TROY (WWJ) — Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association, is partnering with the Michigan Economic Development Corp. to promote Global Trade Days, a three-day conference in three cities designed to help Michigan companies explore opportunities and trends in markets around the world.

Global Trade Days will take place Oct. 14 in Troy, Oct. 17 in Grand Rapids and Oct. 18 in Traverse City. The conferences are scheduled to include remarks from Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and advice from MEDC country experts on China, Canada, Brazil and Mexico and a private contractor in the United Arab Emirates. Topics will include a discussion on 2013-14 Michigan trade missions and trade shows. Attendees will also hear success stories from participating Michigan companies.

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“Automation Alley has a long history of working with the MEDC to provide valuable exporting opportunities to local businesses,” said Automation Alley Director of International Business Services Noel Nevshehir, adding that “the Global Trade Days event … is sure to provide participants with a wealth of information on doing business in international markets.”

Global Trade Days will take place in Troy on Monday, Oct. 14 from 1-5 p.m. at the Detroit Marriott Troy hotel, 200 W. Big Beaver Road. Register online at

The Grand Rapids conference will take place Thursday, Oct. 17 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Grand Valley State University Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences, 301 Michigan St. N.E. Register online at

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The Traverse City conference will take place Friday, Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to noon. The location for this event is to be announced. Register online at

The cost to attend either the Troy or Grand Rapids conferences is $25. The cost for the Traverse City conference is to be announced. Registration for each conference ends Oct. 7.

Since its founding in 1999, Automation Alley has expanded to include nearly 1,000 businesses, educational institutions and government entities from the city of Detroit and the surrounding eight-county region. Automation Alley promotes regional prosperity through entrepreneurial and exporting assistance, workforce development and technology acceleration.

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