“Crafting Business in North America Symposium” Set

A program to help American small businesses gain a stronger foothold in doing business with…

Georgia (Feb 14, 2006) — “Crafting Business in North America Symposium” Set

Terri Thornton


KSU’s Coles College of Business Hosts Event in Conjunction with North American Consortium for Entrepreneurship

A program to help American small businesses gain a stronger foothold in doing business with neighboring countries will be held at KSU next month. The Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University will host a luncheon symposium titled “Crafting Business in North America.” The event‚ set for March 27 in Room 400 of the KSU Center‚ is free and open to the public‚ though reservations are required. Onsite registration will start at 11:15.

The purpose of the gathering is to help promote entrepreneurship and international trade among countries participating in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Tim Mescon‚ Ph.D.‚ Dean and Dinos Eminent Scholar of the Coles College of Business is the chair of the conference. The speakers will include Mexico’s Consul General to Atlanta Remedios Gomez−Arnau‚ and Canada’s Consul General to Atlanta‚ Brian Oak. Representatives from the Georgia Department of Economic Development and local businesses will participate in a panel discussion.

U.S. Commerce Department figures show that 21% of the trade volume with Canada and Mexico was generated by the small business sector in 2001.

“Entrepreneurship and small businesses are the economic lifeblood of the United States‚ Canada‚ and Mexico‚” Mescon stated. “They create most of the new jobs‚ and are the best way of distributing wealth and economic well−being throughout all three economies. We look forward to hosting this event‚ which is dedicated to increasing knowledge‚ collaboration and understanding between the three countries.”

The event is being held in conjunction with the North American Consortium for Entrepreneurship (NACE.) NACE’s mission is to advance the study and practice of entrepreneurship in the North American business community and develop successful entrepreneurial careers in the expanding market environment arising from the implementation of NAFTA.

Ten Canadian and Mexican exchange students in residence at KSU during the Spring semester will participate in the symposium. They are studying at the Coles College as a result of a U.S. Department of Education grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE).

For information on attending or sponsoring the symposium‚ visit http://coles.kennesaw.edu/pages/sife/nace/index.htm‚ or contact Stella Xu at (770) 423−6425 or sxx0245@kennesaw.edu.

KSU Center is located at 3333 Busbee Drive in Kennesaw. Directions are available on Coles College Web site (http://coles.kennesaw.edu.)

Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of 18‚500 from 132 countries. The third largest state university out of 35 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.



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