Edward A. Nelson Jr., president and chief executive officer of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, will be pushing forward his agenda in Brussels this week as a matchmaker for DeKalb County’s small- to medium-sized companies with Canadian and European counterparts to develop international business partnerships.

As chairman of the board for the Council for Urban Economic Development (CUED), an association with more than 2,400 members, he will be attending a meeting of the International Network of Economic Developers (INED).

INED is composed of representatives from CUED and two similar organizations in Canada and Europe: EDAC, the Economic Developers Association of Canada, and EURADA, the European Association of Development Agencies.

He told GlobalFax last week during an interview at the chamber in Decatur that he would be developing a pilot program with the sister organizations to set up introductions for companies.

Next year when CUED’s annual convention takes place in Atlanta in September and he completes his two-year term as chairman, he hopes to have the pilot fully launched for the benefit of local firms.

Mr. Nelson may be reached at the chamber by calling (404) 378-8000; fax, (404) 378-3397. The Web site for INED may be found at http://www.ined.org