News

2021

  • WTCAR Addresses ASU Students on Arkansas Trade - ROGERS — Arkansas exports performed comparably to the US National Average during the 2020 Pandemic thanks in part to its diverse economy, according to Melvin Torres, director of Western Hemisphere trade at the World Trade Center Arkansas. Speaking Tuesday, March 2, to student... more

2020

  • WTCAR Grants Director Honored For 35 Years At UA - ROGERS — Trish Watkins, the director of grants, finances and human resources at the World Trade Center Arkansas, was honored recently for 35 years of service with the University of Arkansas. Watkins, who began her tenure with the U of A in 1985 as an administrative assistant,... more

  • WTCAR Highlights Arkansas Companies Helped by STEP - ROGERS — The World Trade Center Arkansas proudly joined the U.S. Small Business Administration as it celebrated 10 years of the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grant, which has been instrumental in helping Arkansas small businesses find global success. Celebrations began... more

  • WTCAR Receives $120,000 In STEP Funding - ROGERS — The World Trade Center Arkansas received over $120,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration on Monday, Sept. 28, to help Arkansas small businesses enter the global market. The $124,722 awarded to the Center was part of $19 million in grants given to 48 state i... more

  • If We Build It, They Will Come - Melvin Torres is the director of Western Hemisphere Trade for the World Trade Center Arkansas. He penned this commentary in August. He has managed cross-functional teams as a vice president, a director, and a general manager at some of the world’s strongest companies including... more

  • WTCAR Trade Director Elected to Board of Directors - ROGERS — Boon Tan, senior director of global trade strategy at World Trade Center Arkansas, was one of two new members elected Friday, July 24, to the board of directors for the Arkansas Association of Asian Businesses (AAAB). Tan, who worked for many years in Malaysia as a t... more

  • Arkansas Exports Top $6 Billion In 2019 - ROGERS — Arkansas exports remained strong in 2019, accounting for $6.2 billion in trade while supporting over one-fourth of the state’s workforce, according to a newly released report compiled by the World Trade Center Arkansas. “Arkansas has a diverse economy, which propels ... more

  • WTCAR Receives $700,000 EDA Grant - ROGERS — The World Trade Center Arkansas has received a $700,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration to expand trade, export and commercialization opportunities for Arkansas businesses and agribusiness affected by severe weather eve... more

  • WTCAR Working Closely With SBA During Outbreak - ROGERS — The World Trade Center of Arkansas is working closely with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to promote economic resilience and ease concern among small businesses in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Center utilizes the State Trade Expansion Program... more

  • WTCAR Sees Bright Future With EU After D.C. Trip - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Despite an ongoing shakeup among European Union membership, the EU will continue to be a major player in Arkansas trade and investment, according to Dan Hendrix, president and CEO of the World Trade Center Arkansas. Hendrix was on hand Tuesday, Feb. 11, to ... more