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WTC's 18th Annual Holiday Luncheon and Reception

Posted by Hannah Copenheaver

This year, we celebrated our 18th Holiday Luncheon and Reception at the Out Door Country Club in York, PA. Every year, we choose a different global location to learn more about how their culture celebrates holidays and exchanges gifts during these times. This year, we decided to choose Africa (specifically East Africa) because their holidays really showcase the diversity of the continent and of each country. Special thank you to Dr. Eucabeth Odhiambo from Shippensburg University for sharing such an enjoyable presentation!

We also decided to collect donations for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. Together, we donated over 160 pounds of food and also several monetary donations! Thank you to all who donated to this wonderful cause, especially with the holidays upon us. 

Congratulations to our food drive raffle basket winner! (Jeanmarie Nobile, Turkey Hill - a WTC Member)

Thank you to all who attended and celebrated with us! Event pictures can be viewed on our F…

Doing Business In Mexico Roundtable

Posted by Alicia Roberto, Intern

On November 17th, the World Trade Center Harrisburg hosted a ‘Doing Business in Mexico’ roundtable with the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC.  Attendees were able to share their experiences, as well as gain insight from others during an open discussion regarding the challenges and opportunities of business in Mexico.  WTC members Howard Minnick, Automation Systems Interconnect, Pete O’Neill, Pennsylvania’s Office of International Business Development, and Frank Swit, Gannett Fleming, led the discussion and offered informative information and first-hand experiences. 

     The following topics were covered:
Language BarriersHow To Find a Trusted PartnerCorruptionWorking ConditionsSafe Traveling PracticesCultural Differences
The Port of Philadelphia also provided an overview of their proposed new service.  United States exporters are demanding a better way to get their cargo to Mexico as overland trucking has proved to be costly and untimely.  For this…

The Impact of Trade

by Tina Weyant

Have you ever wondered how much is really exported from the southcentral PA region?  Actually, it is quite a lot - over $14.4 billion worth of products and services were exported from the 8 counties in our region during 2012!

With the help of our interns, we were able to pull together county level data for both, exports of goods and exports of services, from a recent study by the Brooking's Institute called  "Export Nation 2013".

The report focuses in detail on the impact of exports for our region's eight counties:

-  Adams
-  Berks
-  Cumberland
-  Dauphin
-  Franklin
-  Lancaster
-  Lebanon
-  York

In 2012, our region exported over $14.4 billion dollars, specifically $11,442,120,000 in total manufactured goods and $3,002,470,000 in total services.
These exports accounted for 20.8% of total PA exports in 2012.
Southcentral PA experienced 54.92% export growth from 2003 to 2012, which is the greatest percentage increase when compared to other regions in the state.

"Bringing the World to YOU!" Success

Posted by Alicia Roberto, Intern

In conjunction with World Trade PA, our 16th annual "Bringing the World to YOU!" event was held at The Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Reading on September 18th.  The event attracted numerous representatives from Pennsylvania's overseas trade offices and provided companies from the southcentral region the opportunity to schedule individual appointments to discuss international business expansion.  We look forward to this event each year, despite endless hours of pre-event planning and post-event follow up, as it proves to be more and more successful each year.  All of Pennsylvania's trade reps are easy to get along with and enjoyable to work with.  The day is not complete without laughter and smiles from all attendees.  

Here are this year's event numbers: 105 attendees20 overseas trade representatives35 different companies177 meetings between companies and trade representatives

In addition to the one-on-one meetings with trade reps, the eve…

Another Successful Fancy Food Show Experience!

Posted by Tina Weyant
The World Trade Center Harrisburg partnered once again with Pennsylvania's Center for Trade Developmentin organizing a "Pennsylvania Pavilion" at the Summer Fancy Food Show,  North America's largest show for the specialty food and beverage industry.  The show was held at the Javits Convention Center in New York City and featured over 180,000 products including confections, cheese, snacks, spices, ethnic, natural and organic products.
The "Pennsylvania Pavilion" was one of ten State Pavilions, and included 12 different companies - four of them from the southcentral region.

