Utah To Make Business History Joining US-Mexico Chamber Of Commerce During UVU Conference
October 22, 2013
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Whitney Wilkinson
Written by: Patricia Monsoor
How can Utah companies reach a potential 110 million people in Mexico? The new United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce Chapter in Utah is the perfect place to begin.
On Oct. 24, Utah Valley University’s Doing Business with Mexico conference will facilitate the signing of the Utah chapter, making the historic and significant partnership between the two countries official. The relationship swings the door wide open to Utah companies seeking to do business outside the U.S. and create strong business partnerships that will positively impact commercial relations with Mexico.
“There has never been a better time to do business with Mexico,” said Harvey Scott, director of International Trade and Diplomacy for the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development. “There are around 52 million Hispanics in the U.S., and 31 million of them are of Mexican heritage. This partnership is an incredible opportunity that will help Utah businesses understand differences in legal, regulatory and economic systems, as well as language and cultural hurdles.”
The chapter is one more step in the “institutionalization” process between Mexico and Utah — creating the soft landing that many businesses demand when looking at international expansion opportunities. Now, Utah businesses can simply reach out to the new chapter of the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce to be put directly in touch with hundreds of businesses in Mexico and vice-versa.
“Utah is the most linguistically diverse state in the country with 180 different languages spoken,” Scott said. “Our economic stability, diversity and vitality, and level of engagement with the Hispanic community positions us well to draw attention as Mexican businesses consider U.S. operations.”
Spencer P. Eccles, executive director of GOED, will officiate the signing with Al Zapanta, president and CEO of the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, during the conference luncheon.
“This partnership is about how Utah companies command a presence outside of the U.S. and who they should look to first,” Scott said. “The U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce and Utah want to get it right, and this is a great next step to achieving our goals.”
UVU’s Doing Business With Mexico conference will kick off the morning with welcome remarks from UVU administration and Woodbury School of Business Dean Norman Wright. Attendees will then participate in a variety of breakout sessions including a networking meeting sponsored by the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, a session on legal and tax issues, and a lecture on “Breaking into the Mexican Market.”
For more information and to register for the conference, please visit uvu.edu/international/engage/global_spotlight/us-mexicobusiness.