Senator Johnson, Lt. Governor Kleefisch Headline Global Trade Conference at Blue Harbor




CLEVELAND – U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and FBI Special Agent Byron Franz will headline the Wisconsin Global Trade Conference on August 12 at Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan. The day-long event provides local companies with networking opportunities and relevant information on global business trends.

"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 able to provide a terrific conference at an affordable rate."

Senator Ron Johnson is a citizen legislator ready to work with anyone who is willing to address the realities of America's spending, federal debt, and economy. His manufacturing background has taught him to attack the root cause of a problem, not mere symptoms. He believes huge deficits, slow economic activity, high unemployment and inadequate job creation are severe symptoms.

Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch is a former small business owner and news reporter who is widely credited with coining the phrase "Wisconsin is Open for Business". She serves as an economic development liaison and advocate for small business owners and chairs the newly-created Committee on Minority Unemployment.

Byron Franz is a Special Agent of the FBI and has worked national security investigations for over 16 years. He currently serves as the Strategic Partnership Coordinator for the Milwaukee Division, where he forms partnerships with business and education to better protect intellectual property and trade secrets.

In addition to these keynote speakers, there will be experts from across the country to specifically address issues pertaining to export/import compliance, customs in Canada, security in Mexico, global communication, insurance, international pricing strategies, and transportation.

Sponsors for the conference include Johnsonville, Kohler Company, Rockline Industries, BDG Consulting, Hancock International and the Dairy Farmers of America.

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

About Lakeshore Technical College

Lakeshore Technical College is a leading provider of technical education offering more than 120 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 education opportunities.

Serving a 200,500-resident population in east central Wisconsin, LTC operates a main campus in Cleveland and additional learning sites at LTC Manitowoc, LTC Sheboygan, LTC-Plymouth Science & Technology Center, and the Lakeshore Culinary Institute. The college also operates Community Education Centers at area high schools in Elkhart Lake, Cedar Grove-Belgium, Howards Grove, Kiel, Mishicot, Oostburg, 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, 87% of LTC graduates work in the LTC District which includes Manitowoc and Sheboygan Counties, and parts of Calumet and Ozaukee Counties. Visit LTC at:

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