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Global Business Development

Thursday, Jan 13 2011 1:30PM to 7:30PM

Various Speakers and Panelists
Mint Museum Auditorium- Uptown, 500 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

“Global Business Development” 

Presented by Business Innovation & Growth (BIG) and the NC Dept of Commerce

Date: Thursday, Jan 13, 2011

Location: Mint Museum Auditorium- Uptown

500 South Tryon Street

Charlotte, NC 28202


Time: 1:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Cocktail Reception to immediately follow from 6:30pm – 7:30pm

This is an excellent opportunity to learn how to expand your business globally……no matter how small your company is! (There are 1.9 billion Internet users worldwide.)

1% of small and mid-sized companies in America get a majority of their revenues through foreign sales, whereas approx 30% of Fortune 500 companies generate > 50% of their revenue globally.

The U.S. Commerce Secretary explains the government's push to double exports in five years with the help of small business http://www.businessweek.com/smallbiz/content/apr2010/sb20100422_227116.htm

Interesting article  http://www.economist.com/node/17572160?story_id=17572160

The Global Small Business Blog  http://borderbuster.blogspot.com/2010_12_01_archive.html

Global Bus Dev Agenda:

1:30 pm- 2:00 pm    Registration and Networking

2:00 pm- 2:15 pm    Introductions

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm   Are you Ready for International Sales?

                                   Opening Keynote Speaker:  Marco Fregenal, Evoapp

 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm   What International Market should your company Target?

                                    Moderator: Norman Cohen, CEO, Unitec *

                                                          Michael Zapata, Protochips

                                                          Steve Puckett, Jr, US HIFU

                                                          Donnie Goins, Tavve

 4:00 pm – 4:15 pm    Break

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm      International Marketing, Sales, and Distribution

                                        Moderator: Teresa Spangler, Plaza Bridge

                                        Owen George, Owen George Global Strategies

                                        Eric Wolff, Charlotte US Export Assistance Council

                                         Mike Viniconis, Argus Fire Control

 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm “Fireside Chat” hosted by Jean Davis, NC Dept of Commerce

                                      Tom Kurke, VP, Geomagic

                                       IP Lawyer for Geomagic

                                       Marco Fregenal, Carpio

6:15 pm – 6:30 pm   Wrap Up Summary and Call to Action

 6:30 pm – 7:30pm   Networking Reception

* Note: Norman Cohen has exported his specialty chemicals to 50 countries from Monroe, NC, and has recently published a book entitled “Don’t Cry Foul - Just Strike Them Out - Competing Globally and Winning” which releases Jan 2011. Personally autographed books will be made available to attendees. 

Program Cost:    BIG Members free

                               Guests $75 in advance, $95 at the door

Registration:   RSVP to terry@bigcouncil.com or register below 

Dress Attire: Business casual

Click below for directions to the Mint Museum Uptown:


Thank you to our Sponsors:

Program Sponsor: NC Department of Commerce

Premier Sponsor: City of Charlotte

Print Sponsor: Wentworth Printing

Marketing Sponsor: K2forma