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Export Development Program Webinar
September 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
The goal of Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission’s Export Development Program is to provide assistance and create opportunities for southwestern Pennsylvania companies to expand their business internationally, thereby increasing export sales and employment prospects in the region. Join us for this webinar where we will discuss the Pennsylvania’s State Export Assistance services including:
- What is offered to small / medium size businesses in terms of expanding and/or growing to new markets
- Grant money available
- PA Offices Overseas
- Other local resources that could assist with exports
Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) serves as the coordinator of the Regional Export Network (REN) for the State programs. We offer a wide range of services designed to help companies develop their international sales potential and increase employment prospects in the region. We work with a global network of Overseas Trade Representatives in order to provide market research and other services from 15 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, the Middle East, North America. SPC’s Export Development staff offers consultative services to small-and mid-sized businesses located throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania. SPC’s Export Development Program also sponsors and co-sponsors educational seminars and training programs designed for exporters and potential exporters in the region.
Studies indicate that increased exports contribute significantly to economic growth, yet most small-and mid-sized firms don’t consider international business opportunities because they lack trained personnel or have limited access to international marketing resources. Publicly funded export programs – like SPC’s Export Development Program – provide assistance and afford these companies the opportunity to be internationally successful while contributing to our region’s economic growth.
About the presenters:
Jackie Pacheco, International Trade Specialist: For the past 10 years Jackie has been working with local companies providing counseling and technical support for local companies looking export. Prior to joining SPC, Jackie worked at Fisher Scientific, Rodriguez & Associates, and The World Trade Center Pittsburgh. Jackie is from Peru and has lived in the SW Pa region for over 15 years. She has a B.S. in Computer Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a MBA from Point Park University.
Rena Liu-Belshe, Export Development Manager: Rena is the manager of the export development program of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, a regional planning and development agency. For the past 18 plus years, Rena has been leading her team to provide business counseling and technical support to local exporters as well as to serve as the local coordinator for the Regional Export Network (REN) in nine-county Southwest region. Prior to joining SPC, Rena worked at the American Institute in Taiwan, the de facto US embassy in Taiwan, served as marketing officer, and later deputy director of the Agricultural Trade Office, which promotes US exports to Asia. Rena also worked at H.J. Heinz as an assistant product manager for baby food division before her family relocated from Pittsburgh to Venezuela, later to Taiwan. A native of China, Rena has a MBA degree from the American Graduate School of International Management – Thunderbird; and a MA degree from the University of Denver.