Workshop aimed at ‘wiring the border

November 25, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Local business executives can learn to take advantage of border-based e-commerce opportunities at a one-day "Wiring the Border" workshop Monday at the Calexico Elks Lodge at 310 Rockwood Ave.

The workshop is sponsored by the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, based in Washington, D.C. It starts at 8 a.m.

U.S.-Mexico chamber president Al Zapanta and Imperial County Board of Supervisors Chairman Tony Tirado will host the workshop and representatives from Mattel, Boeing, Southern California Edison, Sempra Energy and Delphi Automotive will be on hand to help local executives become accredited into a recently formed supply chain network.

The conceptual framework of a border-business network was established by the binational chamber in March in response to a call from the White House, according to Zapanta.

Once the network is fully operational, 200 small- and medium-sized businesses along the border will be able to share financial information and procure services or products.


Since March, the chamber and its partners have supplied computers and software to a number of border businesses that so far constitute the core of the network.

This is the only workshop of its kind scheduled for the Imperial Valley. The next workshop will be in Irwindale.

After the morning slate of working sessions, the executives will listen to luncheon speaker, Mayor Joe Harper of San Luis, Ariz.

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