Georgia companies at all stages of doing business with China will benefit from an upcoming U.S. Chamber of Commerce seminar to be held in Atlanta on Wednesday, May 4, said Leslie M. Schweitzer, the chamber foundation’s senior trade adviser.

“This program will be very business oriented and geared toward all types of companies – those already doing business in China as well as those who are interested in learning how to enter the Chinese market,” Ms. Schweitzer told GlobalAtlanta.

“This will help businesses understand how to navigate the process of doing business with China, how to take advantage of the opportunities and how to be cautious at the same time,” she said.

The half-day event to take place 8:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Georgia Tech Hotel will include a session on the current business environment in China given by Dan Rosen, a visiting fellow from the Institute of International Economics.

A panel discussing potential problems and possible solutions to conducting business in China is to feature China’s standards environment, intellectual property rights and counterfeiting and insurance and risk management.

Another panel on accessing the Chinese market will address export financing options, logistics and customs issues, resources for trade assistance and small business success stories.

The event is part of a nationwide series on helping U.S. companies to do business in China and is supported by a cooperative relationship between the U.S. Chamber and the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

The department and Gov. Sonny Perdue’s office are involved with the U.S. Chamber’s TradeRoots Program, a grassroots initiative funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The program is designed to help small businesses in selected states to gain greater awareness about the benefits to them of the United States’ free trade agreements with other countries. The program also seeks to improve states’ international trade infrastructure and resources for small businesses.

Cost to attend the May 4 China seminar is $65, which includes breakfast and lunch. Register with Carla Plouin at or (404) 962-4115.