Ray Bowman, director of the Small Business Development Center of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, was among a select group of presenters from American private- and public-sector organizations at the 2012 Yangtze Mississippi Rivers Forum recently held in Wuhan, Hubei, China. The purpose of the event, sponsored by the American Society of Transportation and Logistics and the China Communications and Transportation Association, was to discuss best practices in logistics and sustainability.
Bowman’s presentation focused on logistics and the importance of international trade and logistics workforce training to the approximately 300 attendees from throughout China and the U.S. Following the forum. Bowman traveled to Beijing to meet with officials and university personnel about the logistics of international trade from an American business perspective.
“I was honored to be invited to participate in such an important conference that will impact both counties’ economic health. The more we can open dialogue and share best practices, the better our international trade relations will be,” said Bowman. “I learned a great deal that I will share with our SBDC clients who are interested in accessing trade opportunities with China.”