Fostering Bilateral Trade and Investment Flows Between Brazil and Florida

"The impressive growth in the bilateral flow of trade, investments and tourists has turned Brazil into one of Florida's most important partners. The Brazil-Florida Business Council is, therefore, an important channel to encourage closer cooperation between business communities in Brazil and in the state of Florida.

As Consul General of Brazil in Miami, I am committed to working closely with the Council, in order to foster closer economic ties between both regions, especially at a time international trade has become a top priority to the Brazilian foreign policy."

Ambassador Adalnio Senna GanemHis Excellency the Consul General of Brazil 

"I want to thank the Brazil-Florida Business Council and Founding President Sueli Bonaparte for all you are doing to strengthen relationships between Florida and Brazil and create more opportunities for business and Florida families. Brazil continues to be Florida's number one international trade partner, and we want to make Florida first for job creation so families have more opportunities to live their dreams."

Rick Scott, His Excellency, the Honorable Governor of Florida

"Sueli, the amazing energy that you bring to this cause is astounding. I envision this organization and the relationship to go long beyond certainly my tenure as a mayor, and I think building a bond between Brazil and Florida, particularly between Brazil and Tampa, is going to be important. The Brazil-Florida Business Council can play a vital role to the economic growth of the city. If we are going to be the city we want to be, we will have to expand our horizons and be global in our perspective and global in our actions."

Bob Buckhorn, The Honorable Mayor of Tampa

A Message from the Founding President

Dear Friends, Members and Partners:

On behalf of the Advisory Board and the Board of Directors of The Brazil-Florida Business Council, Inc. I am pleased to announce Mr. José Luis Cutrale as the Brazilian Recipient of the 2017 Brazil-Florida Business Award. This prestigious honor is awarded annually to remarkable business leaders and corporations for their extraordinary contributions to the economic and social development of Brazil and the U.S.

Mr. José Luis Cutrale is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Sucocitrico Cutrale Ltda, the largest citrus company in Brazil and one of the largest suppliers of orange juices in the world. Not only is it the largest player in the Brazilian market, but it also has deep roots here in Florida. It owns local juice processing plants employing hundreds of Florida workers and is a major orange-juice supplier to the Minute Maid and Simply Orange brands. Mr. Cutrale's family has been in the orange business for over 50 years, and today the Cutrales also invest in soy trading and other commodities. In 2015, Mr. Cutrale partnered with Brazilian banker Joseph Safra to acquire Chiquita Brands International Inc., one of the world's largest banana producers and distributors.

Cutrale Citrus Juices USA is based in Auburndale, Florida's Polk County and Chiquita Brands International has relocated its US headquarters to Broward County while its fresh convenience division of Fresh Express is now located in Orange County. As one of the major economic players in the state of Florida, Cutrale Citrus Juices USA is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

We hope you will be able to join us to salute Mr. Cutrale at the 2017 Brazil-Florida Business Awards Ceremony and Luncheon to be held on Wednesday, November 15 in Tampa.

Best regards.


Sueli Cristina Bonaparte

Founding President & Chairman

Read more President Messages here.

In Their Own Words

Latin Business Chronicle asked a group of prominent businesspeople, economists and Brazil experts to share their experiences working with Sueli Bonaparte, the executive director of the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce in New York who on April 1 will be retiring after 17 years. (Published on March 21, 2010)

Here are their comments:

Brian O’Neill, Vice Chairman of Lazard International

"I think the world of Sueli. Her charm, professionalism and attention to detail are peerless."

Paulo Leme, Managing Director, Goldman, Sachs & Co.

"As a member of the financial community in New York and Washington, D.C, I would like to express our gratitude and recognition to Sueli Bonaparte for her enormous contributions to our understanding of the financial and business relationships between Brazil and the United States. For seventeen years, and thanks to her contagious enthusiasm and professionalism, Sueli brought to us the most informative speakers and the most exciting conferences about economic and financial issues affecting both countries."

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Council News

Council helps businesses in Brazil, Florida navigate bureaucracy

Brazil is Florida’s No. 1 trade partner when it comes to exports, but getting in the door isn’t easy. The Brazil-Florida Business Council provides a forum for business people to exchange ideas and network.

Sueli Bonaparte - President and FounderTAMPA, June 17 — Brazil is Florida’s No. 1 trade partner when it comes to exports. But getting in the door isn’t easy. Cutting through red tape and tariffs requires a sharp tool.

Enter Sueli Bonaparte, who for 17 years served as executive director of the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce in New York City, slicing through bureaucracy to create international partnerships. After moving to Florida a few years back, Bonaparte said, she saw a lot of untapped potential for connecting business threads between this state and her native Brazil.

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Encontro realizado em São Paulo auxilia investidores brasileiros interessados em ingressar no estado da Flórida

Uma das maiores ambições de empresários brasileiros é fazer com que seu negócio seja reconhecido internacionalmente, porém, muitos não possuem as informações e regras para trilhar esse caminho.

