Free seminar focuses on financing global market expansion

October 16, 2017-- Local businesses interested in learning how to secure funding to begin or expand their exporting efforts are invited to a free seminar on financial assistance for global market expansion Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 7:30 a.m.-noon at the UW-River Falls Hudson Center, 2501 Hanley Road, Hudson.

During the half-day seminar hosted by the UW-River Falls Center for Innovation and Business Development and the St. Croix Economic Development Corporation, experts on international trade will outline specific programs available to help companies finance their export initiatives. The seminar will combine presentations and roundtable discussions to provide practical advice and information on how to secure funding to help achieve exporting goals.

“Two barriers often cited by Wisconsin companies thinking about entering new international markets are complexity and cost,” said Katy Sinnott, vice president of international business development the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). “The seminar will dispel misconceptions about both and will have a particular emphasis on the many sources of funding available to help companies achieve their strategic exporting goals.”

The seminar is sponsored by WEDC, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Experts from the sponsors will join representatives from the Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing and Productivity, the U.S. Export-Import Bank and the Wisconsin Small Business Development Centers in providing information and answering questions. Bill Rubin, director, St. Croix Economic Development Corporation, will also be on hand.

To register or for more information, visit, email Danielle Campeau, director, UW-River Falls Center for Innovation and Business Development at or call 715-425-0643.

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