Gov. Perdue Proclaims March 27 “International Entrepreneurship Day”

Gov. Sonny Perdue has proclaimed March 27 International Entrepreneurship Day in Georgia. The…

Georgia (Mar 23, 2006) — Gov. Perdue Proclaims March 27 “International Entrepreneurship Day”

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Gov. Sonny Perdue has proclaimed March 27 International Entrepreneurship Day in Georgia.

The proclamation was issued to coincide with an event designed to promote entrepreneurship and international trade among countries participating in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The luncheon symposium‚ titled “Crafting Business in North America‚” will be held March 27 in Room 400 of the KSU Center. Hosted by the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University‚ the symposium is being held in conjunction with the North American Consortium for Entrepreneurship (NACE.)

“Small businesses are a vital source of jobs and wealth for the economies in the U.S.‚ Canada and Mexico‚” Gov. Perdue wrote in a letter accompanying the proclamation. “I am confident the symposium will successfully increase knowledge‚ collaboration and understanding among these companies.”

Speakers at the conference will include Mexican Consul General Remedios Gomez−Arnau; Canadian Consul General Brian Oak; and Georgia Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Mike Beatty. Representatives from the Georgia Department of Economic Development‚ as well as local businesses doing business with NAFTA countries will participate in a panel discussion. Canadian and Mexican exchange students studying at the Coles College through a grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education will also participate.

“We hope that the information that will be delivered at this event will help many American small businesses gain a stronger foothold in doing business with neighboring countries‚” said Coles College Dean Tim Mescon‚ Ph.D.‚ who will chair the conference.

The state says Georgia’s strong business climate helps foster international entrepreneurism. Last year almost 10‚000 Georgia companies exported just under $20 billion of goods and services to 224 countries.

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.

In addition to the Coles College‚ the event sponsors include KSU’s Students in Free Enterprise chapter‚ the Office of International Services and Programs and the Kennesaw Business Association.

The event is free and open to the public‚ though reservations are required. Onsite registration begins at 11:15.

For more information‚ visit‚ or contact Stella Xu at (770) 423−6425 or KSU Center is located at 3333 Busbee Drive in Kennesaw. Directions are available on Coles College Web site at

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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