The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Virtual trade mission gains Canadian contacts

By Matthew C. Quinn - Staff
November 16, 2000

The fruits of a 2-month-old online trade promotion will become clear today at an Atlanta ceremony that will highlight U.S.-Canadian trade.

More than 20 female-owned small businesses that participated in a virtual trade mission are taking part in a "deal-signing ceremony" at the offices of the law firm King & Spalding, one of the corporate sponsors.

The ceremony will formalize the business relationships they have been developing since September via Internet networking and a videoconference organized by Tradebuilders, a Washington firm.

Among those scheduled to attend are Deputy Commissioner Carlos Martel of the Georgia Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism; Astrid Pregel, the Canadian consul general--Atlanta; and Sherrye Henry, associate administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Women's Business Ownership.

Participants from metro Atlanta businesses include Nicky Lancaster, managing director, E.A. Consulting; Ronelle Genser, president, Genser International Consulting; Ruth Klopper, managing partner, Instructional Design Systems; and Linda Muir, president, Strategic Synergies.

For more information about the virtual trade mission over the Internet, go to

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