Professor Christopher Ball to lead Connecticut business delegation to New York for meeting with Polish entrepreneurs

Christopher Ball, director of the István Széchenyi Institute at Quinnipiac University, will lead a delegation of Connecticut business leaders to New York City on Friday, Sept. 21, to meet with visiting Polish entrepreneurs in an attempt to further strengthen ties with Central Europe.

Ball, of Middletown, an associate professor of economics in the School of Business at Quinnipiac, will be joined by representatives of Charter Oak Communities of Stamford; Subo International of Woodbury; the Metro Hartford Alliance’s International Business Council of Hartford; the University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business; The Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Hartford; Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, PC of Hartford, Middletown and New Haven; and Mission ID of New Canaan.

They will meet with representatives from a variety of Polish companies, including ones that specialize in finance, venture capitalism, media, training, business accounting and tax law and staff recruitment.

“We will sign a partnership agreement that will call for us to work more closely together to support each other’s efforts to expand our business interests,” said Ball, who also is president of the Central and Eastern European Network (CEENET), which is sponsored by the István Széchenyi Institute.

The two groups will agree to work together to: better understand best international business practices; promote high standards in the global economy; and plan joint conferences and training sessions where entrepreneurship, business responsibility and problem solving in the national and global economies will be stressed.

“People always think of international trade as competition,” Ball said. “Certainly companies compete, but really international business relations are all about cooperation and finding ways to support further partnerships. The more these kinds of opportunities are opened for Connecticut businesses, the more they can grow and expand here at home. It really benefits everyone.”

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