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NMDC slates workshop on international trade

CARIBOU, Maine — Northern Maine Development Commission is pleased to sponsor a workshop for companies, economic development officials and others to learn about the services of the Maine International Trade Center (MITC) and a basic introduction to exporting.

The workshop, which is free and open to any business owner or representative who wants to learn more about MITC, will take place Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the NMDC office in Caribou from 10 a.m. to noon.

Presenter Thomas Conley, International Trade Specialist with MITC, will cover topics such as: identifying best potential international markets, beginning with Canada; developing a market entry strategy; information to get upfront before exporting; required export documentation and governing agencies; funding for international business growth; government assistance programs for exporters, including Maine PTAC; and Maine International Trade Center services.

   “We are excited to offer a program that can bring additional opportunities to our area businesses,” said NMDC Executive Director Robert Clark. “Developing new clients and contacts just across the border can be lucrative for local businesses and will stimulate business growth.”

Last year, 2,087 Maine companies exported $2.8 billion in goods and services to 169 countries.

   MITC is Maine’s leading source for international business assistance. MITC offers customized consulting and research, affordable trade show participation, and an extensive network of connections across Maine and around the world to help businesses expand global markets for their products and services.

    Space is limited, and RSVPs are encouraged. To register, contact Dana Delano at ddelano@nmdc.org or 207-521-1713.

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