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What KBLA Does

The Korea Business Leaders Alliance is committed to serving those with a stake in the Korean economy.

We make the Korean business environment more accessible and efficient by connecting, informing, and enabling the KBLA community, in Korea and around the world. To accomplish our mission we directly publish a variety of intelligence reports and connect those with expertise and information to those who wish to do better business in Korea.

Read on to learn about where we stand on the things that matter.

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10. KBLA has an annual membership fee and that's it.

Pay for membership and then stop paying. Get more for less.

The annual fee is the same for all companies regardless of size or participating members: 1,100,000 KRW in Korea and US$1,000 for organizations joining from outside Korea.

No in-person substantive meetings means you pay for membership and everything is included. No need to pay high prices for each in-person meeting you attend. We don’t have in-person substantive meetings so you won’t be missing anything.

Membership fees payment can be made by credit card or bank transfer, in US dollars or Korean Won.

9. Membership is by company.

Pay one fee, bring the whole team.

Sign your company up, nominate many individual members--for no additional charge!

Each member company may nominate any number of individuals in the organization to be KBLA members, at no extra charge per member.

All individual KBLA members are on the member mailing list, receive KBLA comunications and resources, and may participate in the platform.

KBLA company membership leads to more members, more interactions and a greater cost/benefit for member organizations.

8. KBLA is all-digital.

You choose when, where, and how often to participate--without missing anything.

We utilize web, email, audio, video, PDF, live webinars, and app posts to disseminate content.

Our app runs on desktop, browser, tablets, or mobile phones. Whether you are in Korea or anywhere else, the KBLA experience is the same.

7. KBLA still has in-person social meetings.

Our social events have always set us apart. Nothing has changed with this.

Our famous KBLA Dinners continue in 2020.

KBLA Dinner is how the KBLA originally began - back in 2014. The dinner is intentionally kept small, with only 12-14 seats per event.

Other in-person networking events may be scheduled as well.

6. KBLA has various types of partners from all over.

KBLA has cast a wide net in looking for the best partners to offer more value to our members.

As part of our push to create a fully three-dimensional community, KBLA also seeks to partner with various Korea-focused organizations such as government bodies, think tanks, NGOs, and educational orgs from around the world.

5. KBLA is THE place to keep track of the Korean business environment.

Our information and intelligence offerings are at the center of everything.

Members get access to the Member Dashbaord on and to the KBLA interaction app at

The Korea Daybook is your indispensable guide to business-related events in Korea. Never miss another event because you didn't know it was going on!

The Weekly Intelligence Report (WIR) is Korea’s premier intelligence report in the English language. KBLA monitors and analyzes more than 50 sources of information each week in order to bring the most relevant and insightful intelligence about the Korean business environment to our members.

The WIR is a data-centric report drawn from original data releases by various government organs, associations, think tanks, and news organizations. The data is out there, you just need to know where to find it, how to get it, translate it, and analyze it. We do all the heavy lifting for you. This is the intelligence you always knew must exist but didn’t know how to get.

The KBLA Korea Business Review (KBR) is a monthly survey of the Korean business environment and economic landscape. The monthly KBR 'meeting' consists of a presentation on the key data points, accompanied by a video/audio analysis of each slide's data.

The KBLA Professional Seminar Series features online meetings and webinars on especially relevant topics. These meetings focus as much on great peer discussion as they do on the presentations.

4. How good is KBLA's audience? This good.

KBLA drives incredible participation.

Whether it is our KBLA.Live platform, our KBLA Professional Seminar Series, or the KBLA Korea Business Review, KBLA drives audience engagement like no one else. Membership is one thing, participation is another. KBLA's audience is engaged with the community.

Our last two KBLA Professional Seminar Series events had participants from the following organizations, more than 50% of which were participating from outside of Korea.

