2019 Catalyst88 & Amazing Freedom China Sourcing Experience

Steve Simonson, our founder, is joining forces with Liran Hirschkorn and Andy Slamans of Amazing Freedom to head to China! Guests can join these eCommerce heavyweights in addition to Steve's China team, who will assist in helping you learn from a combined 25 years of direct sourcing experiences and over THREE HUNDRED MILLION dollars purchased from China alone. Steve has sourced from dozens of countries around the world and you'll get to learn from the hard lessons learned that have come from real life experience. 

Join us: October 22nd - November 2nd, 2019

 

CONFIRMED DATES

2019 Canton Fair and Yiwu Trip

October 22nd ARRIVE HONG KONG

October 23rd Hong Kong Activities

October 24th Train to Guangzhou 1/2 Day in Canton

October 25th Canton Fair Phase 2

October 26th Canton Fair Phase 2

October 27th Canton Fair Phase 2

October 28th Fly to Yiwu (1/2 Day in Yiwu)

October 29th Yiwu Day 2

October 30th Yiwu Day 3

October 31st  Train to Shanghai (1/2 Day in Shanghai)

November 1st Shanghai Activities 

November 2nd FLY HOME

Are you an Amazon Seller interested in sourcing products in China?


Our team has worked over the years to help companies from brand new Amazon Sellers all the way up to Fortune 500 companies source products from all over the world. Over time we have sourced and supported hundreds of millions of dollars in sales in e-commerce, retail, & wholesale sales channels.

 

Part of our core belief is that the world needs more entrepreneurs and we want to do our part to help those emerging entrepreneurs be ready to scale.

 

So, we occasionally, when we have the capacity, will invite fellow entrepreneurs into what we loosely call the Entrepreneur Travel Club. (ETC)

Travel Club

This is an informal concept designed around the fact that if entrepreneurs with similar goals are able to meet and learn from each other they can all benefit.

 

And by combining business with adventure (like destination trips or cruises) or even business trips with practical learning (like trade shows) there are lots of ways to accelerate your own business opportunities with no risk.

 

These events are not services that are sold in bulk, but instead, a way for our team to give back while we have fun with fellow entrepreneurs. This trip is operated as a “TRIP SHARE”.

You've never experienced anything like this type of trip. We'll provide the leadership and learning opportunities to help you accelerate your business.

TripShare

Tripshare mans we calculate the cost of the hotels, meals, airport transportation, group transport on buses, subways, trains as well as our China team staff costs and we bake that all into one cost.

 

Sometimes we even have a few surprises in the budget if everything goes according to plan. 

 

Participants are required to provide their own international airfare to and from China.

 

For this trip, you would arrive in Hong Kong (HKG) on October 22nd and Depart Shanghai, China on November 2nd back to your home or wherever your next destination takes you.

 

We recommend planning to depart from the the PVG Shanghai airport since it is the biggest for international travel.

Exclusive Access with Steve

Steve Simonson, our founder, is heading to China where people can tag along with him and his China team to learn from over 15 years of direct sourcing experiences and over THREE HUNDRED MILLION US dollars purchased from China alone. Steve has sourced from dozens of countries around the world and the hard lessons learned come from real life experience. 


NOTE: To arrive in China on the 22nd you often need to leave on the 21st from the western hemisphere.

 

Please be certain your arrival is on October 22nd in Hong Kong.

 

We will provide clear recommendations how to get from airport to Hong Kong hotel. (Uber and Taxi options are simple and inexpensive.)

Need a Referral for Business Class Airfare?

 

Email service@empowery.com for a discount business class ticket broker referral and they can introduce you to a great resource that can save you $$.

 

The basic premise is that you can show up to China without having to worry about any major expenses. We’ll take care of you. We will be your very own protective bubble. 

 

All other costs during the trip we try to anticipate and include in your trip share.

 

Obviously, things like souvenirs or your own personal shopping is for you to take care of.

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

PRICE INCLUDES  
⭐​⭐​⭐​⭐​⭐​ HOTEL

 

An Absolute Experience of a lifetime!

(And get 40% off the second guest who stays in the same room with you!!!)  

  • 5-Star Hotel

    All 5-star hotel accommodations during the entire event.

  • All Transportation

    All transportation required to move from City to City through the final day.

  • Meals

    All group breakfasts and dinners (and some lunches).

  • Happy Hour

    Happy Hour adult beverages and hors-d’oeuvres most every night.

