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September 10, 2020
PALCUS Announces National Conference to be Held October 12-21
National Organization Pivots to All-Virtual Conference Amidst Restrictions Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

The Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States (PALCUS) today announced their 2nd Bi-Annual National Conference. The PALCUS Virtual National Conference to be held in a series of online sessions running from October 12 through the 21.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Business Opportunities for Portuguese-Americans”. PALCUS has partnered with the Portugal-US Chamber of Commerce, aicep, the Embassy of Portugal and the Government of Portugal through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to put together multiple panels over 9 days.

“Our conference was supposed to be held in Miami, Florida this year, however due to COVID-19, we had to cancel our in-person event. Based on the success of our last National Conference, we decided to continue on and make our conference virtual,” said PALCUS Chairwoman Angela Simões. “With this year’s theme we will explore the various ways that Portuguese living in the United States can take advantage of programs and opportunities to start a business, buy real estate, invest in a business, and many other opportunities.”

The conference is free to attend and those wishing to participate can register for individual sessions by preference or the entire conference by visiting

Midway through the Virtual Conference, attendees will have the opportunity to virtually network and mingle by participating in a virtual wine-tasting curated by Rachel Farah Selections on October 16. The virtual wine tasting is the only paid portion of the conference agenda and those wishing to participate can find details within the schedule on the website for how to purchase and register.

Confirmed speakers include:
· Pedro Siza Vieira, Minister of State, and the Economy and Digital Transition
· Eurico Brilhante Dias, Secretary of State for Internationalization
· Berta Nunes, Secretary of State of the Portuguese Communities Abroad
· Domingos Fezas Vital, Ambassador of Portugal to the United States
· Rita Faden, President of FLAD (Luso-American Development Foundation)

The schedule of sessions for the PALCUS Virtual National Conference is as follows:

Virtual Conference Series Kick-Off and Overview
Monday, October 12, 2020 - 8:30 AM PT/11:30 AM ET
Learn about all the opportunities that will be shared through the virtual conference sessions and also hear from two keynote speakers.
Doing Business In Miami
Monday, October 12, 2020 - 9:00 AM PT/12 PM ET
Due to COVID-19, the National Conference that was to be in Miami has gone virtual. As a nod to the Portuguese-American community in Florida, business opportunities in the Miami area will be highlighted in this session.
Miami Tech Boom!
Monday, October 12, 2020 - 12PM PT/3PM ET
This session will focus on the growing tech scene and business opportunities in the Miami area.
Why Portugal? Investment Opportunities Abound
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 9AM PT/12PM ET
Portugal has become a hotbed of investment activity, from tech to healthcare, and the government has created an environment that makes doing business easy and profitable. Join us to learn more about how you can take advantage of these opportunities.
I'm Not a Venture Capitalist - Can I Still Invest in Portugal?
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 12PM PT/3PM ET
You don't have to be a venture capitalist or have hundreds of thousands of dollars in order to take advantage of investment opportunities in Portugal. If you've always wanted to learn how you can make an investment in a specific industry, join us to learn more.
Portuguese Women Empowering Each Other
Friday, October 16, 2020 - 9AM PT/12PM ET
PALCUS is launching a national network for Portuguese women called the Portuguese Women's Empowerment Alliance. This Alliance is meant to create a network to support Portuguese women in business, academics, health, and every other way possible. We are better when we help each other. Join us to learn more.
PALCUS NextGen Leadership Academy
Friday, October 16, 2020 - 12PM PT/3PM ET
PALCUS is launching an initiative to empower our youth and provide opportunities to learn leadership skills across multiple industries. Join us to learn how you can connect with other Portuguese youth and take advantage of opportunities to grow your career.
Want to Start a Business in Portugal? The Portuguese Government Can Help
Monday, October 19, 2020 - 9AM PT/12PM ET
The Portuguese government has launched a program to help Luso descendants throughout the diaspora, return home to invest and start a business. Join us to find out how this program can help you finally achieve your dream.
Portuguese Companies Succeeding in the US
Monday, October 19, 2020 - 12PM PT/3PM ET
There are many Portuguese companies that have successfully expanded their business into the United States. Join us to learn how these companies forged their way to success, and how you can connect with them for business opportunities.
Establishing Operations in Portugal: Real World Examples
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 9AM PT/12PM ET
A number of US-based companies have successfully established physical operations in Portugal - from software development, to research to manufacturing and more. Join us to learn from these real world examples and why Portugal is a great option to outsource specific aspects of your business.
Real Estate Investment Opportunities in Portugal
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 12PM PT/3PM ET
Have you always wanted to own a home in Portugal? What about turning it into an AirBnB? Join us to learn about the various real estate investment opportunities in Portugal.
The PALCUS Virtual National Conference will conclude with a Closing Keynote address to be delivered by Domingos Fezas Vital, Ambassador of Portugal to the US on October 21.

“We are very excited to offer this conference for the benefit of our community despite the current restrictions,” said Simões. “PALCUS thanks The Portugal-US Chamber of Commerce, aicep, The Embassy of Portugal, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and for their hard work and collaboration to make this event happen.”

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Phone: (202) 464-4664
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