Trade Fair Brings the World to Maine Business School

Interested in learning about commerce in Brazil, France, Japan or Sweden, or doing business in Australia or the United Kingdom? Check out the International Trade Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, in the atrium of the D.P. Corbett Business Building at the University of Maine.

“It’s a chance for the community to learn about many different countries and the business opportunities that are available abroad,” says Clint Relyea, course instructor and a Maine Business School lecturer in management. “Basically it’s bringing the world to the Maine Business School and bringing the Maine Business School to the world. It should be fun and informative.”

Fourteen teams, each with 10 students, will showcase their respective international trade exhibitions that promote doing business in Brazil, China, Japan, Argentina, Sweden, Ireland, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Australia, Mexico, France, Singapore and Austria.

“I hope that students will be more informed about the many different facets of working in a country as an expatriate,” Relyea says. “As business professionals they will be ready to work with other cultures and be able to sell the positives of their own country through project management.”

Area professionals will judge the exhibitions on content — including relevance and quality of information — as well as overall appearance, creativity and appearance of effort. After the showcase, students will write a paper reflecting on what they learned during the semester-long project.