AAM | Kennesaw State University (USA)
AB InBev | Knowledge Network (CANADA)
Acolad (France) | Korea International School
Adaptable Human Solutions Ltd (Korea) | KOTRA - Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency
Adidas (USA) | Kyungpook National University
ADRA International (USA) | Lee & Ko (Korea)
AFA & JAVALI, ADVOCATES (India) | Leiden University (Netherlands)
Airborne Capital (Korea) | Liberty Utilities
Airbus (USA) | Lockheed Martin (USA)
AK Steel (USA) Lockheed Martin Corporation
Algonquin College of Applied Arts & Technology | LSG Group (USA)
Alliance for Financial Inclusion | MD Enterprises (India)
Allianz SE (Singapore) | M Physicians
Alternative Resiliency Services Corp | M3 Insurance
Amazon (USA) | Macquarie Group Limited (USA)
Amcor Flexibles North America (USA) | Mahindra Korea
Ameresco, Inc. | Marsh Korea
American Electric Power| Matheson Gas Products (Korea)
Ameritas (USA) | McKinley Companies, LLC
Ampliv | Merck
ANGAR Trading Company Inc | Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
Anvil Group (USA) | Military Auto Source (Korea)
Aramark Canada | Milwaukee Brewer Baseball Club (USA)
Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. | MIT (USA)
Arctic Glacier Canada Inc. | Moody’s Corporation (USA)
Arizona Public Service Company (USA) | Munich Reinsurance Company Korea Branch
AS Solution S de RL (Honduras) | National Oilwell Varco
Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada | National Reinsurance Corporation of the Philippines
Associated Press (USA) | National Research Centre (Egypt)
ATAP | National Tax Service
ATCO Ltd. and Canadian Utilities Limited | Nexteer
Aventus International | Niagara Falls Tours (CANADA)
Awareity | North London Collegiate School
Bank of Montreal | NOVELIS ASIA (India)
Bank Of New Zealand | Novelis Korea Limited
Bard Dynamic, LLC (USA) | Ocwen Financial Corporation (USA)
Bayer (Korea, China) | Office OU Ltd.
BC Hydro | Ontario Government (CANADA)
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (USA) | Ontario Trade and Investment Office in Korea
Boeing | P&G (USA)
Bridgestone Retail Operations | Paladin Security (CANADA)
Bronson Healthcare Group | Philip Morris International (Hong Kong)
BT Group PLC (UK) | Pierre Ltd. (Korea)
Canada Hemp Foods Ltd (CANADA) | Plumas District Hospital (USA)
CanCham Korea | Pusan Pacific Law Office
CAPRA International (CANADA) | R3 Continuum, LLC (USA)
CARDNO | Randallstown (USA)
Carnival Corporation (USA) | Red River College (USA)
CenturyLink | Resonate Global Mission
Chevron Phillips Chemical Global FZE | Rice University (USA)

Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok) | Roche (Singapore)
Chung-Ang University (Korea) | Rosetta Stone Korea
Cigna (Hong Kong) | Rotary International (USA)
Cigna Korea | Rundle Law Corporation (USA)
Cisco (USA) | Sakolu LLC (USA)
City of Regina - Office of the City Solicitor | SAMARITAN'S PURSE (USA)
Clarivate (Singapore) | Samsung Expat Insurance Team (Korea)
Coast Capital Savings (CANADA) | San Antonio Housing Authority (USA)
Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages | Sarvada legal (India)
Consumer Direct Care Network | Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (Canada)
Critical I/O (USA) | Saudi Arabian Chevron (Saudi Arabia)
CRU | Schenker Korea Ltd.
CWK Consulting | Schools Insurance Group (USA)
DB Schenker (Korea) | Secure Source International LLC
Deere & Company | University of California System - Education Abroad Program (USA)
Delbert H Meyer, MD (USA) | Shell Korea Limited
Deloitte (CANADA) | Shin & Kim (Korea)
Dentons Lee (USA) | Signify (Philips Lighting) (CANADA)
DHL | Snap. Inc (USA)
Disney (USA) | Sony Pictures Entertainment (USA)
DongSuh Foods (Korea) | SPEP (Korea)
Dow (USA) | Spirent (Korea)
EF Education First Ltd. (USA) | Stantec Consulting Ltd (USA)
Eight Eleven Group | Starbucks Coffee Asia-Pacific (Japan)
Elselvier (Korea) | Station Casinos, LLC (USA)
Equinor (UK) | Strategy Matters (CANADA)
Ernst & Young Consulting (Korea) | SUTTON Group
Esinotek (Turkey) | Swarthmore College (USA)
ETS (Korea) | Swiss Re Asia Pte. Ltd. Korea Branch
EYGBS (India) Private Limited | Technicolor USA, Inc.(USA)
Food for the Hungry (FH) | Texas Mutual (USA)
GitHub (USA) | The Corporation of Norfolk County (USA)
Global Green (USA) | The Embassy of Canada in South Korea
Global Learning Solutions | The State University of New York (USA)
Goldman Sachs (Japan) | Toll Global Logistics (Korea)
Good Housekeeping Institute (USA) | Toronto Global (CANADA)
Google (France) | Toronto Hydro (Canada)
Gowling WLG (CANADA) | Town of Hugh River (USA)
Graebel Companies, Inc. | Tri-State G&T (USA)
Griffith University | Trilegal (India)
Harvard (USA) | Twitter (USA)
Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. (USA) | United Heritage Financial Group (USA)
Hongik University (Korea) | University of Calgary (CANADA)
HP Korea | University of Tennessee (USA)
Husky Energy Inc. (USA) | University Research Co., LLC (USA)
ICC- Infection Control Consult (CANADA) | US Steel (USA)
IDB Capital (USA) | Vail Health (USA)
IHS Markit (USA) | Vectis (Korea)
Indian Chamber of Commerce in Korea | Verto Inc. (CANADA)
Institut Pasteur (Korea) | Volvo (Colombia)
Integrated Risk Management Solutions, LLC (USA) | Walmart (USA)
INTERSTATE (USA) | Watermark Estate Management Services (USA)
Intro Global (CANADA) | Wells Fargo (USA)
IQVIA (Singapore) | Wells Fargo Enterprise Incident Management (USA)
IQVIA (USA) | West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. (USA)
IRC Malaysia | Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (USA)
IVC (USA) | Willis Towers Watson (USA)
J and J (USA) | WPP (China)
Jaguar Land Rover Korea | WSP (Korea)
K&S Partners (India) | YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka (USA)
KBCC (Korea) | Yonsei University (Korea)
KBR (USA) | Yorkbridge Capital (CANADA)

