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Working Abroad Seminar Comes to Boston!

By Derek Washam, Manager, Federal & International Programs

Were you unable to attend When Change Means Going International at the AIA Convention in Chicago last month? There is now another opportunity to learn about the ins-and-outs of international practice. On July 29, the AIA and the Boston Society of Architects will host Working Abroad: Pros, Cons, and Ways Forward in Boston.

This half-day workshop will feature panel discussions led by local architects with extensive international experience and representatives from the U.S. Commercial Service and Small Business Administration.

International work can be challenging, but can offer great rewards. This morning training session will provide you with a wealth of knowledge from experts with first-hand knowledge of working in foreign countries. They will exam the varying business practices, cultural issues, and laws that could present obstacles and present the resources to help you overcome them.

While there are risks, there are a number of resources to help you mitigate them. The U.S. Commercial Service and Small Business Administration will provide you with information on their various resources to help you succeed, such as market research, advocacy, trade missions, and loan programs.

Speakers will include Patti Intrieri of Cambridge Seven Associates, Scott Rawlings of Payette, Debra Rogers and Jim Paul of the U.S. Commercial Service, and John Joyce of the Small Business Administration. The Gulf States, Brazil, and India will serve as catalysts for the discussion, as they offers a myriad of opportunities to expand your business portfolio, but the lessons learned are applicable across the globe!

The event will be hosted at the Boston Society of Architects at 290 Congress Street, Second floor, Boston, MA 02210 from 8:30am until noon.

For more information on this event, visit or contact Derek Washam.

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