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And the personal connection we made with Ingibjorg was very important." In that deal, Coulson, Katoo and Snorradottir benefitted from pre-meetings held before Centrallia.
Four companies from Iceland attending the event came a few days early and asked organizers for help in meeting some likely partners before the event.
Organizers of Centrallia emphasize the value of connections that can be made and stress followups are required to firm up the initial potential contact. Ingibjorg Snorradottir, the manager of a successful Icelandic jewelry design firm called Uppsteyt, landed her first Canadian retailer this week at Centrallia.
Bijou Treasures, with two stores in Winnipeg, has agreed to carry her full line and she also made a sale with the Winnipeg Art Gallery shop.
It's designed to attract small businesses that wouldn't necessarily have the resources to do international market development on their own.
Each company is assured of at least 14 face-to-face meetings in sessions held Thursday and today.For unlimited access to the best local, national, and international news and much more, try an All Access Digital subscription: Thank you for supporting the journalism that our community needs! To continue reading, we recommend our Read Now Pay Later membership.For unlimited access to the best local, national, and international news and much more, try an All Access Digital subscription: Thank you for supporting the journalism that our community needs!With that approach, Devine made contact with three Winnipeg companies during events held prior to the speed-dating sessions and has followup meetings lined up.She also made two solid leads with firms in South Dakota coming out of Thursday morning's speed-dating [email protected] Centrallia strategies THE general idea of Centrallia is for small- and medium-sized businesses who don't typically have the time or resources to comb the global marketplace for partners, suppliers or customers, to all get together in one room at the same time to do deals. Centrallia is heralded as a place to make initial connections that then require followup for future development.