Florida President Tom Duncan, Congressman Allen West Join to Promote Small Business, Free Trade

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Duncan also shared political insight with WPTV, South Florida's NBC affiliate.
President Duncan

President Duncan

August 3, 2012

Northwood University Florida President Tom Duncan recently hosted Congressman Allen West along with small business owners, international trade specialists, media members and experienced exporters at an event titled: Export University 201 - Understanding the Free Trade Agreements & Opportunities in Panama and Colombia.

"As a university which is home to students from approximately 31 states and 44 countries, we believe that free markets and commercial enterprise serve not only as foundations for the American Dream, but also as the engines of global progress," said Duncan. "In addition to creating many jobs for small business, the free exchange of goods, services, and people directly benefits families in our own back yard here in West Palm Beach," he said.

West provided a Washington update relating to current issues facing the House Committee and small business at the event which is presented by Orbis Strategy Group and the US Department of Commerce Commercial Service.

International business opportunities for both small and large organizations included information relating to:

• Constructing international business development strategies
• Supporting expansion initiatives, distribution, and logistics
• Foreign Diplomatic Protocol Services
• Facilitating foreign relationships via introductions and business matchmaking
• Resolving foreign market issues
• Creating customized databases
• Organizing outbound and inbound trade missions, familiarization tours, and business location site visits
• A comprehensive overview of Panama and Colombia and opportunities that may exist for firms.
• Executing Event Planning: receptions for dignitaries, international educational workshops, seminars, and trade conferences - domestic and abroad

Recently appointed Northwood University Florida President, Dr. Tom Duncan worked for the state of Missouri as an assistant to Governor John Ashcroft in education and policy management as well as for the department of economic development as a division director of professional registration from 1985-1992. Prior to his government employment, he was an assistant professor of government and public administration at Evangel College (now Evangel University) for several years.

Duncan earned his PhD. in higher education from the University of Arizona in 2005; an M.A. in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1979; his B.A. in government from Evangel College in 1975; and course of study in preparation for Anglican ordination at the Anglican Mission in the Americas in South Carolina. For the past 12 years he has remained active as a chaplain and pastor in several religious communities.