Utah’s premier international event to help businesses expand overseas is this Wednesday. Governor Gary R. Herbert presents the Utah Global Forum (UGF) Sept. 24 in the Salt Palace, Grand Ballroom, to support the state’s goal of increasing value-added exports. Business leaders who want to attend should not lose any more time and register now. Registration is still open but is limited.

With 355 million people in the Middle East, this region is ready to receive exports from Utah businesses, and the forum will feature business executives who are successful in this marketplace. One of those speakers is Partner and Managing Director Tarek Mango from Mango Enterprises, who will show business owners how to safely tap into this promising market.

Mango Enterprises advises companies on business and international regulations, cross-cultural expectations and consumer behavior while developing strategies for securely exporting to the Middle East and North Africa region. North Africa has one of the fastest growing marketplaces in the world, and with the right help, Utah businesses can reach customers in this market.

Mango Enterprises began specializing in the health and medical care industries and has expanded as a business consulting service with experts in a broad range of consumer goods. The company began developing relationships within the Middle Eastern countries in the late 1990s. Today, the company offers direct distributor and client management, international consulting services, business matchmaking services and more. Mango will teach forum attendees how making these business connections in the Middle East is possible.

For more than 18 years, Mango has successfully worked in international trade and business development. He has served on several business advisory boards to companies working in the Middle East and has served as a student mentor in the International Leadership Academy at the University of Utah.

Any company with an intent in growing or starting their firm in exporting must attend the Utah Global Forum, presented by Governor Gary R. Herbert. UGF is Utah’s premiere international event organized to connect Utah business owners, leadership, sales and marketing professionals with individuals and companies who already have a strong presence in the exporting ecosystem.

The event will attract a broad domestic and international business audience that attendees and sponsors can connect with to create the necessary contacts to export more efficiently and economically to the global marketplace.

The UGF is being produced in conjunction with World Trade Center Utah, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and the Salt Lake Chamber and a host of sponsors. To register, visit utahglobalforum.com.