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International Trade Center – SBDC hosts open house

Posted on Friday, November 16, 2012

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 State University.

“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 and Kicker.

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 www.OklahomaExports.org.

New members of Phi Beta Delta were inducted during the Fall 2012 Ceremony

Posted on Friday, November 16, 2012

Phi Beta Delta new members include:

  • Patrick Bell
  • Cory Carter
  • Erin Chancey
  • Pavalee Chompoorat
  • Nurhan Dunford
  • Ramesh Kaipa
  • Seungha Moon
  • Yang Qiao
  • Jon Ramsey
  • Morita Rissman
  • Kelsey Rogers
  • Emma Rupert
  • Enrique Sanchez
  • Sarah Wilkey
  • Hui Ling Yeang

James A. Beckston, honorary member

Correspondence Education professor recognized

Posted on Friday, November 16, 2012

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.

International Trade Center – SBDC open house slated

Posted on Friday, November 09, 2012

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 citd1@okstate.edu.

“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.

Global Briefing slated for Nov. 8

Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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.

Wes Watkins Distinguished Lectureship slated

Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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.

IS&O attend Consular General Summit

Posted on Friday, October 19, 2012

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.

<p>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.</p>

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.

OSU to host global horticulture conference

Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012

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 campus.

“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 stephanie.larimer@okstate.edu.

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.

Trisha Gedon
Communications Specialist
Agricultural Communications Services
136 Agriculture North
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078
405-744-3625 (phone)
405-744-5739 (fax)
trisha.gedon@okstate.edu

OSU to host International Forum and Outlook

Posted on Wednesday, October 03, 2012

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.

Wes Watkins International Trade and Development Center to host small business workshop

Posted on Friday, September 21, 2012

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.

The ten modules include:

  • Organization types – Sole Proprietorship, partnership, Limited Liability Company, C-Corporation, S-Corporation
  • Time Management – Improve time management skills and apply common time management practices
  • Financial Management – Relevant practices, rules and tools and to prepare for common business financing needs
  • Recordkeeping – Improve overall recordkeeping practices, relevant tricks and tools and choose software to support recordkeeping
  • Banking services – The most common banking services for small businesses, including merchant services, payroll processing, business credit and other; understand how other small business owners decide which banking services to use
  • Credit Reporting – Understand how credit reports are used with business loans, proper credit reporting, develop strategies to build and improve credit and protect yourself from credit-related scams
  • Risk Management – Understand factors which affect risk, common warning signs of risk and learn how to implement, monitor and evaluate a risk management plan
  • Insurance – Understand business insurance needs and choose insurance best for your business
  • Tax Planning and Reporting – Predict federal, state and local tax liabilities, prepare for tax obligations and obtain proper licenses and meet reporting requirements
  • Selling your business and succession planning – Incorporate life-cycle issues into planning, choose the best exit option and prepare for retirement

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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