Interested in doing business in Ukraine? At a mini-trade show in Cincinnati Feb. 1 and 2, you can research the market and see whether its talent pool and cost advantages might help your business.
Showing their wares will be 25+ businesspeople on a trade mission representing the Kharkiv Region of Ukraine. Industries represented include agriculture, aviation, chemicals, energy, optics, clothing and accessories, food processing and information technology. With nearly 50 million people, Ukraine is an industrial nation with an educated work force.
Kharkiv Region representatives will be ready to buy and sell products at the mini trade show. They’ll be looking for reps to sell and distribute their products in the United States, as well as agreements to sell and distribute American products in Ukraine. They’ll offer opportunities for U.S. companies to lower their costs, for example by outsourcing software development or garment production and by identifying lower-cost sources of products and components.
Also at the mini trade show will be Americans with knowledge about Ukraine’s business climate.
Local businesspeople can attend the mini trade show Feb. 1, 3-6 p.m., at TechSolve (formerly IAMS), 1111 Edison Dr. in Carthage, off Paddock Rd.
Individual appointments with the Kharkiv Region businesspeople will be scheduled for Feb. 1, 7-9 p.m., at the Vernon Manor Hotel, 400 Oak St., Avondale, and Feb. 2, 3-6 p.m., at TechSolve. There is no cost to attend the mini trade show or schedule an appointment.
For an appointment, call the Center for Economic Initiatives, 859-261-3282. Details about the Kharkiv Region trade delegation, such as companies represented and their products and services, are on the Center’s Web site, www.ukrainebiz.com .
The Kharkiv Region businesspeople are coming to Ohio via the Kharkiv Partnership, a program designed to accelerate the creation of private businesses and new employment opportunities in the Kharkiv Region. The national governments of both the United States and Ukraine are encouraging the Partnership.
The Center for Economic Initiatives is a Cincinnati not-for-profit organization that provides assistance and training for businesses in the former Soviet Union. It is organizing the Kharkiv Region trade mission visits to Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland at the request of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).