The Gordon County Chamber of Commerce is holding an executive seminar on global trade in Calhoun in northwest Georgia on Friday, Feb. 9, as part of a continuing initiative to have its members explore international business opportunities.

Since August representatives of some 40 companies, Calhoun Mayor Jimmy Palmer and seven other community leaders have participated in a “global audit” conducted by Atlanta-based E.A. Consulting under a program funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Nicky Lancaster, founder of E.A. Consulting and the developer of the Community Global Audit® program, told GlobalFax that the program includes larger as well as small- to medium-sized companies, from textile manufacturers to rubber products, in what may be the most extensive research done on global readiness of a chamber’s membership in rural Georgia.

Speakers at the conference are to include Demetri Miltiades, customs broker, Bell Logistics; Rich Burkemper, vice president, international division, Mohawk Industries; Ruth A. Pagell, executive director, Goizueta Business Library, Emory University, and Darrel Ching, an international trade specialist with the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Atlanta.

Gary Huff, director of electronic commerce, international marketing, at United Parcel Service (UPS) will be the keynote speaker.

The cost to attend is $35. The seminar begins at 8:15 a.m. and is to be held at the Coosa Valley Technical College in Calhoun. For more information, call the chamber at (706) 625-3200 or send a fax to (706) 625-5062. For the full text, see