The R. Haze Hunter Conference Center at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah was filled with 120 business and community leaders who came together for World Trade Center Utah’s second annual Southern Utah International Business Forum.
The forum taught participants the ins and outs of exporting as well as provided them with resources and information to help navigate the international business realm as they expand their companies internationally. Lieutenant Governor Spencer J. Cox was the keynote speaker. He emphasized how local economies can be elevated through international trade.
“I am grateful to be part of World Trade Center Utah’s Southern Utah International Business Forum,” Lt. Gov. Spencer J. Cox said. “WTC Utah is helping lead Governor Herbert’s initiative to increase Utah exports by expanding services and resources throughout the state. The forum is a great opportunity for local businesses to discover the benefits of going global.”
Only one percent of companies in the U.S. who can export do. Though Utah is doing better than the national average with four percent of companies exporting, there is still room for improvement. The opportunities abroad are abundant, and WTC Utah is available to assist businesses who want to expand their products or services to the global marketplace.
“We are excited to hold our second Southern Utah forum in Cedar City to advance the mission of World Trade Center Utah to help Utah companies think, act and succeed globally,” said Derek B. Miller, president and CEO of World Trade Center Utah. “Our purpose is to provide attendees access to our trade services team who can help businesses evaluate their export readiness and connect them with the right people to support them as they grow internationally.”
WTC Utah partnered with the Utah Department of Workforce Services (DWS) to host the forum in Washington County in an effort to expand its services to new parts of the state. Today’s forum was the kick off of four forums that will take place in 2015-2016 around Utah as part of WTC Utah’s rural outreach efforts.
The Department of Workforce Services provides resources to job seekers, employers and community leaders in Utah. DWS has a physical presence through its more than 30 employment centers located around the state and numerous programs that help communities grow their economy.