MDA Leading SEUS-CP Delegation

June 15th Deadline to Register for Pre-Arranged Business-to-Business Matchmaking Meetings Fast Approaching
Jackson, Miss. (June 10, 2013) – The Mississippi Development Authority will lead a delegation of Mississippi business leaders and economic development professionals at the 6th Annual Southeastern U.S. – Canadian Provinces Alliance conference and trade mission. The event, which will take place at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel, will be held July 14-16, 2013 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Mississippi businesses, economic developers, university representatives and local officials are encouraged to join the state’s delegation at the event. The SEUS-CP annual conference brings together more than 300 business and government officials from the alliance’s southeastern U.S. member states and Canadian provinces each year to forge new business relationships and build upon the close trade and investment ties that already exist between the two regions.
“Several large energy projects and shipbuilding initiatives are currently underway in the Canadian marketplace. From Nova Scotia and Labrador to New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, this is a prime time for Mississippi businesses to pursue trade and investment opportunities with Canada,” said MDA Executive Director Brent Christensen. “Mississippi businesses interested in forming new industry relationships with our Canadian counterparts should mark their calendars to join us at this event.”
This year’s conference will cover topics such as Marine Defense and Security Technologies, Global Gateways, Cleantech Innovation, Life Sciences and Health Technologies. Sectors of focus for the event include shipbuilding, energy, defense, aerospace, ocean-technology, logistics, ICT and digital media and agri-food/life sciences. MDA urges Mississippi businesses interested in attending the event to take advantage of pre-arranged business-to-business matchmaking meetings with companies in these sectors. The deadline to register for this business development opportunity is June 15th.
Grant assistance to defray the cost of attending the event is available to Mississippi businesses on a first-come, first-served basis through the U.S. Small Business Administration-funded Mississippi State Trade Export Promotion Program. Small businesses interested in learning more about the STEP program are encouraged to contact the Mississippi Development Authority’s international trade specialists at 601.359.3155.
To register for the SEUS-CP 6th Annual Conference, visit www.seuscp.com. For more information, contact Liz Cleveland or Vickie Watters Martin at 601.359.3155 or by e-mail at lcleveland@mississippi.org or vwatters@mississippi.org.

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