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Preparing for Defense Industry Trade Shows & Sales

When: Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Led By: Jean Schtokal, Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC

Defense industry sales can be lucrative; however, companies selling to the industry have additional concerns. This seminar will discuss where to find and bid on potential contracts, and what to consider before opening discussions with potential partners or attending industry trade shows. The program will terminate with a reception and time for questions and open networking.


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Tariff Update

When: Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Led By: .

Estimating manufacturing costs as well as final costs to your customers are particularly difficult these days. Join us to hear about the current tariff situation, what's expected in the near-term, and how to best plan. John Stewart is a supply chain consultant at Supply Chain Solutions, based in West Michigan. Since 2004, he has helped client teams to design and implement supply chain process improvements in manufacturing, food, retail, publishing, distribution, agriculture, and third-party logistics. Prior to consulting, John spent 18 years as a practitioner, where he honed his skills as a line manager and project manager in both international and domestic supply chain. He managed trade and logistics in manufacturing and retail, and began his career as an import entry-writer for a customshouse broker in Chicago. Who should attend: Those involved in purchasing and sales, beginning and advanced exporters and importers, and anyone interested in the implications of the current tariff situation on the U.S. and global economy.


Breakfast with South African Consul General Phumzile Mazibuko

When: Friday, September 28, 2018
Led By: Phumzile Mazibuko

Ms. Phumzile Mazibuko was appointed Consul General at the South African Consulate General in Chicago in January of this year. As consul General, she works to promote trade and investments and enhance cooperation in the field of arts, culture, education, and effectively render consular services to South Africans in 14 states in the Midwest region of the United States. Prior to this post, she was Chief of Staff for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa. Ms. Mazibuko has been working though her professional career to further business relationships between South Africa and its trading partners. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Johannesburg. Joining Consul Mazibuko is South African Consul Political Mr. Thabo Seotlo. Consul Seotlo is also a career diplomat, spending the past decade serving South African interests around the world. Those interested in setting up a private meeting with M. Mazibuko should contact Jade Sims at for a time.


Certified Global Business Professional Training

When: Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Led By: Jade Sims, CGBP Certified Trainer

Earning the Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) credential is an easy way to kick-start your international business career, or a great way to formally recognize your professional knowledge. The CGBP credential issued by NASBITE confirms familiarity in international trade and assures that employees are able to practice global business at the professional level required in today’s competitive environment. The CGBP is fast becoming the top nationally recognized certification for those in international business to show the world that they are qualified. The CGBP certifies that a candidate is competent in the four primary domains of trade global business management, global marketing, supply chain management, trade finance. All exporters, compliance officers, trade lawyers, financial service providers, and accounts involved in international business, freight forwarders and logistics professionals, engineers, university officials, and anyone else who wants to demonstrate expertise in international trade are invited to attend. **PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A 2-DAY TRAINING**


Doing Business in India

When: Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Led By: Shantanu Sarkar

India is our 9th largest goods trading partner with $67.7 billion in total (two way) goods trade during 2016. Has your company considered the opportunities? Shantanu Sarkar is a U.S. Commercial Assistant based in Kolkata, India. As the Commercial Advisor in the U.S. International Trade Administration's Commercial Services team, he works with U.S. businesses to help them enter and navigate the Indian market. Mr. Sarkar joined the U.S. Commerical Service in 2008 and is responsible for the development of U.S. trade and business in Eastern India and adjoining Bangladesh. Mr. Sarkar has over seventeen years of diverse professional experience in the field of marketing, business development, and operations. he is part of several important commercial initiatives to support the emerging economic partnership between the U.S. and India, and is the team lead in India for the mining and industrial materials sectors. Mr. Sarkar will present on opportunities and challenges for U.S. businesses entering the Indian market. Companies interested in one-on-one meetings with Mr. Sarkar should email to arrange a time.


World IP Day Michigan: Protecting Your Brand Globally

When: Thursday, April 26, 2018
Led By: Protecting Your Brand Globally

The Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection (A-CAPP) and Global Business Club of Mid-Michigan (GB Club) are pleased to present the 1st Annual World IP Day Michigan: Protecting Your Brand Globally. World IP day is celebrated every year on April 26 in order to remember the role that intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright) play in encouraging innovation and creativity. Join us for a half day interactive program discussing how Michigan companies can play in a vital role in the world economy and share their best practices on how they protect their intellectual property. Our three panels will focus on: Packaging Challenges & Opportunities, IP Issues in E-Commerce, and Emerging Markets: Best practices for IP issues. We will finish our program with a networking lunch. Check our agenda for updated speakers list as they are confirmed. Who should attend: businesses, policy makers, academics, and students interested in learning how to protect intellectual property while growing globally in an ever-more connected world.


Global Branding

When: Thursday, February 8, 2018
Led By: The Gluten Free Bar

Our morning seminar will focus on the topic of Global Branding; we will explore methods for presenting a consistent brand while tailoring the message to best reach global audiences with unique preferences in the ways they are reached. Our luncheon keynote will be presented by brand owners of The Gluten Free Bar, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development's (MDARD) first-ever recipient of the 2017 Michigan export “Rising Star Award.” The “Rising Star Award” was created to recognize a company that is new to exporting or is just starting to increase their exports into one or more countries. “The Gluten Free Bar sets a great example for other small- and medium-sized companies as to the opportunities exports provide in generating more sales and growth for a company,” said Jamie Clover Adams, MDARD Director. “Exports are critical to the Michigan food and agriculture economy, and companies like The Gluten Free Bar are a vital part of the growth.” Join us to find out how they're growing the company through exporting, network with growers and food processors, and learn the ins-and-outs of achieving global success!


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The Basics of Exporting

When: Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Led By: Kendra Kuo, Director, US Export Assistance Center, Grand Rapids

This event will cover the basic concepts in exporting--from doing research to select your target market, how to best take advantage of international trade shows, and method of entry to the logistics and legalities of shipping your product overseas and getting paid. This session will offer a wealth of information to those considering or new to exporting, as well as some tips and ideas for those already in the export game. A portion of the morning will include group discussion, as well as time for questions and answers. Jade Sims, Trade Specialist at the MSU International Business Center, will lead the morning program. Our luncheon keynote will be provided by Kendra Kuo, Director of the US Export Assistance Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has spent most of her career helping Michigan companies grow their sales by connecting them to booming international markets.


Preparing for Trade Shows & New Client Meetings: Creating That Perfect Pitch

When: Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Led By: Neil Sheridan, President, SVPI

You have just seconds to get someone's attention, and perhaps minutes to win them over to your way of thinking. Whether you are attempting to get an investor's attention or convince a potential customer or overseas partner to give you a second look, your business pitch is everything. This half-day workshop will get you there. Our keynote speaker and facilitator Neil Sheridan is a researcher, adviser and speaker on organizational and business growth, and regularly conducts extensive trainings for businesses and entrepreneurs to prepare them for pitch competitions. Neil is President of SVPI, LLC, a Michigan advisory and management corporation active internationally. SVPI assists clients with strategy, valuation, performance, and innovation initiatives. Neil speaks internationally on strategy and innovation leadership as a keynoter, moderator or panelist.

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Private Sector Forum on Africa

When: Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Led By: Robert Telchin, Senior International Trade Specialist, Office of Africa

The Private Sector Forum will focus on partnership among US and African private sector actors, African Universities and MSU leadership towards enhancing investment with positive impact for Africa’s future. This panel program will be followed by an interactive question and answer session.


