ATTEND MAY 29, 2012
THINK GLOBAL TAKING YOUR BUSINESS TO NEW MARKETS Learn fundamentals from the Global Business Centre’s export expert and gain the knowledge to take your company to a global market. Obtain the tools to create an export plan, gain multiple listings of export resources to aid in market expansion, and learn the steps to effectively plan for, and participate in, a trade mission. Time:
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Fireside Room, Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede Grounds
$25 +GST (includes lunch)
Contact the Medicine Hat and District Chamber at 403.527.5214 or visit www.medicinehatchamber.com.
• Ask about the opportunity to have a free personalized one-on-one export session for your business (only 5 spots available on May 29th) • or how your company could be part of Centralia (www.centrallia.com), an affordable and highly efficient business matchmaking forum for small businesses and entrepreneurs to be held in Winnipeg, October 10-12, 2012.
REGISTER BY MAY 25, 2012
Doors Open Coffee and Registration
11:00 a.m. Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce
Welcome & Introductions
11:15 a.m. Marek Drywa, Global Business Centre
Creating an Export Plan (export readiness assessment, trade finance, supply chain) When looking to export a product or service, it is important for a company or entrepreneur to create an export plan for each product or service entering a market. If an export plan is not given the time and attention it needs, a company may fail in the initiative. This session provides a solid and comprehensive overview of what is needed for aspiring exporters to decide if they are ready to go international, how to secure trade financing and identify your supply chain needs. By attending you will gain the tools and templates to create an export plan, as well as the knowledge and resources to aid in market expansion.
Lunch Presentation Presented by the Global Business Centre, an innovative initiative by Calgary Economic Development
12:15 p.m. Marek Drywa, Global Business Centre
How to effectively plan and participate in trade missions
12:40 p.m. Marek Drywa, Global Business Centre
12:55 p.m. Economic Development Alliance
Trade missions serve an important function in growing sales outside of a domestic (provincial) market, and can be an essential tool for companies engaged in international commerce. With the requisite planning and follow up, trade missions can foster additional business and help facilitate important contacts. This session will provide concise and focused practical information about what trade missionsâ€™ offer, how to get invited and participate and how to get the most out of trade missions for small companies and aspiring entrepreneurs.
A very affordable and tangible business forum with a proven track record. Visit www.centrallia.com to find out more and register before May 31st to take advantage of early bird pricing!
Marek Drywa, Global Business Centre After spending over four years leading the business and international portfolio at the Calgary Mayorâ€™s Office, Marek Drywa joined the Calgary Economic Development in 2010 as Manager of Inter-American Development Bank Programs. In April 2011 Drywa was appointed as the Manager of the Global Business Centre. Marek brings over ten years of international experience in working with high profile organizations and clients in business development, marketing and government relations roles for private, public and non-profit sectors. Drywa has lived, studied and worked in Poland, Germany and the USA before re-locating to Canada in 2005. As the Global Business Centre Manager he is focused on developing programming and acquiring new clients for the Centre; he is also responsible for the overall operations of the facility. Marek holds a Masterâ€™s degree of Public Administration from Grand Valley State University in Michigan, USA and a second Masterâ€™s degree in Economics (Marketing and International Trade) from the University of Gdansk, Poland. In addition to being fluent in English, Marek has a working knowledge of Polish and German. Marek Drywa, MPA, M.Sc. (Econ.) Manager, Global Business Centre Investment & Trade Development Calgary Economic Development