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World Trade Council of Wichita (formerly the World Trade Club) was organized in 1975/76 by co-founders Dr.Lee Nehrt, Dr.Dharma De Silva & Dean Larry McKibbin at the Chamber with 11 area MNCs to promote international trade & investment in Greater Wichita and South Central Kansas. The WTCouncil  originated in 1974 as the International Relations Committee of the Wichita Area Chamber of Commerce. WTCouncil was instrumental in making Wichita a U.S. Customs Port-of-Entry & attracting the Wichita office of the U.S. Department of Commerce, initially housed in the School of Business. WTCouncil assisted in the establishment of the M-A World Trade Center (presently Kansas World Trade Center). Today the Council is affiliated with Wichita State University Barton School's Center for International Business Advancement [CIBA] and the Wichita Metro Chamber. In a unique strategic alliance CIBA-WTCouncil linkage has organized and conducted over 450 country/company trade events and over 110 International Educational seminars. In recognition of our work and ideals to foster international trade the council has own US President's "E" & "E Star" awards for continued export education and service excellence. 

World Trade Council of Wichita Mission & Goals 

CIBA WTCouncil linkage activity with CIBA-USED/BIE Grants Highlights


Upcoming Events

  • November 20, 2014 - UPS sponsors "The Changing World of Logistics"
  • December 11, 2014 - "39th Annual Member Get-Together & Wine Fest" at Pioneer Balloon Co, Sponsor Standard Beverage Corp.


Announcing Thursday October 23rd, 2014 Reception & Dinner
“Doing Business with MEXICO: Aerospace Industry Expansion”

Venue: Wichita Marriott
9100 E. Corporate Hills Dr., Wichita, Kansas

Date: Thursday October 23, 2014

Agenda: 6:00 p.m. Reception -
                (Hosted by Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.)

6:50 p.m. Banquet & Wine -

7:40 p.m. Program Introduction -
                (Dr. Dharma de Silva, Chair, World Trade Council, Inc.)

Keynote Speaker #1: Brian Garrels, Sr. Supply Chain Manager - Spirit AeroSystems

"Doing Business With Mexico: Aerospace Industry Expansion"

Keynote Speaker #2: Xavier Hurtado, Marketing Director - American Industries Group

9:00 p.m. Adjourn for Individual Consultations

- Please Join Us -
Business Associates, Spouses, & Friends are Welcome

Click HERE for Oct. 23rd programs details & reservations.

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