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    • 01/10/2018
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • The Right Place.: 125 Ottawa Ave NW #450, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    • 9
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    Join West Michigan World Trade Association for our January 2018 Practical Round Table Series

    This series will be facilitator lead, featuring discussion style questions surrounding practical topics that are designed to assist your company with international business. Share best practices and ask industry experts questions, while networking with peers over breakfast.  

    January 10, 2018:  Financing Your International Expansion Goals with Outside Funds
    Location: The Right Place
    125 Ottawa Ave NW #450
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Time: 7:30-9:00 AM

    January 17, 2018:  Cyber Security
    Location: Field and Fire Cafe
    820 Monroe Ave NW #100
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    Time: 7:30-9:00 AM

    January 24, 2018: Winning International Friends & Business Partners
    Location:
    Trail Head Cafe
    1200 East Paris Ave SE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49546
    Time: 7:30-9:00 AM


    January 31, 2018: Protecting Your Legal Interests Abroad
    Location: The Donut Conspiracy
    1971 East Beltline Ave NE #123
    Grand Rapids, MI 49525

    Time: 7:30-9:00 AM


    Cost:
    $20 Single Event Ticket- WMWTA Member 
    $25 Singe Event Ticket- NON WMWTA Member
    $70 Entire Event Series Registration- WMWTA Member
    $85 Entire Event Series Registration- NON WMWTA Member 

    January 10, 2018 (Round Table 1) Agenda:
    7:30-7:55 AM Registration, Networking and Breakfast
    7:55-8:15 AM Introductions and Short Presentation by Facilitators
    8:15-8:50 AM Discussion Questions
    8:50-9:00 AM Questions and Wrap-up

    Facilitator: Eric Icard, The Right Place
    Mr. Icard is currently the Senior Business Development Manager at The Right Place where he focuses primarily on the defense, aerospace, medical device and life sciences industries. Prior to joining The Right Place, Mr. Icard’s sixteen year career included leading the Unmanned Aircraft Systems economic development efforts for North Dakota and northwest Minnesota and starting an aerospace foundation dedicated to advancing aerospace education in the Grand Forks, ND region.

    Mr. Icard holds a Master of Economic Development Degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a B.S. from the University of North Dakota. Mr. Icard’s professional affiliations include: Executive Director of MiDevice, Chairman of the Board for the Northland Aerospace Foundation, board member for the West Michigan World Trade Association, Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, and International Economic Development Council.

    Facilitator: Kendra Kuo, U.S. Commercial Service
    Kendra Kuo is the Director of the Grand Rapids Office for the U.S. Commercial Service, the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Kendra advises U.S. companies on how to develop their international marketing strategies by providing them with guidance on every level of the export process. She joined the Commercial Service in 2000, as an International Trade Specialist, and has served in offices in Atlanta, Grand Rapids, and on temporary assignments at the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai, China, and the American Institute in Taiwan.

    Her previous experience includes working as the Assistant Director of International Trade for NPES -The National Association for Printing Equipment Suppliers in Washington D.C.  At NPES she managed international promotions for the association and its members.

    Kendra is the Executive Secretary for the Michigan District Export Council – West. She Co-Chairs the West Michigan World Trade Week organization. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Michigan State University Center for International Business Education and Research. Kendra graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in International Relations.  

    Facilitator: Samuel Sedlecky, MEDC

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    • 01/17/2018
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Field and Fire Cafe: 820 Monroe Ave NW #100, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    • 13
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    Join West Michigan World Trade Association for our January 2018 Practical Round Table Series

    This series will be facilitator lead, featuring discussion style questions surrounding practical topics that are designed to assist your company with international business. Share best practices and ask industry experts questions, while networking with peers over breakfast.   

