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Portland Business Alliance, trade delegation heads to Brazil

Public- and private-sector leaders explore Portland region’s economic connections with Brazil


For more information, contact:
Megan Doern, 503.552.6754

November 28, 2012

Portland, Ore. – On December 1, Portland Business Alliance members and business and government leaders will arrive in São Paulo for a seven-day trade mission to Brazil. The group will meet with Brazilian business leaders, representatives of American companies doing business in Brazil, government officials and recruitment prospects. The goal of the trip is to make stronger connections between businesses in the Portland region and Brazil.

“Brazil has one of the fastest growing economies in the world,” said Sandra McDonough, President & CEO of the Portland Business Alliance. “Our focus will be on examining Oregon business that already have a presence in that country, as well as looking for opportunities to grow our state and region’s trading relationship with this important part of the world.”

An embassy briefing on Brazil’s economy in São Paulo will kick off the trade mission. The group will then travel through cities such as Curitiba and Belo Horizonte to hear from Oregon companies doing business in Brazil as well as Brazilian parent companies that employ Oregonians.

The group will visit companies such as Nike, Wieden + Kennedy, Sustainable Hub, Blount International, and ESCO Corp., where they will assess how these organizations view the Oregon-Brazil trade connection.
Portland-area companies have existing relationships with Sustainable Hub, a São Paulo consulting firm, and the group hopes to explore these partnerships further in efforts to maximize the trade relationship. The group will also visit the Port of Santos, Latin America’s largest container port, to learn more about Brazil’s primary exports.

You can be a part of their trip by following the Alliance’s trade missions blog.

The Alliance developed the trip in partnership with Greater Portland Inc. Participants in the trip include representatives from:

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The Portland Business Alliance is Greater Portland’s Chamber of Commerce. With nearly 1,200 members, we strive to promote and foster an environment in the Portland region that attracts, supports and retains private-sector jobs, spurs economic vitality and enables quality educational opportunities for the region's residents.