Dozens Attend Asian Business Association Seminar
at World Trade Center Arkansas
The Arkansas Association of Asian Businesses (AAAB) presented a seminar entitled Doing Business with Asia: Best Foot Forward at the World Trade Center Arkansas on Thursday, August 30th. More than two dozen people including students, university faculty and Arkansas businesses attended the Association’s seminar to become better equipped with doing international business with Asian partners.
Presentation topics for the event included doing business with China, doing business with India, business etiquette in a cross cultural setting, AAAB membership and utilizing the World Trade Center Arkansas (WTCAR) services.
Speakers for the event included Walton College of Business faculty, former Walmart consultants, WTCAR trade directors and AAAB members.
Heather Dumas, owner and president of HD Customs Brokers and a World Trade Center Arkansas client attended the seminar to expand her knowledge and professional resources. Dumas works with companies that are importing goods into the United States and she found the presentation on doing business with India by Dr. Vikas Anand of Walton College to be especially insightful.
“He stressed the importance of taking the time to get to know and understand the people you are wanting to do business with,” Dumas said. “Many countries take a different and more long term approach to business than Americans do. I have always enjoyed developing relationships with people around the world but Dr. Anand opened my eyes to the paramount importance of understanding the culture as well as the individuals you are working with.”
Dumas says that she intends to build on the knowledge she gained during the workshop moving forward.
“Conversing with someone on the opposite side of the world on a daily basis is the new norm,” she said. “The world is becoming more integrated and interdependent every day. It would benefit all of us to learn more about each other.”
For more information about the Arkansas Association of Asian Businesses visit their website at arkasianbiz.com.
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