1. WHAT IS THE KOREAN BUSINESS LEADERS ALLIANCE?
2. WHAT IS THE MISSION OF THE KBLA?
To accomplish our mission we hold meetings and events, publish Korea Intelligence reports, and build resources for use by our members. Currently, all of our meetings and reports are published in English-only.
3. HOW OLD IS THE KBLA?
It was then incorporated in early 2015 as a formal organization in order to facilitate offering greater services to our members and a larger range of services. The transition to a formal organization and fee structure took much of 2015, but great strides were made in offerings and member engagement.
4. IS THE KBLA LIKE A CHAMBER OF COMMERCE?
A. We do not represent any natural constituency other than leaders in business, academia, and the arts who care about doing business, living, and operating in Korea. We are, therefore, not captive of any one country’s agenda or one industry’s agenda.
B. Since we have members from the entire business community, including many who are leaders of chambers of commerce in Korea, we are free to engage in a wider range of activities and services.
C. We are a for-profit company, and do not accept donations from any government or private entity. Since we are a not non-profit, we are able to move faster, and partner with more entities, with less bureaucracy and overhead. All of this is a benefit to the member community we serve.
D. We do not lobby government on behalf of the community, though we maintain good relations with the Korean government, various embassies in Korea, various NGOs and think tanks, and the chambers of commerce.
5. WHAT IS DIFFERENT OR UNIQUE ABOUT THE KBLA THAT MAKES IT VALUABLE?
A. We are invitation-only. Being invitation-only means we maintain a membership-body that is highly valuable, in terms of potential connections, to each member.
B. By maintaining a high quality community, we are able to design our meetings differently. The KBLA focuses on smaller, more interactive meetings, because we know that the overwhelming majority of expertise in the room is not the person with the Powerpoint presentation. Maintaining a high level community is crucial for ensuring that every substantive meeting is something special, and every relationship-building meeting is effective for actually building close relationships.
C. The KBLA offers great value to each member even if a member cannot participate in many meetings or events. Our information offerings come to you each week. We send out an email a day, on average, with three of those emails being Korea Intelligence reports. This is intelligence on doing business in Korea, and making good decisions in Korea, like you can get nowhere else. Nothing else even comes close. Even if you cannot attend a meeting, the meeting will come to you. We know that our members are busy and cannot attend all the events they would like to, so unless we are prohibited from sharing a presentation or meeting material by a speaker, we provide all meeting materials to all members following each event. Our meetings are too valuable to miss, so we try our best to make sure you don’t have to miss any. We had 30 events in 2016 and have big plans for 2017, including business missions to Singapore and Hong Kong.
6. WHO IS MEMBERSHIP OPEN TO?
Membership is limited to those with senior roles in corporations, academia, arts organizations, government, NGOs, or non-profits. The KBLA seeks to limit the ratio of business services providers as a percentage of the total member community. The KBLA reserves the right to determine membership acceptance solely at its own discretion, without explanation. Those candidates who are accepted as members will be contacted by the KBLA membership administrator to continue the process of becoming a member.
7. DOES THE KBLA DO LOBBYING AND GOVERNMENT RELATIONS?
We only do things we believe will benefit ALL of our members. The KBLA does not do lobbying on behalf of any country, industry, or company. At this time, we do not offer any consulting services of any kind for individual clients. The KBLA does maintain good relations with the Korean government and various embassies from around the world in Korea. We also try to build relationships with overseas governmental organizations to facilitate smoother business for our members.
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