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World Trade Center Indianapolis and Northeast Indiana organizations to conduct international trade seminar on October 23

FORT WAYNE, Ind., (September 26, 2018) — World Trade Center Indianapolis, in conjunction with Greater Fort Wayne Inc., the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana, and Indiana Small Business Development Center, will host “Trade & Tariffs: International Opportunities for Northeast Indiana”, a half-day seminar focused on global trade, on October 23 from 11:30am until 5:30pm at the offices of Sweetwater Sound in Fort Wayne.

The event, presented by PNC Financial Services Group, 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: Eric Doden; John Sampson, president and CEO of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership; Bill Konyha, president of the Northeast Indiana 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 Group, among others.

“For companies who have limited experience with international trade, we’ve brought along seasoned veterans from across the region,” said John Sampson. “Collaboration is key to our success in Northeast Indiana, and Fort Wayne Metals, Total Control Systems, the Indiana Small Business Development Center are organizations that know how to operate internationally and who want to see other Northeast Indiana firms succeed.”

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 sponsored table of eight (8). Members of the partner organizations below are eligible for discounted registration:

  • Greater Fort Wayne Inc.
  • Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership
  • Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana
  • Indiana Small Business Development Center

“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,” said Bill Konyha. “This seminar is a tremendous value for members of the local business community, and despite warnings of a “trade war” there is no time like the present to pursue the promise of international trade.”

To register, all attendees should use the following link:

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