World Trade Week business conference

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Michigan’s global exports have ranked the state in the top 10 nationwide, and local businesses are discovering strong sales opportunities around the world.

“World Trade Week West Michigan Business Conference 2013 — Managing Your Global Risk” will be held May 8 at Grand Valley State, in partnership with international business leaders supporting the West Michigan community. The conference features experts who will talk about strategies, opportunities and resources available to help businesses increase international sales.

Keynote speaker Todd Wandtke, vice president of central region marketing for UPS, will talk about “Supply Chain Management: Benefits of Going Global,” from 11:40 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Wandtke has been with UPS for more than 18 years and oversees growth and marketing strategies across six districts and 17 states.
 
World Trade Week West Michigan Business Conference
Wednesday, May 8
1-5:30 p.m.
Eberhard Center
GVSU’s Pew Grand Rapids Campus, 301 W. Fulton St.

Three panel discussions will be held: “Managing Your Legal Risks with Agent & Distributor Contracts,” “Know Before You Go: Successful Michigan Exporters,” and “Evaluating Emerging Markets: India, Philippines, Turkey and Vietnam.”

Advance registration is $100 by April 26; and $125 after April 26. For more information or to register, visit www.worldtradeweekmi.org, or call the U.S. Export Assistance Center at (616) 458-3564 or Grand Valley’s Van Andel Global Trade Center at (616) 331-6811.