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State to lead delegation to Canadian conference

Brent Christensen

Brent Christensen

JACKSON — The state of Mississippi will lead a delegation of business leaders and economic development professionals at the 7th Annual Southeastern U.S.-Canadian Provinces Alliance Conference. The event will be held May 4-6 at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, N.C.

Mississippi businesses, economic developers, local officials and university representatives are invited to join the delegation at the event.

The SEUS-CP annual conference will unite more than 250 business and government leaders from the alliance’s member states and Canadian provinces and provide opportunities to forge new business relationships and strengthen trade and investment connections. Sectors of focus for this year’s conference include new information technologies, cleantech and advanced manufacturing.

“Canada is Mississippi’s number two trade partner, and this conference is an excellent way to build upon the mutually-beneficial relationship we share with our Canadian counterparts,” said Mississippi Development Authority executive director Brent Christensen.

In addition to panel discussions highlighting the conference’s focus sectors, the event will also feature the Business-to-Business Matchmaking Program. The program is designed to identify strategic partnerships and business development opportunities between delegates.

Grant assistance to defray the cost of attending the 7th Annual SEUS-CP Conference is available to qualified Mississippi businesses on a first-come, first-served basis through the U.S. Small Business Administration-funded Mississippi State Trade Export Promotion Program. Small businesses interested in learning more about the STEP program are encouraged to contact the Mississippi Development Authority’s international trade specialists at (601) 359-3155.

To register for the SEUS-CP 6th Annual Conference, visit www.seuscp.com.

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