GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Valley State University’s Van Andel Global Trade Center is organizing a trade mission to São Paulo, Brazil, from May 12-17, in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

The mission is intended to assist Michigan businesses to expand export sales to Brazil and build new connections with businesses, academia and government.
Brazil has the world’s seventh largest economy, boasting high growth rates and strong growth potential. Targeted industries for this trade mission are advanced manufacturing, environmental technology, medical equipment and engineering and construction.

“This is a great time for Michigan businesses to explore global opportunities, especially small businesses,” said Sonja Johnson, executive director of the Van Andel Global Trade Center. “We are very excited that eligible companies with less than 500 global employees may be eligible for partial reimbursement for this trade mission as part of the State Trade Export Promotion Program..”
Participants will receive one-on-one appointments to explore opportunities with Brazilian businesses and updates from local experts to gain current market insights. They will also participate in networking events, company visits, and ocean Port and cultural tours. Each participant will receive translation services of marketing materials and business cards.
For more information about the trade mission, visit, or call (616) 331-6811 to register. Space is limited and deadline for registration is February 28.


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