Business Leaders and Agencies Convene on NAFTA and International Trade

Suzanne Brown

Published: Sept. 13, 2017, 1:09 p.m.
Updated: Sept. 13, 2017, 1:09 p.m.
International Trade Summit


Contact: Suzanne Brown

Phone: 903-237-4003


Business Leaders and Agencies Convene on NAFTA and International Trade

National, state and local experts convene in Longview to discuss the current and future state of NAFTA negotiations directly impacting the Texas economy and the dynamic trade arena.   The International Trade Summit, September 22, 2017, 8:30 a.m.–noon at the Hilton Garden Inn, Longview, emceed by Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt, will encompass three sessions for participants to choose from or attend all.

Sessions include: (1) Trade Policy & Legislation Impacting the Texas Economy; (2) Government Agency Providers for assistance with small-medium business to get started in exporting; and (3) Peer company perspectives.

Texas Association of Business (TAB) President, Jeff Moseley, will discuss the current state of negotiation for a new NAFTA.  He will provide answers to questions such as: What is NAFTA and why it needs to be changed, and what the US, Canadian, and Mexican objectives are. You will understand the background behind the renegotiation of NAFTA and will learn about the contentious issues that could affect you and your organization. You will take away a rare insight into the workings of the negotiations and what it means for your business. 

Representatives from the International Trade administration, EXIM Bank, and the Small Business Administration will discuss how their agencies support small and medium businesses and help them get started in the trade arena.

Get the facts:  98% of U.S. exporters are small and medium sized businesses, 95% of the world’s customers live outside the U.S.  33% of U.S. jobs created in 2009-2014 were in industries that depend on trade.  382,000 Texas jobs depend on trade with Mexico.  In 2016, Texas trade encompassed $232 billion in global trade, $20 billion to Canada, and $93 billion to Mexico.  

NAFTA and its renegotiation present opportunities and challenges to nearly every business, and in nearly every industry operating within the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.  Understanding these opportunities and challenges will quickly become an essential element of business strategy.  Join us September 22, and be the catalyst for change in determining this critical legislation.

“Trade with Canada and Mexico is a significant driver of U.S. economic growth.  Texas trade fuels our local and state economies, generating jobs and providing tax revenue for everything from roads to schools.  And, that’s especially true right here in East Texas. That’s why the Longview Chamber of Commerce is proud to hold the 2017 International Trade Summit, and is privileged to host Jeff Moseley, President of TAB.” said Kelly Hall, President and CEO.  

Table sponsorships and individual tickets are now available.  Registration closes on Monday, September 18, 2017. For more information contact the Chamber office at 903.237.4000, or register online at

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The Longview Chamber of Commerce (LCC) is regarded as the leading business resource in Gregg County. We are a member-driven organization that regularly assesses the needs of local business owners and executives. Our programs, products and events are created to deliver the strategic business solutions our members need.  Our mission is to engage in and promote projects that have a positive impact on the Longview Trade Area

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