As part of extending Washington Business Week (WBW) to Poland, a side benefit is Polish economic development and business leaders in the Gdansk are planning a trade mission to Washington in October. The trade mission will focus on finding business opportunities both in the Pomeranian Region (Northern Baltic coast part of Poland) and Washington.
AWB President Don C. Brunell met with Pomeranian Economic Development director Wtodzimierz Szordykowski and leaders of Invest in Pomerania to talk about the mission on Wednesday. Invest in Pomerania, which helps to sponsor Poland Business Week, approached Brunell while he was in Poland for the Gdansk session. The trade mission will also have stops in Silicon Valley and Chicago.
Brunell and WBW leaders also met with Teresa Szakiel, deputy director of Pomeranian education and sport, to discuss future plans for the Poland Business Week program. As a result, the Pomeranian government and Polish business leaders will be developing a plan to present to WBW leaders.
Currently, the Gdansk Business Week program is sponsored by the Gdansk Foundation for Enterpreneurship and has supported the program in Gdansk. Similar organizations in Minsk, Gdynia and Boleslawowo. Poland Business Week is also sponsored by Boeing, International Paper, Microsoft, AWB and several Polish companies.
Poland Business Week started four years ago. Janice Jaworski and her husband, Allen, have been running coordinating and running the prgram in Poland. Washington students, educators and business leaders work with them to put on the program.
AWB President Don C. Brunell is in Poland helping with the Poland Business Week program.