THE 2017 BRAND PROTECTION STRATEGY SUMMIT: E-Commerce, Partnerships, & Return on Investment

When: Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Led By: Brand Owners, Law Enforcement, & Academia

The Global Business Club will not be holding its usual event in October; instead, we encourage our participants to register for The 3rd Annual 2017 Brand Protection Summit organized by MSU's Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection (A-CAPP) October 3-4, 2017. This exclusive 2-DAY PROGRAM (no vendors or third parties) offers opportunities for brand owners, law enforcement, and academia to share and learn from one another. This forum will facilitate open, collaborative, meaningful, and participant-led conversations on brand protection. You will have the opportunity to share, learn and network with one another, as well as from world-renowned scholars and globally-recognized industry and law enforcement leaders. Each theme will kick off with a talk from an expert, which will be followed by interactive panels, high top discussion sessions and strategy sessions. **PLEASE REGISTER & FIND COMPLETE DETAILS AT** Note that this event will replace our usual October program. Event fee is $250; sponsored attendance may be available by contacting Jade Sims at DO NOT USE THE LINK BELOW FOR REGISTRATION


Certified Global Business Professional Training

When: Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Led By: Jade Sims, CGBP Certified Trainer

Earning the Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) credential is an easy way to kick-start your international business career, or a great way to formally recognize your professional knowledge. The CGBP credential issued by NASBITE confirms familiarity in international trade and assures that employees are able to practice global business at the professional level required in today’s competitive environment. The CGBP is fast becoming the top nationally recognized certification for those in international business to show the world that they are qualified. The CGBP certifies that a candidate is competent in the four primary domains of trade global business management, global marketing, supply chain management, trade finance. All exporters, compliance officers, trade lawyers, financial service providers, and accounts involved in international business, freight forwarders and logistics professionals, engineers, university officials, and anyone else who wants to demonstrate expertise in international trade are invited to attend. **PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A 2-DAY TRAINING**


Doing Business with the Chinese

When: Friday, April 14, 2017
Led By: Profs. Xiao-Ping Chen & Jiing-Lih Farh

Join us for this conversation on doing business with the Chinese. While the explicit practices of doing business internationally can be easily learned, understanding the cultural side is much more complex. Professor Chen will discuss why gift exchange is essential to develop interpersonal guanxi (interpersonal cultural practices that facilitate business) in the Chinese context, and the steps involved in developing and maintaining high quality relationships in China. Professor Farh will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of paternalistic leadership and share personal insights of when this leadership style is practiced in Chinese society.


Selling Online Internationally

When: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Led By: Panel Presentation

E-commerce is transforming business & trade. Are you best taking advantage of the opportunities it brings? This panel presentation is suitable for all levels of ecommerce experience & will answer the following questions: • How do I decide which platforms (Amazon, Etsy, Ebay, etc.) are the best for my products? • How do I make sure that my website is optimized for searches by international buyers? • How do I get paid & how do I set that up online? • What do I need to think about to create a successful e-commerce strategy? • How is the best way to ship my products & how much does it cost? • What are the common problems and solutions that other businesses experience? A special thank you to FosterSwift Law Firm for their generous sponsorship of this event.



Export Controls & Compliance: What Every Exporting Company Needs to Know in Light of New Export Control Reforms

When: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Led By: Karen di Benedetto, Senior Export Compliance Specialist, Bureau of Industry and Security

Export regulations have changed, and will continue to change. Are you up to date? Do you know what your company needs to do to be compliant? Does your product require an export license? How do you know? Where can you check? The regulations have changed, do you know which government agencies oversee export controls? Karen will discuss US Export Administration Regulations and how to find out if your product or technology requires a license for export. She will address the new "600 series" and how Export Control Reform can affect your company. Whether or not your product or technology requires an export license, restricted party screening is something every company needs to do. Do you conduct OFAC screening? We will discuss compliance visits from the government, and export enforcement including compliance best practices in light of changing regulations. Do you know what your company should be doing to steer clear of violations? Dan Klutch, Special Agent-in-Charge, Office of Export Enforcement (BIS) will discuss what happens when regulations are violated. Jean Schtokal, international trade attorney with Foster Swift will discuss OFAC regulations and screening. Time will be allotted for questions. From the President and CEO to the shipping clerk, everyone is responsible for compliance with regulations. This workshop is ideal for current exporters, as well as new exporters. We will highlight the top 6 things companies should be doing right now in light of the new and changing regulatory environment.


Minimize Export Risk with Due Diligence

When: Thursday, February 16, 2017
Led By: Dr. Titus Awokuse, Professor and Chairperson

Hear from experts in the field and experienced exporters about how to perform background checks and verify potential customer fit. We will discuss due diligence in choosing a partner as well as ways of insuring shipments for all types of potential risk. Prof. Awokuse of the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics is our luncheon keynote speaker, he will address where to look for the best opportunities for Michigan agricultural exports. $35 registration fee includes lunch.



January Mixer

When: Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Led By: Networking Mixer

Please join us as we kick off 2017 by sponsoring the January Member Mixer for the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce. We look forward to networking and good cheer; additionally, the galleries will be kept open for this event. This is a free event and registration at this site is not required; RSVPs are encouraged here:


Export 101: Grow Your Business by Selling Internationally

When: Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Led By: Jade Sims, MBAIM, CGBP

***PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER ON THIS WEBSITE: GO TO *** Ninety-five percent of the world’s population and 75 percent of its wealth is located outside the United States. Manufacturers that choose to export can capitalize on that tremendous purchasing power. Are you ready to grow your business? Join manufacturers from across Michigan for a special two-hour seminar on Tuesday, 12/13/16, from experts at Michigan State’s International Business Center. Attendees will learn: • How to get started • The top benefits found in international trade • How to develop a winning export plan • Risk analysis and market research techniques to find the right location for their business • Answers to common questions on logistics and financing • The ins and outs of regulatory compliance overseas • Local, statewide and national resources to help them succeed Is your brand ready to be a global brand? Make sure you’re in the room for this can’t-miss seminar!


Making the Most of International Trade Shows & Trade Missions: How to Improve your ROI

When: Friday, December 2, 2016
Led By: Laura Deierlein

Laura has 25+ years of international business experience, including marketing, product development, and trade partnerships. Ten years of hands-on business activity in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong gave Laura an early appreciation for the value of cultural respect and doing business in foreign markets. The next ten years shifted from consumer goods toward a focus on trade compliance and international logistics. Taking on multiple positions within her corporate career, she was also responsible for deepening relationships with branch offices in Brazil and the Netherlands. Starting in 2011, Laura served the State of Michigan for four years as a consulting advocate for international trade and economic development. Laura has been on the forefront of developing and leading Michigan businesses on trade missions all over the world. Currently owning and operating SPROUTwide LLC, Laura is helping businesses develop international footprints and assisting them in increasing international expertise. Laura holds a degree from Central Michigan University and is a NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional. This program is offered in colaboration with Ann Arbor SPARK and the Small Business Development Center.


