Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Event Recap: 19th Annual International Trade Conference

posted by Katrina Chan

This year marks the WTC Harrisburg's 19th Annual International Trade Conference, held at Reading, PA. The conference theme was "Celebrating Export Excellence in Berks County!", to recognize and showcase successful local exporters from across the region.

Every year, the WTC Harrisburg holds the International Trade Conference, because we recognize the importance for local exporters to establish the right connections, have easy access to available resources, and to have a clear understanding of the current state of our economy in relation to how that affects different industries.

The event started at 8.30am, with a total of 60 attendees. The morning session, "Agony or Ecstasy", was presented by Dave Hanson of Fulton Financial Advisors who gave a lively overview of the state of our global economy and how that ties to the US economy.

The four breakout sessions that followed the morning keynote presentation were:

  • Effective Strategies for Global Online Marketing
  • Global Trends in Managing Trade Compliance Amid Today’s Changing Trade Policies
  • GDPR: Are You Ready for the Most Important Change in Data Privacy Regulation in 20 Years?
  • Fraud Detection and Prevention

The luncheon presentation that followed spotlighted 3 successful exporters from Berks county: Adhezion Biomedical, HemaPrep and Radius. Participants were able to ask the panelists questions and gain insight from the experience of these three companies.

The conference ended with a networking reception with an assortment of desserts.

We would like to thank the following:

Silver Sponsor:

Bronze Sponsors:
Fulton Financial
FTZ 147

Strategic Partners:
Greater Reading Chamber of Alliance
PA Department of Community and Economic Development

Thank you to our exhibitors and attendees! We hope to see you next year!

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