Nearly two dozen Kentucky companies and several trade partners joined Gov. Steve Beshear on an international business trade mission to Canada in early June. Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Dave Adkisson joined the delegation which visited Montreal and Toronto.
“This trade mission was an outstanding opportunity for Kentucky businesses – even those that have never exported – to connect with potential partners in Canada and explore possibilities for selling our products to our neighbors across the border,” said Adkisson. “There is a reason Canada is Kentucky’s number one trading partner.”
The delegation also included more than 50 individuals representing more than 20 companies and 11 organizations from across the Commonwealth. The trip was the first mission of the Kentucky Export Initiative, a joint partnership with the World Trade Center Kentucky, the Kentucky Chamber, Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, and the Kentucky Association of Economic Development.
“The Kentucky Export Initiative trade and business mission to Canada is a special opportunity for Kentucky businesses,” said Ed Webb, president/CEO of World Trade Center Kentucky.“Through prearranged sessions, KEI mission participants will meet one-on-one with Canadian businesses to promote and sell their products and services.These new partnerships will be a win-win for our attendees and for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.”
“Exporting is vital to our economic strength, and it’s crucial we continue to enhance those ties and create long-lasting and prosperous business relationships,” said Gov. Beshear. “This trip is an opportunity to showcase that Kentucky is open for business and offers a wide variety of excellent products and services.”