Tuesday, September 28, 2010

International entrepreneurs explore Northwest Ohio family businesses

Thirteen entrepreneurs from Jordan, Lebanon and The United Arab Emirates are beginning to gain first-hand knowledge of Northwest Ohio businesses following their September 22 arrival.
Their several week visit is part of their involvement with the Young Entrepreneurs and Family Businesses professional exchange program, which is funded by a grant from the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Their activities are being coordinated by the Great Lakes Consortium for International Training and Development and the Center for Family & Privately-Held Business of The University of Toledo College of Business Administration.
“The goal of these visits is to contribute to the economic growth and strengthen democracy in select countries by focusing on young entrepreneurs with innovative ideas to revitalize family businesses and create jobs,” noted Debbe Skutch, director of the Center for Family & Privately-Held Business. “These exchanges will improve entrepreneurial thinking and provide practical skills to help these businesses compete in a global environment.”
The entrepreneurs - - men and women between the ages of 25-35 - - operate businesses ranging from catering to property management, from security to engineering services and more.  During their stay in Northwest Ohio they will attend UT COBA workshops on family business, meet with student organizations as well as visit local businesses. 

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