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Upcoming events

    • 06/12/2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • University Club of Grand Rapids: 111 Lyon St NW # 1025, Grand Rapids, MI 49503


    World Affairs Council and West Michigan World Trade Association Joint Event:
    The EU-US Trade Relationship: Collision Course or Bump in the Road?

    Tuesday, June 12, 2018

    University Club of Grand Rapids
    111 Lyon St NW # 1025,
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm

    Cost: FREE, but pre-registration must occur
    Click here to register. Slots are extremely limited so act now!

    Sponsored by the Center for a New American Security, with a moderated panel featuring His Excellency Kåre Aas, Ambassador of Norway to the United States, Kadri Liik, Senior Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations, and Richard Fontaine, President (CNAS)

    As the United States escalates trade tensions with China, the European Union is doing its very best to stay out of it. The EU negotiated a temporary exemption from the tariffs on steel and aluminum that the President announced in March. When that temporary exemption expired, though, the President gave the EU another 30 days instead of the permanent extension they seek. Now Europe is under pressure to submit to Washington’s demands before the end of May. A trade war could pose significant challenges to auto and agriculture industries. With international trade representing 38.9% of Michigan's gross domestic product, Michigan is particularly vulnerable to trade war fallout. Complicating matters, NAFTA is also under pressure from the White House further challenging Michigan's economy as Mexico and Canada represent the state's top import and export markets. How will Europe and local governments respond? Will Europe continue to insist that it won’t negotiate under pressure and retaliate if it doesn’t get the permanent exemption? Or will the EU fold and reach a settlement with the Trump administration? More importantly, what are the risks of a pending trade war between Europe and the United States for Michiganders and jobs tied to the industrial base? What should American business leaders expect going forward and how will U.S. businesses be affected?

    Please join us for a discussion on trade and the wider transatlantic partnership with special guests His Excellency Kåre Aas, Ambassador of Norway to the United States, Kadri Liik, Senior Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations, Richard Fontaine, President of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) & Julianne Smith, Senior Fellow and Director of the Transatlantic Security Program at CNAS (moderator).

    • 06/21/2018
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • The Knickerbocker- New Holland Brewing: 417 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
    WMWTA Summer Networking Event
    Thursday, June 21, 2018

    417 Bridge St NW
    Grand Rapids, MI 49504

    Time: 5:00 - 6:30 pm

    Cost: Free
    All drinks and food to be purchased by individuals. Consumption is at the individual's discretion. 

    Join the West Michigan World Trade Association for a FREE Summer Networking Event! Members and guests will gather together to ring in the summer, enjoying beer and appetizers at The Knickerbocker- New Holland Brewing's Grand Rapids location. 

    With deep roots in the craft industry that go back to 1997, New Holland's role as an integral member of the artisan approach is something they take seriously. With over 400 employees, New Holland Brewing Co. sells its beer and spirits across 38 states and 4 countries. In 2015, their production facility underwent substantial development including the tripling of their brewing capacity through additional indoor and outdoor fermentation, new keg line, expansion of the Dragon’s Milk cellar, additional refrigerated warehouse space, a new wash and column still, new shipping docks, and increased manpower, among other enhancements.

    New Holland’s company values are simple but rooted deeply in craftsmanship and artistry: People, Teams & Collaboration, Artistry, Quality, Profitability, and Ambition.

    • 07/11/2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Thornapple Pointe Golf Club: 7211 48th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512

    Save the Date for the West Michigan World Trade Annual Golf Outing on
    Wednesday, July 11, 2018

    Presented by

    Location: Thornapple Pointe Golf Club
    7211 48th St SE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49512

    $140 per Golfer
    $560 per Foursome

     9 am Registration, networking, coffee and danishes
       9:50 am Announcements
                    10 am Shotgun Start (Four-person scramble)
       11:30 am - 12:30 pm Lunch 
        3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Announcements and drawings (based on time of play and round completion)
    4 pm Dinner

    Activities will include: door prizes, mulligans, drawings, contests and more!

    Additional sponsorship opportunities available!
    Click here to apply.

    $25,000 Hole-In-One Sponsor

    $10,000 Hole-In-One Sponsor

    Beverage Cart Sponsor


    Cart Sponsor

    Lunch Sponsor

    Dinner Sponsor

    General Drawing Sponsor

    $500 Pro-Shop Raffle Sponsor

    Contest Hole Sponsors 


    Hole Sponsors


West Michigan World Trade Association is a 501(c)6  non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining the region's competitive edge in the global marketplace, while providing a forum for executives interested in sharing their experiences and honing their skills in international trade.

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