Pensando em auxiliar esses executivos, as organizações Brazil-Florida Business Council (BFBC), Enterprise Flórida e APEX-Brasil, que trabalham na intensificação do relacionamento entre o estado da Flórida e o Brasil, realizaram no último dia 7 de julho, em São Paulo, um encontro com o objetivo de apresentar estratégias para o investidor interessado em ter uma fatia de seu negócio nos EUA.

Com o tema "Investindo na Flórida: desafios e oportunidades", o encontro foi apresentado pela presidente-fundadora, Sueli Bonaparte, e contou com a participação de líderes empresariais com filiais no estado americano.

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Member Spotlight

We are proud to highlight the following Council members in President's Circle and Patron membership levels. Learn more about prestigious companies who have selected the Brazil-Florida Business Council as their partner to foster business relationships between Brazil and Florida. If you wish to upgrade your membership category, contact Sueli Bonaparte at

A15 Investments is a Brazilian company investing in basic education in the United States. The company started operations in Florida, envisioning opportunities in the Sunshine State. Through a partnership with Kiddie Academy, one of the largest American franchisers of educational childcare, and leveraging 40 years education experience in Brazil,  it established the first school from scratch: buying the land, building the property and managing the school operations. The company plans to build dozens of schools in the coming years. 

Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras S.A. is the highly successful Brazilian airline launched by JetBlue founder David Neeleman. The quality of its services has been acknowledged by many national and international awards.  In 2015 Azul was named by Skytrax World Airline Awards, for the fifth time in a row, as the " Best low-cost airline in South America." Azul launched their services in the Brazilian domestic market on December 15, 2008 between three cities: Campinas, Salvador, and Porto Alegre. The company's business model was based on meeting the demand for frequent and affordable air service to underserved markets throughout Brazil. Today, Azul is the airline with the greatest number of destinations served in Brazil. The company has a fleet of 140 aircraft, more than 10,000 employees, over 900 departures per day, 100+ destinations being served, and one-third of all the departures in the country. 

Drummond Advisors has a multidisciplinary team with experience and certifications to operate in the United States and Brazil. Our team has accountants, lawyers, managers and consultants with experience in international business. The qualifications of these professionals enables Drummond to have a broad and complete overview of the challenges involved in international transactions, including those relating to accounting standards (US GAAP vs. IFRS-International Standards), tax, legal and market analysis.

In a market with fewer economic barriers, it is important to be in constant contact with specialized professionals who are in tune with world economic trends. In such a global market, it is vital to have qualified consultants certified in specific countries to help ensure proper international accounting, taxation and legal compliance, with security and excellence. In this challenging environment, Drummond Advisors was created to fulfill the needs of companies operating in both the Brazilian and U.S. markets.

In order to deliver an exceptional level of high quality service, the consulting performed by Drummond Advisors presents a set of skills that differentiates us in the market, allowing greater efficiency, timeliness and promptness in service. We mean to always work in partnership with our clients, ensuring their accounting, tax, legal and market needs are aligned to your goals, thus enabling sustainable financial decisions and successfully exits.

Geração Mulher is an ethical Brazilian fashion brand tailored to the lifestyle of modern women. Each piece created by Geração Mulher carries three elements that are vital for women who are always on the go: comfort, practicality, and elegance.

Founded in 2016 by two sisters, Vaine Angelo-Saddow and Giane Angelo Souza, Geração Mulher is built upon values of integrity, respect, and social empowerment. As an ethical fashion brand, the manufacturing of our clothes, which are made in Brazil, follows strict guidelines to maximize benefits to employees and communities as well as minimize environment impact through the reuse of textile waste.

Our clothes line is sold in Brazil through our e-commerce store and selected boutiques and it will be available for sale on Amazon Prime in the United States in the Spring of 2017 through the distribution company Essentials by Vaine. We are looking forward to expand our partnerships with Brazilian and American stores in the near future.

Gerdau is the leading company in the production of long steel in the Americas and one of the major suppliers of specialty long steel in the world. With more than 45,000 employees, Gerdau has an installed capacity of more than 25 million metric tons of steel and it is the largest recycler in Latin America, and around the world, it transforms millions of metric tons of scrap into steel every year.

More than a century ago, Gerdau began its expansion path and now has a presence in 13 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, India, Mexico, Peru, U.S., Uruguay and Venezuela.

Its products, sold on five continents, serve the civil construction, industrial and agricultural sectors. Gerdau products, in all their diverse forms, have a day-to-day presence in the lives of people. They are an integral part of the structure of homes, shopping centers, hospitals, bridges and hydroelectric plants; they are part of power and telephone lines; they are raw material for automotive parts and they can be found at work on the farm. For more information, click here.

Miami International Airport (MIA), located on 3,230 acres of land near downtown Miami, is operated by the Miami-Dade Aviation Department and is the property of Miami-Dade County government. Founded in 1928, MIA now offers more flights to Latin America and the Caribbean than any other U.S. airport, is America’s second-busiest airport for international passengers, boasts a lineup over 100 air carriers and is the top U.S. airport for international freight. MIA is also the leading economic engine for Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida, generating business revenue of $33.7 billion annually and welcoming 70 percent of all international visitors to Florida. MIA’s vision is to grow from a recognized hemispheric hub to a global airport of choice that offers customers a world-class experience and an expanded route network with direct passenger and cargo access to all world regions.

