International trade conference coming to Fox Valley Technical College
The Northeast Wisconsin International Trade Conference, presented by the Northeast Wisconsin International Business Development Program, is slated for Oct. 25 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Fox Valley Technical College’s D.J. Bordini Center.
The day features three keynote speakers: Wilson Jones, president and CEO of Oshkosh Corp.; Julián Adem Díaz de Léon, Mexican trade representative, Consul General of Mexico in Milwaukee; and Wayne Robson, Canadian trade representative, Consulate General of Canada in Chicago.
The all-day event includes a breakfast buffet and luncheon and multiple networking opportunities, including a closing reception. Breakout sessions focus on Exporting for Beginners, International Market Intelligence, International Finance, Global Supply Chain Management, Resources for Exporting, International Risk Considerations, Cultural Competence and International E-Business.
The event costs $180, but a Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. grant provides a money-saving opportunity. Attendees who self-certify that at least 35 percent of the value of products or services is composed of Wisconsin cost inputs can receive a $125 scholarship. For more information or to register, visit newinternationaltrade.com.
WMEP, WSBC partner to offer five-day retreat on sustainability
The Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership and Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council will come together to offer 21st Century Pathways, a five-day strategic retreat spread over six months taking place at the Retzer Nature Center in Waukesha and Global Water Center in Milwaukee.
The existing sustainability conversation is not about “doing less bad” by reducing impacts. Instead, it is about growth. As the global forces of middle-class population growth, climate change, resource scarcity and impact of externalities play out in the coming decades, businesses can position themselves to grow and profit from these trends.
The 21st Century Pathways program, a five-day, hands-on, interactive workshop facilitated by subject matter experts, is designed to help companies understand the risks and opportunities these trends present.
Outcomes will include:
• Reduced cost and risk by cutting energy, water, waste, materials and negative social and environmental impacts
• Revenue growth by either launching a separate line of sustainability-advantaged products, services and solutions or by embedding environmental, social and governance factors into products and services
• Innovation and investment in technologies and businesses that create options for future growth, which may involve helping customers reduce their footprint
The program is geared toward senior leaders and requires the participation of two individuals from each business, including an executive team member and someone designated to lead a sustainability initiative. Program fees include participation for both individuals.
Sessions will be held monthly October through March, except for December. For more information or to register, visit wisconsinsustainability.com/21st-century-pathways.