Charles D’Agostino, executive director of the Louisiana Business & Technology Center at LSU, and Dominik Knoll, chief executive officer of the World Trade Center of New Orleans, have signed a memorandum of understanding to further strengthen the ties between the organizations to help businesses throughout the state optimize their potential and promote international trade and development.

“The World Trade Center is excited about cooperating with the LBTC, which is already working to help small and medium enterprises interested in exporting to Latin America,” Knoll said in an LSU news release. “Our ability to identify foreign markets and areas for potential overseas growth will create synergies that benefit both our organizations, and more importantly our hundreds of small business members. We look forward to formalizing an even longer-lasting partnership with the LBTC that will help Louisiana businesses stay ahead of the curve when it comes to technology and international trade.”

“This partnership will enhance the services that we currently offer to small businesses in Louisiana seeking assistance in international trade and exporting goods and services,” D’Agostino said. “We currently are actively working on export programs with Brazil, Colombia, Panama, Mexico and China and having a partnership with the WTCNO that greatly enhances our programs by tapping the experience and knowledge of their staff, clients, consultants and counterparts worldwide.”