Trade Experts Offer Advice
The Business View – August 2017 / News You Can Use
In mid-June, the Mobile Area Chamber brought national experts to discuss trade policies under President Trump’s administration with local business representatives at a workshop held at The Battle House Hotel. With more than 100 registrants, the audience included professionals from aerospace, shipbuilding, legal, transport, accounting, engineering, IT, government and steel industries.
The Business View had a chance to ask the experts a question:
What top three things should Mobile area business owners and managers do to protect and increase trade-related jobs?
Here’s what they had to say:
- Make sure elected officials know you have trade-related jobs. Don’t assume they know.
- Talk with employees about how much of the business is related to trade, to help them understand the value. Make it clear and visual. For example, display a map and every time you get an order or fill an order that goes overseas mark it with a pin. Remember to include all international customers up and down the supply chain.
- Tie in what your business needs to get your goods in and out, not just here domestically like infrastructure, roads and air access, but overseas.
About the Mobile Chamber
The Mobile Chamber is a private business organization with more than 1,700 members and the economic developer for the City of Mobile and Mobile County. The Mobile Chamber’s focus is to provide members with networking, marketing and professional development opportunities, expand jobs in the area, develop the local workforce, advocate legislative priorities and offer resources to help small businesses grow. Additional information is on the Chamber’s website, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.