Tampa International Airport is consistently ranked among the world’s top airports, serving nearly 18-million passengers with routes to more than 70 destinations around the world, including London, Panama City, Zurich and Havana. In the past few years, the airport has received top awards on the state, national and international levels, including being named the No. 2 domestic airport in reader polls by both Travel + Leisure magazine and Condé Nast Traveler. CNN also listed TPA as the only U.S. airport among ten of the world's most loved airports. Tampa International recently broke ground on the largest construction program in airport history as it expands its main terminal and builds a 1.4-mile people mover extending to a new rental car facility. Tampa International Airport is the flagship airport of the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, which operates all publicly owned airports in Hillsborough County, Florida. For more information, click here.

T-Grão Cargo Terminal de Granéis S/A was founded to operate the privatized grain silos complex located at Pier 26 in Brazil's Port of Santos, the largest and most active cargo port in Latin America.

The company's origins date to 1998, when it won the public bidding process to operate the old Santos Port silos. The Company’s management then initiated an ambitious modernization project to upgrade its facilities, ensuring it would be able to meet the increasing volumes of Brazil's grain trade.

Today, the concrete silo walls are the only remaining original part of the old Santos Port Silos. All other equipment in operation has been replaced by modern hardware which allows the terminal to be fully automated.

T-Grão is finalizing its expansion project to reach a total bulk grain storage capacity of 114,000 metric tons. The project has resulted in transforming the operation into a bi-directional terminal that handles both imports and exports simultaneously, all while keeping different grain products, such as wheat, soybean and maize, completely segregated.


Navigating Immigration Pitfalls Within The Current Administration

May 4, 2017

Hosted by Shumaker

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Networking at the Top of São Paulo (para Associados e Convidados)

June 6, 2017

The Unique Hotel

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Networking at the Top of Tampa (for TC and BFBC Members)

June 19, 2017

Hosted by The Tampa Club

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Annual Summer Brunch (For BFBC Members
and Guests)

July 15, 2017

Posto 9 - A Brazilian Gastropub

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Brazil Day Reception
(for BFBC Members)

September 7, 2017

The Tampa Club

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Port Tampa Bay
Boat Tour (for BFBC Members and Guests)

October 4, 2017

Port Tampa Bay

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November 15, 2017

Location TBA

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Florida Business Forum

December 7, 2017

Location TBA

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The Red Reception: Celebrating the Holiday Season in Style (for BFBC Members and Guests)

December 14, 2017

The Tampa Club

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Embraer Enters Innovation Partnership with Uber Elevate Network

Embraer announced an agreement with Uber to explore the concept of an ecosystem—dubbed Uber Elevate Network—that will allow the potential development and deployment of small electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles (VTOLs) for short urban commutes. The announcement was made in Dallas, Texas, in the opening session of the Uber Elevate Summit.

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Brazil’s Netshoes launches

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York and São Paulo, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados in São Paulo, and Campbells in the Cayman Islands have helped online sports goods retailer Netshoes become the first Brazilian company to list solely in the US, raising US$148.5 million.

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Pillsbury Earns Spot among Leading International Law Firms in 2017 Latin Lawyer 250

For the first time ever, Pillsbury has been recognized in the Latin Lawyer 250 guide as one of the leading international law firms advising clients in the region. The firm’s inclusion on the prestigious list reflects both its extensive history of advising clients in Latin America and its significant recent growth in the region.

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Advent buys into Brazil fintech with Pinheiro Neto

Pinheiro Neto Advogados has helped a fund controlled by global private equity investor Advent buy a minority interest in online financial technology company Easynvest.

Advent purchased the stake through holding company Nyx, which is controlled by Advent-managed funds.

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Azul has been elected the world's third best airline by TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice

SAO PAULO - Azul has been elected the world's third best airline by TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice and is the only low cost airline to appear in the top three of the global rankings of all categories. The survey, conducted for the first time, is based on comments and reviews on the site over the past 12 months by millions of airline passengers who experienced the services of the award-winning companies.

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Brazil Outlook for 2017


2017 Membership Luncheon


"Sueli is relentless in pursuing excellence for Brazil-US relations, and she should really be congratulated for that. Honestly, we highly respect her work and all the great things she’s done now, she’s doing it here."

Gary Spulak, Embraer Aircraft Holding, Inc.

"I'd like to say how excited we are for the launching of the Brazil-Florida Business Council and the important work they'll do in further connecting Brazil's and Florida's business communities and promoting Brazilian companies in Florida.

David NeelemanAzul Brazilian Airlines

"It is important to work with partners such as the Brazil-Florida Business Council to help counsel and advise American companies about doing business in Brazil."

Stephen KnodeUnited States Commercial Service

"Brazil continues to be Florida's largest global market for trade and FDI. The partnership between the Brazilian Office of Enterprise Florida and the Brazil-Florida Business Council play a vital role to capitalize on business prospects in both regions."

Fabio Yamada, Enterprise Florida Brazil

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