May 28, 2020

Arkansas Exports Strong In 2019, Account for $6.2 Billion In Trade

ROGERS — Arkansas exports remained strong in 2019, accounting for $6.2 billion in trade while supporting over one-fourth of the state’s workforce, according to a newly released report compiled by the World Trade Center Arkansas. “Arkansas has a diverse economy, […]
May 1, 2020

Kindness Driving Trade – The New Normal

LITTLE ROCK — After a whirlwind tour across the state, which included export meetings with over a dozen Arkansas business over a three-week span, Melvin Torres was ready to supplant his usual face-to-face meetings with remote assistance in the wake […]
April 15, 2020

The Day Trade Stood Still, or Did It?

Editor’s Note: The following commentary by Melvin Torres, the director of Western Hemisphere Trade for the university-based World Trade Center Arkansas, ran earlier in the publication Arkansas Money & Politics. Over a month ago, if you asked what I did for a […]
April 9, 2020

WTCAR Receives $700,000 Grant To Aid Disaster Recovery & Resiliency Efforts In Arkansas

ROGERS — The World Trade Center Arkansas has received a $700,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration to expand trade, export and commercialization opportunities for Arkansas businesses and agribusiness affected by severe weather events last year. Procured by the […]
April 8, 2020

WTCAR, U.S. Commercial Service Join Forces For Caribbean Trade Mission

ROGERS — The World Trade Center of Arkansas is joining forces the U.S. Commercial Service for a key trade mission this fall to the Caribbean, where companies will have one-on-one opportunities to meet with business leaders and buyers in the […]
March 26, 2020

Arkansas Companies Encouraged To Bid On Infrastructure Project In Mexico

SAN ANTONIO — The North American Development Bank (NADB) is soliciting bids for an infrastructure project in northwest Mexico that’s open to Arkansas companies. The local water utility, Organismo Operador Municipal de Agua Potable, Alcantarillado y Saneamiento de Nogales (OOMAPAS) […]
March 24, 2020

Bilateral Trade Opportunities Emerging Between NWA, Belarus After Delegation Visits WTCAR

ROGERS — Business leaders from Northwest Arkansas and Belarus say there are exciting opportunities for bilateral trade between the two regions after a Belarusian trade delegation visited the World Trade Center of Arkansas for training, store visits and business-to-business meetings. […]
March 20, 2020

WTCAR Working Closely With SBA To Aid Small Businesses, Ag Producers During COVID-19 Outbreak

ROGERS — The World Trade Center of Arkansas is working closely with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to promote economic resilience and ease concern among small businesses in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Center utilizes the State […]
March 11, 2020

WTC Arkansas Advisor Elected To Lead Arkansas Highway Commission

LITTLE ROCK — Robert S. Moore, Jr., a former speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives and current advisor to the World Trade Center of Arkansas, has been elected chairman of the Arkansas Highway Commission, according to Arkansas Business. Moore, […]
March 10, 2020

WTCAR Trade Director Speaks to ASU Students, Professors On Importance Of USMCA

JONESBORO — The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been good for Arkansas’ economy, and its replacement could have a similarly positive impact on the state, according to Melvin Torres, director of Western Hemisphere trade at the World Trade […]
February 19, 2020

A-State Agribusiness Conference Part Of Grassroots Trip Across Arkansas

JONESBORO — Farmers producing dairy, poultry and wheat stand to gain under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, but they should watch for how the trade deal is implemented after Canada signs off, according to Jim Wiesemeyer, a policy and political analyst at […]
February 13, 2020

WTCAR Sees Bright Future With EU After D.C. Reception

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Despite an ongoing shakeup among European Union membership, the EU will continue to be a major player in Arkansas trade and investment, according to Dan Hendrix, president and CEO of the World Trade Center Arkansas. Hendrix was […]