Seminar to focus on doing business in China

North Idaho College and the Coeur d'Alene Area Chamber of Commerce are cosponsoring an international business seminar focused on the rapidly-expanding market in China. The introductory seminar “Doing Business in China” will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Sept. 17 at the NIC Workforce Training Center in Post Falls. The seminar will cover both the risks and potential benefits of international business opportunities for a number of United States industry sectors, including financial sectors, professional services, distribution, wholesale and retail operations in China. Participants will learn the benefits of international business as an economic development strategy by receiving a market overview of the current China economy along with analysis of key industry sectors in China. Local business leaders, who are currently doing business in China, will share their experience as well. “Companies engaged in international business often see wages increase and their companies become more profitable,” said NIC Workforce Training Center Director Robert Ketchum. “This introductory seminar will show business owners and managers how they too can profit from doing business with China.” This seminar was designed as a result of a needs assessment survey conducted by the chamber that found an interest in this type of training in its membership base, according to Coeur d'Alene Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jonathan Coe. “As China's economic growth continues, new markets are opening for businesses in this country and the chamber wants its members to have the chance to take advantage of those markets,” Coe said. “This seminar will introduce area members to the China market and how to get involved in it. It's an opportunity we don't think they can afford to miss.” The seminar will be led by: Scott Swan, the chief legal representative and resident United States lawyer for the Guangzhou, China office of McCandlish Holton law firm. He has directed China-based legal services focused on helping United States companies establish and manage operations in China for more than 10 years. Chris Claypool, the international marketing and sales director for Simplot Jacklin Seed Co. with more than seven years experience as director of China marketing and sales operations. Randy Hardy, president and chief executive officer of Sunshine Minting, a local company with new supplier resources in the China market. Toivo Mykkanen, who has more than 20 years experience working with Fortune 500 companies both nationally and internationally. Vern Jenkins, the “Doing Business in China” program manager and director of NIC Customized Training. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and holds a master's degree in international business management. “The success of this seminar could lead to more in-depth seminars that will prepare local and regional businesses for participation in the May 2005 business-to-business trade mission in China,” Ketchum said. “This trade mission will allow businesses and professional consultants to meet firsthand potential customers, resource suppliers and manufacturers in the China market.” Cost is $50 for those who register by Friday, Sept. 10. Late registration is $55 per person and can be paid at the door on the day of the seminar. Coeur d'Alene Chamber members will receive a 10 percent discount on registration, $45 early registration or $50 at the door. Registration information: Debbie Hanna at (208) 769-7732.

For More Information
NIC Assistant Vice President for Instruction and Workforce Training Center Director Robert Ketchum, (208) 769-3221, or Customized Training Director Vern Jenkins, (208) 769- 3268

Posted: Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004

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