'Business-to-Business Speed-Dating': Investing in International Trade

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Business-to-business speed-dating. That’s how Rock Nelson, director of the South Dakota International Trade Center, in Sioux Falls, S.D., describes his participation in Centrallia, a three-day business forum event in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada that attracts close to 700 people from 30 countries.

The opportunity to attend global business-to-business forums in hopes of expanding South Dakota’s footprint is something Nelson enjoys. Since 2010, Nelson has led the South Dakota delegation to Centrallia. This year, the delegation includes the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) and Department of Agriculture and the Sioux Falls Development Foundation (SFDF). Representatives from several South Dakota companies will also be in attendance, including Dakota Alert, Lankota Group, Logistics Buddy, Y2K Fluid Power and VRC Metals, as well as companies from Denver and Minneapolis.

Marvie Tschetter, president of Lankota Group in Huron is a first-time attendee. She says she’s looking forward to the doors Centrallia may open for her company. “One of the biggest things I’m interested in is expanding our presence in the Canadian market,” Tschetter said. “In order to do that, it helps to have an advocate like Rock who can connect us with the right people so we can take that next step into the international market.”

Tschetter’s business, Lankota Group, specializes in aftermarket ag products used in harvest equipment.

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