Wednesday, October 02, 2013
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan businesses are invited to explore export
opportunities at four Global Trade Days export events taking place in Troy,
Lansing, Grand Rapids and Traverse City Oct. 14-18.
investment mission to China reaffirmed that foreign countries offer new markets,
distributorships and other business partnerships to Michigan companies. These
workshops will help Michigan companies learn how to tap into those markets and
diversify their customer bases,” said Governor Rick Snyder. “In today’s globally
interconnected world, export sales offer extraordinary opportunities for
Michigan companies to grow and create new jobs.”
Global Trade Days
will include presentations from country market specialists from Canada, Mexico,
China, United Arab Emirates, and Brazil, who will speak about doing business in
those markets. These five countries are among Michigan’s top export markets, and
they offer enormous growth opportunities for Michigan businesses:
- Canada is Michigan’s largest export market, and Michigan is the no. 1
state in the U.S. for exports to Canada. Michigan companies exported $25.4
billion in goods and services to Canada in 2012, up from $23.4 billion in
- Mexico is Michigan’s second-largest trading partner. Michigan is
the No. 3 state in the U.S. for exports to Mexico, with Michigan companies
exporting $10.5 billion in goods and services to Mexico in 2012.
- Michigan companies exported nearly $3.3 billion in goods and materials to
China in 2012, making China Michigan’s third-largest export market.
- United Arab Emirates is Michigan’s ninth-largest export market, with
Michigan companies exporting more than $753 million in goods and services in
- In 2012, Michigan companies exported $692.6 million in goods and
materials to Brazil, making it Michigan’s 12th-largest export market.
Attendees at Global Trade Days will learn about opportunities and trends in
top export markets, assistance provided by Michigan Centers and foreign trade
offices, success stories from participating Michigan companies and upcoming
Michigan trade missions and events.
Business owners in attendance at
a workshop can also request one-on-one meetings with the country market
specialists. To schedule a meeting, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Export sales help diversify companies’ customer bases, provide longer term
stability and can support higher paying jobs,” said MEDC President and CEO
Michael A. Finney. “The Global Trade Days events are designed for Michigan
companies, to introduce them to the ins and outs of global trade in five key
markets and how to leverage these opportunities to improve their bottom
The Global Trade Days event dates and locations are:
Monday, Oct. 14, 12:45 – 5:00 p.m.
Troy Marriott Hotel
W. Big Beaver Rd., Troy, MI 48084
Co-sponsored by Automation Alley
Register online: https://www.regonline.com/globaltradedays
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Law Firm, 313 S. Washington Sq., Lansing, MI 48823
Co-sponsored by Global
Business Club of Mid-Michigan
Register online: http://global.broad.msu.edu/gbclub
Thursday, Oct. 17, 8:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Valley State University, 301 Michigan St., N.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Co-sponsored by Van Andel Global Trade Center
Friday, Oct. 18, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Star Farms, 10844 E. Revold Rd., Suttons Bay, MI 49682
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