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Posted: Thursday Mar 22, 2012

March 22, 2012

Saint Vincent College Small Business Development Center's Center for Global Competitiveness will host its Fourth Annual Global Growth Conference on Thursday and Friday, April 12 and 13.

This two-day conference, co-sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission and the U.S. Commercial Service will take place in the Saint Vincent College Fred M. Rogers Conference Center from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day with breakfast and lunch included.

“The International Trade Administration (ITA) recently announced new data that show Pennsylvania merchandise exports increased 17 percent in 2011 compared to 2010, growing from $34.9 billion to $41.0 billion,” SBDC officials said. “Exports are a vital component of the economy and critical to any sustained recovery, yet most small and medium-sized firms don’t consider international business opportunities because they lack trained personnel.”

“Current U.S. law considers exporting to be a privilege, not a right,” they said. “This conference will inform and educate a company’s International Trade staff on how to avoid legal complications, potential penalties and possible fines. Understanding a company’s obligations as a U.S. exporter is critical to success in overseas markets. Businesses will be encouraged not to overlook widespread and profitable international business opportunities because they lack properly-trained personnel.”

Featured presenters include representatives from ABB, Bentley World Packaging, TUV Rheinland of North America, Cohen & Grigsby PC, Compliance Assurance LLC, Three Rivers Marine and Rail, DHL Global Forwarding, Fifth Third Bank, Kennametal Center for Operational Excellence and the SBA Export Solutions Group. Specialized sessions focusing on the EAR and ITAR are included.

April 12 breakout sessions include U.S. export controls and recent updates, packaging and protection, freight movement and logistics considerations, automated export system and C-TPAT and NAFTA. Keynote presentation includes Foreign Exchange Risk Management by Fifth Third Bank. An afternoon networking reception following the April 12 sessions is sponsored by Fifth Third Bank.

April 13 breakout sessions include ITAR, global competitiveness through operational excellence, using financials to direct global planning, terms and condition of sale, finance programs to grow a business, legal distribution agreements and global standards and testing requirements.

The U.S. Global Growth Conference qualifies for CPE Credits. Cost is $300 per single day or $500 for the full two-day conference. Registration is required. Seating is limited so early registration is encouraged by phoning 724 537-4572.

Saint Vincent College Small Business Development Center is part of a statewide system of university-based economic development organizations, whose mission is to provide high quality education and consulting services to entrepreneurs, to help them start and grow their businesses in the competitive global economy. To obtain additional information, contact the Saint Vincent College SBDC at 724 537-4572 or www.stvincent.edu/sbdc.


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