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Region businesses can learn how to finance global trade

Cal Bellamy and other attendees listen to Indiana Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith as he speaks at the Northwest Indiana World Trade Alliance meeting at Valparaiso University last year.

Suzanne Tennant

More than 100 businesses in Lake, Porter, and LaPorte counties are involved in exporting, importing or international distribution in some form or fashion.

The Northwest Indiana World Trade Alliance, which bills itself as "the only non-profit global trade organization in the Northwest Indiana region," hopes to help them succeed doing business abroad. The World Trade Alliance and BMO Harris are hosting a business breakfast on "Financing Global Trade in Uncertain Times" from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Avalon Manor, 3550 U.S. 30 in Hobart. 

"It should be a good topic for both the experienced and new to international trade," board member Greg Boyan said.

The nonprofit works to help local businesses, both small and large, trade across international borders, such as by acquainting them with foreign cultures and business protocols. It aims to "mobilize resources in building greater global understanding, global readiness, and global trade into our Northwest Indiana culture and economy."

"The NWIWTA believes our region has more than average capabilities for succeeding in global trade," the group said in a news release.

Tickets are $10 for students, $15 for members and $20 for the general public. The event includes a hot breakfast buffet.

For more information, call 219-230-6960 or email


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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.