TN-China Network Blog


Startups Thrive in Tennessee, Providing Opportunities for Investors from China

In a May 2014 ranking by NerdWallet.com of the best US cities to start a business, two out of the top 10 cities were located in Tennessee – the only state to have more than one city in the ranking. Nashville ranked fifth and Memphis came in 10th. The study ranked cities according to accessibility […]

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“Ni Hao, Y’all: US hinterlands Woo Chinese Firms”

In case you missed it in June, check out this article on Chinese investment in small town America, particularly in the South. It also includes a quote from the chairwoman of a Chinese company that recently opened a factory in Tennessee, Footwear Industries of Tennessee (FIT): “Being close to the marketplace is good for everybody,” […]

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US Departments of Commerce and Energy Announce Smart Cities Trade Mission to China

From April 12 to 17, 2015, the US Department of Commerce and US Department of Energy will lead a Business Development Mission to China, focusing on industries that support Smart Cities and Smart Growth, including: Green buildings Building energy retrofitting Building management Green data centers Carbon capture utilization and storage Energy efficiency technologies Clean air […]

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Sister Cities of Nashville seeks host families and students to participate in student exchange with Taiyuan, China

From February 22 to March 3, 2015, Sister Cities of Nashville (SCN) will be hosting students and teachers visiting from Nashville’s sister city in China – Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi province in northern China. The visiting delegation is part of the SCN 2015 Student Ambassador Program, which according to the SCN website, “typically bring(s) […]

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Director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office visits Nashville

On November 14, 2014, Steve Barclay, the director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO) in New York, visited Nashville. The HKETO located in New York is an office of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government and is charged with promoting and strengthening economic and trade links between Hong Kong and 31 […]

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Event on Demystifying the Export Process – Dec 4

Are you a mid-size company that is looking to start exporting or to boost your current export levels? Then you might want to attend a lunch event on “Demystifying the Export Process”, held by the Tennessee State Economic and Community Development (TNECD) department in coordination with several partners.* The lunch event will take place Thursday, […]

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Chattanoogans Doing Business with China Network at Inaugural TNCN Happy Hour

Last Wednesday, about 25 Chattanoogans met at St John’s Meeting Place for the inaugural TN-China Network (TNCN) Happy Hour. The group ranged from local manufacturing companies that export/import to/from China, to accounting, consulting, and other service providers specializing in China, to educators in secondary and higher education. Representatives from the Chattanooga Chamber International Business Council, […]

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Inaugural TN-China Network Happy Hour in Chattanooga Wed, Nov 19

  Please join us for the inaugural TN-China Network Happy Hour  An event bringing together Chattanoogans that do business with or have an interest in China. Come to network, see friends, and share China experiences. All are welcome! Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at St. John’s Meeting Place 1274 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN (next door to […]

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Nashville to Be Highlighted on China Central Television

Earlier this month, CCTV-America, the American unit of China Central Television, visited Nashville to interview business leaders for a segment profiling the city. More about the segment can be found on the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce blog.   UPDATE: Find the final CCTV-America feature on Nashville here.

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Beginner Chinese Language Courses Starting Oct 13 at Confucius Institute in Knoxville

Earlier this fall I posted about non-credit Business Chinese Conversation language courses being taught at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville Confucius Institute (CI-UTK). Now CI-UTK is offering two language courses for beginners: Basic Chinese 1 and Chinese Conversation for Tourists. Unlike the Business Chinese language courses, neither of these two new courses requires any prior background […]

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