  • Sight Seeing

    Any group tourist activities coordinated by Catalyst88.

  • Meeting the Team in China

    The cost of Steve’s CHINA team time, travel, etc…

  • Mastermind

    All networking and MasterMind meetings.

  • Bonuses!

    A couple surprise bonuses are often thrown into the mix.

What is NOT included?

Please see below for what is not included with the purchase of your China Experience. We try to take care of most everything, but you should be aware of each of the items below which are your own responsibility. 

 

  • Your airline costs to arrive in China and depart from China.

  • Your lunches during the days at the Canton Fair or Yiwu market. (probably 10USD per day * 6-7 Days)

  • Your cost of Uber or Taxi to and from international arrival & departure airports. (Usually less than $25 USD each trip)

  • Your cost of a translator during the Yiwu days. 

    We’ll coordinate the details for each of you that want a translator and you pay them each day in cash directly. You do not need a translator for the Canton fair. WE HIGHLY recommend a translator for Yiwu. (Cost should be about 50USD per day * 3-4 Days which you will pay in cash at the end of the day.)

  • Your cost of any souvenirs or personal shopping. 

Prices subject to go up at anytime. This is a VERY exclusive trip designed for a small group. You will have access to Steve and his China team up close and personal during this entire journey.

The first few guests get these special Early Bird prices. And then the early bird flies away...

 

Watch this video for some basic China Travel Tips:  CHINA TRIP TIPS


Everyone has their own room in 5-star awesome hotels. Of course that is unless you specifically add someone to your party at the lower price which means you are sharing a room with them. 

 

We will have support for the following languages on this trip:  

English, Russian, Ukrainian, Cantonese, Mandarin and Shanghainese.

 

We have created a trip share...

price which is all of the costs you would have if you are alone, but instead, we will coordinate and schedule and pay to make it simple for you. This way you can travel to China with a virtual security blanket in place and no worries about what to expect.

  • The cost for 1 participant in your own room is $6250.00.

    You don't have to worry about paying for a hotel room. We got you. And you have your own room.

     
  • Total cost for 2 people sharing a room is: $9999.00 

    If you have a partner you wish to bring to share the room that cuts the cost.

HOW DOES ALL OF THIS WORK? It’s simple really…

The #mastermind sessions can be highly valuable to any entrepreneur, especially those focused on #amazon that we would highly encourage you to join if you can. There is no added cost for these mastermind meetings.

  • You are responsible for flying yourself to and from China (and have a Chinese visa in your passport). 

    At that point, our team will manage everything else including all 5-star hotels, meals, trains, planes, and cover the cost of my team to take care of the group, etc…

  • Typically we will schedule a few mini mastermind sessions for those that wish to attend and compare notes and learn from some experts.

     

    We do not try to sell you stuff while you are on the trip.

  • Steve and his China team as well as some select experts will help you decode your interactions at the show, prepare you to negotiate for the best value, and ready yourself and your business for advanced International Supply Chain management.

     

    Managing your brand and the related factory production is an essential skill to develop as your business grows.

  • Then after the days at the show, we’ll have a fun 1.5 days exploring Shanghai and networking with each other.

    Some of the most memorable meals of your life are likely to be had in China! If you have special dietary restrictions please let us know so we can make proper arrangements.

GALLERY

"And in all the years we have hosted people in China, it is magical to see China again for the first time through their eyes!"


#Entrepreneurs who are building their own brand or have a private label business and need to learn quickly about sourcing from some guys who have been doing it awhile are welcome to come along.

Over the years Steve and his teams have purchased hundreds of millions of dollars of products from China and sourced more volume from dozens of other countries as well. This unique opportunity to travel with and learn from experts who understand international trade at this scale is unprecedented.

 

Over 10,000 Products Sourced

Over $300,000,000USD in China Purchases

Over 15,000 containers

 

We understand the impact of and we'll share our strategies to deal with:

 

TRUMP TARIFFS

China-USA Trade War

Amazon Recruiting of China Based Sellers

Negotiation with Chinese Factories

Getting Terms from China Based Factories

Getting Product Liability Insurance from China Based Factories

Creating Legal Agreements that are enforceable IN CHINA with Factories

And so much more... 

 

Need a translator? We can Help

ADDITIONAL COST OPTION: While in Canton or Yiwu we can arrange to have a translator to accompany you which you would pay them about 300RMB ($50USD) per day. There is no tip required or expected.

