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Monday, October 13, 2014

Michigan Economic Development Corp. offering export workshops

Michigan businesses are invited to explore export opportunities at five Global Trade Days export workshops taking place in Traverse City, Grand Rapids, Saginaw, Troy and Novi Oct. 13-17. The events are sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

“In today’s globally interconnected world, export sales offer extraordinary opportunities for Michigan companies to grow and create new jobs. These workshops will help Michigan companies learn how to tap into those markets and diversify their customer bases,” said Gov. Rick Snyder. “We are looking to extend export opportunities to more Michigan companies and ensure they are connected with the resources to explore new markets, access existing export resources, and increase global competitiveness.”

Attendees at Global Trade Days will learn about the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program, which provides direct reimbursements to eligible companies for international marketing-related activities, ranging from market research to participation fees for international trade missions. Nearly 800 Michigan companies have received assistance since MEDC launched the program with companies entering more than 75 new global markets. New export sales of more than $300 million have been reported as a result of the program.

Global Trade Days will include presentations from country market specialists from Canada, Mexico, China, Brazil, and United Arab Emirates, who will speak about doing business in those markets. These five countries are among Michigan’s top export markets.

Business owners in attendance at a workshop can also request one-on-one meetings with the country market specialists. The local Global Trade Days event dates and locations are

Troy - 8 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Oct. 16 at Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Road, Troy. One-on-one meetings are 1:30 – 5 p.m. The cost is $30.

Novi - 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17 at Suburban Collection Showplace Diamond Center, 46100 Grand River Avenue, Novi. All day pre-scheduled meetings. This event is free.

For more information and registration details, visit: www.michiganbusiness.org/grow/export-assistance/global-trade-days

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