Casual Business attire was the dress for LUCE members at the A.P.I. boardroom in Milan. They listened to three different presentations by small business owners: these types of small businesses play a significant role in the Italian economy. Below is a description of the meetings by Dr. Frank Rose, adjunct Finance instructor, who arranged this “classroom in Milan.”
On Friday morning, February 7, LUCE students and faculty visited the offices of A.P.I. (Associazione Piccole e Medie Industrie) in Milan. A.P.I. is an association of small and medium-sized firms based in northern Italy. A.P.I. fosters the growth and success of the firms in domestic and international markets by helping them address production, marketing, technical, legal, and other issues. The LUCE group had a stimulating two-hour discussion on a range of topics relating to business development and socially responsible business practices with:
Ms. Manola Perucconi, an A.P.I. official; Mr. Daniele Guerzoni of Guerzoni S.r.l, a producer of advanced insulation materials; Mr. Marco Ungari of Ungari Group, which works closely with Toyota to produce, sell and service industrial equipment; and Mr. Giauco Longoni, of RIMSA, a producer of high-tech lighting used in hospital operating rooms and other applications.