2016 International Business Breakfast

When: Monday, September 12, 2016
Led By: Sen. Debbie Stabenow & Sen. Gary Peters

**PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER ON THIS SITE: REGISTRATION IS AT ** Michigan Business Network is presenting Michigan's two US Senators at a breakfast at Eagle Eye Golf and Conference Center in Bath, Michigan, (two minutes north of East Lansing). They will be presenting their stance on business, (International Business as well), and they will then take questions from you, the attendees. If you haven't had the pleasure already, this is a great opportunity for you to meet your US senators and ask them the questions you've always had on your mind. The MSU International Business Center is a sponsor of this event; there will be no separate Global Business Club event for September. **PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER ON THIS SITE: REGISTRATION IS AT **


BCBS Michigan China Forum

When: Friday, April 15, 2016

2016 Michigan China Forum is hosted and organized by Broad China Business Society (BCBS), and is sponsored by the Global Business Club. The event will feature six guest speakers from Morgan Stanley, Deloitte, Lodging Capitals, Steelcase Inc., Domino's Pizza International, Inc., and other organizations to present and share with us about their investing strategies, business insights, global business experience and financial knowledge. Industry professionals, students, and faculty are invited to join the discussion related to industry trends, current issues and unique opinions. Please go to for registration and more information.


Export 101: Opportunities in Exporting for Small Businesses & Start-ups

When: Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Led By: Elena Stegemann, Director of International Business, NuStep

This event will cover the basic concepts in exporting--from doing research to select your target market, how to best take advantage of international trade shows, and method of entry to the logistics and legalities of shipping your product overseas and getting paid. This session will offer a wealth of information to those considering or new to exporting, as well as some tips and ideas for those already in the export game. A portion of the morning will include group discussion, as well as time for questions and answers. Jade Sims, Trade Specialist at the MSU International Business Center, will lead the morning program. Zara Smith, Export Program Manager at Michigan Small Business Development Center, will focus on the export assistance offered by SBDC to its clients, most notably the search engine optimization (SEO) services and other helpful information for selling online. Our luncheon keynote will be provided by Elena Stegemann, Director of International Business at NuStep, a fast-growing exercise equipment company with outstanding international success.


Agricultural Exporting Seminar & Michigan Agricultural Exporter of the Year

When: Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Led By: Star of the West Milling

Star of the West Milling Co. achieved an impressive 27 percent growth in export sales from 2013-2014, one of the reasons it has been recognized as Michigan Agricultural Exporter of the Year for 2015. The company exports to Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Jamaica, Japan, Malta, and South Korea. Most recently they expanded export activity into Italy, South Africa, and Columbia. “Star of the West is pleased to be recognized with the 2015 Michigan Agriculture Exporter of the Year award,” said Star of the West president Arthur Loeffler. “This award is a reflection of the Star’s commitment to partner with food producers and processors to provide quality flour, edible soybeans and dry edible bean products to help feed the world.” Register for our morning program to listento and discuss a variety of export topics with experienced businesspersons and stay for lunch to hear from Star of the West and how they've achieved export success!


Utilizing MSU’s International Student Talent to Further Your International Business Ventures

When: Thursday, November 19, 2015
Led By: Ryan Lamb, FosterSwift Law Firm & Gracie Xavier, Global Detroit

This reception-style event will offer the opportunity to learn more about hiring MSU students that have the language skills and cultural insights in order to help you successfully bring your business into new international markets. We will discuss the benefits and processes of interns as well as long-term hires. A panel of business persons and students will discuss their experiences working together and answer your questions.


Sustainably Lighting the World

When: Monday, October 26, 2015
Led By: Michael Beard, Executive Director, Advocacy, United Nations Foundation

We're excited to present a variety of speakers from Michigan State University, the State of Michigan, and private industry to speak about cutting-edge research and initiatives making sustainable light energy more achievable and affordable for today and for future generations. Speakers include: MSU Dept. of Chemical Engineering (Richard Lunt), MSU Dept. of Chemistry (James McCusker, Warren Beck, Thomas Hamann, Remi Beaulac), MSU Dept. of Physics & Astronomy (Chong-Yu Ruan), MSU Technologies (Richard Chylla), Michigan Public Service Commission (Julie Baldwin). In addition, please join us for our UN Day Anniversary Gala with keynote by Harvard Professor and UN Science & Technology Award winner Daniel Nocera on Sunday, Oct. 25. Registration at


How to Utilize New Import & Export Customs Services in Mid-Michigan

When: Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Led By: Panel of Logistics & Cargo Specialists:

International cargo planes regularly land and depart from Capital Region International Airport. Did you know that your products can fully clear customs right here in Lansing? In addition to a new licensed Customs House Broker, the Lansing Foreign Trade Zone allows for a large variety of services to facilitate your company's international trade--potentially saving you lots of time and money! Dan Cusenza, Licensed Customs House Broker, Mourer Forster Company Brent Case, Global Development Executive, TOC Logistics International Gary Bartek, Director of Cargo, Port Lansing – Foreign Trade Zone #275



Competing Strategically in the Global Marketplace

When: Thursday, April 30, 2015
Led By: Tomas Hult, PhD, Professor of Marketing & Supply Chain Management

Most companies engaging in the global marketplace assume that they should globalize at least certain parts of their strategy and organization. But globalizing, in the sense of spreading activities around the globe, is not enough. Companies also need to be globally integrated and coordinated, which means that they need to use globally coherent strategies, operate global networks, and maximize profits on a global basis. Global Business Club is pleased to present our April program in conjunction with the MSU Executive MBA program. This day-long program will bring together industry experts and businesspersons of global expertise to explore global strategies for success utilized by firms of all sizes. This will be a must-attend event; space is limited.


Medical Technologies: Growth Strategies for the Global Marketplace

When: Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Led By: Stephen Rapundalo, Phd, President & CEO, MichBio

The Global Business Club of Mid-Michigan is proud to offer its first program in conjunction with MichBio, focusing on the opportunities and unique considerations for exporting medical devices around the globe. This event will cover an overview of the medical device industry, different approaches to market entry, and regulatory and supply chain issues. In addition, a panel of global businesspersons will discuss their experiences selling internationally. This event is for new and experienced exporters, as well as anyone with an interest in the industry from an international standpoint. Note that this is an afternoon program; cocktail reception for participants is 5-6pm.


Michigan Ag Exporter of the Year: Continental Dairy Facilities LLC

When: Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Led By: Steven Cooper

The Global Business Club is again pleased to announce its partnership with Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development's International Marketing Program. This program offers a full morning of presentations on topics in exporting--applicable to all companies interested in expanding overseas, with a special focus on issues important to agricultural companies. Our luncheon speaker is Steven Cooper, the COO and General Manager of Continental Dairy Facilities LLC. Continental Dairy is the winner of the 2014 Michigan Agricultural Exporter of the Year award.


Doing Business in Africa

When: Friday, November 14, 2014
Led By: South African Consul Economic Donnadelliah Maluleke

Africa is home to 6 of the top 10 fastest growing countries in the world; has your business considered this amazing opportunity? Opportunities exist across industries--including all levels of agriculture, aerospace, energy, transportation/infrastructure, and education--among others. Join us for this candid assessment of opportunities and risks in the region. Speakers include U.S. Department of Commerce Export Assistance Center Director Kendra Kuo (Grand Rapids) and a panel of businesspersons experienced in the region, as well as MSU professors with extensive research and experience in Africa. This event is ideal for new and experienced exporters, as well as anyone interested in finding out more about the region.


Michigan's Transformation in Growing World Trade - 2014 Port Lansing Global Logistics Conference Luncheon

When: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Led By: Andrew S. Doctoroff – Governor’s Office, Senior Advisor, Transportation

Michigan's Andrew S. Doctoroff – Governor’s Office, senior advisor – will inform and captivate the keynote luncheon audience with “Michigan’s Transformation in Growing World Trade,” detailing the State’s current trailblazing initiatives to advance international trade and supply chain infrastructure to benefit all in Michigan. A special focus will be placed on the State's recent initiatives that take advantage of our geographic, educational, and industry strengths to move the regional economy forward. Note that you should only register here if you are unable to participate in the rest of the conference events. If you plan to participate in the Port Lansing 2014 Global Logistics Conference, you should register at This luncheon is included with full conference registration.


