State looking for 'green' companies for Hong Kong trade show
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Business Oregon is looking for cleantech companies interested in doing business in Asia to attend a Hong Kong trade show.
Business Oregon, the state's economic development arm, is looking for cleantech and other eco-oriented companies interested in doing business in Asia to attend a Hong Kong trade show in October.
Eco Expo Asia, billed as the continent's leading environmental protection fair, takes place in Hong Kong in late October.
Business Oregon is offering grant-supported subsidies for companies interested in attending that will help cover exhibit booth and travel costs.
"This is good for a small company that wants to taste the market in Asia," said Sunun Setboonsarng, global trade specialist for Business Oregon.
In addition to company and trade representatives from Hong Kong, Setboonsarng said trade show attendees will include visitors from China and Southeast Asia. The show will feature companies in industries including clean energy, environmental and green products.
Financial support is available through grants from El Camino Community College in California, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and the Oregon Trade Promotion Program.
Setboonsarng said Business Oregon hopes to send eight or nine companies to the show as part of the Oregon delegation. It will be the third year in a row that Oregon companies attend the expo.
Next week, Business Oregon is hosting a breakfast for companies interested in learning more about the opportunity.
Hong Kong's government inked a deal with Ashland-based Brammo Inc. last year to use Brammo's electric motorcycles in its police force. A partnership struck last October through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will tap Portland's ecodistrict expertise for Hong Kong.
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