The Bradenton Area Economic Development Corp. hosted an in-bound trade mission giving local business leaders an opportunity to meet with representatives from Spanish companies seeking to do business in the United States.
Seven companies from Barcelona and Mataró, Spain were represented last week, including LINKM, Gymtonic S.A., Tramontana, Alooha, Unisport Universitas, Mar & Nua and the TecnoCampus Mataro'. Approximately 14 Bradenton area businesses participated in the session held at the EDC's office at the McClure Center at Lakewood Ranch.
The in-bound trade mission grew out of a previous visit in April by officials from Mataró who participated in a roundtable discussion at Port Manatee. Following that visit, which was initiated by Port Director Carlos Buqueras, the officials from Mataró identified companies that want to introduce their products or services to the U.S. and Latin American markets during the trip in June.
"Port Manatee is pleased to serve as a catalyst to promote international trade opportunities in Manatee County," said Carlos Buqueras, Port Manatee executive director. "After several exploratory meetings in Spain, a meeting here at the port, the EDC-hosted event and a wrap-up meeting in Miami this weekend, I can confidently say that, together, we have opened the door and are holding it open for new economic opportunities in the international arena."