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Wasatch Mountains from the Utah State Capitol

Our venue, the Utah State Capitol, afforded a fantastic view

Speakers Steve Price, Terri Batch, and Dave Fiscus

Speakers from the U.S. Department of Commerce and Small Business Administration participated.

Partipants take notes during the workshop

New tips these architects picked up willl help guide them to success on foreign projects.

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After Success in Utah, International Practice Workshop Heads to Atlanta
By Derek Washam, Manager, Federal & International Programs

The Working Abroad: Pros, Cons, and Ways Forward workshop series kicked off its 2014 tour in Salt Lake City. Architects came to the Utah State Capitol to develop their international business skills from a diverse panel of speakers. Dave Fiscus and Terri Batch from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Export Assistance Centers and Steve Price from the Small Business Administration gave presentations on resources that their federal agencies offer, including matchmaking, trade missions, and loan programs. Local architect Mike Lee of MLD Worldwide spoke about his firsthand experiences with the obstacles, solutions to them, and triumphs in international practice.

Lee was enthused to see his local colleagues coming out to hear about the subject, stating:

    "Having worked around the world with many different clients and design professionals, I can say without a doubt that our architects in Utah are certainly capable of working anywhere in the world. We not only have the professional skills, experience and work ethic necessary to do any type of work, but also have the heart for which the world yearns. As many of my clients have said, 'We don't care how much you know, until we know how much you care'. I am proud to recommend the architects of Utah!" 

The next Working Abroad: Pros, Cons, and Ways Forward workshop will be May 15 at AIA Atlanta. Attendees will learn about business opportunities that are available in a variety of international markets, resources provided by the Federal government, and how to best use those resources. Other topics of discussion will include problems that can occur while working abroad, how business practices differ from the United States, and how to comply with foreign laws. For more information on this event or registration, please contact Derek Washam, Manager of Federal & International Programs, at or (202) 626-7595.

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