Middle Tennessee State University will be hosting industry representatives and the public for the Tennessee Craft Beer and Spirit Distilleries International Sales Opportunities Forum on Thursday, Aug. 29.

The event, which is free, will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at MTSU’s Miller Education Center atrium, 503 E. Bell St., in Murfreesboro.

The forum is for current or first-time exporters looking to expand their markets.

Tony Johnston, director of the growing MTSU fermentation science program, said several key industry professionals will participate, including Leslee Alexander with the Tennessee Small Business Development Center and Nashville attorney Rachel Schaffer Lawson.

Alexander will discuss what it takes to become a first-time exporter, Johnston said. Lawson, whose legal expertise includes alcoholic beverages, will discuss how to finance exporting, insurance, marketing, potential legal issues and more, Johnston added.

Topics to be discussed include:

• Market opportunities.

• Mitigating risk in the international marketplace.

• Financial solutions for exporters.

• Highlight support money available to Tennessee exporters.

Lunch is included, but reservations are requested. Visit www.tsbdc.org/tsu to register.

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