Wednesday, November 10, 2010

FREE export seminar coming to Fort Wayne

Indiana businesses can learn how to tap into growing export markets at the Northeast Indiana International Trade Seminar in Fort Wayne.

All interested Hoosier businesses and individuals are invited to attend this free seminar, to be held Monday, November 15, from 1-4 p.m. at the Allen County Public Library in downtown Fort Wayne. Free underground parking is available for all library card holders.

"Exporting Hoosier-made products and services can boost the Indiana economy, grow small businesses and create jobs by opening previously untapped markets," said Sen. Richard Lugar.

Lugar learned the importance of exports when managing the family’s small manufacturing company in Indianapolis with his brother, Tom. With help from Senator Homer Capehart, Lugar got an appointment at the Ex-Im Bank in Washington, D.C., and after meeting, began exporting cracker and biscuit machinery to new markets in Mexico, Peru, Columbia, and the Philippines. The connections made through the Ex-Im Bank interactions helped propel further success of the company, resulting in the first E-Award for excellence in exports from the U.S. Department of Commerce in central Indiana.

Ex-Im Bank Director Diane Farrell will deliver opening remarks at the seminar, followed by a panel discussion on "Tools and Techniques for Marketing Globally." Panelists will include representatives from Ex-Im Bank, the Small Business Administration and The Department of Commerce and private companies.

The seminar is open to the public and free of charge, but registration is required. Interested individuals may register by calling Amy Fumarolo in Senator Lugar’s northeast Indiana office at (260) 422-1505. More information is at Sen. Lugar's web site.

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