3. KBLA is an excellent place to promote your company and services.

More ways, more platforms, more persistent content. There's no contest.

Presentations, downloadables, digital events...KBLA content keeps working for you long after you stop working.

The best target audience
If you are a service provider and your goal is to reach key decision makers who may be operating in Korea or considering moving into the country, KBLA offers a second-to-none chance to put yourself front and center. Let KBLA help create the audience.

KBLA is the place to demonstrate your expertise and experience.
Utilize content marketing and interaction through the creation and dissemination of presentations, blog articles, and marketing materials. Now you can actually promote your organization without paying for advertising!

Utilize the KBLA Member Directory to full advantage.'s member showcase, which is open to the public and accessible 24/7, globally, is the best opportunity to get found.

Why join an organization just to get in the directory if the directory is not open to potential customers and doesn’t properly tell your story? The KBLA Member Showcase gives you a full page to utilize. Tell your story your way, with as little or as much material as you wish. With no barriers to accessiblilty.

KBLA promotions and communications are more persistent.
When you do a presentation or participate in a live meeting, your work disappears when the meeting is over. When you do those things at KBLA, your presentations stick around, in digital form, so that all members may see them--even future members. Upload your presentations, reports, and whitepapers to, where they can be accessible for members from around the world and live on.

Presentations, downloadables, digital events...KBLA content keeps working for you long after you stop working.

Stop doing things that don’t matter. Start doing things that work...and last.

2. KBLA is an excellent place to network. is like a networking meeting that never ends.

All KBLA members get access to the sharing and interaction platform. is a desktop and mobile accessible application for downloading KBLA resources, sharing information, and directly participating in the community. is accessible via desktop application, browser, or as a mobile/tablet app on iOS or Android. is like a networking meeting that never ends.

Our learning, sharing, and networking platform is always on, that means the KBLA community is ever at hand.

Instantly message any other KBLA member. Access all KBLA materials, anytime, anywhere.

In addition to members of the KBLA business community, KBLA has invited members from academia, NGOs, media, and government to participate. We have created a bigger tent to better serve the needs of the Korea business community around the world.

1. KBLA is the best marketing and communications opportunity.

Best Audience. Best Platform. Global Focus. What's not to love?

Because KBLA is all-digital, you can reach KBLA members who are in Korea and around the world.

Being digital allows KBLA to treat all members of the community equally. That means KBLA pulls in members from all over the world and from all industries, with only one thing in common: our stake in the Korean economy.

Being digital means we have meetings that are attended by individuals and organizations from around the world. The chance to interact and meet with companies and indivduals from everywhere, who are interested in Korea, is a big part of the value KBLA offers to service providers.

If you are looking for a way to reach new customers, demonstrate expertise and experience in the Korean business market, you can do it all at KBLA.