Building Partnerships and Strategic Alliances

When: Friday, September 19, 2014
Led By: Mary D. Kane

The Global Business Club of Mid-Michigan is proud to work with the Lansing Regional Sister Cities Commission to host Mary D. Kane, President and CEO of Sister Cities International. Prior to joining Sister Cities International, Kane was Executive Director with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where she was responsible for identifying and building business partnerships and strategic alliances for the Chamber. Kane conducted fact-finding visits to determine the special concerns of domestic and global corporations, explained what the Chamber was doing for them in Washington, D.C., and around the world, and secured their participation in the Chamber’s leadership program. Kane was also a senior advisor to the Business Civic Leadership Center, a nonprofit affiliate of the Chamber dedicated to improving business and society relations. During her tenure, Kane established the U.S. Chamber’s military and veterans’ initiative and was the spokesperson for the Campaign for Free Enterprise. Before joining the Chamber, Kane was the secretary of state in Maryland and a former assistant state’s attorney. As secretary of state, she was a member of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich’s Executive Council, where she was responsible for his Sub-Cabinet for International Affairs, the entity that coordinates and represents Maryland state and business initiatives around the world. NOTE: You can register for the entire afternoon of activities and gala dinner by visiting:

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Mexico vs China: Where is Your Next Big Opportunity?

When: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Led By: MEDC, FosterSwift, U.S. Export Assistance Centers

While NAFTA opened the doors to increased opportunities south of the U.S. boarder, the ensuing rise of China to a global economic powerhouse pulled our attention and economic focus across the Pacific. Given limited resources, which country is your best opportunity? This seminar will provide you with the information to answer that question for your company. The seminar will cover: An Overview of Michigan Business Opportunities in Mexico & China, China & Mexico from a Cost, Tax & Business Launch Standpoint, Panel of businesspersons’ Experiences & Impressions, Copyright, Trademark & Patent Protections, Resources Available to Assist Your Business in These Hot Markets


EXPORT 201: Export Controls--The Updated Government Regulations You Need to Know

When: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Led By: Karen di Benedetto, Senior Export Compliance Specialist, Bureau of Industry & Security

Are you up-to-date? Export control regulations have changed, and your company needs to be compliant. Does your product require an export license? How do you know? Where can you check? Which government office oversees this, and who can you contact with concerns? Our guest speakers include Karen di Benedetto, Senior Export Compliance Specialist, Bureau of Industry & Security and Ron Orzel, Special Agent-in-Charge, Office of Export Enforcement (BIS). Karen and Ron will walk you through the changes to the old regulations and show you how to comply with the new. Time will be allotted for questions. From the President and CEO to the shipping clerk, everyone is responsible for compliance with regulations. This workshop is ideal for current exporters as well as new exporters.



Michigan Agricultural Exporter of the Year (with MDARD)

When: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Led By: Connor Sports

Connor Sports has been milling wood for its sports flooring from Michigan's upper peninsula for over 100 years. The company was recognized by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) as "Michigan Agriculture Exporter of the Year" for its consistent commitment to serving customers in 40 plus countries on six continents. Join us for our morning program to hear about concrete steps you can take to make your business successful on the export market, and stay for lunch to hear how Connor Sports has achieved higher sales, market diversification, and significant employee growth as well.


Global Supply Chain Management Book Launch

When: Thursday, January 23, 2014
Led By: Tomas Hult, David Closs, David Frayer

Professors from Michigan State University's #1 ranked Supply Chain Management program and Eli Broad College of Business will present and discuss their new book, "Global Supply Chain Management: Leveraging Processes, Measurements, and Tools for Strategic Corporate Advantage." Participants will each receive a copy of the text. Global Supply Chain Management takes you step by step through the process of creating and managing a global supply chain strategy and aligning it with the conditions of your industry. Learn everything you need to know about developing a core strategy plus strategies for each of the critical supply chain functions: Logistics, purchasing, Operations, Market channels



CANCELED: Mexico vs. China: Where is Your Next Big Opportunity?

When: Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Led By: Dr. Al Zapanta, President & CEO, U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED AND WILL BE RE-SCHEDULED IN 2014While NAFTA opened the doors to increased opportunities south of the U.S. boarder, the ensuing rise of China to a global economic powerhouse pulled our attention and economic focus across the Pacific. However, recent events (a rise in Chinese wages and tighter turnaround deadlines) have led U.S. businesses to reconsider Mexico, in spite of some of its own issues (violence and drug-related crimes). Given limited resources, many companies are asking themselves: Which country marks our best opportunity? This seminar will provide you with the information to answer that question for your company. Our keynote speaker, Al Zapanta, has worked in both the private and government sectors, and has held numerous Presidential appointments, as well as leading peacekeeping missions with the United Nations. Dr. Zapanta will cover the latest issues and trends for U.S. companies doing business in Mexico, as well as highlighting the latest opportunities.

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Export 101: Grow Your Sales, Manage Your Risk

When: Friday, November 22, 2013
Led By: John Toles, Director, Detroit Regional Office, Export-Import Bank

Our morning event will cover the basic concepts in exporting--from doing market research to select your target market and method of entry to the logistics and legalities of shipping your product overseas and getting paid. This session will offer a wealth of information to those considering or new to exporting, as well as some tips and ideas for those already in the export game. A portion of the morning will include group discussion, as well as time for questions and answers. Our luncheon keynote, John Toles, has dedicated his entire career to international trade, spending the past year as the founding director of the Detroit Regional Office of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. Ex-Im Bank provides working capital guarantees (pre-export financing); export credit insurance; and loan guarantees and direct loans. These services enable U.S. companies — large and small — to turn export opportunities into real sales that help to maintain and create U.S. jobs and contribute to a stronger national economy. Prior to joining ExIm, John was managing partner and founder of Supply Chain Shipping LLC. John serves on the District Export Council, and is a graduate of Western Michigan University.

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Global Trade Days Cocktail Reception & Hors d'oeuvres

When: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Led By: Meet with Directors & Representatives of Michigan's overseas network!

4-6pm Directors & Representatives of Michigan's overseas trade offices will give brief presentations about opportunities in their countries and the services offered by their offices. Time will be given for questions and conversations during this informal reception. Represented countries include Brazil, Canada, China, Mexico & United Arab Emirates. Sponsors: MEDC Export Office, FosterSwift

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Overseas Partners & Global Logistics

When: Thursday, September 5, 2013
Led By: Robert Selig, President and CEO, Capital Region Airport Authority

Join us for our first Global Business Club program of the season! Gain a basic understanding of import/export management--including logistics, dealing with overseas partners, and which local resources are there to support you. Attendees with also hear from local logistics providers and new regulatory changes--including the new Chinese VAT and US Customs enforcement of ISF (10+2)

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Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) Training

When: Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Led By: Jim Foley, Director of the Turner Center at Bradley University and author

This 2-day training (8am-5pm August 14-15) is sponsored by the MEDC for its export partners and is open by invitation only. It is aligned with the national NASBITE CGBP trade professional exam and will support efforts of participants to sit for the national exam. This training covers the Primary Content Areas of the exam:Global Management, Global Marketing, International Supply Chain Mgmt, Trade Finance, Best resources & data sources

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Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) Training

When: Monday, August 12, 2013
Led By: Jim Foley, Director of the Turner Center at Bradley University and author

