West Michigan World Trade Week 2016

World Trade Week is a dynamic network of organizations supporting the West Michigan region to focus on international trade and business growth in foreign markets.

For the past 31 years West Michigan trade organizations, businesses, and other community stakeholders have come together to promote and facilitate the importance of international trade.

Founded by the late Tom Maguire of the U.S. Commercial Service in 1985, West Michigan World Trade Week was created to support the annual proclamation issued by the President of the United States declaring one full week each month of May be designated as World Trade Week.

Sve the date

Each year World Trade Week offers an educational business conference, global business networking events, a WorldQuest trivia competition, and a VIP World Trade Week Reception which recognizes the international trade achievements by practitioners in the field.

Community working together to:

  • Highlight the link between international trade and Michigan's economic well-being
  • Recognize the contributions of international trade to job creation in Michigan
  • Celebrate companies succeeding in the global marketplace
  • Share knowledge, resources and ideas to facilitate business success internationally

Who are our partners?

The World Trade Week West Michigan Planning Committee is comprised of volunteers from over 20 internationally focused companies and organizations. The Committee leadership alternates on an annual basis between the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce and Grand Valley State University's Van Andel Global Trade Center (VAGTC). Sonja Johnson, Executive Director of GVSU's Van Andel Global Trade Center  is Chair of the 2016 Planning Committee.

In addition to the World Trade Week Planning Committee, over 30 corporations financially support the business conference and other key student-focused programs, showing their commitment to leverage experiences and grow international opportunities for Michigan businesses. 

The week of collaboration of key community events include:

  • The Economic Club of Grand Rapids Luncheon
  • West Michigan World Trade Association Dinner
  • World Affairs Council of West Michigan Luncheon
  • World Trade Week International Business Conference

We invite you to join us!

VAGTC US Dept. of Commerce