State planning new trade mission to S. America – April 2010

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I just received this in my email this morning from the Ohio Dept. of Development’s Global Markets Division.  This is a tremendous business resource for companies looking to increase their international sales.  I wrote a post in August about their free research service – check it out here.  My blog is the best way to make this info available, so when I get them, I often post them.  Also, as a footnote, I’ve been on the missions.  They’re very well done.  Randy Hochstetter from ODOD coordinates them and has been doing it for decades.  Roz Altman handles the travel, and she has also done it for decades.  Worth a serious look if you’re serious about S. America.

Today’s email

Dear International Business Executive:

The Global Markets Division at the Ohio Department of Development invites you to take part in a three-country trade mission to São Paulo, Brazil; Santiago Chile; and Lima, Peru. The mission is scheduled to occur April 10-20, 2010, and will be led by a member of the Global Markets Division, in partnership with the Council of Great Lakes Governors. The purpose of this mission is to assist small- to medium-sized companies from states in the Great Lakes region to export their products and services to these rapidly-growing markets.  The mission’s agenda includes business appointments, receptions, and cultural events. 

If you are not already active in these important markets, or if you are looking to increase your existing market share in this region, now is the time to get started.  The Ohio Brazil Office and the Ohio Chile Office, which also covers Peru, will help you make the contacts you need to take advantage of opportunities in these growing markets.  In addition to a customized business schedule tailored to your needs, we will also provide your organization with a country briefing in each location, as well as pre-planned ground transportation and hotel discounts.

Take this opportunity to experience the business environment and culture in South America and gain insights firsthand through networking with your counterparts from other exporting companies throughout Ohio and the Great Lakes region.

Please note that space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, please contact Sean Corson, Senior Trade Manager, at: or by phone at 614-728-4775. 

Access the attached link for additional details on this business development opportunity –

Upcoming Events

December 8, 2009 – The National Committee on United States-China Relations and The Ohio State University proudly present China Town Hall – Local Connections, National Reflections, a lecture and Web cast event.  A reception will begin at 6:30-7:00 p.m. in the Mershon Center, followed by on-site lectures by I. Allen Barber II, President of Denver-Hainan Corporation; and Kurt Campbell, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.  This event is free and open to the public, but please register beforehand at

December 14, 2009 – The Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council will host the Global Cincinnati Summit: Regional Luncheon Meeting of International Organizations.  The luncheon meeting will feature a panel of speakers and is open to any international organization or business in the Greater Cincinnati region to network and discuss ways to raise awareness of collective efforts and utilize an “international gateway” Web site as a key outcome.  For more information call 513-621-5222 or register online at

January 13, 2010 – The Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Ohio Department of Development’s Global Markets Division, and The Ohio State University’s Colleges of Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine and Fisher College of Business’ Center for International Business Education & Research will be assembling a focus group to discuss resources available to assist you in growing your agribusiness exports to Africa.  Lunch and complimentary parking will be provided.  Representatives from the aforementioned organizations will be present and Africa-based resources will join by telephone.  The event will take place from 10:00am to 12:00pm at 300 Fisher Hall on the campus of OSU.  Please RSVP to: Kozue Isozaki at or call (614) 292-0845 or Tim Sword at the Ohio Department of Agriculture at or (614) 752-9816.


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