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WTC Savannah goes global

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Educational series designed to help area businesses expand reach

  • Photo courtesy WTC Savannah Rhett Willis of D.J. Powers leads a session of International Business 101 at the World Trade Center Savannah. D. J. Powers is one of Georgia's first freight forwarders and customs brokerage firms, as well as one of the fastest-growing logistics company in the state.

The World Trade Center Savannah, as it has in recent years, will offer a series of educational seminars and workshops — beginning today — to cover everything from general issues to specific global matters.

The courses for individuals and companies focus on practical skills needed in today’s competitive international marketplace.

For each of its four years, the WTC has had a goal of providing 10 programs for area businesses that want to explore the possibilities of global commerce or expand an already established global reach.

Last year, the WTC offered 18 programs to 354 participants.

This year looks to be no different, with a variety of programs already on the calendar.

“It can sometimes seem daunting for a local business to try and branch out worldwide,” said Savannah businessman Scott Center, chairman of the WTC Savannah. “That’s why it is so important for WTC Savannah to be the top how-to resource in the region for doing business globally.

“And there is obviously a hunger for these programs. We’ve done many more programs than we originally anticipated and the vast majority of them have been at capacity.”

Center said the WTC also partners with programs and agencies that can be a tremendous help to local businesses.

“All of these programs are designed to boost local businesses’ bottom line, and we want to make sure they take advantage of everything out there,” he said.

Following is a list of upcoming programs, including one being held today. Unless otherwise noted, programs are on the fourth floor of the World Trade Center Savannah, 131 Hutchinson Island Road. For more information or to register, go to the events section of www.wtcsavannah.org or call 912-447-9707.

• The Fiscal Impact vs. the Economic Impact in Foreign Direct Investment: noon to 2:30 p.m. today.

Business analyst and economist, Alfie Meek, director of the Center for Economic Development Research at Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute will speak about the difference between economic impact and fiscal impact in foreign-direct investment.

• One-on-One with International Reps: March 7-11 in Atlanta.

Georgia Department of Economic Development’s international trade representatives from around the world will have one-on-one appointments with local Georgia businesses. Those representatives are located in Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Europe, the UK, and Israel. The representatives provide export assistance to qualified small and medium-sized Georgia companies, including key in-county contacts and global market insights.

• C-TPAT Security Program: noon to 3 p.m. March 23.

This half-day course will review your C-TPAT management content, expectations and deliverables inclusive of written procedures and 2.0 web portal management. This is a valuable information exchange to ensure that your company is meeting the annual assessment deliverables and prepared for validation exchange inquiries.

• Canada: Upcoming Business Opportunities: April 4, time to be determined.

World Trade Center Savannah will participate in the fourth edition of Centrallia in Winnipeg, Canada May 25-27.

• Germany: Business Opportunities: April, time and date to be determined.

Representatives of the German American Chamber of Commerce South will discuss the status of the German economy, present and future opportunities for American companies, trade connections and professional protocol for doing business in Germany.

• Export 101 for Food and Agriculture Companies: Sept. 8, time to be determined.

The Southern United States Trade Association is a nonprofit comprised of 15 southern states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service, SUSTA programs and services assist exporters of high-value food and agricultural products.

• Website Design for the Global Marketplace: October, time and date to be determined.

George Tracy, director of the Atlanta US Commercial Service, will share insight in this non-technical seminar for management and staff to learn about the low-cost to no-cost modifications to internationalize your website. The information provided is offered by the U.S. Commercial Service’s Task Force on Website Optimization to businesses to assist them in maximizing their sales potential overseas.

• What is a Foreign-Trade Zone? How can my company benefit? Nov. 3, time to be determined.

The session will discuss the benefits of the free trade zone program, how it can help your business and how you can get started.

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