Chamber, local leaders visit Cuba to explore business opportunities

Regional Chamber visits Cuba

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber’s Vice President of Economic Development was part of a group of eight leaders — including three from the Valley — who traveled to Cuba last week to explore exporting opportunities.

Sarah Boyarko, of the Chamber, joined General Extrusions, Inc. CEO Herb Schuler, Jr.; Columbiana Boiler Company CEO Michael Sherwin and Newton Falls Mayor Lyle Waddell to meet with the media and several Cuban officials.

The Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber and local leaders traveled to Cuba last week to explore exporting opportunities.
Sarah Boyarko, of the Chamber, joined General Extrusions, Inc. CEO Herb Schuler, Jr.; Columbiana Boiler Company CEO Michael Sherwin and Newton Falls Mayor Lyle Waddell to meet with the media and several Cuban officials.

Boyarko said the trip was the first of several to explore exporting opportunities in specific industries.

“We left there with a better understanding of the rules and regulations of doing business in Cuba, including workforce and cultural differences,” she said. “Our group not only explored individual opportunities but also how we can work together on common goals.”

Sherwin called the experience a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

“While there are business opportunities, this is a work in progress and will be a complete commitment to Cuba and its people and culture,” he said.

The trip was organized by “To Cuba Now,” an organization that has developed a team in the U.S. and Cuba to provide knowledge, experience, relationships and insights necessary to develop a winning strategy for organizations. Understanding Cuba’s strategic priorities and plans is critical to any company interested in doing business in Cuba, the Chamber said.

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