A seminar on the benefits of global trade is to be held at Georgia State on Wednesday, Sept. 1.

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce has joined Georgia State University in a statewide effort to promote the benefits of global trade and is co-hosting a seminar on international business to be held at the university’s student center on Wednesday, Sept. 1.

Craig Lesser, former commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, who heads the chamber’s international committee, encouraged representatives of companies to attend whether they have international experience or not.

Even globally experienced businesspeople, he told GlobalAtlanta in a video interview, will learn from faculty experts on the risks involved in doing business in unfamiliar countries.

Those with little or no expertise, he said, will find out about basic opportunities and procedures for entering new markets.

Jacobus Boers, who teaches at the university’s Institute of International Business, said that established programs had derived “new energy” from grants to establish a Center for International Business Education and Research and to assist institutions throughout the Southeast develop their international business curiculums.

The university’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business offers a wide variety of programs both domestically and abroad through the Institute of International Business, which houses the Center for Global Business Leadership and the Center for Business Development in Transnational Economies; the new Center for International Business Education and Research and the Herman J. Russell, Sr. International Center for Entrepreneurship.

The college offers a Global Partners master’s in business administration and executive master’s and doctoral degrees in business.

To register for the program, go to http://www.gachamber.com/internationaltradeworkshop

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