Wednesday, March 25, 1998
The Michigan Jobs Commission is hosting a seminar on doing business in South Africa. The conference will be Thursday, April 2, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing. The Jobs Commission will focus on the automotive and medical markets in South Africa, as well as general information on the geo-political and economic climates, laws, finance, insurance and overall business strategies for doing business there. Featured speakers include William C. Brooks, vice chair of Luftig & Warren International, and former vice president of Corporate Affairs for General Motors Corporation; and Betty J. Appleby, managing director of the Jobs Commission's new international business development office in Johannesburg, South Africa. There is a $55 charge for the seminar, which includes lunch. Reservations are required, and can be made by phone (517.373.9808) or on the Internet www.state.mi.us/mjc. Business people who have actually been doing business in South Africa will be the principal speakers. "South Africa's economic strength is growing, and we want Michigan companies to take advantage of this emerging market," said Doug Rothwell, Jobs Commission CEO and Department Director. "We think this seminar will help participants make good contacts and make good decisions on how to proceed in this marketplace." The Jobs Commission also plans to hold seminars on doing business in China. These will be May 21 in Troy, and July 30 in Grand Rapids.