By Missy Lacock
MISSOULA, MT, USA - MWTC launched its new technology export initiative, TechEx, this fall. The initiative helps Montana businesses in industries such as cloud computing, photonics, and bioscience move to the forefront of technical exports by providing targeted technical assistance and professional education through live case studies and bringing together an experienced team in international trade and technical law. The Tech Export Team includes Justin Cook, certified U.S. export compliance officer; Joel Henry, senior counsel with Michael Best and co-founder of Agile Data Solutions; Angela Marshall Hofmann, founder and president of World Strategies LLC; and Antoinette Tease, intellectual property attorney. Initial free consultations and discounted service packages will be available for MWTC members. All others welcome.
November 15 marked the official kickoff of TechEx with Wisetail Tells Its Tale at First Interstate Bank downtown Missoula. The event, attended by nearly 50 participants, featured a live case study of Wisetail, a SaaS company beginning to sell internationally, followed by insights from the Tech Export Team. Stay tuned for similar upcoming TechEx events and trainings in Billings, Bozeman and Kalispell.
This fall, MWTC Executive Director Brigitta Miranda-Freer oversaw a practicum at the University of Montana School of Business, giving students the opportunity to combine classwork with hands-on export research for Montana businesses. Miranda-Freer will also be teaching the MBA course “Leveraging Public Funds for Business” in the spring.
MWTC is planning an outgoing trade mission to Israel the week of May 22nd. Stay tuned for details.
In 2016, the Montana World Center team provided assistance to more than 70 businesses across the great state of Montana with a core team from four different countries.