N.J. exporting conference becomes annual event

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N.J. exporting conference becomes annual event
MIDCED Executive Director Robert Prunetti cites need, demand from inaugural IBOC

Princeton Junction, N.J. – Sept. 18, 2014—The MIDJersey Center for Economic Development (MIDCED)—the economic foundation of the MIDJersey Chamber of Commerce—today announced that it will turn its first successful International Business Opportunities Conference (IBOC) into an annual event.

“Our first conference, which featured speakers from around the globe, demonstrated the need and opportunity for an annual event, where high-level executives, government officials and entrepreneurs can come together to grow New Jersey’s economy,” said MIDCED Executive Director Robert Prunetti. “Businesses should recognize the resources and opportunities we have in our state to grow their exporting operations.”

“New Jersey’s gross domestic product (GDP) ranks 7th nationally and boasts the 25th largest economy in the world,” Prunetti said.

The first IBOC event, which was held Sept. 10 at the Forsgate Country Club in Monroe, N.J., was a resounding success. More than 100 high-ranking officials from the private and public sectors attended the event that focused on exporting from New Jersey. In addition, more than 20 speakers—including Celgene executive Richard H. Bagger and N.J. State Senate President Stephen Sweeney as keynote speakers—drew 16 sponsors and exhibitors that fully funded the inaugural event.

BioNJ CEO Debbie Hart led a panel discussion that focused on helping organizations and entrepreneurs enter the exporting business; Minister-Counselor Richard Steffens, who serves in the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Canada, led a panel discussion about best practices for expanding existing exporting operations. Princetel CEO Barry Zhang added his experience and expertise on the panel.

In the afternoon, Eddy S. Mayen, who is the director of the N.J. Business Action Center’s Office of International Business Development and Protocol, led a discussion about the hottest export markets for N.J.-based businesses. His panel featured Consul Generals from Columbia, South Africa and Indonesia.

The conference’s sponsors included Fulton Bank of New Jersey, Fulton International Group, Fox Rothschild, LLP, Reid Sound, Thomas Edison State College, BKPM Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board, MIDJersey Chamber of Commerce, Simonik Transportation & Warehousing and Creative Marketing Alliance, Inc.

About The MIDCED

The MIDJersey Center for Economic Development (MIDCED), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation of the MIDJersey Chamber of Commerce, is dedicated to driving economic growth in central New Jersey. The MIDCED leverages collaborative initiatives that promote the retention, expansion and attraction of businesses in the mid-Jersey region. For more information, visit: www.midced.org.

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