Issaquah business joins delegation to global technology conference

February 16, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 16, 2012

Issaquah business Chetan Sharma Consulting is among 11 small businesses from Washington representing the Evergreen State at the Mobile World Congress — the premier event in the global mobile tech industry.

The event — scheduled to unfold in Barcelona, Spain, from Feb. 27 to March 1 — includes 60,000 mobile technology leaders from more than 100 countries.

Chetan Sharma Consulting is a management consulting and strategic advisory firm formed in 2001. The company’s client include telecommunications giants, such as Comcast, Qualcomm and Sprint Nextel.

The state Department of Commerce and the U.S. Small Business Administration assembled the Washington delegation. Some Washington companies participating in the event received vouchers to help defray costs through a federal grant and state export promotion program.

Though trade shows such as Mobile World Congress provide companies valuable opportunities to reach additional customers, costs often put such shows out of reach for many small businesses.

More companies in Washington received the opportunity to participate opportunity via a Small Business Administration State Trade and Export Promotion, or STEP, grant. The state Department of Commerce uses the funds to provide export vouchers of up to $5,000 with a 25 percent match to qualifying companies. The grants help pay for trade show expenses such airfare, admission, translation services and other export-related services.

“This is the largest mobile conference in the world and a majority of our potential clients will be in attendance,” Peter Hamilton, partner and chief marketing officer at HasOffers — a Seattle producer of software to track mobile advertising ‚ said in a statement. “Thanks to the export voucher program and support services from Commerce and SBA, our participation in Mobile World Congress will increase our foreign business and will also help educate our company on emerging trends and the latest innovations.”

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