MISSOULA – The Montana World Trade Center at the University of Montana and seven trade delegates recently returned from a weeklong trade mission to Calgary, Alberta, and Vancouver, British Columbia, where they developed sales agreements, cultivated new relationships and explored potential opportunities within the Canadian market.
As a result of the trade mission meetings, Agile Data Solutions of Missoula already has several software demos deployed, while other businesses established key relationships to build new business partners. Agile Data Solutions owner Joel Henry plans to return to Canada within a month to finalize contracts, making the UM technology spinoff officially international.
“The trade mission was fantastic,” Henry said. “Not only the meetings and events during the trip, but also the hands-on assistance MWTC provided to prepare us. We know MWTC will be there for us as we follow up on contracts in this market and explore new markets abroad. What an excellent resource for businesses across our state.”
“Montana had well over half a billion dollars in exports to Canada last year,” MWTC Executive Director Brigitta Miranda-Freer said. “That number comes from one business relationship and one business deal at a time.”
MWTC collaborated with Gov. Steve Bullock; Montana Department of Commerce Director Meg O’Leary; John Rogers, chief business officer for the state; the U.S. Commercial Service; the Canadian Consulate; UM alumnus Kyle Washington; and many others in planning events designed to maximize business success potential.
In addition to Agile Data Solutions, Montana companies on the mission included Purus of Florence, SmartLam of Whitefish, Montainer Inc. of Missoula, SK Fingerjoint of Libby, U.S. Bank N.A. of Missoula and Town Pump Hotel Group of Billings.
Several trade delegates attended the Global Petroleum Show – one of the world’s largest energy events – June 8-11 in Calgary, while others focused on business-to-business meetings.
“Our goal is to prepare companies and to maximize their probability of success in consummating business transactions,” Miranda-Freer said. “We certainly hope our trade mission delegates were able to initiate quality relationships with Canadian partners that will grow to become mutually profitable business in the years to come.”
MWTC is a licensed World Trade Center and a program of UM that helps Montana businesses establish or strengthen their international commercial capabilities. For more information on the MWTC or the recent trade mission to Canada, call Miranda-Freer at 406-243-6982, email email@example.com or visit http://www.mwtc.org/.