STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State University and the Oklahoma Small Business
Development Center (OSBDC) network hosted an open house to celebrate the new International
Trade Center – SBDC at the Wes Watkins Center at OSU.
Andy Lester, Chairman of the OSU board of regents, said the Center for International
Trade and Development is an important element to what we want to do here at Oklahoma
“This Center is an incredible opportunity for businesses in Oklahoma,” Lester
said. “It’s important for us to look beyond not only the borders of Oklahoma but
also the United States for exports. The world is changing rapidly and it’s important
to keep up.”
The Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development’s focus is on
strengthening Oklahoma’s economic development by providing world-class export advisory
services by partnering with companies to enhance their export programs through high-value
counseling and client engagement.
With 96 percent of the world’s consumer base living outside of the United States,
international trade can extend a product’s lifecycle, hedge against a slowing domestic
sale and diversify a client base.
Congressman Wes Watkins has had a vision for international trade in Oklahoma
for many years and is passionate about getting Oklahoma products into the world
market and creating new jobs for small and medium sized businesses.
“We are going to be proactive. There are a lot of businesses out there that would
like to do international trade but they just don’t know how,” Watkins said. “If
we can assist small businesses to get out to the rest of the world, what a great
impact that will have on the economy – we want Oklahoma to lead this effort.”
The open house served as a time to showcase the work that has been done up to
now and to explain how the Center works with other business development partners
to help Oklahoma based small and medium sized companies with international trade
issues and to export their goods and services. Companies that were highlighted include
Nameplates – Printing Product Identification, Vacuworx Global, KoffeeKingdomDirect.com
Our business experts have customized our export advisory services for these businesses
to assist them with their unique situations, said Anthony Cambas, Director of Wes
Watkins Center for International Trade and Development and The International Trade
Center – SBDC.
“The Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development and the Small
Business Development Center at Oklahoma State University look forward to providing
our services to businesses all over Oklahoma,” Cambas said. “The combined experience
and expertise of our staff can work with any business and mitigate risk and maximize
their international opportunities.”
For additional information about the Wes Watkins Center for International Trade
and Development and the Small Business Development Center visit
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At a reception on November 15, 2012 to honor all Correspondence Education (CE)
instructional personnel, W. Stephen Damron, Oklahoma State University Animal Science
professor, received the 2012 OSU Correspondence Education Distinguished Faculty
Service Award. Damron has become a premier instructor for CE teaching Agricultural
Animals of the World, Livestock Feeding, Principles of Animal Nutrition and Basic
Nutrition for Pets. Damron (center) is pictured with Evelyn Ferchau (left), Manager
of Correspondence Education, and David Henneberry (right), International Studies
and Outreach Associate Vice-President.
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State University and Oklahoma Small Business Development
Centers are hosting an open house celebrating the new International Trade Center
– SBDC at the Wes Watkins Center at OSU.
The open house will take place Thursday, November 15 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in
room 101/102 Wes Watkins Center. The event is open to those who are interested in
learning more about the Center and the SBDC. Those who would like to attend are
asked to RSVP to 405-744-4272 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The open house is a great time to showcase our work and explain how we work
with our partners to help Oklahoma based small and medium size companies export
their goods and services,” said Anthony Cambas, Director of Wes Watkins Center for
International Trade and Development and The International Trade Center – SBDC.
STILLWATER, Okla. – The Division of International Studies and Outreach is hosting
a Global Briefing on Nov. 8 at 3:30 in 108 Wes Watkins Center. The briefing is titled
“Perspectives of International Engagement with Emphasis in the Americas.”
Ed Johnson, Technical Director of the International Technology Center – Americas
(ITC), part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command will
be the keynote speaker. The ITC matches international science and technology capacities
and capabilities to U.S. requirements and programs by forming partnerships that
have mutual benefits to our nations, militaries, industries and universities.
Brian Manning, a Foreign Service Officer with the U. S. Department of State,
currently serving at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile, will also be on hand to
offer insight on Foreign Service and answer questions. Manning is a political officer,
handling rule of law and security related matters, as well as political – military
affairs. He worked previously at the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia.
International Studies and Outreach Associate Vice President, David Henneberry,
said this global briefing will give attendees a broader view of what goes on in
an Embassy and allow the participants to ask questions that they may have about
careers in the foreign service.
The School of International Studies initiated the Global Briefing Series in 2001,
just after 9/11, to educate and inform the public about developing events, both
in the United States and abroad. Visiting scholars, experts and world leaders deliver
briefings to provide a global perspective on current events.
STILLWATER, Okla. – The Wes Watkins Distinguished Lectureship will feature Valerie
Antoinette Berset-Price who will speak on Cultural Intelligence: From Buzz Word
to Biz Mark.
The lectureship will take place on Oct. 30 at 3:30 in the Wes Watkins Center
Auditorium on the Oklahoma State University campus. This event is free and open
to the public.
Berset-Price has 15 years of international business development experience as
a dual citizen of Switzerland and the United States. She is an experienced consultant,
cross-cultural educator, international speaker and trainer.
