Wednesday, September 2, 2015

SBDC Export Readiness Center partners bring trade contingency to Central Washington

South Korea delegation visit Moses Lake for trade expo

The Columbia Basin Trade and Expo brought the Gunpo, Korea Economic Development Delegation together with Moses Lake businesses. It was hosted by Grant County EDC and Adams County Development Council with cooperation and assistance from the WSBDC Export Readiness Center and Moses Lake SBDC and was held at at the CBTECH facility.
Gunpo South Korea Delegation, September 1, 2015
This Business Expo Event was the first step in preparing for an out-bound visit to Gunpo, Korea in May of 2016. 
Recent Korean market research confirms South Korea has increasing interest in American products and services including agricultural products, snack foods, automated tools and manufacturing technologies.
Gunpo, South Korea is the sister city of Moses Lake.  "We thought it would be great to match up business leaders to businesses, compared to previous trips where it was mostly elected officials meeting", noted Allan Peterson with the Grant County Economic Development and SBDC. "This event was a huge success in showcasing our companies that have goods and products that South Korea consumers want."
The Washington Small Business Development Center intern research team was tasked to do specific research for the businesses that participated. In all, 14 participated at the expo held at the Columbia Basin Technical Skills Center in Moses Lake. The delegates were given business fact sheets on each business about the business and the market it has in Korea.
The groups are working to coordinate an out-bound visit to Gunpo for May of 2016.

The WSBDC Export Readiness Center has two International Trade Specialists who cover the state of Washington.  The Trade Specialists are international trade experts, Certified Global Business Professionals (CGBP) and have decades of international experience to assist owners and managers with in-depthconfidential and no-cost assistance. They have worked with hundreds of businesses to help them successfully prepare and export their products and services.