Written by contributing editor, Kyra Morris. July 27th | Our world is a global world. Our markets are global markets. Economic viability depends on our ability to interact within these horizons.
Charleston has an existing export market and our economy is diverse. Our success in the future depends on our ability do business on a global scale. We have a local resource set up to help us do just that.
In 2011, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce obtained the franchise from the World Trade Center Association and launched a World Trade Center here to be closely aligned with the Chamber. The vision was to have Charleston and our region thrive in global commerce. The mission was to be the international connection and resource that support our local businesses and lead them to success. It would offer opportunities to attend educational seminars, access international trade research and make connections with new international business opportunities.
World Trade Center Charleston (WTCC) represents an investment and our desire to encourage international trade at every level of business – no matter what the size. Our World Trade Center is part of the World Trade Center Association, which is comprised of 320 trade centers in 96 countries. Our trade center is our catalyst for Charleston’s ability to thrive in a global market.
Recently, WTCC was one of eight centers selected to participate in the Metro Export Initiative launched by the Brookings Institution. This makes us part of the effort across the country to help firms understand and take part in exporting our goods and services. Charleston has a place as a leader in this effort.
You can learn more about the WTCC on its website – I do encourage you to learn more regardless of whether you have a business. It is impressive and exciting to see all that is happening in our own backyard.
Our world is a global world. Charleston is a global community making a difference.