This 2-day training (8am-5pm August 12-13) is sponsored by the MEDC for its export partners and is open by invitation only. It is aligned with the national NASBITE CGBP trade professional exam and will support efforts of participants to sit for the national exam. This training covers the Primary Content Areas of the exam:Global Management, Global Marketing, International Supply Chain Mgmt, Trade Finance, Best resources & data sources

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Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) Training

When: Monday, June 17, 2013
Led By: Jim Foley, Director of the Turner Center at Bradley University and author

This 2-day training (8am-5pm June 17-18) is sponsored by the MEDC for its export partners and is open by invitation only. It is aligned with the national NASBITE CGBP trade professional exam and will support efforts of participants to sit for the national exam. This training covers the Primary Content Areas of the exam:Global Management, Global Marketing, International Supply Chain Mgmt, Trade Finance, Best resources & data sources

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U.S. Export Assistance Centers: Putting the Resources to Work for YOU

When: Monday, June 3, 2013
Led By: Kendra Kuo, Director, Grand Rapids U.S. Export Assistance Center

Kendra Kuo has been working with the U.S. Department of Commerce to help U.S. businesses grow sales through increased exports since 2000. Her office, in conjugation with partner offices around the country and around the globe, provides a large array of low-cost and free government assistance programs. These programs include matchmaking services, background checks, market research, and trade missions, all with the goal of helping U.S. business to grow and create jobs. Join us for lunch to network with colleagues and learn how to connect to with these important resources!

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Doing Business in China

When: Thursday, May 2, 2013
Led By: Mr. Ning Shao, Director, Michigan China Center

China is the third largest export market for the U.S., and China is Michigan’s third largest export market, with $3.3 billion in export sales last year. Michigan’s exports to China grew 21% from 2011-2012; is your business part of this growth? Mr. Ning Shao will present a brief history of China’s reform over the past 30 years and China’s five-year plan, and why they matter to Michigan. He will cover eight lessons for doing business in China, as well as potential business opportunities and challenges in China for Michigan businesses.


Environmental Sustainability & Business Profitability: An International Perspective

When: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Led By: Fred Keller

8:30am Morning Seminar 12noon Lunch Keynote $35 Registration fee (includes lunch) An engineer by trade with decades of international business experience and a passion for sustainable business practices, Fred Keller, Chairman and CEO of Cascade Engineering, will present our keynote address. Our morning seminar will feature a panel of experts and experienced businesspersons around various topics of sustainable business practices, including: -Christine Spitzley, Senior Environmental Programs Planner, Tricounty Regional Planning Commission -John Bradburn, Manager of Waste Reduction Efforts, General Motors -Joseph Hotchkiss, Director, MSU Center for Packaging & Sustainability -Steven Safferman, MSU Bioenergy Systems & Agricultural Engineering



Export Essentials: Logistics, Documentation & Due Diligence

When: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Led By: Graceland Fruit, Inc.

8:30am Workshop 12:00noon Luncheon For the fourth consecutive year, the Global Business Club is pleased to welcome the Michigan Agricultural Exporter of the Year as part of our spring speaker series. As one of the largest dried fruit producers in the world, Graceland increased their exports 40% in 2011, and has experience exporting to 42 countries. Our morning seminar will address issues of interest to all companies interested in exporting, including discussions on choosing the right international partners. We look forward to seeing you there!


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Managing a Global Brand in a Franchise Environment

When: Friday, February 1, 2013
Led By: Michael Lawton

**Please note this is an evening program** 5:30pm Cash Bar & Registration ($35) 6:30pm Welcome & Dinner Served A seasoned professional with more than three decades of global general management and finance experience, Michael Lawton was named Chief Financial Officer of Domino’s Pizza Inc. in September 2010. As the financial leader of the publicly traded entity (NYSE:DPZ), he is responsible for financial planning, analysis, public reporting, treasury and risk management and for creating shareholder value. Lawton joined Domino’s Pizza in 1999 as head of finance for the company’s international division, and in 2004, he took the reins of the division as executive vice president. Under his leadership, the division drove a retail sales compounded annual growth rate of 12%, and added more than 1,100 stores in both existing and new markets around the world. The division accounts for over 45% of the company’s global retail sales, and is among the strongest international models in the restaurant sector. For 13 years prior to joining Domino’s, Lawton held several roles with Gerber Products Company. A certified public accountant, Lawton holds a B.A. in accounting from Michigan State University and a MBA from Grand Valley State University. Lawton, his wife Janet and two sons reside in Ann Arbor, Mich.


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Doing Business in Brazil

When: Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Led By: Luiz Eugenio Porto Severo de Costa

Mr. Porto Severo assists U.S. businesses with interests in Brazil. A graduate of the PUC Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, he served as counsel in the areas of consulting and tax litigation at law firms Castro, Barros, Sobral Advogados and Barbosa Gomes, Müssnich & Aragão Advogados. He is currently a member of the Bichara, Barata & Costa Law Firm. He is author of articles published in books specializing in Tax Law,and has delivered numerous lectures throughout Brazil. His post-graduate studies in state law were completed at the State University of the State of Rio de Janeiro - UERJ.LLM, and in tax from Northwestern University (USA). Member of the Brazilian Bar Association, Rio de Janeiro section. Other confirmed speakers include: Angelo Oricchio, CEO, Paramount Coffee Chuck Bird, Director of International Sales, Neogen Corporation Bruce Thelen, Member,Dickinson Wright PLLC Saulo Gouveia, MSU Assistant Professor of Portuguese


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The Importance of Continuing Education in International Trade--The CGBP Credential

When: Friday, September 7, 2012
Led By: Jim Foley

Mr. Foley is a frequent speaker on issues of international trade and teaches International Business courses at Bradley University. He is a Past President of NASBITE International, and now serves as the Director for the NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) credential. He was elected Chairman of IATTO – International Association of Trade Training Organizations during the 2004 IATTO Forum in Cape Town, South Africa and is also chair of the Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) International Interest Section. Mr. Foley is the author of the book The Global Entrepreneur discussing techniques to expand international trade for small to midsize companies. First printed in 1999 and now in its second edition, numerous colleges and universities have adopted the text for undergraduate and MBA international business courses. The book has also been used by thousands of readers to expand their international business. Prior to joining the trade center in 1994, Mr. Foley lived and worked in Europe for seven years. His overseas business experience includes positions in marketing, sales, and corporate management in the computer industry.Before London, Jim worked in Los Angeles in the software industry, and also lived in Mexico City where he earned a Spanish proficiency certificate.

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Certified Global Business Professional training

When: Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Led By: Jim Foley and Jade Sims, presenters

Note this training is by invitation only. Please direct questions to Jade Sims of the Michigan State University International Business Center,, or 517.884.1660.

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How To Investigate and Choose Overseas Markets & Creating a Market Entry Strategy

When: Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Led By: Tomas Hult, Director, International Business Center

Dr. Hult and Ms. Jade Sims, Trade Specialist, will present these 2 complementary workshops. In the morning, you will learn about the online tools available to you and have the opportunity to create your own market selection tool. In the afternoon, we will explore the costs and benefits of different modes of international market entry. $50 includes lunch & certificate of completion. Registration at:

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The World is Your Market: Export 101

When: Thursday, May 24, 2012
Led By: Mark Kinsler, Vice President International Business & Attraction, MEDC

On May 24th, the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the US Census Bureau/Foreign Trade Division will bring their expertise to YOU. We have put together a half-day program of information on how to begin exporting--now. You will learn how to utilize Census information to do research and make informed decisions on entering new markets, and learn how to use SBA's online Export Business Planner. Get the tools you need to feel competent in the export game!


