18th West Michigan Automotive Suppliers Symposium – Automotive’s Age of Change: What’s Next?

By: Benjamin Glick At the top of 2016, forecasts anticipated a rise in U.S. auto sales to record levels of over 18 million vehicles. One year later, sales have corroborated this act of industrial clairvoyance. According to a report by Business Insider, U.S. auto sales rose to 18.4 million cars and light trucks, and GM… Read More 18th West Michigan Automotive Suppliers Symposium – Automotive’s Age of Change: What’s Next?

Is the Arctic Shipping Route Closer to Being a Viable Alternative?

By: Benjamin Glick In May 2016, state political leaders in Alaska considered plans for expanding port facilities in the city of Nome, on the state’s western coast. Ships seldom make the voyage to the community of 3,800 residents less than 200 miles from the Arctic Circle, but city and state leaders have reasons to be… Read More Is the Arctic Shipping Route Closer to Being a Viable Alternative?

Michigan Companies Growing Exports Through Foreign-Trade Zones

By Sonja Johnson, Executive Director Van Andel Global Trade Center Article originally published in Grand Valley State University’s Seidman Business Review 2017. The ever-changing global marketplace brings both potential increases in competition and provides many additional opportunities for Michigan businesses looking to diversify and tap into the over 95 percent of global consumers who reside… Read More Michigan Companies Growing Exports Through Foreign-Trade Zones

What It Really Means to be ITAR Compliant: Why you should stop saying you are ITAR certified

Have you ever received a letter from your biggest customer telling you that they cannot send any more purchase orders until you are “ITAR Certified”? The terms get confusing, as the wording may have also said, “ITAR Registered” or “ITAR Compliant.” Let’s sort through the issues to find out what they are really asking for… Read More What It Really Means to be ITAR Compliant: Why you should stop saying you are ITAR certified