Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
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Trade Venture Offers Gateway to South America for Wisconsin Companies

Global trade venture in September will include visits to Argentina and Chile

By - Jul 6th, 2016 12:16 pm

MADISON, WI. July 6, 2016 – The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is inviting companies to take part in a global trade venture to South America in September.

Due to the geographic proximity, cultural ties to the U.S. and economic growth opportunities, South America’s markets are attractive prospects for U.S. exporters. Argentina and Chile are especially strong prospects: Chile is one of the continent’s most stable and business-friendly markets, while Argentina is undergoing economic reforms and is expected to present strong opportunities for growth as its business environment improves.

Wisconsin’s industry strengths align well with the needs of the Argentina and Chile markets. Important market sectors include: agricultural machinery, electrical power equipment, environmental and water technologies, food processing equipment, medical technology, mining and earthmoving equipment, construction, animal genetics and food ingredients, to name a few.

This trade venture’s goal is to connect Wisconsin companies with potential buyers, distributors and other partners in these markets. This trade venture is suitable for companies that are not yet exporting into these markets; in addition, companies that are already exporting into these markets can use the global trade venture to enhance their business ties in Argentina and Chile and to expand their market presence.

“Through these global trade ventures and the assistance of WEDC’s global network, we take the mystery out of exporting and help provide a clear path for Wisconsin companies to grow their sales in international markets,” said Katy Sinnott, WEDC vice president of international business development.

The global trade venture will take place Sept. 24-30, 2016, and will include segments in Buenos Aires and Santiago, both countries’ capitals as well as their centers of finance and banking. In each city, participating companies will be scheduled for customized business meetings with potential local partners hand-picked for their companies by Wisconsin’s authorized trade representatives in the market, based on the Wisconsin companies’ strengths, needs and preferences. Meetings in other cities may also be arranged depending on participating companies’ needs.

Each participant in the global trade venture will also receive market intelligence specific to his or her company, detailing considerations to keep in mind when introducing the company’s product or service into these markets.

The fee for this program is $2,500, which covers market research and one-on-one appointments; pre-trip and in-country staff support; group transportation between airport and hotel in each city; country briefings and networking events; and some group meals.

The program registration deadline is Aug. 15, 2016. For more information about this global trade venture, please visit InWisconsin.com/argentinachile.

WEDC’s foreign direct investment (FDI) website is now fully translated into Spanish. Check out the other language options, including Japanese, German, French and Chinese.

About the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) leads economic development efforts for the state by advancing and maximizing opportunities in Wisconsin for businesses, communities and people to thrive in a globally competitive economy. Working with more than 600 regional and local partners, WEDC develops and delivers solutions representative of a highly responsive and coordinated economic development network. Visit www.inwisconsin.com or follow WEDC on Twitter @_InWisconsin to learn more.

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