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October 2006

Release Date: October 31, 2006

ASU International Business Symposium 'Going Global'

Importing, exporting and the shifting tides of world trade will be the main topics of discussion at Angelo State University's ninth annual International Business Symposium, "Going Global," Tuesday, Nov. 14, on the ASU campus.

This year's keynote speaker is Dr. William C. Gruben, vice president and senior economist of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. His address on "The Reorganization of World Trade: A Framework for Asking Questions" kicks off the symposium at 9:30 a.m. in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in the Houston Harte University Center. The presentation will be followed by a reception at 11 a.m. in the University Center Tower Lobby.

Organizers will then present a Basics of International Trade seminar "Exporting and Importing" from 2-4 p.m. in Room 266 of the Rassman Building. The speaker will be Doug Smith, a certified global business professional.

Gruben is also the director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas' Center for Latin American Economics and holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Texas-Austin. His current research includes the effects of globalization on monetary policy, currency competition, financial crises and the effects of trade on social phenomena. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, numerous technical publications and in books published by the MIT Press and the Columbia University Lecture Series.

Smith is the senior international business consultant to the International Trade Center at the University of Texas-San Antonio. His seminar is a first step for companies interested in importing and exporting and introduces participants to key international trade issues. It also provides an overview of the essential elements necessary to successfully enter global markets.

The International Business Symposium is directed by the ASU College of Business and Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and is funded in part by the ING Financial Advisers, LLC and Gary R. Rodgers, CFS, CPA, ChFC.

For more information or to register for the seminar, contact the SBDC at 942-2098.

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