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 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 [email protected].
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.
Similar to business roundtables, the WTCNO regularly hosts informative dialogues with industry and elected leadership to connect with our member businesses directly. The forums provide an opportunity to speak one-on-one with lawmakers on policy issues relevant to your business.
View our business forums here.
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:
- South Africa
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, Louisiana 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 consuls in Louisiana, serving countries on five continents. You can find more information from the Louisiana Consular Corps.