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On an average day, Trina Worrell Benjamin handles invoices, returns calls and emails, directs a team of nearly a dozen employees and manages a client roster that has included big names like Rite Aid and Toys“R”Us. She admits her first steps into entrepreneurship were not easy. But with the help of…

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Duquesne University SBDC Seeks Businesses to Attend Chile’s EXPOMIN Show in April

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Through its IMPACT project, the goal of which is to increase US export sales into Latin American Pacific Alliance countries, the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is seeking Pennsylvania small businesses to attend EXPOMIN in Chile, the largest mining and infrastructure show in Latin America. According to Brent Rondon, manager of the Duquesne SBDC’s Global Business Program, “Over 80,000 visitors and 1600 exhibitors from 25 countries are expected to participate at the 2016 show on April 25-29.”

IMPACT is part of the Duquesne SBDC’s Market Development Cooperator Program award from the US Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. The program’s goals are to increase US trade with the Pacific Alliance Countries of Latin America within a three-year period, sustain economic growth, support American jobs, and strengthen the global competitiveness of US firms, particularly Pennsylvania manufacturers. IMPACT’s focus industries are all related to infrastructure development and include construction, oil and gas, mining, power generation, petrochemical, water, transportation equipment, and engineering firms.

EXPOMIN 2016 is organized by FISA SA with the support of the Chilean government through the Ministry of Mining, the National Society of Mining, the Chilean Institute of Mining Engineers, and the Mining Council. EXPOMIN 2016 offers numerous advantages to establish new business opportunities because of the expanding infrastructure sector in Latin America, the US Free Trade Agreement with Chile, the country's political and economic stability and the fact that Chile leads all Latin American countries in mining production.

The Duquesne University SBDC is seeking businesses to join them at their exhibition group that serve their focus industries. Business must also have annual sales ranging from $3 million to $500 million and make their products in the US. Companies that have exhibited at a foreign trade show before, have been in business at least three to five years, and have US certification and International Standards Certifications for their products are preferred.

Exhibitors will receive space to exhibit, create a customized display exhibit in Spanish, and access a lounge area with Internet, interpreters, meeting rooms, catering, and matchmaking opportunities with Latin American buyers. Many states offer travel reimbursement for participation in foreign trade events through the US Small Business Administration STEP grant. Companies that do not wish to travel to Chile may participate in IMPACT’s catalogue show instead, or choose to walk the show and not exhibit.

For more information about the booth and catalogue space, contact Brent Rondon at . Registration to exhibit or for the catalogue show is due by March 4, and can be completed here.

Adapted in part from a Duquesne University news release