The World Trade Center Atlanta has opened an international services department that will assist members arrange business appointments, provide them with research and offer a variety of educational opportunities and business services.

      “The department makes it even more rewarding for small- and medium-sized businesses to invest in a World Trade Center Atlanta membership,” Stephanie Tucker, international services coordinator, told GlobalFax last week.

      The center will draw on the resources of its parent organization, the New York-based World Trade Centers Association, a not-for-profit, non-political association that represents more than 300 centers in about 100 countries.  More than 500,000 companies are affiliated with WTCA members worldwide.

      It also will draw on the resources of the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Atlanta, local chambers of commerce and bi-national organizations.

Information about international and local companies, including credit reports, lists of distributors, retailers and manufacturers, and marketing statistics are among the services provided. In addition, the center will offer a range of business services such as e-mail broadcasting, trade opportunity postings and trade leads.

      Among the scheduled educational programs are seminars about current international business topics, general business training and VIP luncheons featuring senior executives from the center’s membership.

      Initiation fees to join the center range from $350 to $850 depending on the level of membership with quarterly dues ranging from $60 to $225.

      To learn more about the center and its services, call Ms. Tucker or Joanne Martin, international services director, at (404) 880-1556.