International Trade Conference Event Recap

SAFETY, SECURITY, AND COUNTERINTELLIGENCECorporate and Personnel Protection in a Global Economy
Posted by Hannah Copenheaver
On Tuesday, May 13, 2014, we held our 15th annual international trade conference at the Eden Resort and Conference Center in Lancaster, PA. The conference was focused on Safety, Security and Counterintelligence and featured experts from the FBI and local companies.
Two breakout session tracks were offered in the morning, allowing attendees to choose sessions to meet their individual needs. 
Breakout Sessions Included:
Cyber Security; Special Agent Michael C. Poston, FBI Agent Poston discussed criminal invasions into laptops, personal computers, and wireless devices via hacks and bits of malicious code. Since most sensitive data is stored onto computers, companies learned how to protect their data, money, and ideas that are often stolen through cyber intrusions.
What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You: Understanding Export & Import Compliance; Mike Allocca, President, Allo…

WTC Intern Presents at Lebanon Valley College's Inquiry 2014!

Posted by Luke Stouffer
On Thursday, April 10, I was given the opportunity to present my internship here at World Trade Center Harrisburg as part of the "International Internship Corner" at Lebanon Valley College's Inquiry 2014.  Inquiry is a symposium dedicated to celebrating the scholarly, scientific, and creative achievements of LVC students.  There were several intriguing presentations of scientific experiments, psychological studies, and even a student run record label business to name a few.  However, the "International Internship Corner" was unique in that it brought together three students with international business-based internships to present such possibilities to their peers.  I was fortunate to be presenting with former WTC Harrisburg Intern Cody Richard (currently with Assistive Technology Products) and current World Affairs Council of Harrisburg Intern Christian Eisenhour.  Together, we created a display booth to best integrate our respective inte…

International Water Company Welcomes Liberian Delegation

Posted by Hannah Copenheaver

On March 5, 2014, International Water Company hosted a delegation from Monrovia, Liberia, which included the city’s Mayor, Clara Doe Mvogo, and other government officials. The country continues to search for ways to give their citizens clean water and heard about International Water Company’s portable water purification machines as a solution to end this struggle.
International Water Company (IWC) is a York county based manufacturer who takes pride in their main mission: to give clean drinking water to children everywhere. In 2010, the company was launched to provide a solution for just that. From that idea sparked two versions of the Mobile Water Purification System (MWPS). The smaller MWPS can pump 2.5 gallons per minute and the larger can pump 18 gallons per minute. The MWPS machine can operate not only from a generator, but also from solar or wind power. Other unique factors include a simple set up, a backup system in every machine, and only one replacem…

Export Credit Insurance Seminar

Posted by Keith Wiley, Intern

On February 19th the World Trade Center Harrisburg hosted an Export Credit Insurance Seminar. Our speaker, John Strayhorn, President of Global Insurance Services, gave a very informative presentation.  Attendees learned an extensive amount about Export Credit Insurance and how to expand sales as well as borrowing capacity.
The following topics were covered: Introduction to Short-Term Export credit InsuranceRequirements for Short Term Credit InsuranceSingle Sale vs. Multi-Buyer (Portfolio) ApproachesPermits Expansion of Borrowing CasePrivate Sector Credit Insurance ProvidersU.S. Export Import Bank Credit Insurance PoliciesAgricultural Products How to expand your bank credit line using credit insurance
A note on the Export Import Bank of the United States: Ex-Im Bank does not compete with private sector lenders but provides export financing products that fill gaps in trade financing. They will assume credit and country ris…

Consider Cultural Differences Before Exporting Your Product

Posted by Luke Stouffer, Intern

If you believe you have a product that can be successfully exported, and you need a primer on exporting know-how, check out the "Pennsylvania International Trade Guide". This useful resource was developed by our sister organization, the WTC Philadelphia, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Office of International Business Development.  The website features a number of export tutorials that provide a great overview and practical solutions for making sales around the world. 

My personal favorite tutorial can be found in the Culture section titled “Business Travel Abroad”.  My experience of a semester abroad truly highlighted how significant variances in culture can affect relationships and communication.  The ability to adapt to these variances was the key for me to successfully navigate Europe, and is the key for you to successfully export your product.  In most countries, there is a preference to conduct business in person before concluding a t…