Local seminar to focus on world trade
By Linda Lipp | Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly
World Trade Center Indianapolis will host a seminar on trades and tariffs and the international opportunities open to northeast Indiana businesses on Oct. 23 in Fort Wayne.
The half-day program is being offered in partnership with Greater Fort Wayne Inc., the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, the Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana and the Indiana Small Business Development Center from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the offices of Sweetwater Sound, 5501 U.S. 30.
Presented by PNC Financial Services Group, the event is open to all parties across northeast Indiana interested in international business. Speakers and panelists will focus on specific conditions surrounding trade in Northeast Indiana at a time when a renegotiation of NAFTA and trade with both Europe and Asia are making significant headlines.
“Our region is experiencing phenomenal growth in manufacturing, agribusiness, and in the service sector,” said Eric Doden, CEO of Greater Fort Wayne Inc.. “But we cannot turn away from foreign markets if we want to keep northeast Indiana’s economy competitive in coming decades. Trade within the United States represents only a fraction of the possibilities available to companies in Fort Wayne, and it’s critical to encourage local businesses to participate in that global marketplace.”
Speakers include Doden; John Sampson, president and CEO of the Regional Partnership; Bill Konyha, president of the Regional Chamber; Doris Anne Sadler, president and CEO of World Trade Center Indianapolis; and Bill Adams, vice president and senior economist at PNC Financial Services.
Attendees will be treated to lunch at the start of programming and a networking reception after the conclusion of the day’s events. The cost of attendance is $50 per person or $750 for a table of eight. Members of the partner organizations that are co-sponsoring the event are eligible for discounted registration.
“The time is now for Hoosier businesses to equip themselves with the tools necessary to export their products abroad and to take advantage of global supply chains,” Konyha said.
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