Leinonen recently earned the Certified Global Business Professional credential

Jonathan Leinonen recently earned the Certified Global Business Professional credential from NASBITE International. With this achievement, NASBITE certifies that a CGBP is competent in global business management, global marketing, supply chain management and trade finance. In order to receive the designation, candidates must pass a comprehensive CGBP exam and have worked in global commerce for at least two years.

Starting his international experience with a prior company, Jonathan now serves as Program and Finance Director at MTEC SmartZone, a technology-based business accelerator based in Houghton, MI. Part of his role is assisting technology companies in the western Upper Peninsula to develop international trade opportunities with Finland. The program is a continuation of efforts from FinnFest USA 2013 conducted last June in the Houghton/Hancock area and is supported with funding from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Jonathan is also helping to assist the formation of a locally-based Finnish American Chamber of Commerce with numerous business and community leaders from the region. Anyone interested in learning more about the Finnish trade support program or the fledgling Chamber of Commerce are encouraged to contact Jonathan by calling 906-487-7004 for details.

More information about NASBITE International is available at nasbite.org and more information about MTEC SmartZone is available at mtecsz.com.