    January 17, 2018:  Cyber Security
    Location: Field and Fire Cafe
    820 Monroe Ave NW #100
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    Time: 7:30-9:00 AM

    January 24, 2018: Winning International Friends & Business Partners
    Location:
    Trail Head Cafe
    1200 East Paris Ave SE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49546
    Time: 7:30-9:00 AM


    January 31, 2018: Protecting Your Legal Interests Abroad
    Location: The Donut Conspiracy
    1971 East Beltline NE #123
    Grand Rapids, MI 49525

    Time: 7:30-9:00 AM


    Cost:
    $20 Single Event Ticket- WMWTA Member 
    $25 Singe Event Ticket- NON WMWTA Member

    January 17, 2018 (Round Table 2) Agenda:
    7:30-7:55 AM Registration, Networking and Breakfast
    7:55-8:15 AM Introductions and Short Presentation by Facilitators
    8:15-8:50 AM Discussion Questions
    8:50-9:00 AM Questions and Wrap up

    Facilitator: Zara Smith, Michigan Small Business Development Center

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    • 01/24/2018
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Trail Head Cafe: 1200 East Paris Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
    • 13
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    Join West Michigan World Trade Association for our January 2018 Practical Round Table Series

    This series will be facilitator lead, featuring discussion style questions surrounding practical topics that are designed to assist your company with international business. Share best practices and ask industry experts questions, while networking with peers over breakfast.  

    January 24, 2018: Winning International Friends & Business Partners
    Location:
    Trail Head Cafe
    1200 East Paris Ave SE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49546
    Time: 7:30-9:00 AM


    January 31, 2018: Protecting Your Legal Interests Abroad
    Location: The Donut Conspiracy
    1971 East Beltline Ave NE #123
    Grand Rapids, MI 49525

    Time: 7:30-9:00 AM


    Cost:
    $20 Single Event Ticket- WMWTA Member 
    $25 Singe Event Ticket- NON WMWTA Member

    January 24, 2018 (Round Table 3) Agenda:
    7:30-7:55 AM Registration, Networking and Breakfast
    7:55-8:15 AM Introductions and Short Presentation by Facilitators
    8:15-8:50 AM Discussion Questions
    8:50-9:00 AM Questions and Wrap up

    Facilitator: Emily Smith, WordWell Global
    Emily K. Smith is the Principal and Owner at WordWell Global. Language and culture have influenced Emily from an early age. A native of New Mexico, she benefited from a highly multicultural education, which helped her to develop a global perspective and an intense interest in language and cultural diversity. Studying abroad in an experiential language & culture immersion program and being a lifelong language learner have helped to further develop her interests in linguistics and cross-cultural communication.

    As a Certified Cultural Intelligence (CQ) professional through the Cultural Intelligence Center, Emily offers comprehensive CQ consulting services, including assessments, training and continuous improvement efforts to domestic and multinational corporations and businesses. CQ is seen as a core competency needed in an increasingly global world and, when effective, fosters understanding among teams, facilitates better cross-cultural competency, and helps improve productivity, profitability, and innovation.

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    • 01/31/2018
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • The Donut Conspiracy: 1971 East Beltline NE #123, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
    • 13
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    Join West Michigan World Trade Association for our January 2018 Practical Round Table Series

    This series will be facilitator lead, featuring discussion style questions surrounding practical topics that are designed to assist your company with international business. Share best practices and ask industry experts questions, while networking with peers over breakfast.  

    January 31, 2018: Protecting Your Legal Interests Abroad
    Location: The Donut Conspiracy
    1971 East Beltline Ave NE #123
    Grand Rapids, MI 49525
    Time: 7:30-9:00 AM

    COST:
    $20 Single Event Ticket- WMWTA Member 
    $25 Singe Event Ticket- NON WMWTA Member

    January 31, 2018 (Round Table 4) Agenda:
    7:30-7:55 AM Registration, Networking and Breakfast
    7:55-8:40 AM Introductions and Discussion Questions
    8:40-8:50 AM Short Presentation by Facilitators
    8:50-9:00 AM Questions and Wrap up

    Facilitator: Amanda Osorio, Revision Legal
    Amanda Osorio graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Spanish Literature from Hope College and received her Juris Doctorate from Western Michigan University – Cooley Law School. Amanda is licensed to practice in the State of Michigan and admitted to the courts of the State of Michigan and the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan. Amanda’s practice focuses on Trademark and Copyright matters, domestic and internationally, and on IP related litigation and business law matters.

