Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
August 2006
Expanded Hours at Commerce's China Office

Because of the time difference between Wisconsin and China, it can be difficult to arrange a phone call between business people in the two locations. In an effort to expand services and counseling to Wisconsin companies, the Wisconsin Department of Commerce contractor in China is now offering OFFICE HOURS, an opportunity to talk with China when you're at your desk rather than in the middle of the night.

Effective July 6th, 2006, Mr. Paul Swenson, Director of the China Office, can be reached by telephone at (608) 554-4581 every Thursday from 9:00 - 11:00 am Wisconsin time. When Daylight Savings Time ends the hours will be 8:00am to 10:00am. The call is charged as a regular (608) call, not as international long distance.

Since OFFICE HOURS are not scheduled in advance and open to all Wisconsin clients, your incoming call may be answered by voice mail if Mr. Swenson is already speaking with another client. Please leave a message with your direct telephone number including extension and he will call you back. If the Office director is in the United States you may receive a message indicating the visit. The Office Director will call you back during the Wisconsin business day after receiving your message.

Outside of the formal hours, the OFFICE HOURS phone number will not be answered and the China Office can be reached at its regular number: (86) (21) 3228-3505.

-- Stanley Pfrang

The newsletter is issued electronically every other month.

Please send comments or questions to Barbro McGinn, editor.

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