Southeast’s First Forum for German Small & Medium Sized Enterprises in Nashville, April 22, 2013

The forum offers a platform to exchange ideas and to gain insights on innovative business practices while building relationships with new business partners
ATLANTA - April 11, 2013 - PRLog -- The German Mittelstand – Southern SME Forum, to be held at the Hutton Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee on April 22, 2013 will focus on relevant issues experienced by German small and medium sized businesses and the leading-edge solutions and latest thinking required to solve them. Hosted by the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern United States, Inc. (GACC South), the all-day business conference will start off with an engaging breakfast key note followed by business workshops, panel discussions, and plentiful networking opportunities.

As the premiere conference for the German-American business community in the South, the German Mittelstand - Southern SME Forum is set to bring international exposure to Tennessee and highlight the region’s strength in the global economy. Key participants in this year’s conference include Phil Johnston, VP Engineering, Mercedes Benz U.S. International, Inc., Steven Markham, President of BLG Logistics, Inc., Dr. Jörg Matthiessen, Senior Partner and Managing Director, Atlanta of The Boston Consulting Group, Martin Richenhagen, Chairman, President & CEO of AGCO Corp. as well as Christoph Sander, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany and many more.

“This event promises meaningful exchanges and the possibility for significant collaboration between the Southeast and Germany,” said Martina Stegmeier, President & CEO of the GACC South.

Panel topics during The German Mittelstand - Southern SME Forum will share insights on the latest developments in supply chain management and the need to design and implement strategic approaches in workforce development. In addition, the business workshops will provide guests insights on innovative business practices addressing the concerns of benefits, cloud computing and intercultural competence faced by SMEs.

Sponsor of the evening reception following this all-day business conference is Tennessee based H&M Company.

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About the GACC South:
The German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern United States was founded in 1978 to promote and support bilateral trade between Germany and the U.S. The GACC South is located in Atlanta, Georgia and serves the 11 Southeastern states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Five local chapters have been established in Charlotte, NC, Greenville, SC, Tampa, FL, Dallas, TX, Nashville, TN, as well as a branch office in Houston, TX, with a focus on the energy sector.

The GACC South is a private, non-profit organization and serves as the official representative of German trade in the Southeastern US. It is part of an international network composed of 120 German foreign chambers of commerce and government offices in 80 countries. The GACC South is one of the largest bi-national chambers in the United States.
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