ROGERS — The Arkansas chapter of the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) relaunched last week with a special program from Angela Marshall Hofman and Nicole Bivens Collinson, two trade advisors with Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A. an international trade firm.
Navigating 2022 will bring unique challenges, Hofman and Bivens said, as President Biden’s priorities will need to overcome hurdles like countering China and growing trade with a focus on sustainability and ethical sourcing.
“Angela and Nicole provided a wide-ranging, deep-dive into the issues the world faces as it moves on from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Denise Thomas, CEO at the World Trade Center Arkansas.
“Our audience is better informed thanks to their presentation about what to expect in the coming year.”
Trade leaders will continue to try and tackle supply chain issues as well, with the U.S. Department of Transportation opening a $450 million grant to support the movement of goods to, through, and around ports. There are also plans for the Biden administration to host a summit devoted to global supply chain resilience in an effort to address bottlenecks while tackling long-term solutions.
Established in 1989, the Organization of Women In International Trade (OWIT) is a global association for women working in international trade and business. The association boasts more than 2,000 members that share an annual economic impact of hundreds of millions of dollars in trade and business transactions.
OWIT Arkansas is in a unique position to serve as a launching pad for women who want exposure and premier access to international trade. As partners with the World Trade Center Arkansas and the University of Arkansas.
The mission of the World Trade Center Arkansas is to grow trade and increase Arkansas exports by connecting Arkansas businesses to the world through international trade services. The center is part of the University of Arkansas and serves as the trade promotion arm for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.
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