Association produces Opportunity and Risk in Today’s Global Marketplace


The West Michigan World Trade Association, founded in 1960, is dedicated to “maintaining West Michigan's competitive edge in the global marketplace.” Photo via

A local association focused on trade is partnering with a global supply chain group to host a half-day conference this week.

The West Michigan World Trade Association in Grand Rapids, or WMWTA, has partnered with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, or CSCMP, to produce the event Opportunity and Risk in Today’s Global Marketplace.

The conference will focus on how to develop the best practices for contemporary international commerce.

The event is being held this Thursday in Grand Rapids, from 1-6:30 p.m., at Wealthy Theatre, at 1130 Wealthy St. SE.

WMWTA, founded in 1960, is dedicated to “maintaining West Michigan's competitive edge in the global marketplace," according to its website.

Trade topics

Michael Finney, senior advisor for economic growth to Gov. Rick Snyder, will give the event’s keynote address and will be joined by other private and public sector speakers.

The speakers will discuss the global workforce, foreign trade zones, supply chains, West Michigan and Mexico, among other topics in breakout sessions.

“This event continues our new focus on helping local businesses maintain a competitive edge,” said Andy Wahl, president, WMWTA. “We are very excited to collaborate with the CSCMP, which brings a wealth of experience to the topic.

“These presentations reflect the dynamism of the world business environment. Risk profiles have changed dramatically, and new prospects for success have emerged.”


A follow-up networking session, held at Elk Brewing Co., will be held after the event.


To register for the event, email Rebecca Climie at manager at wmwta dot org or call (616) 301-0032.

Tickets for the event are $74 for WMWTA members and $99 for others.

Special rates are being offered for groups of six or more and for students. 

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