:


– Florida Governor Jeb Bush


– São Paulo Governor Geraldo Alckmin


– Roberto Abdenur, Brazilian Ambassador to the USA


– Donna Hrinak, Former US Ambassador to Brazil


– Gilberto Gil, Brazil’s Minister of Culture


– João Almino, General Consul of Brazil in Miami


– Glenda Hood, Florida Secretary of State


– Pamella Dana, Director of the Florida Governor’s Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development (OTTED)


– Jorge Arrizurieta, President, Florida FTAA


– Marcos Barreto, Brazilian Author


– Carlos Scandiffio, President, AllWorld Language Consultants


– And many other business leaders from Florida and Brazil


Registration for the business forum is available online at http://www.browardcenter.org. Tickets are available for single day attendance or both days and the multi-day ticket includes a special VIP reception on Friday, March 11th at 7 pm and tickets to the 8 pm North American Premiere of Jobim Sinfonico at the Au-Rene Theatre.


The Business Forum is just one of many elements that comprise the full State to State program. A series free community enrichment events, a Florida-Brazilian Business Recognition Dinner, and a jazz tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim presented by Gold Coast Jazz are also slated for the week of March 7-11.


The program culminates with the North American premier of Jobim Sinfônico, featuring the orchestrated works of Brazil’s most famous composer, the late Antonio Carlos Jobim. The recording won a Latin Grammy in the classical division in 2004.


“We believe that culture provides a unique platform for combining commerce and community,” commented Mark Nerenhausen, President & CEO for the Broward Center.


“This program provides an unique opportunity to bring Florida and Brazil closer together on many levels. We see this program as a special benefit that only a cultural organization like the Broward Center can deliver.”


The Broward Center is the recipient of five consecutive Brazilian International Press Awards since 2001, for excellence in Brazilian programming and for promoting a positive image of Brazil abroad.


The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is located in the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District at 201 SW Fifth Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.


For the full Business Forum Agenda, see http://www.browardcenter.org


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