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Upcoming events

    • 02/22/2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Aquinas College, John F. Donnelly Center: 1607 Robinson Rd, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

       Intern Speed Dating with WMWTA
    Thursday, February 22, 2018

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

     Time: 5:30 - 7:30 pm

    $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!

    • 03/08/2018
    • 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GVSU: Grand Rapids, MI 49504

    Van Andel Global Trade Center:
    19th West Michigan Automotive Suppliers Symposium
    Thursday, March 8, 2018

    Grand Rapids, MI 49504

    Time: 7:30 am - 12:00 pm

    Cost: $120 for VAGTC Members
    $190 for Non VAGTC Members
    Click here to register now!

    Join the 19th West Michigan Automotive Suppliers Symposium as we discuss the SMART MOVES automotive suppliers can and should be making during this current wave of industry shifting. Game-changing technology, new tooling requirements, and the recruitment of experienced technical talent are key factors to successfully navigating automotive’s evolution.

    The West Michigan Automotive Suppliers Symposium brings together business owners, senior management, and decision makers from all tiers of the automotive industry and provides the latest industry forecasts, issues, and trends with opportunities to network and learn from others.

    Speakers include: Subaru of Indiana Automotive, IHS Markit, The Connected Vehicle Trade Association, Plante Moran and Padnos

    Title Sponsor: Plante Moran

    Sponsors: Warner, Norcross & JuddIHS MarkitChase BankMorrison Industrial EquipmentMichigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)PADNOSBEHCO-MRMThe Right PlaceMIBIZ

    Save the Date Flyer

    • 03/12/2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
    • Aquinas College Performing Arts Center

    World Affairs Council:
    Great Decisions Global Discussions Series

     “Putin, Russia, and the New Cold War?”
    Monday March 12, 2018

    Aquinas College Performing Arts Center
    1700 Fulton St SE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49506

    Time: 6:00 - 7:15 pm

    Cost: $10 at the door
    Free admission to our educational partners and our corporate members. Free to Senator members. No reservations needed. Free, convenient parking.

    Interested in trade? West Michigan World Trade Association Members will gather together to attend this exciting event. Sit with association friends and network with other international business community participants. Grab a seat together and enjoy the following topic of discussion that World Affairs Council has listed:

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has spent years consolidating his leadership, moving the country closer to an authoritarian state. For what end? To bring former Soviet satellites once again into the Russian fold and expand its global influence? Is a new Cold War brewing? How will the U.S. respond?

     Ms. Glasser, who served as founding editor of the award-winning POLITICO Magazine and went on to become editor of POLITICO throughout the 2016 election cycle, has reported everywhere from the halls of Congress to the battle of Tora Bora. 

    The former editor in chief of Foreign Policy magazine, she spent four years traveling the former Soviet Union as the Washington Post’s Moscow co-bureau chief, covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and co-authored “Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin and the End of Revolution,” with her husband, New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker. They’re now working on a biography of former Secretary of State Jim Baker. 

    Before that, Glasser worked for a decade at The Washington Post, where she was a foreign correspondent, editor of the Post’s Sunday Outlook and national news sections and political reporter. She started at the Post in 1998 as deputy national editor overseeing the Monica Lewinsky investigation and subsequent impeachment of President Bill Clinton, and later served as a national political reporter, covering the intersection of money and politics. 

    Prior to the Post, Glasser worked for eight years at Roll Call, the newspaper covering the U.S. Congress, where she rose from an intern to be the top editor. 

    A graduate of Harvard University, Glasser lives in Washington with Baker and their son. She serves on the boards of the Pew Research Center and the Harvard Crimson student newspaper and is a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution

    Sponsored by BDO

    • 03/21/2018
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • GVSU-Eberhard Center: 301 Fulton Street West Grand Rapids, MI 49504

    DATE AND TIME: March 21, 2018 | 8:00- 4:00 p.m.
    LOCATION: GVSU-Eberhard Center
    301 Fulton Street West
    Grand Rapids, MI 49504
    FEE: Early Bird: $225/person (register by February 25, 2018)
    Regular Registration: $275/person
    Group Registration: $225/person  (3 or more from same company)  
    Student Registration: $35  (Students must be enrolled full time at a university. Call 616-771-0327 to register.)   
    Click here to register!


    The Midwest Supply Chain Management Conference is a comprehensive supply chain management education and networking event. This year's conference will include leaders from industry, consulting and academia who will share practical experiences in the areas of:

    • Operations & Logistics
    • Growth & Innovation
    • Future Perspectives
    • Leadership & Development

    Continued change in the global economy has created new opportunities for supply chain professionals. Future success will be heavily influenced by the strategies, practices and

    processes that organizations put in place to facilitate innovation and operational excellence.  

    As an individual or as an organization, you will walk away from this conference with positive energy and new ideas for the future. 

    • 07/11/2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Thornapple Pointe Golf Club: 7211 48th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512

    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

    $135 per Golfer
    $540 per Foursome

     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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