MINNEAPOLIS (Sept. 13, 2012) — U.S. China Business Connections Group on Thursday announced a trade mission to China from April 16-25 2013 for small and medium size businesses to learn about opportunities in China.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for small business to expand into the Chinese market. With an array of outstanding experts to prepare mission delegates, or any company interested in doing business with China, the participating businesses will have a greater opportunity for success,” said Warren Vollmar, president of UCBC.
Delegation members will travel to Guangdong Province in southern China in conjunction with the Canton Trade Fair. Very specific programs and factory visits are being developed to make this a most valuable experience.
A corresponding symposium outlining China’s culture, history and economic background and its relationship to how business currently is done in China will run monthly from Oct 17 through March 20. Taught by noted experts, symposium sessions will be held at the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis on the third Wednesday of each month from 7:30 to 10 a.m.
Topics will begin with the history of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, Confucius, all of which affects China business concepts today. The programs will include: a market economy within a communist framework and special economic zones, growth after Deng Xiaoping, the current situation including the economy, and market opportunities for businesses.
Presentation speakers include:
• Oct. 17: Ed Farmer, professor emeritus, U o M, and David Davies, Hamline University
• Nov. 14: David Davies and Tom Hanson, former Foreign Service officer, U.S. State Department
• Dec. 19: Art Rolnick, U of M and former Federal Reserve researcher; Tom Stinson, Minnesota State Economist; and Warren Vollmar, president of US China Business Connections Group (UCBC)
• Jan. 16: David Davies and Tom Hanson
• Feb. 20: Meredith McQuaid, Dean, International Programs, U of M, and David Davies
• Mar. 20: Mark Cibuzar, Director, LifeTech Scientific, and Peter Hammond, President, Asia Source
Cost for the six-month program is $575.00 (members) and $750.00 (non-members). Individual presentations are $110.00 each (members) and $145.00 (non-members).
The U.S.-China Business Connections is a non-profit based in Minnesota to serve small and mid-sized businesses and organizations, as well as individual entrepreneurs as they develop business ties with China. The group combines educational programming at monthly breakfasts and networking opportunities.
Visit www.ucbcgroup.org for more information.