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Is Newer Version Of Monopoly Too Big For Others To Play?

Potsdam, N.Y. -- It seems like every other day there’s news of another corporate marriage between multinational, multi-billion dollar companies. With each merger, companies get bigger, but some complain that the global playing field is getting smaller in the process.

Can smaller companies compete and thrive in this atmosphere? The Clarkson University Center for Canadian-U.S. Business Studies will address that issue and others as they host their 2000 Graduate Business Forum,  “Cross-Border Alliances: Challenges and Opportunities,” on Wednesday, March 8, beginning at 12:30p.m. in the Barben Rooms at Clarkson’s Cheel Campus Center.

The forum is co-sponsored by the Canadian Consulate in Buffalo and Key Bank of New York, and is free of charge.

“Cross-Border Alliances” will bring senior-level executives to campus to speak about their experiences in the planning, consulting and/or execution of corporate alliances. The meeting also provides an opportunity for interaction on a more personal level between the corporate executives and attending students and faculty.

More than 120 graduate students will attend, including students from Clarkson, St. Lawrence University, SUNY Potsdam, St. Michael’s College, Skidmore College, SUNY Brockport and SUNY Plattsburgh.

Forum registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and is followed by presentations and an open panel discussion from 1 to 5:30 p.m., with a closing reception to follow.

This year’s guests are the most top-level speakers ever invited. They include:

        Michael Concannon, Vice-President, Wireless Communications Business Unit, Microelectronics Division, IBM

        Brian Gladwin, Vice President, Corporate Banking, Key Bank of New York

        Mark Romoff, Consul General, Canadian Consulate, Buffalo

        Gregory Caito, North Country Regional Director, Empire State Development Corporation

        Donald Businger, Principal Commercial Officer, American Consulate, Montreal

        Ingemar Drakensjo, International Consultant, Cedif AB, Sweden

The Center for Canadian-U.S. Business Studies seeks to create an educational environment that increases student and faculty awareness of U.S./Canadian business relations as well as other international business relations. 

In addition to academic interests, the Center also sponsors the Canadian-U.S. Business Consulting Service.  The service, staffed by more than 20 Clarkson students, is a response to private and public-sector entities seeking information on economic opportunities in U.S.-Canadian trade.  The goal of the Consulting Service is to assist businesses on both sides of the border in capitalizing on emerging American and Canadian opportunities.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

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