MDA to Lead Business Development Mission to Central Europe

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Jackson, Mississippi — May 26, 2015 — Representatives from Mississippi Development Authority will lead a delegation of Mississippi companies on a business development mission to Central Europe August 31 through September 4, 2015.
Designed to connect Mississippi businesses that want to expand trade and create new business relationships with qualified buyers in Poland and the Czech Republic, the mission may include an additional stop in a third country, depending on a company’s potential in that market.
The trip will be a multi-industry mission with prospects in the fields of information technology, electrical power systems, green building products and technologies, telecommunications, aerospace, automotive, transportation infrastructure, agricultural equipment, and medical equipment.
One of the primary focuses of the mission will be on the defense sector surrounding the International Defense Industry Exhibition, the largest trade fair dedicated to military equipment in Central and Eastern Europe. The annual event, which draws representatives of the world’s largest defense industry powers, attracts more than 500 exhibitors from 27 countries and attracts more than 15,000 visitors.
“The Central Europe business development mission is a cost-effective opportunity for Mississippi businesses interested in developing or expanding trade into European countries to make connections with prospective buyers and generate new investment through international trade,” said Rose Boxx, director of MDA’s International Trade Office. “It is a logical gateway for companies looking to make business connections in these markets. I encourage businesses interested in export sales to make plans to join the Mississippi team on this important trip.”
Prior to meeting with business members of the state delegation, MDA works with qualified potential buyers, agents, distributors, and joint venture partners from countries targeted in business development missions. MDA also works with Mississippi firms before, during and after the trip to help them best capitalize on the opportunities realized as a result of participation.
The U.S. Small Business Administration-funded Mississippi State Trade Export Promotion program reimburses eligible businesses up to 50 percent of travel costs, including airfare, lodging and per diem, and provides interpretation services at no cost. Additional services include scheduled appointments with qualified prospects covered at 75 percent and free pre-mission market research and business potential assessment.
Space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and early registration is recommended.  The deadline to register is June 26, 2015. For more information or to obtain a registration form, please contact MDA’s European Trade Specialist Aggie Sikora at 601-359-2952 or 769-798-5434 (mobile) or asikora@mississippi.org. Interested parties can also visit www.mississippi.org to learn more about the agency’s international marketing services and events or to request a consultation with an international trade specialist.

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