Louisiana Business Leaders To Discuss Job Creation And Expanding To International Markets At Export Seminar
Louisiana business leaders will meet to share advice and experience on expanding business to international markets and subsequent job creation at the National Export Initiative Small Business Tour on Monday, April 11th.
- New Orleans, LA (1888PressRelease) April 06, 2011 - Katherine Smith, President and CEO of It Straps On, Inc., will be among an impressive panel of Louisiana business owners sharing their advice on how small and medium sized businesses can create more jobs by expanding their businesses to sell to international customers. The event will take place on Monday, April 11th at Tulane University and is part of the US Department of Commerce "New Markets, New Jobs: The National Export Initiative Small Business Tour" taking place in various locations this year.
The goal of the conference is to help small and medium sized businesses learn from the real world experience of similar businesses that have already succeeded in expanding their business to include the international market. The Export Small Business Tour is designed to help connect businesses with the resources they need in order to sell more of what they make in overseas markets, with the stated objective of helping double exports in five years as a means of creating as many as 5 million jobs in the US.
Katherine Smith of It Straps On, Inc. will be sharing the story of how her business established business in many countries around the world as well as the challenges and opportunities that come from doing business abroad. "I hope that by hearing what we went through and talking about the tough decisions we've made along the way, other businesses can shorten the learning curve when it comes to doing business overseas," says Mrs. Smith.
The event will be Monday, April 11, 2011 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and takes place at the Tulane University Lavin-Bernick Student Center (LBC) in New Orleans. Registration cost is $35.00 per person and the event is open to the public. The event is being hosted by the World Trade Center of New Orleans and Tulane University's Goldring Institute of International Business. It is also made possible by the Louisiana District Export Council and several other local organizations. The event has also received support from Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office as well as US Senator Mary Landrieu as it is designed to benefit Louisiana businesses.
About It Straps On, Inc.
It Straps On, Inc. is located in Covington, Louisiana and manufactures stainless steel banding and strapping products and tools. The company was founded in 1994 by Stephen E. Smith, but the day to day operations of the company are now managed by Katherine Smith who serves as President and CEO. In 2008, It Straps On, Inc. was awarded the prestigious "E" Award by President George W. Bush for outstanding contribution to the Export Expansion Program of the United States of America.