Friday, September 14, 2012

"Bringing the World to YOU!" Success

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Company meetings
Posted by Tina

Our 14th annual "Bringing the World to YOU!"event was held on September 13th and the Holiday Inn in Grantville.  This is the day that we host representatives from Pennsylvania's overseas trade offices and offer regional companies the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the State's trade reps. We look forward to this event each year, even though it involves a lot of pre-event planning and post-event follow up and at times resembles speed-dating, we always enjoy this day!   Pennsylvania's trade reps are a great group of individuals and they are a lot of fun to be around with and wonderful to work with. 

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and more company meetings...

Here are this year's event numbers: 
  • 96 attendees
  • 22 overseas trade representatives
  • 43 different companies
  • 144 meetings between companies and trade representatives

This year's corporate sponsor was UPS and we thank them for their continued support.  The program was co-hosted by Pennsylvania's Center for Trade Development and additional funding support was provided by the US Small Business Administration.

Supriya Kanetkar speaks during lunch

Our luncheon program featured a presentation on "Doing Business in India" and Supriya Kanetkar, Associate Director of the PA Trade Office in India, was our keynote speaker.   In addition to a great luncheon buffet, our program also featured appetizers from the "Passage to India" restaurant.

The event also included a "partner" exhibit and informational booths from our local economic development partners were on display throughout the day.  Participating partners included MANTEC, the US Commercial Service, Kutztown University SBDC, Harrisburg Regional Chamber/CREDC, the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, and the Harrisburg World Affairs Council.

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