Posted: May 20, 2011 2:48 PM by John Sherer
Updated: May 20, 2011 3:08 PM
Montana business is getting another shot in the arm, from the APEC summit in Big Sky.
U.S. Senator Max Baucus says that a new trade mission to Calgary, Canada for Montana businesses will take place August 10th to the 12th. The aim is to give our state a chance to sell more goods and services to Canada.
Baucus says businesses can try to make connections like that on their own, but group gatherings just seem to work better.
"Things start to happen. Because they, the commercial sections of the counsel general have the information. They can help to guide people, where to go, what to do, how to cut through red tape," said Baucus.
The summit was largely constructed by the Great Falls Development Authority after the group conducted a study that found Montana has great export strengths in energy development and agricultural processing, but that more was necessary to successfully market the products.
"Oftentimes relationships are necessary to make these businesses successful and if we can facilitate those relationships, across the border, we see success on both sides." said Rebecca Engum, Small Business Development Center Director for the Great Falls Development Authority.
Dale Eisler, Consul General for Canada in Denver commended Baucus and the Great Falls Small Business Development Center for the initiative.
"The Canada-US relationship is really a strong one. It is without a doubt the most important bi-national economic and trading relationship between any two countries in the world. Nothing else really comes close to it. And, I think this trade mission is an example of why that relationship is so important and why it works so well," said Eisler.
Saturday, Baucus will host a special breakfast meeting for foreign delegates and Montana businesses featuring Treasure State beef.