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Mon., May 3, 2010, 11:17 a.m.

Business center offers courses in exporting and NAFTA

Starting next Monday and running for three days, Washington and Idaho managers can earn certification in  a downtown Spokane program designed to elucidate the ins and outs of global exporting.

The three-day program offers two different courses at the Academic Center of the Riverpoint WSU downtown campus. Classes run 8 a.m.-5 p.m. all three days. Presenting the courses is the Washington Small Business Development Center.

Pre-registration is required and can be submitted at

This export certification course runs May 10-11, and is certified by the Washington State Department of Commerce. Participants will be ready to take the Certified Global Business Professional exam, offered twice a year. The cost is $295.

The exporting under NAFTA class will run May 12 and is focused on helping companies that export to Canada or Mexico. The one-day seminar is designed to help determine what products qualify for duty-free tariff treatment. Cost is $150.

 The course instructor is James Foley, director of the International Trade and NAFTA Opportunity Centers at Bradley University. Foley has more than 20 years experience in international marketing, sales and corporate management and currently serves as Director of the NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) Credential.

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Tom Sowa
Tom Sowa covers technology, retail and economic development and writes the Office Hours blog.