“Valerie offers practical insights on the essential tools necessary to achieve
meaningful and profitable business results internationally,” said Mike Dicks, OSU
Agricultural Economics professor and the Wes Watkins Chair. “She specializes in
international troubleshooting, cross-cultural mediation, intercultural communication
and international strategies for management executives.”
Dicks said, Berset-Price is an international business expert for the Huffington
Post, a frequent contributor to Training Magazine, the Vancouver Business Journal
and has lectured at Portland State University and the University of San Diego.
Berset-Price is a graduate of Swiss International Business School and the Monterey
Institute of International Studies. She is fluent in English, French and Spanish.
The Division of International Studies and Outreach attended the Governor’s International Team Consular General Summit. Pictured are Kate Arroyo, Katie Reim, Rod Chapman, Governor Mary Fallin, Dr. David Henneberry and Jim Shideler.
By Trisha Gedon
STILLWATER, Okla. – Gardening enthusiasts who are interested in learning more
about horticulture from around the world can do so without having to get a passport
or deal with jet lag.
Oklahoma State University will host the third Global Horticulture Conference
Nov. 7, said Mike Schnelle, OSU Cooperative Extension ornamental floriculture specialist.
The event will begin at 8 a.m. in Room 110 at the Wes Watkins Center on the OSU
“This focused conference will address horticultural topics of interest from multiple
continents. The goal is to expose participants to horticultural practices and crops
from around the world,” Schnelle said. “We have a diverse group of professionals
who will share their expertise during a wide variety of breakout sessions.”
Registration is $80, includes lunch, and must be postmarked by Oct. 29. The Botanic
Garden at OSU members, Master Gardeners, OSU Cooperative Extension educators and
students may register for $60. No walk-ins or late registrations will be accepted.
Please register early as seating is limited. For more information about the conference
contact Stephanie Larimer at 405-744-5404 or e-mail at email@example.com.
Participants also may register online at http://orangehub.okstate.edu/ustores/web/index.jsp.
Under the “Stores” heading, click Horticulture/Landscape, then select Conference
Registration and then choose 2012 Global Horticulture Conference.
Schnelle said the conference will feature horticultural information from locations
including, but not limited to, East Africa, Egypt, Libya, Italy, Democratic Republic
of Congo and Argentina.
Some breakout session topics include agricultural development in war-torn countries,
food security issues in East Africa and Italian Renaissance gardens.
“We have a great group of specialists from OSU, as well as industry professionals,
who will be on hand to share their expertise,” Schnelle said. “We’re also excited
to have OSU Cooperative Extension Food Safety Specialist Barbara Brown with us for
what promises to be a wonderful cooking demonstration. Her demonstration is Potato
Pate: What the Potato is Doing in Italy.”
Oklahoma State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture, State and Local Governments
Cooperating: The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all
eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age,
disability, or status as a veteran, and is an equal opportunity employer.
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State University School of International Studies
will host an International Forum and Outlook on Oct. 18, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.
This will take place in Room 108 Wes Watkins Center on campus. This event is
free and open to the public.
The Forum will feature Don Humphreys, Senior Vice President/Principle Financial
Officer for ExxonMobile; Brady Sidwell, Vice President of Corporate Development
and Strategy for the OSI group in Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa Region and
Ryan Tidwell, Director of Investment, OSU Foundation.
The Forum will provide a look into the future on energy, food and finance issues
on an international level and address the international markets in these three areas.
“The International Forum and Outlook will be an opportunity for OSU students,
faculty and staff, along with community members to learn more about the future of
these three industries on an international level,” said Joel Jenswold, Director
of Academic Programs for OSU School of International Studies. “The speakers we have
are very knowledgeable and will provide a wealth of insight to the topics.”
For additional information about the Forum visit call 405-744-2507.
STILLWATER, Okla. –The Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development
/ OSBDC International Trade Center- Small Business Development Center at Oklahoma
State University will host “Money Smart for Small Business – A Financial Education
Program” on October 2, 2012 in the Wes Watkins Center.
The event, will begin at around 9:30 a.m. and will conclude at 3:30 p.m. The
event is free to all participants. (No lunch will be provided). Pre-registration
is required by calling 405-744-4272.
Money Smart for Small Business is an instructor- led training curriculum developed
by the FDIC and the SBA. The ten modules that make up the curriculum provide training
for new and aspiring entrepreneurs on the basics of organizing and managing a business.
The instructor for the event will be Tim Jeffcoat, Deputy District Director of the
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in Oklahoma.
Anthony Cambas, OSBDC International Trade Center – SBDC Director and Wes Watkins
Center for Trade and Development interim director, said each of the ten modules
includes a participant guide, and presents an introduction to the specific topic
– providing an overview, basic concepts and key points.
This conference is sponsored by the Wes Watkins Center for International Trade
and Development, the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center, the Federal Deposit
Insurance Corporation and the U.S. Small Business Administration.
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