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North Country Export Opportunities with Zhejiang Province, China

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ On the other side of the world is a region in southern China that is in many ways quite similar to the North Country. That become apparent recently when members of a delegation from China were special guests at the annual statewide staff training conference of the New York State Small Business Development Centers held at Lake Placid Resort May 15 - 18.

Left to right: Jim King, State Director NYSSBDC, Dee Clark, Regional Director North Country SBDC, Xiaodong Lou, Vice Secretary General, Zhejiang Province, China, and Bert Corey, Regional Director Canton SBDC. In conjunction with the New York State/Small Business Development Center International Business Program, Xiaodong Lou, vice secretary general of the People's Government of Zhejiang Province, presented an overview of the business and economic climate of the province. 

Lou provided information on how to do business with Zhejiang Province, describing their region in southern China.  Zhejiang Province is particularly interested in imports of pulp, dairy products and tourism services. 

The Chinese delegation also included: Zijun Lin, deputy director of the division of General Office of Hangzhou Customs District; Yulong Liu, vice president of the Shejiang Zhongda Group; Shuming Zhang, deputy director of the General Office of Foreign Trade and Economics Cooperation Bureau of Zhejiang Province; Jinmiao Zhou, vice general manager of Kanguai Group; Xinrong Ding, project supervisor of the Foreign-Funded Enterprises Service Department of Zhejiang International Investment Promotion Center; and Rui Wang, chief representative of U.S.A. and North American China Harbin Eco-Technological Development Zone. 

During the conference, Lou accepted an autographed aerial print of Lake Placid from Delena Clark, regional director of the North Country SBDC, Bert Corey, regional director of the Canton SBDC, and Jim King, state SBDC director, in honor of the delegation's visit.

The Chinese delegation left Lake Placid with the desire to learn more about how Zhejiang Province and the North Country might collaborate through future joint business development.

The International Business Program (IBP) helps small- and medium-size businesses in New York enter, promote and expand business development in a global marketplace. New York state companies that are interested in entering or expanding their businesses in some of the largest and fastest developing countries in the world or exporting products and services to countries overseas can find help through the IBP.

For additional information concerning business opportunities in Zhejiang Province, China, or the International Business Program, contact the North Country Small Business Development Center at 518-564-2042.

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