Our special board meeting at 3:30 pm on Tuesday, June 26 at the Helmsley Sandcastle on Lido Key will be for the presentation of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee business opportunity research conducted on behalf of SSCA with the objectives of:
1. Exposing business students to a foreign city and let they try to identify certain needs or opportunities between the Cultural Coast and our Sister City of Xiamen, China;
2. To identify any Sarasota companies that might be able to tie into any of the needs or opportunities identified;
3. Create an initial launch strategy for those companies.
The research by 11 MBA students, under the guidance of Dr. Robert Anderson, Dean of USFSM College of Business and Business Management Professor Dr. Jean Kabongo is a first step which has resulted in three teams now having an exposure to a foreign market, the issues involved in doing business overseas, and the process that one eventually has to apply. This will be the prime opportunity for all SSCA Board members to meet the key USFSM leadership involved and those who actually did the research to enhance the Sarasota – Xiamen relationship and to provide the first steps in creating a business model that could be adopted for expansion to are seven other twinned cities.
Those from USFSM who are planning to attend are Dr. Robert Anderson, Prof. Jean Kabongo, and students Alex Klotz, Kris Ranstorm, and Doug Scott. I would like for SSCA to host this team that did the research on our behalf at the Meet & Greet that follows the presentation. To do this I need four volunteers to be hosts for the team members. I will host one member, but need volunteers to host the other four. Please let me know by email if you would like to be a host.
If you haven’t already provided an RSVP, please let Gayle know before 10am Friday so the Sandcastle can determine presentation room requirements, firstname.lastname@example.org . Thanks