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Northeast Wisconsin International Business Network (NEWIBN)

The Northeast Wisconsin International Business Network (NEWIBN) is a forum for local companies to access current information on issues, practices and trends that influence all aspects of international trade. 

Network features: 

  • Speaker series - highlighting global thought leaders 
  • Discussions on current and emerging issues in global trade
  • Dialogue on global markets and business operations 
  • Networking opportunities 

Upcoming Events:

Where in the World Should Your Business Go Next?

NEWIBN-FVTC Appleton is hosting two of WEDC’s Trade Representatives: South America & India.

The world presents so many different opportunities for businesses today.  Global market demographics strongly suggest a shift in population and middle class growth/consumption to emerging markets and regions of the world.  For many Wisconsin companies, the argument for expanding into new global markets has already shifted from one of luxury/opportunity to one of necessity.  Businesses will need to adjust their strategies to reflect the changing patterns of world trade that are developing and are poised to intensify over the coming decade. 

WEDC’s Global Network of Authorized Trade Representatives exists to assist you and your business with these issues by providing market intelligence, market access and trade promotion programs and services to Wisconsin companies. 

Rather than jetting off to multiple destinations, this will be your chance to meet face-to-face.

Market Briefing: South America
June 8, 2016, 1 – 3 PM
Fox Valley Technical College
1825 N. Bluemound Drive
Appleton, WI  54912
Room HS102
(Pre-registration Required)

Veronica Media, CEO of BusinessHub and Trade Representative, covers the markets of Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Uruguay. Veronica will provide you with up-to-date information on doing business in South America. You’ll have the opportunity to ask specific questions and meet individually with her. Information about the upcoming WEDC Trade Venture to Argentina and Chile from Sept. 25-30, 2016 will also be shared.

Learn more about Veronica (PDF)



One of South America's most stable and secure nations, Chile is a strong economic country that has emerged as a global leader in trade and investment.  Chile continues to be a strong trading partner and export market for U.S. companies, largely due to its open market policies, zero tariffs, stable democratic government, solid business practices, and low corruption. Even though Chile is a market with a population of only 17 million, its open trade and investment policy has attracted the attention of many foreign firms and it is an important trade and investment market for U.S. and Wisconsin companies. At the same time, the small market size has led some companies to overlook Chile, leaving interesting niche markets and solid opportunities for Wisconsin exports. Many U.S. companies consider Chile an excellent platform for doing business in the Southern Cone of South America. Chile continues to pursue market-oriented strategies, expand global commercial ties, and actively participate in international issues and hemispheric free trade.


Argentina presents significant long-term growth potential owing to its large (43 million) and educated population, abundant natural resources, high per capita incomes and highly educated work force. The recent election of President Mauricio Macri, who is pursuing business-friendly policies, also strengthens the long-term outlook for Argentina. He is prioritizing opening up the market to international trade and foreign investment and securing access to international capital markets by securing a deal with international creditors over outstanding debt, a welcoming break from the policies of the previous administration. He has so far implemented a new import regime and signed a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement with the USA. Furthermore, foreign-exchange and capital controls have been eliminated. While the market liberalization policies may result in short-term economic instability for 2016, these policies are expected to result in strong growth in 2017 and onwards.  As Argentina addresses its current economic challenges, opportunities will increase. This is an excellent time to begin exploring the market and establishing relationships.

Market Briefing: India
June 29, 2016, 1 – 3 PM
Fox Valley Technical College
1825 N. Bluemound Drive
Appleton, WI  54912
Room A170A
(Pre-registration Required)

The world presents so many different opportunities for businesses today: 

  • Should you expand your efforts in India?
  • Are you ready to take on your competitors in their home markets?
  • Should you conduct market research in order to develop a strategy for the future?
  • Do you need to learn about other markets now so you can plan for the future?
  • Engaged in exporting or seeking information on how to build an exporting strategy?

This WEDC Trade Representative will deliver actionable information to help you tap new international markets in India. You’ll leave this session with valuable country overview information and also build connections with other Wisconsin exporters.

Sign up for one-on-one consultations, with the trade representative, to expand export opportunities 

Register today!

Where in the World Should Your Business Go Next?

Market Briefing: South America (Chile, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Uruguay)
June 8, 2016
1-3 pm
FVTC Main Campus: Room HS102

Market Briefing: India
June 29, 2016
1-3 pm
FVTC Main Campus: Room A170A


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