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Oakworks Tour Success!

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Posted by Cody Richard, Intern


On October 25, WTC members had the opportunity to tour the manufacturing facility and showroom of OakworksInc, Since 1977 Oakworks Inc. has been committed to providing safe, durable, comfortable and ergonomic equipment to industries supporting the health and well being of people all over the globe. Oakworks produces tables for medical, massage, and spa uses and currently sells their products in all 50 States and to distributors in 35 countries worldwide. Oakworks recently received notoriety for their international success as recipients of the "Excellence in International Trade" award at Mantec's 2013 Awards Breakfast.



Thirty one individuals attended the event from seventeen different companies. The event included an introduction of Oakworks' staff, a detailed story of the origins of the company from Oakworks President Jeff Riach, and a brief description of how the company handles business internationally from a financial and marketing st…

Risk Management Seminar

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by Cody Richard, Intern
As part of our annual  "Bringing the World to YOU!"  on September 20th s in Lancaster we offered a  "Managing Trade Payments and FX in Global Markets", which was presented by Amy Sahm, Senior Vice President and Manager of Fulton International Group.
The numerous topics discussed in Ms. Sahm's presentation included:
Risks of international tradeAdvantages and disadvantages of paying with foreign currencyCurrent market trendsTips for avoiding fraudulent paymentsIn-depth analysis of the Middle Eastern marketsValuable trade statisticsAnalysis and overview of the finer points of Foreign ExchangeHedging tools Great information was shared by all who participated in the presentation and there were many topics discussed. All attendees learned something new from the presentation and developed a clearer understanding of the management processes and activities of conducting foreign exchange in Middle Eastern markets.
If you have any questions or would lik…

"Bringing the World to YOU!" Recap

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Posted by Cody Richard, Intern

Our 15th annual "Bringing the World to YOU!" event was held on September 20th at the Best Western Premier Eden Resorts & Suites in Lancaster.  In this event we hosted several representatives from Pennsylvania's overseas trade offices and offered regional companies the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the State's trade reps. We look forward to this event each year, despite the fact that it involves a great deal of pre-event planning and post-event follow up and at times resembles speed-dating, but in the end everyone involved has a good time and establishes great contacts for overseas trade.  Pennsylvania's trade reps are a great group of individuals who are fun and easy to work with in a business or casual setting.  This event has no shortage of smiles and laughter. Here are this year's event numbers: 

·104 attendees ·23 overseas trade representatives ·30 different companies ·152 meetings between companies and trade representat…

PA at the 2013 Summer Fancy Food Show

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Posted by Tina Weyant


The 59th annual Summer Fancy Food Show was held from June 30th through July 2nd at the Javits Convention Center in New York City.  The world-famous trade show for the specialty food industry featured over 2,400 exhibitors from 80 countries and regions.   The sold-out exhibit halls drew close to 24,000 buyers from across the U.S. and around the world.

The World Trade Center Harrisburg again partnered with Pennsylvania's Center for Trade Development in organizing a Pennsylvania Pavilion at the show, whichwas funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.   

The Pennsylvania State Pavilion highlighted 13 Pennsylvanian specialty food companies:


Bookbinder Specialties (Media, PA)Brown Dog Java (Springdale, PA), Chef Tim Foods (Etters, PA)Davis& Davis Gourmet Foods (Allison Park, PA)DelGrosso Foods (Tipton, PA)Giorgio Foods (Temple, PA) Herlocker’s Dipping Mustard (State College, PA)Little Pepi’s Waffle Cookies (Hatfield…

Tips to Boost Your Business with Pinterest

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Posted by Hannah Copenheaver

Pinterest is gaining global attention for its visual style of creating online “pinboards”, where you can “pin” great ideas, or products,  to remember them for later. Keeping your favorite “pins” all in one place on the web allows for a more effective organization method. You can access your pinboards at any time and choose if you want to make them public or private views.
Pinterest is exceptionally fantastic for businesses in the consumer product field, but industrial companies are starting to embrace it, too! Whereas Facebook and Twitter are more about making a social networking connection, Pinterest introduces your followers to things that you find innovative, exciting and useful… Like your latest product!
How can I use Pinterest to market my company, you might ask? Here are some tips on how to make your business more successful in the social media world by using visual pinboards on Pinterest.
How to Pin & What to Pin
·The first step is to think about h…

Central PA Product Development Company Recognized With Design Awards

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Posted by  guest blogger Kevin Smith, Global Sales Initiatives

IDE Group, an international product development company based in Sydney, Australia and offices in the Hershey Center for Applied Research has recently been recognized with a number of design excellence awards for several projects in the Life Sciences market.

IDE and partner Atomo Diagnostics recently won multiple Australian Engineering Excellence Awards for the MicroRapid Integrated Rapid Blood Test Device, the world’s first hand held integrated rapid diagnostic device. The Engineering Excellence Awards are a collaboration between the Powerhouse Museum and the Sydney Division of Engineers Australia and the honors for IDE and Atomo included:
Winners of an Engineering Excellence Award in the Small Business categoryWinners of a Highly Commended in the Innovations & Inventions categoryWinners of the prestigious J.J.C. Bradfield Award, which is the highest award across all categories and ‘recognizes an accomplishment of except…

2013 International Trade Conferece

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Posted by Tina Weyant

Our Annual International Trade Conference was held in conjunction with the York County Economic Alliance's International Business & Workforce Expo.   The Expo featured domestic and international businesses, representing a wide variety of industry sectors including manufacturing, healthcare, education and business services.

Part of the exhibit area was designated as the International Corner, marked by a huge 12x12 foot banner, and decorated with international flags.  This area was set aside for our sponsors and WTC members who chose to exhibit at the Expo and also featured exhibit tables for foreign embassies and bilateral trade promotion organizations. 

Sponsors for this year's conference included Global Leader level sponsor FTZ 147,Ambassador level sponsor UPS, and Diplomat level sponsorsFulton Bank International Group, Team PA FoundationandPA's Office of International Business Development


Our exhibitors went out of their way to showcase their count…

Intensive Export Finance Seminar Focused on Letters of Credit

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Posted by Cody Richard
WTC Intern
Our “Secrets of Successful Trade Financing” two day seminar was held on Thursday March21st and Friday, March 22nd at the WTC Offices.  Attendees came from as far away as Georgia and represented vastly different industry sectors.
Richard M. “Chip” Thomas lead the discussion on behalf of the American Export Training Institute.Mr. Thomas spent 22 years in international banking, specializing in international trade and finance, which led to extensive international travel; including a 2 years assignment working and living in Mexico. During his banking career, Mr. Thomas developed a skill in training, and was responsible for International Product and Service Training for Mellon Bank’s customers and employees.Chip left the banking industry in 1995 to pursue his interests in training by helping to establish the American Export Training Institute, which provides practical training in export finance to corporations and financial institutions throughout the U.S. and…