World Trade Week West Michigan

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"World Trade Week is a great way for businesses to benchmark with others regarding the best way to approach markets around the world. The half day business conference allows companies to ask questions in a one on one format gathering essential details of the global markets they are interested in developing. Companies get connected and stay up to date on what is happening around the world."

- Sonja Johnson
Executive Director
Van Andel Global Trade Center, Grand Valley State University

 

World Trade Week West Michigan

Tom Maguire

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

For the past 29 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, World Trade Week in West Michigan was created supporting the annual proclamation issued by the President of the United States declaring a full week each month of May be designated as World Trade Week. 

Each year World Trade Week offers an agenda of educational seminars, 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 the region’s economic wellbeing
  • Recognize the contributions of international trade to job creation in the West Michigan region
  • 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 VAGTC, is Chair of the 2014 Planning Committee. 

                    

In addition to the World Trade Week Planning Committee, over 30 corporations financially support the business conference and other key student programs, showing their commitment to leverage experiences and grow international opportunities for West Michigan businesses. Mr. Brian Walker, CEO of Herman Miller, is Chairing the Host Committee to develop program sponsors for 2014.

The week of collaboration of key organizations events include:

•      The Economic Club of Grand Rapids Luncheon

•      The West Michigan World Trade Association Dinner

•      The World Affairs Council of West Michigan WorldQuest™ Competition

•      The World Trade Week International Business Conference  

We invite you to join us!

 

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