On October 20, 2016, business people from across middle and east Tennessee traveled to Chattanooga for a Selling to China Seminar hosted by TN-China Network and the East Tennessee Export Assistance Center. The event was hosted at the Small Business Development Center and sponsored by V. Alexander, First Tennessee Bank, and Baker Donelson.
This high-value, full-day seminar addressed many of the challenges and opportunities companies face when exporting to China. Topics included:
- How to find distributors and marketing partners in China
- How to secure payment from Chinese buyers
- International shipping terms and how they apply to China
- Best practices in clearing Customs and the risks of detention
- How to conform to Chinese CCC product marks and regulations
- Intellectual property issues, export compliance and other legal considerations
- An overview of the Chinese economy and the future of the renminbi
- Intercultural communication considerations, etiquette, and protocol
Speakers, including some who traveled from as far as Michigan, Washington DC, and Memphis, included:
- Matthew Quigley, Commercial Officer, US Department of Commerce
- Micheline Johnson, Of Counsel, Baker Donelson
- Tony Burnett, Sales Manager, Global Testing Laboratories
- Doreen Edelman, Shareholder and Co-Lead of Global Business Team, Baker Donelson
- John Gurney, Senior Vice President, First Tennessee Bank
- Glenn Shearron, Administrator – Trade Compliance, V. Alexander
- John Swindeman, CEO, Nanomechanics, Inc.
- Elizabeth Rowland, Executive Director, TN-China Network
- Robert Leach, Director, East Tennessee Export Assistance Center, US Department of Commerce
For photos from the event, see below. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for podcasts from this event.
Thanks again to our event sponsors: