Stateline World Trade Association: Change in topic for September program — SLWTA Presents: Wisconsin International Trade Team

[Beloit, WI] – SLWTA’s previously scheduled September 22, 2011 program entitled Economic Development Opportunities and the Rejuvenation of the Port of Milwaukee Foreign-Trade Zone will be rescheduled.

On Thursday, September 22, 2011 the Stateline World Trade Association (SLWTA) will host a dinner meeting and program on Tools for Export Success: Finding the funds, the customers and the answers to your export questions at the Butterfly Club in Beloit, WI. The program will be presented by the Wisconsin International Trade Team, a collaboration of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and the new Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).

“Wisconsin International Trade Team professionals have years of experience in international sales, banking, transportation, and marketing, as well as first-hand knowledge of business cultures and practices around the globe. Attendees will gain valuable information about export assistance services, funding sources and growing markets,” said SLWTA President, Brad Collins.

Stanley Pfrang, International Business Manager with WEDC and Jen Pino-Gallagher, economic development consultant for DATCP will share their expertise on “how to” do the following:

· Put together an export marketing plan · Master the mechanics of exporting · Identify distributors or customers · Solve export emergencies such as customs holds · Conduct market research to identify top prospects · Double your marketing budget by accessing funds to cover up to 50% of your international marketing costs

Patrick Hope, Director at the U.S Department of Commerce’s Rockford, IL U.S. Export Assistance Center will also provide information on resources available to Illinois companies.

The Thursday September 22, 2011 event will be held at The Butterfly Club, 5246 E. County Rd. X in Beloit, Wisconsin. Networking begins at 5:30 p.m. Dinner is at 6:15 p.m. and will be followed by the program. Cost is $25 for members, $35 for non-members, and $15 for students with ID. The menu for the evening will include: prime rib, baked potato, house salad, and dessert. Dietary restrictions should be noted when registering and substitutions can be ordered. Registration must be received by Tuesday, September 20, 2011. To register, email Aimee Thurner at [email protected], call (608) 313-1367, or register on-line at http://www.slwta.org. No-shows or cancellations on the day of the program will be charged the full fee.

About SLWTA

The Stateline World Trade Association was formed in 1987 to promote an understanding and appreciation of the international marketplace. SLWTA is one of four World Trade Associations in Wisconsin. The SLWTA serves, but is not limited to, the Southern Wisconsin/Northern Illinois area.