Tri-State Global Commerce Network

  • Networking Opportunity for Individuals & Organizations Interested in Global Commerce

    As a result of recent discussions with Dan Chevelier of Gardner Denver and John Macdonald of Broadcast Electronics there is currently an effort underway to gauge the level of interest in starting an informal professional organization to exchange ideas, host presentations, and address topics related to international sales, import and export compliance, international finance, and other aspects of global commerce, initially meeting in Quincy. The idea would be to meet in an informal atmosphere once a quarter to start. Speakers, mentors, and other educational resources are available.

    Credit: topics might include:

    – Getting started in overseas markets.
    – Finding and developing distributors overseas.
    – International logistics and freight forwarders.
    – Developing and documenting an Import and Export Compliance Program.
    – Resources for developing international sales- public and private.
    – International transaction payment method options.
    – Benefits of using Foreign Trade Zones and Subzones
    – Trade potential and characteristics of specific countries and regions.

    Individuals or companies new to global commerce would be as welcome as seasoned international trade professionals. If you or someone in your organization would find this networking opportunity of value please email with your contact information under the email subject line; Tri-State Global Commerce Network.

    Once we have a database of interested individuals and organizations, we will propose a date and venue for a kick-off meeting. For more information, please contact Charles Bell at 217.223.4313 or

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  • Maggie 05.11.2011

    Global Commerce Networking Invitation

    You are cordially invited to attend an informal networking event designed for Tri-State area individuals interested or working in international trade.

    Date: July 26, 2011
    Time: 6:30 p.m.
    Location: Tiramisu Restaurant, 137 North 3rd St, Quincy, IL

    The purpose of this kickoff event will be to meet and interact with others in the area with similar international trade interests, responsibilities and areas of expertise. Representatives from the Great River Economic Development Foundation (GREDF), the Illinois International Trade Center at Bradley University and the U.S. Department of Commerce will also be in attendance to discuss international trade opportunities and developments. We would also invite everyone to bring ideas on what types of trade related topics may be of interest to you. We value your opinion regarding the format and schedule of future events.

    Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

    Please RSVP to or by close of business on Friday, July 22 and indicate the number of individuals that plan to attend. For more information, call 217.223.4313.

    We look forward to seeing you.

    Dan Chevalier
    Trade Compliance Manager
    Gardner-Denver Inc.

    John Macdonald
    Sales Manager, Europe/Middle East/Africa
    Broadcast Electronics, Inc.

    Charles G. Bell
    Great River Economic Development Foundation
    300 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 256
    Quincy, IL 62301

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