    Amanda’s law school concentration was in International Law, making her an important asset in Revision Legal's international patent, trademark and copyright law practice. She worked as an intern in Madrid, Spain with Mariscal & Asociados, an international transactional boutique firm. She speaks Spanish fluently, and has worked professionally as an interpreter.

    Amanda is active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors for Exalta Health Clinic, The West Michigan World Trade Association, and the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, Western Region. She has interned with the Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids and completed one year of Americorps VISTA service.

    In her free time Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband and family, traveling, boating in Grand Haven, reading books, and wine tasting.

    Facilitator: Ryan McKnight, AvaSure 
    Ryan McKnight is a West Michigan native from Holland, Michigan. He attended Michigan State University for his undergraduate degree, and studied International Relations with the James Madison College. Following graduation, Ryan returned to the Grand Rapids area in order to pursue a career in international and domestic transportation. In 2012, he received his Juris Doctorate from the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law, where he graduated Cum Laude. In 2015, Ryan became licensed as a United States Customs Broker.

    Since December of 2015, Ryan has served AvaSure focusing on the following:
    *International Compliance, including: government export development, transportation management, and international legal research.
    *Project Management, including: meeting facilitation, deliverable tracking, and technical support.
    *In-House Legal Counsel, including: contract management, drafting and negotiation, outside counsel procurement, and legal support. (Legal support includes International Government Compliance, HIPAA, Healthcare, Patent and Trademark work.)

    In his spare time, Ryan enjoys consulting for small businesses, participating in the MSU Alumni group and spending time with his wonderful wife who is expecting their first child. Ryan is also the current President of the Young Lawyers Section of the Grand Rapids Bar Association.

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    • 02/21/2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Aquinas College, John F. Donnelly Center: 1607 Robinson Rd, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
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       Intern Speed Dating with WMWTA
    Wednesday, February 21, 2018

    Location: Aquinas College
    John F. Donnelly Center
    1607 Robinson Rd
    Grand Rapids, MI 49506

     Time: 5:30 - 7:30 pm

    Cost:
    $5 for student seeking an internship
    $20 for company seeking an intern

     ** Are you a student searching for an internship within the import, export, logistics, business or trade sector?

    ** Are you a company searching for qualified students to train, teach and employ in 2018?

    West Michigan World Trade Association would like to provide an opportunity for you to meet one another. The format is simple. Companies will be seated, on side of the table, students at the other. A bell will sound. You will then have 5-8 minutes to get to know one another. Students: Discuss your qualifications, what you hope to learn and your expectations. Companies: Discuss your HR needs, opportunities and requirements. A bell will sound to close your time and the students will rotate.

    Companies will receive a complete list of resumes the Monday prior to the event. Students will receive a complete list of companies to encourage prior research regarding the hiring organizations.

    Appetizers and sodas will be provided. Networking opportunities are sure to abound. You don't want to miss this "one-stop shop" opportunity to hire or be hired!

    • 07/11/2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Thornapple Pointe Golf Club: 7211 48th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
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    Save the Date for the West Michigan World Trade Annual Golf Outing
    Wednesday, July 11, 2018

    Location: Thornapple Pointe Golf Club
    7211 48th St SE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49512

    Cost:
    $135 per Golfer
    $540 per Foursome

    Agenda:
     9 am Registration, networking, coffee and danishes
       9:50 am Announcements
                    10 am Shotgun Start (Four-person scramble)
       11:30 am - 12:30 pm Lunch 
        3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Announcements and drawings (based on time of play and round completion)
    4 pm Dinner

    Activities will include: door prizes, mulligans, drawings, contests and more!

    Sponsorship opportunities will be available shortly.

West Michigan World Trade Association is a 501(c)6  non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining the region's competitive edge in the global marketplace, while providing a forum for executives interested in sharing their experiences and honing their skills in international trade.

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