You probably already have Nov. 4 marked on your calendar because it is election day.
But just in case you are looking for something more to do and maybe something important to learn after you go vote, pencil in the South Central Regional Export Promotion meeting.
That meeting offers a chance to learn how to join the global market place and expand Kansas exports.
The meeting will open at 8:30 a.m. at the Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex of Wichita State University at 5015 E. 29th Street North in Wichita. It will be held in the Fred Sudermann Commons. It will close at 11 a.m.
The Nov. 4 meeting is one of six export promotion meetings offered by Kansas Global Trade Services in partnership with the Kansas Department of Commerce.
The six meetings are part of the Export Now Kansas Program aimed at local companies with export potential. The program will raise export awareness by connecting communities and companies to export assistance.
Exports on the rise
Why are these meetings important? Kansas has enjoyed some export success in the past few years, increasing exports by 26 percent between 2010 and 2013. But experts say that 83 percent of global GDP growth will occur outside the U.S. by 2018, and Kansas needs to claim a greater share.
The meeting is being billed as ideal for businesses who produce goods and services suitable for exports, local and appointed officials and economic development officials.
However, it is important to consider that many businesses, especially those in the agricultural industry, may have goods and services suitable for export and not realize it. In fact, many of the companies who have gone to win the Governor's Exporter of the Year award were surprised when they learned about the opportunities for marketing their products overseas.
There is no charge for this event, but RSVPs are required. E-mail Ella at Reusser@kansasglobal.org or call 316-264-5982.