 

If you do not need this added option there is no obligation. If you have never traveled to China we would recommend you arrange to have this translator to help you through the process. We'll coordinate this with guests who purchase the trip prior to China arrival.

 

They can also expedite your search for specific items since they know the show layout and where to find specific categories faster than you so.

 

Official Schedule


THERE WILL BE NO SALES PITCH FOR ANYTHING ON THIS TRIP. We will not beat you over the head to buy stuff. We are there to serve, not sell. That said, we are happy to make introductions or referrals to resources that can help you advance your business. We HOLD NOTHING BACK!

 
  • 22 OCTOBER 2019


    You arrive Hong Kong.

    You will arrange transportation from the airport via Uber or Taxi and take you to the hotel. We will provide dinner that evening & hotel room for the night.

  • 23 OCTOBER 2019


    We will spend one day exploring Hong Kong.

    This will give the group time to get to know each other and see that amazing city. All activities, transportation, plus breakfast, lunch, and dinner are covered.

  • 24  OCTOBER  2019


    Early Train to Guangzhou. 

    This will take about 2-3 hours. We will arrive mid-day & check into the hotel. Your train & hotel, breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as transport to and from the train station is included. We will discuss show strategy, negotiating, and planning during happy hour and at dinner like a mini-mastermind to prepare you for the Canton fair.

  • 25  OCTOBER  2019


    All day at Canton Fair Phase 2.

    Your breakfast and dinner and hotel are included. Transportation to trade show is provided by the free hotel shuttle or you can use the subway or the uber type service through your translator called Didi; both options are at a very low cost. You can find a simple lunch at the trade show for less than $10USD easily. We will have an evening mastermind session about 1-2 hours for those that wish to join. No cost for the mastermind session.

  • 26  OCTOBER  2019


    All day at Canton Fair Phase 2.

    Your breakfast and dinner and hotel are included. Transportation to trade show is provided by the free hotel shuttle or you can use subway or Didi both at low cost. You can find a simple lunch at the trade show for less than $10USD easily. Informal Happy Hour for those that wish to join before dinner is included.

  • 27  OCTOBER  2019


    All day at Canton Fair Phase 2.

    Your breakfast and dinner and hotel are included. Transportation to trade show is provided by the free hotel shuttle or you can use subway or Didi both at low cost. You can find a simple lunch at the trade show for less than $10USD easily. Informal Happy Hour for those that wish to join before dinner is included.

  • 28 OCTOBER 2019


    We will leave early for the airport to fly to Yiwu.

    We will arrive mid-day & check into the hotel. You can go to Yiwu for about a half day to get you started with your exposure. Your train & hotel, breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as transport to and from the train station is included. We will discuss show strategy, negotiating and planning at dinner like a mini-mastermind.

  • 29 OCTOBER 2019


    All day at Yiwu show.

    Your breakfast and dinner and hotel are included. You can find simple lunch at the tradeshow for less than $10USD easily. Mini-Mastermind during happy hour to be available for those that wish to join.

  • 30 OCTOBER 2019


    All day at Yiwu show.

    Your breakfast and dinner and hotel are included. You can find simple lunch at the tradeshow for less than $10USD easily.

  • 31 OCTOBER 2019


    Travel to Shanghai via bullet train in the early morning. 

     Afternoon mastermind to recap our experiences and action plans. We will have a nice dinner at night. Your breakfast, train, simple lunch and nice dinner are included as well as transport to and from the train station.

  • 1  NOVEMBER 2019


    Explore Shanghai

    We will check out different parts of Shanghai, an amazing parts of the adventure. Depending on the final size of group we may be on the subway a lot today! We will take short tours of great Shanghai spots that include interesting sites and some history. Happy Hour from 6-8 is available. Nice farewell dinner.

  • 2  NOVEMBER 2019


    Everyone travels home. 

    Breakfast is included at the hotel. No further trip share services. You should be prepared to have about 200-250 RMB to take a taxi to the airport. You should plan on flying from Shanghai airport. PVG is biggest international airport which we recommend you use. 

Limited Space Available

The first few guests get these special discounted prices only. Prices subject to go up without notice. This is a VERY exclusive trip designed for a small group.

 

You will have access to Steve and his China team up close and personal during this entire journey.  We only host small groups to be certain that EVERY participant has access to the highest levels of experience from Steve, his team, and the very special guests who often show up along the journey. ;)

 

$6250/One Traveler

$9999/Two Travelers
** EARLY PRICING WILL EXPIRE SOON.

