Alibaba to Host Gateway Conference for U.S. Businesses, Farmers, and Entrepreneurs in Detroit


Detroit-based business technology and infrastructure company Alibaba Group has announced Gateway ’17, an inaugural conference to help U.S. businesses, farmers, and entrepreneurs explore growth opportunities and reach millions of Chinese consumers.

The conference will take place from June 20-21 at Detroit’s Cobo Center, and is expected to attract more than 1,000 companies nationwide.

The event will include keynote speeches from leading entrepreneurs including Jack Ma, founder and executive chairman of Alibaba, as well as breakout sessions, business solutions sessions, and marketplace networking opportunities.

“China is an important and viable market for a wide range of products and services. This event will open doors for Michigan businesses, farmers, and entrepreneurs by helping them identify and enter into new relationships there,” said Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder.

“By participating in Gateway ’17, Michigan businesses will have a unique opportunity to reach new customers in the fastest-growing economy in the world, and we encourage all companies looking to expand into exporting to attend this event.”

Ma adds that as incomes in China continue to rise, the Chinese middle class and consumer demand for access to high-quality products from the United States also continues to grow. Alibaba helps U.S. businesses by connecting them to Chinese consumers and empowering them to grow their businesses by accessing the China opportunity.

Registration for Gateway ’17 can be found here.

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