Business and Trade Mission Program

Purpose of the Missions
The purpose of the Business and Trade Mission program is to provide private-sector delegates with an opportunity to assess and explore specific business opportunities and to promote Washington and Greater Seattle as a world-class business center. Business representatives, as well as education, port, and government officials from Washington and the Greater Seattle region will have the opportunity to establish relationships and facilitate closer commercial ties with this dynamic economy. More specific objectives of the mission include:

  • To enhance knowledge of the current economic conditions and businesses opportunities;
  • To enable business delegates to meet specific business objectives, ranging from exposure to market opportunities to making individual contacts;
  • To develop & expand relationships between the business, government and multiplier organizations in and outside of our region;
  • To promote Washington and the Greater Seattle region and our international business, port, and education resources.

Prospective Delegation Composition

Size: 25-30 people

Members of the Washington State Government, Cities of Seattle, Everett and Tacoma, Metropolitan King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties, Ports of Seattle, Tacoma and Everett, and other Washington State ports.

Participating companies will likely represent a range of Greater Seattle and Washington State businesses, including aerospace, high-tech, manufacturing, and services exporters.

Aerospace; agricultural machinery; architecture and construction services; building materials; environmental technology; healthcare technology; biotechnology; information technology; telecommunications; wood products; consumer goods; financial services; tourism; and education.

Mission Activities

We anticipate that in each of the cities visited, activities will include some or all of the following: To enhance relationships between Greater Seattle and Washington State business, education, government and labor leaders.

  • Briefings with U.S. Consulate officials
  • Meetings with representatives of leading government offices and agencies
  • Meetings with American business representatives, local chambers of commerce or other similar organizations
  • Receptions with government and business leaders as funding is secured
  • Tours of manufacturing facilities and other sites based on delegation’s composition and priorities
  • Presentations featuring written and visual material describing Greater Seattle and the Washington State business and economic climate
  • Individual business appointments, depending on feasibility and business requests


Upcoming Business and Trade Mission

2008 Business & Trade Mission to Northeast China
Beijing, Tianjin, Dalian & Qingdao
September 5-17, 2008 (Tentative)

Contact: “A” Boungjaktha
Tel: 206.389.7289
Email: [email protected]


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