2009 world trade conference - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

2009 world trade conference

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - If you want your business to turn a bigger profit get out your passport.


"Air planes don't just fly in the United States. They go to more places that just New York or San Francisco. They do go other places," said David Smallman.

David Smallman, European representative for Louisiana economic development says, the unknown is something many fear, especially when it comes to doing business.

"Doing business in a different country is like many things we do in life. When you actually do it, you discover that it wasn't actually as difficult as you thought it was," said David Smallman.

"What we are trying to do is to get people to look at the global market, and realize that you don't have to do business in the state, you can do business world wide," said George Swift, President and CEO of the Southwest Louisiana Economic Alliance.

Meridith McKinney, with the Gulf Coast Trade Alliance says, this event will show businesses what help is available to them.

"Our goal is to ally every different size of business, from a huge business like Fedex, and even small businesses who are struggling in this economy. They can support each other and link them to the government," said Meridith McKinney

Erin Butler, with the U.S. Department of Commerce says, going global can be intimidating and it is her job to make that leap a little easier.


"We've got companies that may be one or two people working out of their garage, maybe bottling hot sauce. If they have never exported before we take them by the hand and we walk them through the process," said Erin Butler, with U.S. Department of Commerce.  

And, when it comes to moving their product, the port of Lake Charles puts local businesses at an advantage.

"Any international transportation, the local businesses are at an advantage because they have a deep water port in their back yard," said Dan Loughney, with the Port of Lake Charles. 

 

You can logon to chamberswla.org to view topics discussed at the 2009 World Trade conference.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Scattered showers and thunderstorms to finish out the weekend

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Scattered showers and thunderstorms to finish out the weekend

    Saturday, June 24 2017 5:46 PM EDT2017-06-24 21:46:11 GMT
    Scattered Showers and Thunderstorms SundayScattered Showers and Thunderstorms Sunday

    Overnight, there is a slight chance we could have a few showers and thunderstorms. They will be quick-moving storms and not last too long. Temperatures will cool to the lower 70s. Winds will blow out of the northeast at 5-10 mph. For our Sunday, we will have more scattered thunderstorms, particularly in the afternoon. Rain chances are up to 60%. The rain will be caused by a cold front to our north, slowly approaching. 

    More >>

    Overnight, there is a slight chance we could have a few showers and thunderstorms. They will be quick-moving storms and not last too long. Temperatures will cool to the lower 70s. Winds will blow out of the northeast at 5-10 mph. For our Sunday, we will have more scattered thunderstorms, particularly in the afternoon. Rain chances are up to 60%. The rain will be caused by a cold front to our north, slowly approaching. 

    More >>
  • Celebrate July 4 at Red, White, Blue and You

    Celebrate July 4 at Red, White, Blue and You

    Saturday, June 24 2017 1:39 PM EDT2017-06-24 17:39:55 GMT
    Fireworks over Lake Charles (Source: KPLC viewer)Fireworks over Lake Charles (Source: KPLC viewer)

    The City of Lake Charles has a full slate of Independence Day events planned for Tuesday, July 4, as part of the annual Red, White, Blue and You celebration.

    More >>

    The City of Lake Charles has a full slate of Independence Day events planned for Tuesday, July 4, as part of the annual Red, White, Blue and You celebration.

    More >>
  • Most Southwest Louisiana parishes see drop in graduation rates

    Most Southwest Louisiana parishes see drop in graduation rates

    Saturday, June 24 2017 10:07 AM EDT2017-06-24 14:07:23 GMT
    (Source: pablo)(Source: pablo)

    The Louisiana Department of Education recently released district and school graduation outcomes for the class of 2016.

    More >>

    The Louisiana Department of Education recently released district and school graduation outcomes for the class of 2016.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly