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Lt. Governor Kleefisch Headline Global Trade Conference at Blue Harbor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

8/4/2014

CLEVELAND, WI – 

Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch will headline the 2nd Annual Wisconsin Global Trade Conference on August 18 at Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan. The day-long event provides local companies with networking opportunities and relevant information on global business trends. The conference will feature International Trade Consultant John Goodrich and Lisa Victoria Waller, Vice President of BDG International in Elgin, Illinois.

“The Wisconsin Global Trade Conference is the annual kickoff for the Lakeshore International Networking and Knowledge exchange,” says Lakeshore Technical College Global Education Coordinator Tandra Sbrocco. “By partnering with education, government and economic development organizations and sponsorship from local business, we’re again able to provide a terrific conference at an affordable rate.”

Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, a former small business owner and news reporter, serves as Wisconsin’s 44th Lieutenant Governor. Widely credited for coining the phrase, “Wisconsin is Open for Business,” Rebecca immediately played a key role in business growth and retention for Wisconsin. She serves as an economic development liaison and advocate for small business owners and chairs the Committee on Minority Unemployment.

John D. Goodrich is an International Trade Consultant and Licensed Customhouse Broker with more than 25 years of experience in international trade. He is currently the principal in the consulting firm of

JD Goodrich & Associates (JDGA.) Founded in 2001 JDGA specializes in assisting clients with import/export logistics and regulatory compliance issues. John graduated Cum Laude from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo Michigan with majors in Economics and German and a minor in International Commerce.

Lisa Victoria Waller is a graduate of Illinois State University, Bachelor’s of Science in International Business and an emphasis on Eastern Studies. Lisa continued her international studies of languages in Spanish, French, Russian and Swedish. In 1993, Lisa joined BDG International, Inc. Lisa has traveled professionally throughout Europe & South America and parts of Asia. She is a U.S. Licensed Customs Broker, IATA Certified, DG Certified, IAC Security Coordinator, a Certified Customs Specialist, and a Certified Export Specialist.

In addition to these keynote speakers, there will be experts from across the country to specifically address issues pertaining to agriculture and food products, manufactured products, and IC-Disc tax saving program for exporters. The event covers breakfast and lunch with plenty of opportunities for networking throughout the day.

The conference will also feature display tables from sponsors and partner organizations during the networking breaks. The conference cost is $100 for LINKe members and $125 for non-members. Contact LINKe for registration details at 920.693.1708 for registration information or global.education@gotoltc.edu.

The Lakeshore International Networking and Knowledge exchange (LINKe) is a business consortium with the mission to enable the exchange of global business knowledge through networking and education. LINKe offers seminars, workshops and networking events from September to May each year for professionals involved with imports and exports. LINKe partners with education, government and business organizations to provide relevant and timely global business information to small and mid-size manufacturers and service providers in Calumet, Sheboygan and Manitowoc counties. For more information, email global.education@gotoltc.edu.

About Lakeshore Technical College

Lakeshore Technical College is a leading provider of technical education offering 100 career programs including associate degrees, technical diplomas, technical certificates, and apprenticeship programs. In addition, LTC offers distance learning, customized training to business and industry, and continuing educational opportunities.

Serving a 200,500-resident population in east central Wisconsin, LTC operates a main campus in Cleveland; additional learning sites at LTC Manitowoc and LTC Sheboygan; Community Education Centers at area high schools in Kiel, Mishicot, Plymouth, Random Lake, Reedsville, and Two Rivers; and 27 distance learning sites. LTC’s mission is to enrich lives and strengthen the economy by preparing a workforce that is skilled, diverse and flexible. On average, 79% of LTC graduates work in the LTC District which includes Manitowoc and Sheboygan Counties, and parts of Calumet and Ozaukee Counties. Visit LTC at: gotoltc.edu.

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