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Incoterms 2010: The ICC Rules Explained

When: Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Led By: Frank Reynolds

More info & registration: Frank Reynolds is uniquely qualified to explain Incoterms® 2010 rules to Americans. He brought nearly 50 years of hands-on practical trade expertise to the 2000 and 2010 Incoterms® revisions where he represented the United States. He has been instructing trade-related topics for over 25 years.

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Port Lansing Global Logistics Conference

When: Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Led By: Michael Finney, Michigan Economic Development Corporation

For more information & registration, go to

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Automated Export Compliance Seminar & Workshop

When: Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Led By: Speakers from U.S. Census, Border Control, etc.

Wed, May 9: AES SEMINAR Thu, May 10: PcLink WORKSHOP Is your company compliant? It is important you understand the current requirements of the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR) and how to avoid penalties and possible seizure of your commodities. In addition it is vital to provide accurate and complete data in efforts to help the trade make sound business decisions. This seminar will include clarifications to the Foreign Trade Regulations including ITAR & EAR, an overview of the AES, commodity classification, hands-on AESpc Link training, and more. Click on the flyer for registration. Shawn Shannon, 443.895.8881 NOTE: Included in your registration fee is the option to meet with an DEC member for a one-on-one 20 minute counseling session. Please contact Jade Sims, 517.884.1660

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World Trade Week West Michigan

When: Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Led By: John Hendrickson, Executive Vice President, Perrigo

Registration: The World Trade Week Business Conference 2012 – Achieving Export Growth – has much to offer to both novice and experienced exporters. Join us as we hear from experts and specialists about strategies, opportunities and resources available to help businesses increase international sales.


Expanding Internationally In Times of Risk & Uncertainty

When: Thursday, March 22, 2012
Led By: University Distinguished Professor Max Kreinin

This ½ day seminar and luncheon will propose solutions to dealing with all types of risk encountered by companies that are doing business internationally or interested in starting. Professionals in the fields of trade finance, foreign exchange, private insurance and business law will be on hand. Our luncheon keynote speaker is University Distinguished Professor of Economics (Trade/International Finance) Max Kreinin. Professor Kreinin is a consultant to the Council on Foreign Relations and several federal and state agencies, and will speak on the current European economic situation and its implications for international business.

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Explore Agricultural Exports: A World of Opportunity

When: Thursday, February 9, 2012
Led By: Cherry Central Cooperative

This seminar will provide the information and resources to expand your customer base by establishing or intensifying your global presence! Seasoned experts will be on hand to help you address your unique concerns—from financing and government regulations to shipping products and getting paid.


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Connect your Business to MSU’s Global Talent: Practical Steps & A World of Benefit

When: Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Led By: Athena Trentin (Global Talent Retention Initiative), Ryan Lamb (FosterSwift PC)

This evening seminar event will help you learn how to infuse your company with young, energetic, international talent and the language and cultural skills and experience to help you explore global markets. We will discuss how to make connections with student interns, and affordable short- and long-term hiring options that exist.


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Practical-Steps-Ryan Lamb_012411.ppt
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Key Issues in Expanding Your Business to Emerging Markets

When: Thursday, November 17, 2011
Led By: Tony Kayyod

This workshop will address the specific issues in doing business in emerging markets. In addition, speakers from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation will discuss new training and financial incentives that are now available to Michigan companies involved in exporting.


Bill Richeson presentation.ppt
Brent Case presentation.pptx
Christopher Cook presentation.ppt
David Hemmings presentation.ppt
Deanna Richeson presentation.ppt
Fathy Shetiah presentation.pptx
India Presentation.pptx
John Alexander presentation.pptx
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Why Singapore? Why Southeast Asia? Why Now?

When: Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Led By: The Honorable David I. Adelman

Ambassador Adelman and his colleagues will be addressing the state of Michigan about the benefits of strengthening our economic relationship with southeast Asia and the National Export Initiative (NEI)

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International Business Development

When: Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Led By: Peter Walters, Chairman of the Board, Guardian Industries

Join us as we welcome back to Michigan State Peter Walters, friend and former board member of MSU-CIBER. His topic, "International Business Development", will inspire your professional global interactions no matter what stage of activity your business is currently at.

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Targeting Customers Around the World

When: Thursday, May 12, 2011
Led By: Pedro Moya, Manager of Online Sales, Google

Join us for a morning of discussions about the technology landscape around the world (focus: China) with speakers from the U.S. Commercial Service and local IT professionals. We then continue with lunch and keynote speaker Pedro Moya of Google. Don't miss this special addition to the calendar!

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The Canada-Michigan Relationship & the State's New Economy

When: Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Led By: Canadian Consul General Roy Norton

Consul General Norton will highlight the many aspects of the Canada-Michigan relationship, including trade, environmental stewardship, and partners in global security. He will discuss the benefits of the New International Trade Crossing for Michigan's businesses and the importance of modern border infrastructure to meet the needs of the state's new economy.

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Global: It Is a Two Way Process

When: Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Led By: John E. Sztykiel, President and CEO, Spartan Motors, Inc.

The Spartan Motors, Inc. Board of Directors elected John E. Sztykiel as the president and chief executive officer in June 2002. Prior to the election, John served as the president and chief operating officer of Spartan Motors, beginning in 1992 and as a director since 1988. During that time, he also held the position of president of the company’s

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Global Opportunities for Michigan Manufacturers

When: Thursday, March 24, 2011
Led By: Chuck Hadden, President and CEO of Michigan Manufacturers Association

Chuck Hadden will speak on how to help Michigan manufacturers rise above the tough economy by diversifying their business to include new customers and new products. He will share how the MMA intends to meet this growing demand & provide the information that Michigan manufacturers need to compete against the rest of the world - and win.


Ex-Im and Trade Finance Overview March 2011.ppt
Managing Currency Exposure 3-24-11.pdf
SBA Trade Finance GBC Mid-Michigan 3-24-11.ppt
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AG Exporter of the Year - Zeeland Farm Services

When: Thursday, February 17, 2011
Led By: Dan Meeuwsen

Dan Meeuwsen is the Feed Ingredients Division Manager at Zeeland Farm Services, Inc. Dan earned a Bachelor degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Davenport University, and is currently working towards a Masters in Business Administration degree from Cornerstone University. Dan has served ZFS for over 20 years in various capacities.

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Sustainability as a Megatrend in International Trade

When: Thursday, November 18, 2010
Led By: Richard Chapas

Dr. Chapas is a Board member for the Center for Sustainable Enterprise at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina. He has worked with academic and industrial experts to develop products directed at the needs of the developing world. He has presented papers throughout the world on sustainable development and innovation. He is on the Executive Committee for the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development which leads U.S. businesses in developing projects to drive sustainable solutions, including industrial ecology and ecosystems restoration. He currently serves on the faculty of the University of Delaware, Lerner Business School, where he teaches courses on sustainability and green business.

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The ABCs of Growing and Sustaining an International Business

When: Thursday, September 16, 2010
Led By: Joe Badra

Joseph Badra is the President of International Consulting and Contracting Services, Inc. (ICCS). ICCS is a multi-faceted International Trade and Export Company located in Lansing, Michigan and has been successfully operating in the global marketplace since 1983. Originally from Jordan, Mr. Badra attended Oklahoma State University to complete both his B.S and M.S degrees in civil engineering. He currently resides in Okemos with his family.

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Exporting Successes: Tools, Lessons, and Advice from the Ag Exporter of the Year

When: Thursday, April 22, 2010
Led By: Evan Elenbaas, President, and Troy Schmaker, CFO, of Walters Gardens

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Sourcing and Selling Product in China - It's Different!