100% Privacy. We Will Never Spam You!

THE CHINA EXPERIENCE - Sourcing With Steve

A Note to Cheapskates.

 

We travel in a premium way. Can we find hotels in China for $25 bucks per night and meals for less than $10 bucks per day? Sure. But why would we want to?! We've stayed in more than a few sketchy places in China and it is NOT an experience we wish to share. We do things in STYLE.

The Canton Fair time of year is PEAK season for both Hong Kong and Guangzhou with premium 5 star hotels costing $400USD per night and MORE! The value of this trip is unrivaled.

We stay at very nice places with excellence in every aspect of the journey. We do NOT cut corners.

 

So, for the critics who like to suggest that they are cheaper ways to do China we agree with you. We’ve been traveling to China for over 15 years and we understand how to make the most of a trip in terms of productivity and return on investment. Every person who has ever traveled with us has not only loved the experience, but the value as well!

WE challenge you to find a hosted trip at a better value and with more combined expertise!

 

 

TESTIMONIALS

To see more reviews CLICK HERE


Our adventure begins here. 

I travelled with Steve and his team in 2016. I considered it my "China 101". Now with the confidence and knowledge they have given me I am able to travel and source with confidence. The results far exceeded my expectations. I have never learned so much while having such a great time!
In a short period I was able to travel to Shanghai, Hangzhou and Yiwu and experience China in a way I never would with other "sourcing trips". They make you "Stop and Smell the Roses" so to speak. I was able to spend an additional week alone after everyone left. I never felt uneasy or unsafe. It was a truly Amazing experience!

Jim Young

Bettendorf, Iowa

The Symo Team has been amazing. I attended a sourcing trip they organized in Yiwu and with their help was able to reduce our COGS by more than half on some of my main products. All in all, the team helped me save hundreds of thousands of dollars annually. They are professional, very committed and extremely caring. Highly recommend William, Alex, Viola and of course Steve for anyone who wants to make a big difference in their physical product / ecommerce business.

 

 

 

 

 

Katalin Cseke

Lorton, Virginia

Steve and his group were extremely helpful throughout the China trip. The arrangements and accomodations were top notch. They made traveling to China and sourcing a fun experience. If you're in the e-commerce business, there is no person more connected, more experienced, and more in the game than Steve in my opinion. He is a true veteran in this industry and the value from this trip (just from a few masterminds we had) was amazing! His team (Alex and William) made sure there were no language barriers at any time, you could tell that they are a dedicated group of people wanting to make your trip successful.

 

Shivani Modi

Edmonton, Alberta

Join us Today! Choose Your Experience Below


We want to make sure that you feel well taken care of so that you can focus your energy on learning and developing product ideas and strategies to grow your business. Our package prices include almost everything you will need during your journey. It is an extraordinary value! The long term ROI has the potential to leave a lasting impact on your business for years to come.

 

1 Person Trip

$6250

One Time Payment

One 5-Star Hotel for 1 Guest

Mastermind Meetings

Experience of a Lifetime!

  • We believe that entrepreneurs make the world a better place.
  • We believe that travel can make the world more accessible and understandable. 
  • We believe YOU can engineer a lifestyle that serves your own personal WHY!
  • We believe relationships matter so we invest in the long term.
  • We believe YOU can build skills to enhance your own opportunities.
  • We believe in abundance and so we'll help all of those with a PURE heart.
  • We believe in doing the right thing, even when nobody is looking.
  • We believe that we have a responsibility to lead by example.
  • We believe the world is a better place when more entrepreneurs build their own dream lifestyle.
  • We believe that our success is based on our own hard work and dedication.
  • We believe that YOU can have everything in your life that YOU want if YOU help enough OTHER people get what THEY want.

2 Person Trip

$9999

One Time Payment

One 5-Star Hotel for 2 Guests

Mastermind Meetings

Experience of a Lifetime!

NO REFUNDS

ALL SALES ARE FINAL

NO REFUNDs. We can't refund anyone because once we make the booking we pay in advance for hotels, in country transport between cities, and our staff time is already allocated. These kinds of trip shares are meant to be a way of giving back to our entrepreneurial community. Please make the commitment to join us and enhance your business AND your life with the understanding that we cannot offer refunds.

 

Steve Simonson

CEO, Catayst88, LLC.

CEO, SymoGlobal

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