Global Opportunities for Manufacturers

KCMN June Meeting 

Looking for new business?  Have you ever considered exporting your goods or services? Have you ever been contacted by a potential customer in a foreign market and you weren’t sure what to do next? The KC region now has a metro export plan, released last month by the Global Cities Initiative (GCI) Steering Committee. The goal:  100 new exporters within the next five years. The World Trade Center Kansas City (WTC-KC), an affiliate of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, will serve as the export concierge providing advice, direction, market information, connections to not only WTC-KC’s global network of world trade centers in 330 cities around the globe but also to other regional export assistance providers in the KC region. Join us for our June 14 meeting as Ivry Karamitros, the Director for the World Trade Center in Kansas City explains how WTC-KC can help your export efforts and leads a panel discussion with manufacturers who will share their export stories with the audience.

Our panelists:

Panel moderator:  Ivry Karamitros, Director, World Trade Center in Kansas City

Kristen Cowan, Energy Solutions Manager – International, Milbank Manufacturing

Steve Williams, Vice President of Manufacturing, Labconco

Kristen and Steve will share their company’s exporting history, and discuss how they have expanded their business utilizing international markets, and best practices for prospective exporters.

Tuesday, June 14
7:30-9:00 AM
Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas

Cost is $20 for members, $25 for manufacturing company guests, and $50 for non manufacturing company guests. Guests may attend 2 meetings before having to join as a member.  Sign up today BY CLICKING HERE or contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958, or donna@kcmn.org Due to our need to cover the event costs, no shows will be billed. Cancellations will be accepted no later than 3 business days prior to an event.

Ivry Karamitros: Director, World Trade Center. Ivry received her B.S. from Southwest Baptist University in both Business Administration and Political Science before working for the Missouri Department of Agriculture as an International Trade Specialist. After assisting Missouri Agribusinesses expand their exports to foreign markets through commodity and international trade missions with 4 countries, she worked as an International Trade Manager for the Missouri Department of Economic Development. At DED, Ms. Karamitros helped MO businesses expand their efforts in Asia and Southeast Asia. At the World Trade Center, Ms. Karamitros leads the implementation efforts of the Global Cities Initiative, Kansas City’s first export plan, and provides 1-1 consulting to Kansas City businesses who are interested in expanding their global reach.

Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center (MAMTC) and Missouri Enterprise, are our Network sponsors. The event is open to area manufacturers and their suppliers. We invite you to join with us to make KCMN the premier resource for manufacturers.

For questions or comments, please contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958