UVU’s Woodbury Business School to Host Inaugural ‘Doing Business With China’ Conference May 12
May 5, 2011
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Utah Valley University’s Woodbury School of Business will bring together Chinese officials, international experts and the business community for a one-day conference developed to provide an educational and networking resource for those interested in conducting business in the Asian Pacific. The inaugural “Doing Business with China” conference will take place on Thursday, May 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Sorensen Student Center.
“The Woodbury School of Business is sponsoring this first in a series of ‘Doing Business in China’ conferences to create an annual forum for local business men and women to learn about current issues in China from local and national experts with years of experience of doing business in China,” explained Norman Wright, dean of the Woodbury School of Business. “This conference will also provide a networking opportunity for business managers from Utah to interact with VIPs, enterprises and organizations from the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, one of the largest institutions for the promotion of foreign trade in China. UVU welcomes the local and international business community to campus for this outstanding event.”
The conference will cover a wide variety of international business topics including financial logistics, franchising/licensing, import/export, legal issues and small and medium business outsourcing. Featured presenters include visiting officials from the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), a trade body of the Chinese government. Founded in 1952, CCPIT, which also goes by the name of the China Chamber of International Commerce, promotes China’s international economic and commercial interests.
“As we establish greater ties with institutions in China through international university partnerships and offer Chinese language and culture programs at UVU, the conference is a logical next step of engagement,” said UVU President Matthew S. Holland. “It will help connect Utah businesses with industries in China and facilitate greater economic opportunities to the communities served by UVU. This is just the kind of event we want to be hosting as an institution committed to community and global engagement.”
The morning keynote address will feature Manuel “Manny” Menendez III, a veteran international businessman, entrepreneur, humanitarian and founder of MCM Group Holdings, Ltd. MCM is an organization specializing in international business and trade, and whose activities are focused on the Asian Pacific region with special emphasis on the People’s Republic of China.
Joining Menendez on the conference program are session presenters Mark Garfield, Zions Bank; Nick Stewart, Tai Pan Trading; Jonathan Watts, Watts Baggs USA, Inc.; David Covey, Not a Me 2; Jim Higbee, Higbee Consulting International; and Mike Mangelson, Stole Rives, LLP.
To register or for more information about the conference, please visit http://uvu.edu/businesswithchina, or call 801-863-8012. Breakfast and lunch are included with registration.
The conference is also being presented by UVU’s International Center, KSL NewsRadio and the Daily Herald.
Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah, and is home to nearly 33,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community college, state college and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.