West Michigan World Trade Week 2018

West Michigan World Trade Week is a celebration of international trade and business growth for the West Michigan region.

For 33 years area businesses and community leaders have worked together to:

  • Share international business knowledge and resources at the annual business conference and key networking events scheduled throughout the week
  • Highlight the link between international trade and Michigan's economic well-being
  • Recognize the contributions of international trade to job creation in Michigan
  • Commend companies succeeding in global markets
  • Support the annual proclamation issued by the President of the United States declaring World Trade Week in May

VAGTC US Dept. of Commerce

Who are our partners?

World Trade Week West Michigan is organized by the U.S. Commercial Service (CS) and Grand Valley State University's Van Andel Global Trade Center (VAGTC) together with support from the Planning Committee. 

The Planning Committee is comprised of volunteers from over 20 internationally focused companies and organizations. The Committee leadership alternates on an annual basis between the CS and VAGTC.

Kendra Kuo, Director of the Commercial Service Grand Rapids Office is Chair of the 2017 Planning Committee.

Who are our sponsors?

Ron Voigt, CEO of X-Rite Pantone, is the 2017 Sponsor Chair. He will give remarks at the VIP reception on May 10. In 2016, over 30 sponsors financially supported the business conference and other key student-focused programs, showing their commitment to leveraging experiences and growing international opportunities for Michigan businesses. To sponsor 2017 World Trade Week events click here

Partner Organizations coordinating events in 2017 include:

The Economic Club of Grand Rapids

International Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan

West Michigan World Trade Association

World Affairs Council of Western Michigan

World Trade Week West Michigan Planning Committee (together with VAGTC & CS)


Page last modified October 20, 2017