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 SEATTLE, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the International Trade Institute at North Seattle Community College have jointly developed an export training conference for women entrepreneurs entitled, "Women In International Business: Wisdom for the Practicing Professional," the SBA said today. This third annual conference, designed to provide assistance and information to women-owned businesses seeking to export, will be held Thursday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Edgewater Inn, Pier 67, in Seattle.
 "The internationalization of the economy is an important trend that will have significant effects on small business," reported Bob Meredith, SBA Seattle District director. "Exporting provides small businesses with new market and profit opportunities. Economic indicators show that foreign trade is expected to approach 40 percent of the GNP by the year 2000, and businesses that remain competitive will be those effectively capitalizing in global markets," noted Meredith.
 Since women-owned businesses are among the fastest-growing segments for the business community, it makes sense for women to know how to export their products and services and take advantage of opportunities in the global market. In 1987, 30 percent of all U.S. firms were women- owned businesses and represented 2.5 percent of all firms engaged in overseas trade.
 However, SBA studies show that women will own over half of all small businesses by the end of the next decade, most likely creating an increase in the number of women-owned firms that export. These women entrepreneurs will need the knowledge and skills required for export management to maximize profits in global markets.
 By hosting this conference with other private and public sector organizations, SBA is making an effort to provide training in international expansion for entrepreneurs. Featured speakers for the event are experts in their fields, and have paved the way for women to build businesses and careers in the global marketplace.
 The scheduled opening speaker is Alma American Alfaro, economic advisor with the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D.C., and the luncheon keynote presenter is Liz Otis, director, Boeing Commercial Airplane Group. Other special guest speakers are: Ida Cole, retired Microsoft vice-president and new owner of Seattle's Paramount Theater; Pat Davis, the first woman commissioner for the Port of Seattle; and Juliette Engle, M.D., executive director of MiraMed Institute.
 Cole will speak on ways to maximize opportunities and competitive strategies in foreign trade. Davis will highlight contributions women have made in the international business arena, and Engle will speak on health-care issues in the former Soviet Union.
 The conference offers 16 workshops with a choice of such topics as cross-cultural business practices, assessing export readiness, import effectively, export finance and foreign exchange, marketing food products, international marketing, taxation, personal and organizational communication, global strategies and the European Community. The fee of $85 includes lunch and reception.
 In conjunction with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the International Trade Institute at North Seattle Community College, conference cosponsors are: The University of Washington, Port of Seattle, Washington Women in International Trade and the Washington Small Business Development Center. Bogle and Gates is a corporate contributor.
 To obtain conference information, call the International Trade Institute at North Seattle Community College at 206-527-3732, or fax 206-527-3734.
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 /CONTACT: Connie Alvarado of the U.S. Small Business Administration, 206-553-4438/

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