Speaker: Jade Sims, Michigan State International Business Center

Air Date: December 05, 2019

Hosted by Jade Sims, this segment of the globalEDGE Business Beat is an interview with Kendra Kuo, Director of the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Kendra and Jade discuss the services provided to Michigan companies through Kendra’s office, including the upcoming ExporTech™ export incubator and accelerator that will take place in Lansing from February to March 2020.

Speaker: Jade Sims, Michigan State International Business Center

Air Date: December 05, 2019

Hosted by Jade Sims, this segment of the globalEDGE Business Beat is an interview with Paul Jarzombek, Chief Operating Officer at LR International. Paul and Jade discuss common concerns for companies new to international shipping, including the new INCOTERMS 2020 and why it’s important to have a great relationship with your freight forwarder.

Speaker: Jade Sims, Michigan State International Business Center

Air Date: December 05, 2019

Hosted by Jade Sims, this segment of the globalEDGE Business Beat is an interview with Noel Nevshehir, Director of International Business Services and Industry 4.0 Strategic Partnerships at Automation Alley.

Noel talks about the international business services provided by Automation Alley, including the difference between trade shows and trade missions and how a company can take advantage of these opportunities to get to know foreign customers and grow sales. More information is available at www.automationalley.com/Programs/Trade-Missions.aspx.

Speaker: Jade Sims, Michigan State International Business Center

Air Date: December 05, 2019

Hosted by Jade Sims, this segment of the globalEDGE Business Beat is an interview with Alyssa Tracey, Director of the award-winning International Trade Program at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). 

This program provides both technical assistance and financial incentives to Michigan’s small- and medium-sized businesses that support international sales.  This includes training, consulting, market research, overseas offices, organization of trade missions, website optimization, legal advice, and financial reimbursement for marketing-related expenses. 

Jade and Alyssa discuss how to access these services; more information (including upcoming trade missions) is available at https://www.michiganbusiness.org/export/ 

Speaker: Jade Sims, Michigan State International Business Center

Air Date: December 05, 2019

Hosted by Jade Sims, this segment of the globalEDGE Business Beat is an interview with Jean Schtokal, Shareholder at FosterSwift Law Firm and Chair of the West Michigan District Export Council (DEC). 

The District Export Councils are comprised of volunteers appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to assist small- and medium-sized businesses with their export activities. 

In Michigan, they provide consulting, training programs, and support for the almost 15,000 exporters. Jean and Jade discuss how to contact these professionals for assistance and upcoming programs that Michigan companies can take advantage of.

Speaker: Jade Sims, Michigan State International Business Center

Air Date: December 05, 2019

Hosted by Jade Sims, this segment of the globalEDGE Business Beat is an interview with Kendra Kuo, Director of the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

Kendra shares information about where companies can go to conduct market research when considering foreign markets, from MSU’s globalEDGE to the Market Diversification Tool on Export.gov.