Bellevue workshop to guide businesses venturing into China

The Bellevue Office of Economic Development is offering a series of free workshops to help local businesses seize opportunities in China.

The Bellevue Office of Economic Development is offering a series of free workshops to help local businesses seize opportunities in China.

A “Road Map to Success in China” workshop is set for Thursday, May 8, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., at City Hall, in Room 1E-112. The city held a workshop in February and a third and final one is scheduled for July 8.

The May 8 workshop will feature Manny Menendez, who has been doing business in China and the Asia Pacific region for 30 years. As chief executive officer of Connecticut-based Great Eastern Development Ltd., Menendez was credited by the Asian Wall Street Journal for putting together the first joint venture between the United States and China in 1980.

Menendez established Seattle-based Noble Pacific Holdings LLC, which specializes in business development, trading and strategic advisory services throughout the Asia Pacific region, with a focus on China.

Topics to be covered in these workshops include:

Determining if there is a market for your product or service;

Determining channels of distribution;

Options for manufacturing and outsourcing in China;

Quality control and inspections;

Arranging meetings in China with leaders in industry and government;

Techniques for negotiating deals in China – How to get paid.

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