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Idaho small and medium businesses get a leg up

The Student Union Building was recently overtaken by people in business suits, as World Trade Day was upon Boise State. This annual event is in its 10th year and aims to help the businesses in Idaho expand into internationally known businesses. This year’s event was hosted on April 30.

The main event was located in the Jordan Ballroom. Outside the ballroom there were booths lined up from various businesses and tables were reserved for interviews and one-on-one time with various successful international businesses.

Dustin Ayres, senior international business major, and Brice Froschhauser, senior German and economics major, are both interns who helped put on this event.

There were also 20 selected student volunteers from the College of Business and Economics there to help.

Froschhauser explained the goal of the event.

“(The event) gives small and medium Idaho businesses the ability to gain information on expanding internationally,” Froschhauser said.

There were over 300 registrants for the event and this event was the “largest event for international business in Idaho” Ayres said.

The event featured educational seminars and panels with successful international businesses here in Idaho including 3 Bugwell, Doublelink Rekluse and 1, 4 Group Inc.

Even Gov. C.L. Butch Otter dropped  by.

Boise State worked closely with international businesses and the World Trade Day to educate small and medium businesses about government and student resources.

“All the companies worked with students from Boise State” Ayers said.

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