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Business Development & Trade Missions

We are experts in organizing sector-focused business & trade missions to overseas markets annually, which give our member companies the following opportunities:

  • Explore business environment and prospects in key international markets
  • Direct access to government officials, business and education leaders, potential investors
  • Establish new business relationships with dynamic global companies
  • Help promote Greater Seattle region and Washington State

What’s next?

2018 Business Development and Trade Mission to Hong Kong & Shenzhen

Objectives of our Business & Trade Missions

  • Enhancing local understanding of the current economic conditions and business opportunities in overseas markets
  • Enabling delegates to meet specific business objectives, ranging from exposure to market opportunities to making individual contacts
  • Educating delegates on the cultural and social aspects of the business environment in the host city and country
  • Developing and expanding relationships between the business, government and multiplier organizations in and outside of our region
  • Promoting Washington state and the Greater Seattle region and our international business, port, and education resources
  • Enhancing relationships between Greater Seattle and Washington state business, education, government and labor leaders

Mission Activities

In each of the cities visited, activities include some or all of the following activities:

  • Meetings with business representatives, local chambers of commerce or other similar organizations
  • Receptions with government and business leaders as funding is secured
  • Tours of facilities and other sites tailored to delegation's composition and priorities
  • Briefings with U.S. government officials
  • Meetings with representatives of leading government offices and agencies
  • Individual business appointments, depending on feasibility and business requests

Where We’ve Been

  • 2017: Business Development Mission to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, UAE
  • 2017: Business Development Mission to Fukuoka, Kitakyshu, and Nagoya, Japan
  • 2017: International Leadership Mission to Mexico
  • 2017: Business Development Mission to Japan
  • 2016: Cleantech Business Mission to Taiwan
  • 2016: International Leadership Mission to Hong Kong and China (Shenzhen)
  • 2015: International Business Mission to India (Mumbai and Chennai)
  • 2015: International Leadership Mission to Amsterdam & Brussels 
  • 2014: Life Sciences Business & Investment Mission to China (Beijing & Shanghai)
  • 2013: Cleantech Business Mission to Scandanavia (Copenhagen, Stockholm)
  • 2013: Aerospace Business Mission to UAE (Abu Dhabi & Dubai)
  • 2012: Cleantech Business Mission to China (Beijing, Tianjin and Shanghai)
  • 2010: Greater China
  • 2009: Vietnam
  • 2008: Northeast China (Beijing, Tianjin, Dalian, and Qingdao)
  • 2007: Southeast Asia (Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Thailand)
  • 2006: India (Mumbai, Bangalore, and Delhi)
  • 2005: Hong Kong & South China (Hong Kong, Zhuhai, Shenzhen, Guanghzhou, Zhaoqing, Fuzhou, Haikou)
  • 2004: Japan (Kyushu, Kansai, Nagoya, and Tokyo)
  • 2003: Ireland and N. Ireland (Dublin, Belfast, and Derry)
  • 2002: UK, Netherlands and Brussels (London, Bristol, Cambridge, Amsterdam, and Brussels)
  • 2001: Germany and Central Europe
  • 2001: Taiwan and South Korea
  • 2000: China
  • 1999: Japan (Tokyo, Sendai, Nagoya, Kobe, Osaka)
  • 1997: South America
  • 1996: India
  • 1995: United Kingdom
  • 1995: China
  • 1994: Vietnam
  • 1993: Exploratory Mission to Vietnam
  • 1992: Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China