The International Business Forum (IBF) began as a simple idea: As a place where people who have international interests can network and exchange ideas and information on a regular basis. The IBF has remained inexpensive and open to all. Meetings feature top-rated speakers who are willing to share their expertise on various subjects.
The IBF was first formed in September, 1980, in Detroit, Michigan. It was created by local businessmen with activities in the international arena to discuss problems they were all facing overseas in the hope of exchanging ideas and benefitting from each other's experiences.
Over the last decade, the IBF has grown from its few founders to a growing list of more than 850 members from the Great Lakes region with interests in international trade and investments. The current membership consists of representatives from firms involved with international trade, manufacturing, services, finance, transportation, communications and government.
This veritable international organization in scope has been the forum for many noted speakers from local and international corporations addressing topical issues of international business.
The IBF has been recognized as the best opportunity for internationally involved firms and individuals to meet and participate in dialogues pertaining to global business. It has also been heralded as a forum for younger generations who are interested in international business to meet with practitioners and benefit from the existing knowledge and expertise of the IBF members.
The IBF is a program of the World Trade Center Detroit/Windsor. The Forum generally meets on the third Wednesday of every month during the year for luncheon programs in Dearborn, Michigan. The event runs from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and includes networking, lunch and presentation. The cost to attend is $30 per person. Feel free to contact us at anytime if you have any program ideas or questions.
SPONSORSHIP: If you would like to become a monthly or sustaining (yearly) sponsor, please contact us. Monthly sponsorship cost is a very reasonable $350, and your company will be listed on the invitation cards and all announcements (including our IBF website) during the corresponding month. This helps us to keep costs down overall for attending the program.
Thank you very much to our Sustaining Sponsors:
International Business Forum Advisory Board:
Jeanne Broad Martha I. Gabrielse (President) Howard B. Hill, Esq. William P. Kelly Vanessa Danou
Ray Riesgo Donald Keesee Howard Hill Thomas P. Moore II