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Brazil Business Solutions to play key role in upcoming trade mission to Brazil

Brazil Business Solutions, a Jacksonville company that works to increase international trade between Florida and Brazil, will take part in a trade mission to Brazil later this month. It will be among eight Jacksonville companies joining Gov. Rick Scott, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and officials from Enterprise Florida aiming to boost trade with one of the world’s emerging economies.

Brazil is currently the state of Florida’s No. 1 trading partner and Jacksonville’s No. 2 trade partner behind Puerto Rico. Brazil is the seventh-largest economy in the world and, in 2010, trade between Florida and Brazil totaled approximately $13.7 billion.

“My goal with this trade mission is to connect Northeast Florida companies seeking to tap into Brazil’s robust economy,” said Alan Vinson, CEO of Brazil Business Solutions. “We’ve been cultivating relationships with officials and trading partners in Brazil for the past three years and we are poised to create even more jobs and boost our partnerships even further.”

Vinson is fluent in Portuguese and English; has dual citizenship and has worked in Brazil. Vinson also serves as vice president of the Jacksonville Sister Cities Association’s Curitiba Brazil Committee. In April 2009, Curitiba became Jacksonville’s seventh sister city after a groundswell of support for boosting trade and relationships with the two cities. The trade mission will focus on Brazil’s largest city, São Paulo.

Joining Brazil Business Solutions will be delegates from JAXPORT and JAXUSA Partnership. While there, Mayor Brown and other Jacksonville officials will travel south from São Paulo to Curitiba to visit officials in Jacksonville’s newest sister city.

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