Another critical value of the WTCNO is to introduce members to individuals and assets – domestic and foreign – best positioned to catalyze participation in global trade. We maintain a network of public and private sector contacts who are able to help Louisiana businesses interested in overseas expansion by offering guidance and assistance to take advantage of these global connections.

Business Roundtables

Business roundtable events give businesses the opportunity to connect directly with a foreign market of choice. With international business delegations arriving monthly, the WTCNO arranges open and invitation-only roundtable meetings for your company to meet with government and private industry officials from a specific market region.

  • If you’re a WTCNO member interested in conducting business in certain countries, please email

Major Forums

Our major forums are large-scale business matchmaking and information exchange events, typically involving senior leaders and high-level delegates from foreign nations. These forums provide an opportunity for WTCNO membership to speak with industry leaders and subject matter experts.

Business Forums

Similar to business roundtables, the WTCNO regularly hosts informative dialogues with industry and elected leadership to connect with our member businesses directly. The roundtables provide an opportunity to speak one-on-one with lawmakers on policy issues relevant to your business.

View our upcoming business forums here.

Trade Misisons

Trade missions are a proven, cost-effective tool for U.S. companies to learn first-hand about global markets. By participating in trade missions, WTCNO members can meet one-on-one with foreign government decision-makers and business contacts, including potential agents, and facilitate market entry or expansion. Access to foreign government officials and in-country business contacts can lead to long-term success in those markets.

The WTCNO has organized or supported Trade Missions to numerous countries, including:

  • Brazil
  • Columbia
  • South Africa
  • India
  • France
  • Turkey
  • Panama
  • Mexico
  • Singapore (upcoming)

Consular Corps


The Louisiana Consular Corps works closely with leading state, federal, regional and local economic development organizations and government agencies to identify and foster trade and commercial opportunities and the exchange of goods and services between nations represented by the Consuls themselves and the city, state and region. Among the Corps closest partners are the WTCNO the Louisiana Department of Economic Development, and the Mayor’s Office of the City of New Orleans. Numerous other regional economic development and trade organizations are also of great assistance to the Corps.

Today there are 59 operating career and honorary consulates in Louisiana, serving countries on five continents. You can find more information from the Louisiana Consular Corps.

Learn more about the Louisiana Energy Export Association.

World Trade Center Mississippi Alliance

The World Trade Center Mississippi River Alliance is an initiative led by the WTCNO in partnership with nine World Trade Centers located within the Mississippi River Basin. The Alliance unites key stakeholders and decision-makers along the river, and establishes a clear channel of communication in order to share region-specific information which directly or indirectly impacts the collective regions and vast number of companies represented in the Alliance.

This shared information includes issues related to river conditions, depth, funding, access and environmental or other factors impacting the flow of goods through the Mississippi River and its ports.

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