Monday, August 25, 2014

Made in Rural America Regional Export and International Investment Forum: Cortland, New York, 9/5/2014

The New York SBDC is participating in:

"Made in Rural America: Regional Export and International Investment Forum"

September 5, 2014
8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Corey Union Function Room
SUNY–Cortland
103 Prospect Terrace
Cortland, New York 13045


As part of the White House Rural Council's Made in Rural America export and investment initiative, ARC, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Department of Commerce will co-host a regional forum in Cortland, New York, on September 5 on expanding international market opportunities for rural businesses and value-added agricultural producers. One of a series of events taking place across the country to help boost exports and rural economies, the Cortland forum will help upstate New York firms learn ways to grow their business by finding new customers abroad and expanding sales to their existing international customers. It will also help rural community leaders learn how to position their regions to attract and prepare for foreign investment.

Held at the invitation of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the forum will feature a keynote address from U.S. Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Bruce H. Andrews and remarks from ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl F. Gohl. Attendees will also hear from experienced exporters and from local, state, and federal organizations about resources and opportunities that can help rural businesses and community leaders access new markets and customers abroad. Speakers will include international business professionals from Empire State Development, the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the New York Small Business Development Center network, and the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Forum events will include panel discussions with successful exporters and community leaders on overcoming barriers to exporting and the opportunities exporting presents for community and economic growth; as well as sessions on trade financing and foreign investment. Business attendees will have the option of participating in one-on-one introductory meetings with export-assistance providers.

A detailed agenda will be available soon.

The forum will take place on the campus of SUNY–Cortland from 8:00 a.m.to 3:00 p.m.; lunch will be provided. The event is free of charge, but advance registration is required by 5:00 p.m. on September 3.

For more information about the forum, please contact ARC at exportnewyork@arc.gov .

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