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Latin American Entrepreneurs to Learn U.S. Manufacturing Business Practices at Innovation Center

January 30, 2015

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A group of Latin American entrepreneurs interested in establishing manufacturing businesses in Texas are visiting Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center for a two-week training program. (http://innovation4texas.com/idea/ )

The Innovation Center is one of three business incubators in the nation selected to receive a U.S. Agency of International Development grant to host the training Feb. 2 through 13.

The training is part of the Latin American IdEA Partnership Incubator Program (http://www.laidea.co/.) The invited participants from Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru will learn about best practices and technology used in U.S. manufacturing companies, international trade, as well as how to do business in Texas and the United States. They will also share experiences and explore business partnerships with all those involved.

At the end of the session, participants should be better equipped to grow their companies and create jobs in their local communities and have an understanding of how to access international markets.

The entrepreneurs will learn about:

  • project coaching and problem solving,
  • successful US business models,
  • information on bio- and nano-technology and advanced materials,
  • intellectual property protection,
  • international trade,
  • immigration for the mobile workforce, and
  • incentives and support for establishing manufacturing facilities.

The group will also be visiting McAllen, where they will attend sessions on 3-D printing and prototyping and practical machining principles.

The Corpus Christi training is part of a State Department program through the U.S. Agency of International Development. Other invited participants in the area of agribusiness met in Louisiana in January and a group focused on health services will meet in Fort Worth in February.