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Category Archives: International Trade

World Trade Day & National Small Business Exporter Summit

On March 29th Greater Spokane Incorporated welcomed outstanding exporters from across the country to Spokane for World Trade Day & National Small Business Exporter Summit. The event, in partnership with NASBITE International, provided attendees with best practices and lessons learned … Read more

GSI meets with Open World Delegation

GSI was pleased recently to sit down for a study session with a visiting Open World Delegation.  The Open World Program, partnering with the Rumsfeld Foundation and Johns Hopkins SAIS, enables individuals from Central Asia, the Caucasus, Afghanistan and Mongolia to … Read more

Mayor of Cagli, Italy meets with businesses and elected officials

Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI) was pleased to host Cagli, Italy Mayor Alberto Alessandri and his assistant Marco Valeri last week for a “lunch & learn” and tour of local manufacturer HOTSTART. In town for the Sister City signing ceremonies – … Read more

GSI selected as host venue for CHINA Town Hall

The National Committee on US-China Relations (NCUSCR) has selected GSI to be a host venue for their 10th Annual CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections. GSI will join roughly 70 other sites across the country in presenting the national … Read more

Export Opportunities: Japan

On Tuesday the Washington State Department of Commerce hosted a workshop on doing business in Japan, with an emphasis on the aerospace industry. Featured speakers included Moto Ashizawa, President and COO of Pacific Rim Consilium, LLC and Kenji Ushimaru, Japan … Read more

Sally Jewell on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

At a recent luncheon in Seattle U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell spoke about the potential impacts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Jewell was nominated by President Obama and prior to her confirmation she served in the private sector, … Read more

Exporter Profile: Lite-Check

with Bob Blair, CEO & Founder Founded: 2002 Location: Spokane Number of Employees: 32 Percentage of company revenue from exports: 10% What types of products does Lite-Check manufacture? Trailer diagnostic testers for lights, brakes, and ABS with a family of … Read more

World Trade Day provides trade education, highlights global market opportunities

On May 5th more than 100 representatives from business, higher education, and various trade organizations gathered for the region’s first ever World Trade Day. Metro area exports accounted for 8.4% of Spokane’s GDP in 2014. And with more than 70% … Read more

DC Fly-in: Delegation Meets with Ambassador Sasae

As part of this year’s joint chamber fly-in, our delegation was honored to be hosted at the residence of Japan Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae.  The evening included remarks from the Ambassador on the longstanding relationship between the Spokane region and Japan, … Read more

Economic Development focus: International Trade

The International Economic Development Council tells us there isn’t a single definition for economic development. Instead, it’s commonly described as the achievement of goals that entail job creation, job retention, tax base enhancements and improved quality of life. At Greater … Read more