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2020

A New KBLA for 2020

There are many changes coming to KBLA in 2020. We hope you’ll stay with us and experience all we have lined up. We think this is going to be the best iteration yet. Joining KBLA is a chance to support real change among business communities in Korea.

by Rodney J. Johnson, KBLA

Nov. 19, 2019

Firstly, anyone can join. Until now, KBLA has always been an invitation-only community of business leaders in Korea. Now it will be an open community of business leaders anywhere in the world. We want to be more inclusive and, in turn, take advantage of all the experience and expertise the broader community has to offer.

All-Digital. In 2020, KBLA will go all-digital, replacing our in-person meetings with digital meetings and resource offerings. The rationale behind this thinking is explained more fully on The KBLA Blog here and here.

Paid, Fully-Functional Membership Model. Membership in 2018 was free of charge, but things like the Weekly Intelligence Report were offered as separate, paid, services.

- In 2020, they’re back to being part of the regular KBLA Membership.

- KBLA Membership fees will now be charged by company, instead of by individual. If your company joins as a member, you may put as many people on the membership list as you wish.

- Not only, our email reports like the KBLA Daybook and Weekly Intelligence Report will be included in membership, but all digital meetings are included as well. No more joining a business organization and then paying to attend meetings also. Pay one membership fee, and get access for your whole company to everything we produce.

All-Digital Means New Resources

We’ll have a variety of new digital ‘meeting’ resources to partake of. Learn more about those on the KBLA website at “Join KBLA.” Our focus is on hard data and rubber-meets-road intelligence you can use to run your business in Korea today. Learn. Teach. Find expertise. Show expertise.

We’re aiming at a global and local audience. KBLA’s goal of promoting the Korean economy doesn’t stop at the border. Our goals of making Korea more transparent, introducing members to valuable information and intelligence, and providing mechanisms for building great relationships are valid for a global audience as well as for those in Korea. All-Digital just makes it even better.

The meeting and resource schedule is fixed for the whole year - right now. Examine the KBLA publishing and meeting schedule for 2020 on the KBLA website.

Don’t forget the member showcase! Unlike many others, KBLA’s membership directory is online and open to the world. We even provide contact information for individual members who wish to be listed so that prospective clients and contacts can reach out to you without having to go through us.

- KBLA member companies get a full page in the member showcase.

- Put anything you want in it—as much content as you wish: text, images, downloadables, even embedded videos. It’s up to you.

- Put your company in the showcase so that we can help promote you now!

In-Person Social Events like the KBLA Dinner will still continue. These things are too good to stop!

Thanks so much for the support over the years. 2020 represents the biggest innovations in KBLA history and we think it represents a huge value upgrade for both people who are looking to find connections and information in Korea and those seeking to provide services and expertise.

Items You Might Have Missed

New KBLA Tools for Business Warriors

One of the driving goals of KBLA in 2020 is to create and offer new tools to aid each member of the KBLA community in accomplishing their business goals.

We have a list of new, exploratory tools to bring out over the course of the year, all of which fall into one or more of three categories that mesh with the KBLA’s overall mission.

Oct. 29, 2019

A New KBLA for 2020

There are many changes coming to KBLA in 2020. We hope you’ll stay with us and experience all we have lined up. We think this is going to be the best iteration yet. Joining KBLA is a chance to support real change among business communities in Korea.

Nov. 19, 2019

Why Does KBLA Exist?

Korea needs foreign participation in the domestic economy like never before.

The world is changing and Korea is changing. Korea has new and existing challenges in rapidly weakening demographics, highly concentrated market structure, increasing protectionism, rising export similarity among competitors, low productivity growth, low domestic investment levels, and the rising importance of services. Most, if not all, of these things can be overcome through increased participation of the global business community in the Korean economy.

Nov. 24, 2019

It’s 2020, Do You Know Where Your Meeting Attendees Are?

We know one thing: they are not at your meeting. That’s because in-person meetings aren’t what they once were: the only game in town. In 2020, along the curve of value for cost, meetings are are not just at the low end, they are downright abysmal.

Dec. 24, 2019

Act on Online Investment–Linked Financing and User Protection (aka P2P Financing Act) Promulgated on November 26, 2019

The Act on Online Investment–Linked Financing and User Protection (the P2P Financing Act) passed the plenary session of the Korean National Assembly on October 30, 2019 and was promulgated on November 26, 2019.

Jan. 8, 2020