What's Happening Newsletter-- 11/22/2021

By McNew, Leeannah posted 11-24-2021 13:31


In our November 22, 2021 What's Happening Newsletter, features a December 9 virtual meeting on India’s prosperous Kutch region, opportunities in logistics, energy, and infrastructure, and practical advice on doing business in India.  On December 15, plan to participate in a Got Questions? to share solutions to continuing shipping and supply chain bottlenecks. We are excited to announce that we launched our new social media and networking platform, Member Connect,  and welcomed our newest member, Marquis Advisory Group.Graziella DiNuzzo sat down with Stephen Anderson to learn about the company. Lastly, there is still an opportunity to attend a trade mission to Israel organized by the regional organization, the Conference of Great St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers'. We wish you a safe and relaxing Thanksgiving!

Connecting Philadelphia Companies to India's Kutch Region: Discovering Opportunities in Logistics, Energy, and Infrastructure

Join Wilfred Muskens, Trade Representative of the Federation of Kutch Industries Association (FOKIA), and Nimish Phadke, Managing Director of FOKIA for a discussion on shipping products to India and learning about business opportunities in the region on December 9, 2021 from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Learn about:

  • India's largest private port: Mundra Port
  • How Gujarat's solid infrastructure and continued development can benefit your company
  • New projects in the region including rail, highways, desalination plants and solar and wind power plants
  • Best practices for conducting business with new potential partners in India
To RSVP for this event, please email Susan MacDonald at smacdonald@wtcphila.org.

Got Questions? Answers on Shipping and Supply Chain Challenges

As part of the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia (WTCGP) Got Questions? series, we have gathered experts who can answer some questions. 

Our panel of experts include:

  • Michael Ford, Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs, BDP International (Moderator)
  • Sean Mahoney, Director of Marketing, PhilaPort
  • James Tyrrell, Chief Revenue Officer, Philadelphia International Airport
  • Tom Mutz, Director of Global Business Development, Penn Warehousing & Distribution, Inc.  
This event will be held Dec 15, 2021 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. 

There is no charge to attend. Please RSVP to Susan MacDonald at smacdonald@wtcphila.org.

Please advise Dino Ramos at dramos@wtcphila.org if you have any questions.

Stephen Anderson, Founder of Marquis Advisory Group, sees Collaboration Essential

By Graziella DiNuzzo

I sat down with Stephen Anderson, Founder of Marquis Advisory Group and newest member of the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia, to learn more about his history and how Marquis came into existence. 

In October 1961, you were able to walk into The New York Times lobby on 43rd street in Manhattan and ask for directions to the Human Resources Department. And over the Christmas holiday, when you were at home in Jamestown, New York with your parents, you received a telegram asking you to report to work as a journalist in training. 

How did you manage that?

"I am not sure. My journalism experience was limited to my college newspaper and The Chautauqua Daily, a paper of Chautauqua Institution in western New York State. Once at the Times my part was not important. What I could do now was on-the-job training that was semi-structured, informal, but with great mentors."

So, what made you want to be a journalist?

"My great uncle laid the idea in my mind. He was a lawyer, but never talked to me about law. His favorite recollections were about being a young journalist for the Jamestown Post Journal in Jamestown, New York, where we lived, and a free-lance journalist for the Canadian Pacific news. Great stories, including being sent to Panama to report on the unfinished Panama Canal. He was maybe 20 years old."

It's certain that curiosity to find the truth and the courage to tell it are in Anderson's blood. 

Click here to read more. 

Join the Conference of Great St. Lawerence Governors & Premiers' Trade Mission to Israel

Are you looking to grow your export sales? Consider joining GSGP's upcoming trade mission to Tel Aviv, Israel May 15-19, 2022. All participants will receive a pre-screened, customized, b2b meeting schedule with potential distributors, buyers and joint venture partners.  Participants will also benefit from market sector briefings, networking events and logistical support. Various State export assistance grants are available that may offset from 50-75% of trade mission costs. Let the GSGP Israel Trade Office save you valuable time and resources, and maximize your results!

Why Israel?

  • The Israeli market is stable and highly receptive to Canadian and U.S. products and services. Both countries have enjoyed access to the Israeli market through free trade agreements established over 20 years ago. 
  • Israel has a thriving innovation ecosystem and is a global leader in number of startups outside of Silicon Valley. Best prospect sectors include agriculture, design and construction, energy, environmental technologies, information technology, and safety and security. Science and technology are significant drivers of the Israeli economy. 
  • In 2020 U.S. goods exports to Israel were $10.2 billion. Exports of services reached $6 billion in 2019. Two-way merchandise trade between Canada and Israel was valued at more than $1.6 billion in 2020. 
  • Top U.S. and Canadian exports to Israel include precious or semi-precious stones, vehicles and related parts, aircraft and related parts, electrical and industrial machinery, and medical devices.

Participation fee: In person: U.S. $1,500 per company and $500 each for additional participant. 

Market research & Customized Appointment Setting fees:
Israel: U.S. $3,200*
*Fee is complimentary for companies based in IL, OH, & PA. 

Grant funding is available in many States to offset mission costs by 50-75%.

For more information, click here