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Local entrepreneur gets a boost from Small Business Development Center

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On an average day, Trina Worrell Benjamin handles invoices, returns calls and emails, directs a team of nearly a dozen employees and manages a client roster that has included big names like Rite Aid and Toys“R”Us. She admits her first steps into entrepreneurship were not easy. But with the help of…

Local entrepreneur gets a boost from Small Business Development Center

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Registration Open for St. Vincent SBDC U.S. Global Growth Conference, March 21-22

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Registration for the 5th annual U.S. Global Growth Conference is now open. The two day conference, hosted by St. Vincent College Small Business Development Center (SBDC), will help small business owners not only identify new market opportunities but also improve global implementation procedures and reduce financial risk associated with exports. Attendees will learn from experts of the world’s leading multi-national corporations that have agreed to share their strategies and experiences. The conference will be held from March 21-22, 2013 at the Fred Rogers Conference Center at St. Vincent College located in Latrobe, PA. For more information or to register, visit www.tinyurl.com/svcglobal

Below is the list of presenters and session topics (as of January 30, 2013):


Auditing for Success

  • T.J. Adcock, Director, Global Trade Compliance, Alcoa
  • Samantha Stephens, Manager, Trade Compliance, Alcoa

Bayer Global Growth Strategies: R&D and Innovation

  • Aaron Rapport, Director, Credit & Collection, Bayer

Export Controls on Specialty Metals & Materials

  • Jim Anzalone, President, Compliance Assurance LLC

Export Controls on Technology & Software

  • Eric Blum, Senior Associate, Compliance Assurance LLC

Eliminating Risk and Errors

  • Walter (Buddy) Baker, Vice President and Manager of Global Trade Solutions Delivery, Fifth Third Bank
  • Clay Lanctot, Assistant Vice President and Global Treasury Management, Fifth Third Bank
  • Mick Pujolas, Vice President and Senior FX Marketing Officer, Fifth Third Bank

PPG—Global Distribution - Issues and Options

  • Karin Weikart, Manager, Export Service, PPG

Global Export Regulations

  • Nathan Harsch, Trade Compliance Legal & Contracts, Westinghouse

ITAR Overview

  • Susanna Cook, Director & Chair International Business Group, Cohen & Grigsby

Export Control Reform Initiative: Update

  • Bruce Chiu, Director of International Business Group, Cohen & Grigsby

AES Submissions

Common Concepts & Principles Across Free Trade Agreements

  • Megan Finkelstein, U.S. Customs Specialist, Cohen & Grigsby

Environmental, Health and Safety in a Global Corporation

  • Staci P. Miller, Global Director of Environmental Health and Safety, Kennametal

Strategic Vision and Global Opportunities

  • Gabriel Pelathy, Jr., Director, Global Business Development, U.S. Steel

Counter Intelligence in Today’s Marketplace

  • Special Agent Robert D. Zalno, FBI Pittsburgh Division