Growth Alliance, IEDA to hold exporting seminar in Fort Dodge

The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance and the Iowa Economic Development Authority will sponsor an exporting seminar at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn and Suites at 9:30 a.m. June 4, featuring Jose Jimenez, of the State of Iowa Mexico Office.

Mexico is the second-largest market for Iowa exports with $2.5 billion exported in 2012, more than 14 percent of Iowa exports. Given the magnitude of the trade between the United States and Mexico, there are still abundant opportunities for U.S. firms in Mexico.

To register for the seminar, contact the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, 955-5000, or There is no charge to attend.

Topics will include an economic and political overview of Mexico and Central America, leading industries and tips and differences for doing business in the markets.

Information will also be provided on how to access financial assistance for international trade shows and trade missions, regulatory assistance and global market research.

The Iowa Mexico Office provides a variety of services to Iowa companies including market research, identification of contacts, business appointment schedules, trade show support, and the coordination and support of IEDA trade events in Mexico and other parts of Latin America.

According to a study published by the Institute for International Economics, U.S. companies that export not only grow faster, but are nearly 8.5 percent less likely to go out of business than non-exporting companies.

“Supporting our existing industries with export marketing is key to their sustainability and growth for the future,” said Kelly Halsted, economic development director of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance.

Jimenez has more than 30 years experience in international research and trade promotion.