Pennsylvania businesses have the opportunity to learn how to sell their goods and services in over 50 international markets by connecting with key contacts at the Bringing the World to Central PA Tour in State College on Sept. 12.
More than 70 percent of the world’s purchasing power is located internationally, and business owners can meet one-on-one with Pennsylvania’s Authorized Trade Representatives to start tapping markets from the following areas: the Arab Gulf, Australia, Canada, Central and Eastern Europe, Germany, India, Indonesia, Mexico, the Middle East, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.
The event also includes exhibits and plenty of networking opportunities with regional businesses and service providers.
SEDA-Council of Governments’ Export Development Program is partnering on the event and staff will be available to offer expert assistance.
Noelle Long, export program director for SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG), said this is an excellent opportunity to tap the world’s markets in a personalized, local environment.
“This event is an excellent opportunity for companies to sit down face-to-face with our trade representatives who have the business and industry expertise to discuss market opportunities, entry and expansion strategies, distribution, regulatory concerns, and much more,” Long said. “It’s not every day that you’ll find these type of resources right in your back yard.”
It will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lunch is provided.
The event is free, but registration is required by Aug. 24.
To register, visit www.seda-cog.org/export. There, registrants can choose and rank the regions that they would like to meet with. For more information, contact Noelle Long at email@example.com or call 570-524-4491.
Sponsors are the Fulton International Group, Santander, and M&T Bank.
The trade representatives will travel to nine other locations throughout the state over the 10-day tour. It was formerly called Pennsylvania International Week and started as a week-long event, but was expanded in response to its popularity with Pennsylvania’s business community.
The tour is funded in part by the state Department of Community and Economic Development’s Office of International Business Development. This office collaborates with its 10 regional export network partners, including SEDA-COG, to provide Pennsylvania manufacturing and service firms with export development services. This includes market research, market entry strategies, educational seminars and technical training, and access to grant programs and financing.
SEDA-COG’s Export Development team serves the businesses and communities of central Pennsylvania by encouraging and facilitating economic development through growth in world trade.