“This is a unique opportunity for Southern Alberta businesses to learn how to plan and execute their business expansion strategies into other countries,” said Bill Halley, Technology Development Advisor with RINSA, a partnership between the University of Lethbridge Industry Liaison Office, Lethbridge College, Economic Development Lethbridge, SouthGrow, Lethbridge Community Futures and National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program.
RINSA provides the collective goal of empowering entrepreneurs to develop and commercialize new products that will bolster the economy of our region.
“We want to provide Southern Alberta businesses with valuable information, contacts and resources to help them grow their businesses and avoid the pit-falls associated with expanding into foreign markets,” Halley said.
”We are fortunate to have assembled a knowledgeable group of experts from the Alberta Business Link; Trade and Investment, International Relations, Government of Alberta; Alberta International Offices and Alberta’s International Technology Collaboration Programs.”
Halley added that the event would be beneficial to local business people in that they can learn and interact with agencies that are positioned to help them grow their companies and markets.
“My hope is that as these local companies expand they will hire more Albertans to help support their development into the global marketplace.”
Topics of interest to small and medium sized companies include:
- Export Readiness – Export 101
- Export Business Planning
- International Market Research
- Cultural Learning
- Sourcing Entry to Foreign markets
- Business Supports through the Alberta International Offices
- Alberta’s International Technology Collaboration Programs.
As well, an introduction to Canadian Patent Law and Intellectual Property protection and a panel featuring local business representatives who will speak about their experiences in the international marketplace are on the agenda.
This event is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Following the formal part of the conference, the delegates can sign-up to meet the presenters and have small group sessions and network with the experts.
Any company contemplating doing business abroad is encouraged to attend.
The cost is $30 and registration can be done by calling the Chamber of Commerce at 403-327-1586 or by registering online at: http://www.lethbridgechamber.com/ (left hand column).
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