News Release
For Immediate Release

August 6, 2014

Michael Sullivan, GOED Communications Director

Utah Global Forum Takes Utah Around the World in Twelve Hours
International experts show businesses how to target the global marketplace

Salt Lake City, UTAH —The fastest team flight around the world was completed in 57 hours and 54 minutes. Utah will do it in twelve. At this September’s Utah Global Forum (UGF), presented by Governor Gary R. Herbert, Utah business owners will learn from top global business executives and get inspired to reach the 95 percent of customers outside of the nation’s borders.

“The Utah Global Forum is a key event for growing the Utah economy,” said Gov. Herbert. “The event will not only allow Utah business owners to connect with other executives who are successful in the global marketplace, it will showcase to foreign investors what makes our state great.”

Along with Gov. Herbert, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), World Trade Center Utah (WTCU) and the Salt Lake Chamber are hosting this interactive and cutting-edge event with a rapid-fire presentation format. Speakers are selected to present on topics that will help businesses who want to reach new and promising markets or who want to start exporting their company’s products or services. The event is organized so Utah business owners connect with a diverse domestic and international business audience.

Real Salt Lake soccer club will kick off the event with a presentation to help attendees get the right mindset on the importance of developing cross-cultural ties, common goals and awareness in developing business relationships.

The event focuses on the export markets in Mexico, China, Europe and the Middle East—all geographical areas with a high potential for export success. Experts in the marketplaces of the identified geographical areas will speak on what made their companies successful in these countries. Speakers will also be available to converse with attendees during the day’s events. This is a must-attend event for those who want to expand their export trade. Though China, Mexico, Europe and the Middle East will be highlighted, this event is applicable to those looking to expand to all corners of the globe.

Utah Global Forum will educate attendees about the resources offered by WTCU and GOED to companies who want to export. Kaddas Enterprises, Inc. is a company that has experienced significant success with these resources. Kaddas Enterprises, Inc. General Manager Natalie Kaddas, who will present at UGF, noted:

“There are many resources available, more than I was aware of,” said Kaddas. “Businesses should attend the global forum to become familiar with opportunities that are out there and learn how the Governor’s Office can contribute to your success.”

Kaddas Enterprises exports to seven countries, including Mexico, Norway and Venezuela. Kaddas said the company’s exporting success began with a State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Grant.

“We knew we were positioned for growth. The STEP Grant from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development helped offset expenses allowing us the opportunity to participate in trade missions to some key markets,” Kaddas said.

Any company leader with an intent in growing or starting their company in exporting should attend the Utah Global Forum, presented by Governor Gary R. Herbert. The Utah Global Forum is Utah’s premiere international event organized to connect Utah business owners with the global market and to showcase what makes Utah great for foreign investors. The event will attract a broad domestic and international business audience and will inspire attendees to start or increase global trade and investment.

The forum will be held Sept. 24 in the Salt Palace, Grand Ballroom. To register, visit Registration is limited and will sell out quickly. If you like Utah Global Forum on Facebook in the next two days, you will receive an online coupon for $20 off of the already low registration price of $95.


Editor’s Note: As speakers for the Utah Global Forum are confirmed, GOED will be sending additional press releases and upcoming notices on presenters.

Governor Gary R. Herbert will present the Utah Global Forum this September in the Salt Palace, Grand Ballroom. Experts in doing business in Mexico, China, the UK and the Middle East will show Utahns how to export their product or service to these promising markets.

The Utah Global Forum is a cutting-edge event that features   experts in the global marketplace with a rapid-fire presentation format.

In conjunction with World Trade Center Utah, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and the Salt Lake Chamber, Governor Gary R. Herbert presents the first Utah Global Forum. Utah businesses will learn how to reach the 95 percent of customers that are outside of the nation’s borders and make connections necessary to increase their market.

About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Governor Gary Herbert’s commitment to economic development statewide. Utah’s economic development vision is that Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as a premier global business destination. The mandate for this office is to provide rich business resources for the creation, growth and recruitment of companies to Utah and to increase tourism and film production in the state. GOED accomplishes this mission through the administration of programs that are based around targeted industries or “economic clusters” that demonstrate the best potential for development. GOED utilizes state resources and private sector contracts to fulfill its mission.  For more information please contact:  Michael Sullivan, 801-538-8811 or