Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
December 2006
International Trade Team Works for You

The talented international trade professionals from Commerce and the Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection comprise Wisconsin's International Trade Team. From trade events and one-on-one business appointments to consulting and market research, the International Trade Team works for Wisconsin companies.

Got Venture Capital?
BioPartnering North America is an annual technical and targeted networking forum attracting a wide array of participants from Canada, the U.S., Europe and Asia. Last year's conference was attended by over 800 delegates representing over 400 companies from 26 countries. Vancouver is Canada's third largest cluster of life science activity and is growing rapidly in cancer research, technology transfer and drug discovery. Work with our Canadian Trade Office to maximize the benefits from this event -- and save 10 percent in the process. February 4-6, 2007 in Vancouver, BC. Talk to Christine Stamm Christine.Stamm@wisconsin.gov about accessing this event.

More than just good looks…
No doubt that the buzz at BIO2007 (May 6-9, 2007) will be all about the Wisconsin Pavilion -- and once again it will be business as usual for the International Trade Team. If you want to meet potential international partners, register for our matchmaking services and target your energies at this event. Commerce staff can help to arrange meetings with potential partners from countries such as Australia, Canada, China, Europe and Japan. Meet one-on-one with key players and maximize your time in Boston. Brad Schneider brad.schneider@wisconsin.gov will work with you to set up this free service.

Grants Available to Help Offset Costs
Want to go to BIO? BioPartnering? Other international trade shows? Wisconsin companies with annual sales of less than $25 million may be eligible for grants up to $5,000 to offset trade show booth and business appointment costs. Contact Christine Stamm Christine.Stamm@wisconsin.gov or visit international.wi.gov to learn more about the Wisconsin Trade Project Program grant. Christine Stamm, Wisconsin Dept of Commerce, Division of International & Export Development Tel: 608-264-7824, FAX 608-266-5551.

-- Christine Stamm

The newsletter is issued electronically every other month.

Please send comments or questions to Barbro McGinn, editor.

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