When: Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Led By: Charles "Chuck" B. Bird


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IC-DISC Tax Planning - The Last U.S. Export Incentive

When: Thursday, February 18, 2010
Led By: Daniel J. Vandenberg and Thomas A. Koster

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Taking Your Business Global Through Foreign Partners

When: Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Led By: Andrew Mangan, Executive Director of the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development

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Lansing's International Port of Entry and Foreign Trade Zone

When: Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Led By: Robert Selig, Executive Director of the Capital Regional International Airport

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A Basic Guide to Exporting

When: Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Led By: Doug Barry, Senior International Trade Specialist with the U.S. Department of Commerce

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Funding Your Domestic Expansion with International Funds - The EB-5 Foreign Investor Visa Program

When: Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Led By: Gary J. McRay, President, Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.

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Creating Brand Recognition in a Global Market

When: Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Led By: Patricia Anderson, CEO and President, Cooperative Elevator Company

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Becoming a Global Company - Get Moving!

When: Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Led By: Bill Hamilton, President, TechSmith Corporation

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Partnering with China for Mutual Benefit

When: Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Led By: Charles D. Fowler, President & CEO Fairmont Minerals

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U.S. Free Trade Policy and Leveling the Playing Field for U.S. Business in Asia

When: Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Led By: Erik Magdanz

East Asia Trade Policy Officer, Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs, US Department of State

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France: A Country on the Move

When: Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Led By: Jean-Pierre Novak

Vice-President, Invest in France Agency, North America

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Two Giants: The U.S. - Brazil Relationship

When: Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Led By: David M. Schnier, Senior Brazil Desk Officer, U.S. Department of State

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Trade and Transportation: Michigan's Road to Prosperity

When: Thursday, March 20, 2008
Led By: Thomas J. Donohue, President & CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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Uniting to Compete: Free Trade Strengthens America and Her Partners

When: Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Led By: Greg Delawie, Director, Office of Bilateral Trade Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Greg Delawie, the director of the Economic and Energy Bureau's Office of Bilateral Trade Affairs, is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. He most recently served abroad as Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia. He has also served in Rome, Ankara, and Frankfurt.

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Expanding Your Markets Globally

When: Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Led By: Tom Maguire, Director/International Trade Specialist, U.S. Commerce Department

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The Value of Corporate Responsibility in Today's Global Economy

When: Thursday, October 25, 2007
Led By: Carrie Hall, United Nations Global Compact Office

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Lansing Chamber Adopts a Global Mission

When: Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Led By: Bill Sepic

CEO & President
The Lansing Regional Chamber

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The Global Economy from a Federal Perspective

When: Friday, April 13, 2007
Led By: Congressman Mike Rogers, 8th District, Michigan

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Authentic Global Business: Dow's Philosophy of Globalization

When: Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Led By: George J. Biltz

Global Vice President of Purchasing,
The Dow Chemical Company

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Greater Lansing Region: Attracting International Business Investment

When: Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Led By: Tim Daman

Vice President, Economic Development
Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce

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Opportunities for Michigan-Based Small and Medium-Sized Firms in China

When: Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Led By: Chris Holman

Publisher, The Greater Lansing Business Monthly
Host, "Business Today with Chris Holman," WILX TV
Host, "The Chris Holman Morning Show," WILS Radio Michigan's Small Business Advocate

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The International Expansion of CrossCom National

When: Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Led By: Bruce R. Leech

Former Founder, CrossCom National, Inc.

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Global Leadership and International Business

When: Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Led By: Nancy L. Bennett

General Director for Global Learning & Performance for the General Motors University Download the Power Point Presentation

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Michigan's Role in the Global Economy

When: Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Led By: James C. Epolito

President and Chief Executive Officer, Michigan Economic Development Corporation (

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Global Corporate Banking

When: Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Led By: Thomas D. Ogden

Executive Vice President, Global Corporate Banking, Comerica

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Customer Satisfaction Globally

When: Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Led By: Claes Fornell

Chairman of the Board, CFI Group

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Global Technology Drivers

When: Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Led By: Joseph M. Gingo

Executive Vice President, Goodyear

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Dollars and Values

When: Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Led By: Doug DeVos

President, Alticor

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A shrinking world, or a growing global economy?

When: Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Led By: Lynn Myers

General Manager, Pontiac-GMC Division

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Manufacturing and the New Global Realities

When: Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Led By: John "Mac" MacIlroy

President and CEO of Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA)

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Building Successful Global Brands

When: Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Led By: Timothy J. O'Donovan

President and CEO of Wolverine World Wide, Inc.

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Building a Foreign Subsidiary in Michigan

When: Tuesday, February 8, 2005
Led By: Sten Sjöberg

President and CEO of SSAB HardTech, Inc., a subsidiary of the Swedish Steel Group

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Michigan's International Initiatives

When: Tuesday, November 9, 2004
Led By: Gil A. Pezza

Vice President - International Business Development, Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)

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The Dynamics of the New Zealand Economy: Challenging Conventional International Growth Paths

When: Tuesday, October 12, 2004
Led By: Nick Ashill

Victoria University of New Wellington, New Zealand

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U.S Global Economic Leadership in the 21<sup>st</sup> Century: Paradigm Shift in our Economic Model

When: Tuesday, September 14, 2004
Led By: Dean R. Johnson

Chairman of the Board, Shanti, Inc.

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Empowering Women through Micro-Enterprise Development in Developing Countries

When: Tuesday, April 13, 2004
Led By: Nabina Shrestha

Micro-Enterprise Officer United Nations Development Programme Nepal

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Supply Chain Considerations to Support China's Economic Growth

When: Tuesday, March 16, 2004
Led By: David J. Closs

John H. McConnell Chaired Professor in Business Administration at Michigan State University

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The Convergence of Animal and Human Health: Opportunities and Challenges

When: Tuesday, February 10, 2004
Led By: Lonnie J. King

Dean MSU College of Veterinary Medicine

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Sustainable Development in Africa

When: Tuesday, November 11, 2003
Led By: Amin Alexander Tejani

Director Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce

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Mexico and the Super Peso: A Tale of Two Surprises

When: Tuesday, October 7, 2003
Led By: Jorge Gonzalez

Chairman of the Department of Economics, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX

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Knowledge Sharing and Performance in Globally Distributed Work

When: Tuesday, September 9, 2003
Led By: Marietta Baba

Dean of the MSU College of Social Science

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The Thrills and Chills of Global Brand Building

When: Thursday, April 3, 2003
Led By: Lynn Upshaw

Brand/Marketing Strategist Upshaw and Associates San Rafael, California

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The Changing Face of China From Pagodas to Cell Towers

When: Tuesday, March 18, 2003
Led By: John Pearson

Vice President and Executive Director Capital Choice Partnership Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce

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TRADE INTERRUPTED - How the September 11 Terrorist Attacks Affected the Michigan/Ontario Regional Economy

When: Tuesday, February 11, 2003
Led By: Tom Quinn

International Trade Officer Canadian Consulate General, Detroit

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Building International Relationships South of the Border

When: Tuesday, November 12, 2002
Led By: Gladson Remos

Director of Business Development Caco Pacifi c Corporation

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OVERCOMING EXPORT BARRIERS: How the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service Helps Companies Increase Their International Sales

When: Tuesday, October 8, 2002
Led By: Richard Corson

Director of the Pontiac U.S. Export Assistance Center of the U.S. Commercial Service

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The Euro Has Arrived: WHAT IS ITS FUTURE?

