MIDJersey to host international business conference in Monroe

Jessica Perry//August 26, 2014

MIDJersey to host international business conference in Monroe

Jessica Perry//August 26, 2014

The MIDJersey Center for Economic Development will host an International Business Opportunities Conference on Sept. 10 at the Forsgate County Club in Monroe.This one-day conference from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. will provide an opportunity for more than 150 of New Jersey’s top business leaders to network and discuss the lucrative topic of exporting.

“The purpose of the event is to raise awareness about international markets and how to conduct business internationally,” said MIDCED Interim Executive Director Robert Prunetti in a press release.

“We believe that American businesses can benefit from growth around the world, especially since 85 percent of the future growth will occur outside the United States.”

BioNJ CEO Debbie Hart will moderate “A Plan of Action,” in which panelists will provide information on international exporting from New Jersey and all the government, financial, logistical and professional service provider resources required. Panelists will also discuss targeting specific geographic markets based on one’s business.

Minister-Counselor Richard Steffens, who serves in the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Canada, will moderate “Success Stories,” in which panelists will discuss how existing New Jersey-based exporters can grow their businesses by avoiding costly mistakes and increasing their market share through international trade.

N.J. State Department’s Eddy S. Mayen, who oversees the state’s international business development strategy, will moderate “Export Markets for New Business,” in which panelists will reveal untapped exporting opportunities for companies and entrepreneurs.

The 16 panelists will include William E. Spear, International Business Development and Protocol advocate with the U.S. State Department; Toni Corsini, N.Y./N.J. regional manager at the Office of International Trade in the U.S. Small Business Administration; Roger S. Cohen, lead international trade consultant with the N.J. Small Business Development Centers and president of Cohen International; and Thomas P. Mottley, senior international trade specialist with the U.S. Export Assistance Center.

Closing Keynote speaker will be New Jersey State Senator President Stephen Sweeney.

The conference’s sponsors include Fulton Bank of New Jersey, Fulton International Group, Fox Rothschild, LLP, Reid Sound, Thomas Edison State College and Creative Marketing Alliance, Inc.

The MIDJersey Center for Economic Development — the nonprofit foundation of the MIDJersey Chamber of Commerce — is dedicated to improving economic growth in central New Jersey via collaborative initiatives to retain, expand and attract businesses.


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