Welke Customs Brokers Announces Opening of Cleveland Office

Welke Customs Brokers Announces Opening of Cleveland Office Image

Welke Customs Brokers USA, headquartered in the City of Tonawanda, New York, announced this week the grand opening of its new location in Northeast Ohio. Welke will celebrate the grand opening on September 21 and 22 with two expert panel sessions presented in collaboration with the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) and Greater Cleveland Partnership, as well as a reception at the September 21 contest between the Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field.

"Northeast Ohio's proactive approach to growing business and attracting new private investment, and the outstanding support of organizations such as COSE and the Greater Cleveland Partnership, have made the region a very attractive place to be," said Damon Piatek, Welke president and CEO. "We have been growing Welke's client roster in Cleveland over the past several years, and we're thrilled to invest in this great, flourishing community with an official local operation."

Welke USA has been working in the Northeast Ohio market for the past five years, and is a frequent attendee and exhibitor at COSE events. Welke's new office is located in Independence, Ohio.

"I have had the opportunity to get to know Damon and the Welke team over the past several years as an attendee and sponsor of COSE events," said Steve Millard, president and executive director of COSE. "Welke's expansion into Northeast Ohio is not only a great example of how to effectively use local support to enter a new market, but we call it a great success story for the supportive small business environment that we work to create every day at COSE."

As part of the grand opening celebration, Welke will present two expert panel discussions, beginning the morning of September 21 with "Cuba: Understanding the Opportunities and Risks." The session, which will focus on the realities of the United States' burgeoning relationship with Cuba, will feature panelists Damon Piatek, President and CEO of Welke, Alexandra Lopez Casero, Partner from Nixon Peabody, John Kavulich, President of the US-Cuba Trade Council, and Nicholas York, Co-Founder & CEO of To Cuba Now.

On September 22, Welke will present "Customs Compliance: Best Practices," an in-depth look into U.S. Customs "trade transformation" initiative, and insights into how importing companies can make regulatory compliance a key aspect of their growth plans. Panelists for this session include Piatek, Robert J. Leo, Meeks, Partner with Sheppard, Leo & Pillsbury, and Nate Ward, Director of the Global Business Center and the SBDC Export Assistance Network at Cleveland State University.

More information on both events is available at www.cose.org/events



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