When: Tuesday, September 10, 2002
Led By: Carl Liedholm

MSU Department of Economics

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E-Commerce in the United Kingdom: Opportunities for U.S. Firms

When: Tuesday, April 9, 2002
Led By: Bruce Keillor

The University of Akron

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Customer Relationship Management Changes and Challenges, A Global Perspective

When: Tuesday, March 12, 2002
Led By: Peter Lyon

Director of Staffing, Marketing and Sales, The Dow Chemical Company

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globalEDGE - YOUR SOURCE FOR global business knowledge

When: Wednesday, February 13, 2002
Led By: S. Tamer Cavusgil

Founding Executive Director MSU-CIBER
Tomas Hult
Irem Kiyak
Assistant Director
Michael Reed
Systems Analyst

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Globalization and Consolidation in the Pharmaceutical Industry: Challenges for Small, Medium and Large Firms

When: Thursday, November 8, 2001
Led By: John Riesenberger

Executive Vice President of Shaw Science Partners

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Tips to Help Business Travelers Maximize Safety and Minimize Risks

When: Thursday, October 11, 2001
Led By: Rad Jones

Criminal Justice Department at Michigan State University

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Immigration Law in the 21<sup>st</sup> Century"

When: Tuesday, April 10, 2001
Led By: Linda Truitt

J.D., Shareholder, Butzel Long, Detroit

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The Canada-US Economy: A Study in Integration

When: Tuesday, March 20, 2001
Led By: John Lang

Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner, Canadian Consulate General

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Cross-Cultural Business Negotiations: Some Guidelines

When: Tuesday, February 6, 2001
Led By: Pervez Ghauri

Professor of Marketing and International Business at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands

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China Update: Opportunities and Challenges for Michigan Businesses

When: Tuesday, January 9, 2001
Led By: Yvonne Warmbrier-Ramp

Managing Director of the State of Michigan China Office

Ms. Warmbrier-Ramp will lead a frank discussion of the changes, opportunities, and challenges facing Michigan businesses as China prepares entry into the World Trade Organization

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Gerber: A Family Story

When: Thursday, December 14, 2000
Led By: Jack Butterick

Director of Organizational Development at Gerber Products Company (Freemont, Michigan)

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Risky Business Travel - Tips and Tricks for Maximum Safety

When: Tuesday, December 12, 2000
Led By: Rad Jones

Adjunct Professor, Criminal Justice, Michigan State University

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A World Trader's View of Latin America

When: Tuesday, November 14, 2000
Led By: George Herrera

Director of International Marketing, Masco Corporation

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Opportunities to Do Business in India

When: Thursday, November 9, 2000
Led By: Dawn Pysarchik

Associate Dean of International Studies and Programs at Michigan State University

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Y2K Preparedness in the International Arena

When: Thursday, October 12, 2000
Led By: Paul Litton

Manager of the Export Assistance Center, U.S. Department of Commerce, Ann Arbor

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Becoming a Great Global Company

When: Thursday, September 14, 2000
Led By: Geoffrey Bloom

Chairman and CEO of Wolverine World Wide, Inc. (Rockford, Michigan)

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Expanding Poland-- U.S. Economic Cooperation

When: Tuesday, April 11, 2000
Led By: Andrzcj Laganowski

Commercial Counselor for the Embassy of the Republic of Poland

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Transitions, Turbulence and Trade in the new South Africa

When: Tuesday, March 14, 2000
Led By: David Wiley

Director of the African Studies Center at Michigan State University

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Cultural Change at General Motors

When: Tuesday, February 8, 2000
Led By: Elizabeth Briody

Staff Research Scientist at General Motors

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Virtual International Business Academy (VIBA) Demonstration

When: Friday, January 14, 2000
Led By:

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Gerber: A Family Story of International Expansion

When: Tuesday, December 14, 1999
Led By: Jack Butterick

Director of Organizational Development at Gerber Products

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Market Entry in New Europe: Focus on Germany

When: Tuesday, April 13, 1999
Led By: Wilhelm Kast


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Strategies for Penetrating Foreign Markets: Export Sales, Licensing, Alliancing, and Investing

When: Tuesday, March 9, 1999
Led By: Kevin Ecclesine

Global Growth Associates

As president of Global Growth Associates, Kevin Ecclesine is an experienced senior executive who has spent most of his career dealing with overseas business development and management with an emphasis on marketing, sales, distribution and international management. He and his firm specialize in international and global planning and facilitation, market entry planning, organizational development, product development, and "in-market" implementation projects, particularly in marketing and forming alliances.

Prior to forming Global Growth Associates in 1992, Mr. Ecclesine spent six years as Director of International Marketing for Amway Corporation, where he was responsible for overall international product development. There he developed strategies to enhance overall product line profitability, manage Japanese market growth, and globalize the corporate marketing function. Before coming to Amway, the speaker was a Director in Kraft, Inc.'s Latin American management group responsible for marketing and sales. He took the position after having spent two years in Brazil for Hershey, International, Ltd., where he was in charge of its subsidiary's marketing sales and distribution activities in that country.

Mr. Ecclesine is a past president of the West Michigan World Affairs Council and was named Individual World Trader of the Year in 1994 by the West Michigan World Trade Association. With his extensive background, the speaker brings a wealth of international business experience to the Forum.

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The Art of International Musical Marketing

When: Tuesday, December 8, 1998
Led By: Paul Felch, Mark Stiles, Chuck Colby and Glenn Williams, Three Men and a Tenor

Global Growth Associates

Three Men and a Tenor got their start in East Lansing when the members were all still students at Michigan Sate University. The comical pop a cappella group has performed with such stars as the Beach Boys, Peter Cetera, Bob Newhart, Pat Boone and the Chenille Sisters. They have participated in an international music festival held in Scotland and will be participating in a Canadian music conference this December. There Men and a tenor will discuss arranging and performing entertainment outside of the United States, and distribution problems of their CDs and tapes.

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The Euro is coming

When: Tuesday, November 10, 1998
Led By: Carl Liedholm

Economics Professor, Michigan State University

Carl Liedholm is the author of more than one hundred articles and papers with special emphasis on micro and small enterprises in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Dr. Liedholm travels around the globe sharing his expertise on international economies and writes books on the subject. He has taught at Yale University, Oxford University, Wesleyan University and currently Michigan State University. Carl Liedholm is a recipient of the State of Michigan Teaching Excellence Award. Dr. Liedholm will discuss the conversion to a single currency starting January 1999.

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How to get the most from your international banker

When: Tuesday, October 13, 1998
Led By: Martha Johnson

Vice President of International Sales and Finance, Old Kent Bank

Martha Johnson serves as Vice President and Sales Manager of Old Kent's international line of business. She has taught international Finance for Davenport College in Grand Rapids and numerous letter of credit and collection classes. Ms. Johnson has received a Federal appointment t the Michigan District Export Council and serves as its treasurer. She is treasurer of the World Affairs Council of West Michigan and an active member of the West Michigan World Trade Association and the National Association of Credit Management.

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A Michigan company in a Global Market

When: Tuesday, September 15, 1998
Led By: Donald W. Nugent

President, Graceland Fruit, Inc.

Don Nugent is President and CEO of Graceland Fruit , the 1997 Michigan Agricultural exporter of the Year. Graceland Fruit sells and ships its products worldwide. Mr. Nugent is president of North American Fruit Trading Alliance and Chairman of the Board of the Traverse Bay Economic Development Corp. He is a Michigan State University alumnus and an active elected member of the Michigan State University Board of trustees.