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China Export Seminar Set for Feb. 23

The University of Iowa Institute for International Business, the U.S. Commercial Service, the Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and the Iowa Department of Economic Development are co-sponsoring a seminar focusing on Chinese trade issues on Wednesday, Feb. 23.

Scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the UI's Cedar Rapids Education and Conference Center, this seminar is titled "Exporting to China: What Your Company Should Know." It will provide Iowa businesses national and local perspectives on entering and navigating the Chinese market while accurately portraying the challenges inherent in doing business in the country. A senior international trade specialist from the U.S. Commercial Service will also be available from 12:30 to 2 p.m. for 15-minute, one-on-one sessions with attendees.

Terry Boles, director of the Institute for International Business in the Tippie College of Business and associate professor in the Department of Management and Organizations, says the seminar can help Iowa business owners learn more about trade prospects in China.

"Many business people think about China in terms of the impact (often negative) that Chinese products have on their own markets. A strategic businessperson instead realizes the vast market opportunities that China offers for their products and services. This program is designed to help those who are considering such strategic moves with a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges of entering Chinese markets," Boles said.

During this half-day event, government and industry experts will provide hands-on information on topics including:

    Managing risk in the evolving Chinese business environment.

    Local perspectives on doing business in China.

    Regulatory requirements for China.

    Keys to successful trade financing and business banking.

    Customs and logistics.

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Boles will serve as moderator for the seminar, while Bob Forsythe, senior associate dean at the Tippie College of Business will give opening remarks. Speakers from government, academia and private industry will provide a range of expertise on Chinese export issues. They include:

    Daniel C. Chen, director of Sales, Asia Pacific at Evergreen Packaging Equipment.

    Gregory Harris, International Trade Specialist with the U.S. Department of Commerce's Export Assistance Center.

    Sara Harrison, vice president of the International and Cash Management Divisions for Bankers Trust Company.

    Bill Holz, manager of Global Market Access Programs at Intertek Testing Services.

    Beth Knudson, director in MBA Career Services at the UI's Tippie School of Management.

    Allen Patch, director of the Iowa Export Assistance Center of the U.S. Department of Commerce in Des Moines

    Scott M. Teasdale, a licensed customs broker and a principal partner at Quad City Port Services, Inc.

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