Paine College Joins International Trade Administration to Host One Day Conference in Augusta, GA

Posted by ncarter | 03/23/2011 05:32 AM

(Augusta, GA)- Paine College partners with the Western Hemisphere Unit of the International Trade Administration, United States Department of Commerce to hold the International Opportunities Seminar, “Competing in the 21st Century: Navigating the Global Marketplace”.  This one-day conference will be held on Thursday, March 31, 2011, from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Paine College, 1235 Fifteenth Street, Augusta, GA 30901.  Registrants should arrive early at 8:30 a.m., go directly to the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel, collect their registration packets.   The Opening Session will begin at 8:45 a.m.   The College invites the media and conference participants to contact Natasha Carter at, (706) 396-7591; or Helene Carter at (706) 755-4833. The conference is divided into two segments: 1) morning session: focused on the small business community and 2) afternoon session: targeted to college students and college administrators and faculty members.  Registration is free and all industries and businesses are invited to attend.
The morning session will be launched with remarks from City of Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver and Paine College President, George C. Bradley.  The keynote address will be delivered by Walter M. Bastian; Deputy Assistant Secretary, Western Hemisphere, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.  The morning speakers following DAS Bastian will inform Augusta area businesses about global opportunities.  Additionally, businesses will learn about resources that could help their businesses grow through exporting their products to foreign markets.  Research shows that companies that export tend to be stronger companies and that there employees generally earn higher wages. There will also be a discussion regarding access to capital, trade finance and export credit insurance that protects against non-payment from foreign buyers.

“The strategic alliance between academia and the local business community was a key factor in developing the model for this unique seminar series,” said Shawn Ricks, Acting Director, International Trade Administration.  “Paine College exemplifies this model.  There is also strong emphasis on entrepreneurship and small business development built into the program agenda.”

Participating, partners include The U. S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration (ITA), The Economic Development Administration (EDA), The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), The U. S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR), The Department of Education - International Affairs Office (IAO), The Peace Corps, Phelps Stokes - Programs for International Exchange and The Washington Center.
Presenters include the: Economic Development Administration, Minority Business Development Agency, International Trade Administration and more.

The theme for the afternoon session is: Making the Successful Transition from Education to Employment – A Profile of the 21st Century Job Market.  College students, faculty and administrators will discover the importance of global education and the myriad of international career opportunities and internships. The two panels for the afternoon are: 1) Career Opportunities in the 21st Century: An International Perspective and 2) Preparing Students for the Global Job Market.  A strong feature of the afternoon session will be a discussion about stipends and fellowships to provide financial assistance for out-of-town or international internships and study abroad programs.

The panelists included in the afternoon session are: the International Trade Administration; National Institute of Standards and Technology; National Telecommunications and Information Administration; the Phelps Stokes Fund; and the Washington Center Internship Program.
“This program supports President Obama’s National Export Initiative (NEI),” commented DAS Bastian.   It’s important to note that the NEI is not just about doubling the number of exports in the next five years.   It’s about ensuring U.S. companies have the tools they need to successfully compete in the 21st century.  This includes providing a highly-skilled workforce that is aligned with the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit that drives economic growth, as well as ensuring access to foreign markets for U.S. goods and services.”  Walter Bastian serves as the Assistant Secretary of the Western Hemisphere, U.S. Department of Commerce.

Following the success of its previous conferences at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA); University of the Incarnate Word (San Antonio, TX); and the Universidad del Este (San Juan, Puerto Rico), the Western Hemisphere Unit of the International Trade Administration is excited about bringing its conference to Augusta, GA and it is pleased to work with Paine College.

To register for this conference, we invite you to visit: <>  or <> .   For additional information on this conference, please contact:
Shawn Ricks, International Trade Administration at 202.482.5564 or send an email to: or, Natasha Carter, Paine College Office of Communications and Marketing at 706-396-7591 or send an email to: