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  • 23 Feb 2015 11:12 PM | TB OWIT (Administrator)

    TBOWIT members like to stay abreast of current and international events. Here are two such members, Selma Canas and Laurel Evans, at the 2015 State of the Port address this past January 2015.

     Nearly 300 attendees heard from President and CEO of Port Tampa Bay, Paul Anderson, and Chief Commercial Officer, Raul Alfonso, regarding the strength of Port Tampa Bay's imports & exports and how Port Tampa Bay is gearing up for the future.

      

  • 08 Jan 2015 3:31 PM | TB OWIT (Administrator)

    Three TBOWIT members traveled in a group of about 40 business and government leaders to Chile as part of an economic mission this past December 2014. According to all accounts the trip was a success. Congratulations to our TBOWIT members, Selma Canas, Eileen Rodriguez, and Lorrie Belovich for the successful culmination of all their hard work! How lucky for us that these savvy, international women are part of our group, TBOWIT.

     

     

     

    "About 14 Tampa Bay companies went on the trip with economic development leaders and government officials to introduce the country to the Bay area's economic diversity. The 14 companies conducted more than 100 meetings with prospective customers, according to the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp., and several of them signed deals and sold products while on the trip.

      The group came home with more than 30 solid sales leads, according to EDC CEO Rick Homans. An estimated $9 million in expected export sales were made on the trip, according to the EDC" - Chris Wilkerson - Editor Tampa Bay Business Journal quoted via the Tampa EDC website

     


     

  • 07 Nov 2014 10:59 AM | TB OWIT (Administrator)

    TBOWIT's 2013 International Person of the Year, Maria Crummett was in town this early November 2014 leading a delegation of Fulbright Scholars. TBOWIT Secretary, Christyna Doege, was able to reconnect with Maria as the group toured Port Tampa Bay.  Even though this was a quick working visit for Maria, hopefully, she can continue to come back to Tampa. TBOWIT wishes Maria all the success in her position as Deputy VP, Scholar Exchanges, and Executive Director, CIES at the Institute of International Education in DC.

     

  • 28 Oct 2014 9:36 AM | TB OWIT (Administrator)

    At the 2014 TBOWIT Awards Luncheon this past October 23rd, Immediate Past President, Eileen Rodriguez, was recognized for her 16 years of work on the TBOWIT Board. Eileen was presented with a certificate and a beautiful gift in a Tiffany blue bag! 


    The certificate read -

        "Certificate of Recognition presented to Eileen Rodriguez in recognition and appreciation of 16 years of service and commitment on the Board of the Tampa Bay Organization of Women in International Trade - Thank you for your invaluable contributions"

     

    Even though Eileen has officially retired from the TBOWIT Board, we look forward to many more years of seeing Eileen at TBOWIT functions.  Congratulations!

     

     

  • 06 Oct 2014 3:16 PM | TB OWIT (Administrator)

    TBOWIT Secretary, Christyna Doege, represented TBOWIT at the 2014 Fall OWIT International Board Meeting held in Ottawa, Canada over Friday and Saturday, October 26th and 27th. The weekend started off with an event featuring speakers: 
      Karen Bland - President OWIT International
      Astrid Pregel - Executive Director for Canada WEConnect International
      Brian Mitchell - Executive Director of TFO Canada
      Lois Brown - Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development


    It was announced by PS Brown that the government of Canada was donating $10 million (CAD) to support funding aimed at developing the ability of small and medium sized enterprises and related trade-support institutions in developing countries to pursue export opportunities. The funds will be managed by TFO Canada. What a boon for OWIT Ottawa to be linked to an announcement of this caliber!

     

    Saturday was witness to an all-day conference where chapter representatives heard from the OWIT International Board regarding current and future goals, listened to presentations from OWIT Peru, OWIT DC, and OWIT Charleston on best practices, and discussed opportunities in each chapter. The luncheon speaker was Johane Seguin, Senior VP of Extractive & Resources Group - Export Development Canada who gave an very informative and insightful presentation. Another noteworthy afternoon session was led by guest Lisa Fancott of EnGenue Consulting who led attendees in a discussion to identify barriers in access to market and the keys to success in overcoming such barriers. 
    Saturday was capped by an evening dinner.

     

    For those who had later flights, OWIT Ottawa led an expedition on Sunday morning to Gatineau Park where we were able to see the fall colors under a picture perfect blue sky.

     

    Congratulations to OWIT Ottawa for hosting an excellent international board meeting! 

     

     

     

     

  • 03 Jun 2014 12:23 PM | TB OWIT (Administrator)
    Maria Crummett, Eileen Rodriguez, Lorrie Belovich and Maria Clara Yepes; TBOWIT board members, recently accompanied Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn on the Sister Cities Trade Mission to Barranquilla, Colombia. To learn more about the trade mission  Click here.
  • 03 Jun 2014 12:21 PM | TB OWIT (Administrator)
    Bill Flynn, an advisory board member for TBOWIT, speaks on Comprehensive Immigration Reform. The interview is courtesy of WFLA. Click here to listen.  
  • 03 Jun 2014 12:21 PM | TB OWIT (Administrator)
    Congratulations to Olga Pina for receiving the 2014 FSBDC at USF Volunteer of the Year award, which was presented at the May TBOWIT membership meeting. Olga received this award for volunteering as a speeaker for the SBDC's International Trade Certificate Program for the past 10 years. Congratulations, Olga!
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