The world today is a global economy.  For large businesses, it's very difficult to compete unless you have a global presence.  If you are struggling to market on the world stage, or are looking to enter, Global Trade Days at GVSU might open the door.

Five international market specialists from China, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and United Arab Emirates will offer business advice during the Global Trade Days, October 17th at the Cook-DeVos Center, sponsored in part by the Van Andel Global Trade Center at Grand Valley State University.

Participants will learn about trends in these top export markets, hear success stories from Michigan companies and have the opportunity for one-on-one meetings with featured speakers.

Global Trade Day speakers include:
Ning Shao, director, Michigan China Center
Nancy Ward, director, Michigan Canada Center
Efren Flores, contractor, Mexico
Anne Jafery, managing partner, United Arab Emirates

Global Trade Days, October 17 from 8 a.m.-noon at the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences 301 Michigan St., Grand Rapids.  You can register at

The event is sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Center and Van Andel Global Trade Center. Partner organizations include the U.S. Small Business Association, U.S Department of Commerce and Pure Michigan.

For more information, contact the Van Andel Global Trade Center at (616) 331-6811.