“Export University” seminar set for April 26 at Williamson

The International Trade Assistance Center at Youngstown State University, with support from the U.S. Commercial Service and the Regional Chamber, will hold “Export University 101 – Learn the Basics Seminar” 8 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 26 in the Williamson College of Business Administration Conference Center at YSU.

“Export University 101” is designed for new-to-export and small exporting firms that would like expert advice on export basics. Attendees will receive a certificate upon completion. The seminar is ideal for marketing and sales management staff, export operations personnel, purchasing, logistics, and anyone with responsibility for import/export functions. Course goals include evaluating export readiness, developing an export marketing plan, coordinating export documentation, understanding shipping and logistics on international orders, export financing and payment risk, and legal considerations, contracts, agents and distributors.

Registration fee is $50 per person and includes breakfast. Register online at http://www.ysu.edu/sbdc-itac. For additional information contact Amy Freedman at 216-522-4732 or Mousa Kassis at mhkassis@ysu.edu or 330-941-2140.

YSU’s International Trade Assistance Center offers a variety of export counseling at no cost to small- and medium-sized businesses throughout Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana and Ashtabula counties that are interested in developing international markets, and to existing exporters wanting to expand their markets. Kassis, international trade advisor for ITAC, will be available to offer assistance or answer questions. He previously has established export markets and opportunities in Canada, Kuwait, Djibouti, and India. As an ITAC adviser he connects U.S. companies with international companies and assists with negotiations in a number of industries including mining, construction, solar energy, and water purification.

The U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Service, composed of a global network of trade professionals located across the United States and in U.S. Embassies and consulates in nearly 80 countries, help U.S. businesses succeed in markets around the world.