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.

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