A statewide trade organization is forming a new western N.C. chapter to help local businesses learn the ins-and-outs of global trade and compete internationally in a global economy.

The N.C. World Trade Association (NCWTA), which previously operated individual chapters in several western markets, is forming a regional chapter called Carolina West that will hold monthly meetings alternating between Asheville, Hickory and Boone.

The first is set for Nov. 4.

The session will be a luncheon at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville and will feature a talk from John Quealy, area ports director for the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection in Charlotte. Quealy will provide insights on the latest regulations and requirements for doing business internationally, and will address the latest requirements for homeland security, immigration, and agriculture.

The meeting is sponsored by AdvantageWest, the Appalachian Regional Development Institute (ARDI), and RBC Centura. To RSVP or for questions concerning the meeting, contact the NCWTA Carolina West Chapter Administrator, care of the ARDI at 828-262-2904.

NCWTA: www.ncwta.org