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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
    • 7
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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
    • 8
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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 works at Revision Legal, PLLC; a young, tech-savvy Internet and IP Litigation firm. She has experience in intellectual property, international law, contracts, and internet law. Amanda has counseled and represented clients all over the world. Her practice includes managing and protecting copyright and trademark portfolios, licensing agreements and contracts, international intellectual property conflicts, internet law issues and litigation.

     Amanda is fluent in Spanish and worked as an intern at a transactional law firm in Madrid, Spain. She was recently honored as one of the Grand Rapids Business Journal’s Forty under 40 Class of 2017. She serves on the board of the West Michigan World Trade Association and the Western Region Board of the Women Lawyer’s Association of Michigan.

     When she is not working, Amanda spends her time renovating her turn-of the century fixer upper with her husband and playing with their rescue puppy, Poseidon. 

    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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    • 02/15/2018
    • 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
    Thursday, February 15, 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 one 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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