The following announcements may be of interest to you:
US Department of Commence conducts numerous Webinars and local seminars on various topics and industries, in addition to trade missions and trade shows around the world. Visit the USDOC website for more details on their programs, or click here for events of interest in Ohio.
For a comprehensive list of US Department of Commerce trade missions, please click here.
U.S. Department of Commerce - Below are upcoming U.S. Commercial Service initiatives designed to connect you to business opportunities around the world. Please scroll down to learn more about each opportunity. If you have any questions about these initiatives, please contact your local U.S. Commercial Service trade specialist. To find the trade specialist nearest you please visit http://www.buyusa.gov/home/us.html
The SBA has waived its fees on Export Express loans of $150,000 or less - no guaranty fee and no ongoing fee. Guaranty percentage remains at 90%. An Export Express loan can be used as revolving line of credit for export purposes, to support standby letters of credit or as a term loan. Borrowers also qualify for 25% Ex-Im Bank credit insurance discount. For more information call SBA Export Solutions Group 216-522-4731 or email Patrick.Hayes@sba.gov.
One on one meetings with representative from the Export-Import Bank of the United States
Sign up now for one on one meetings at your facility or in our office with Mark Klein of EXIM Bank to discuss export working capital programs, export credit insurance and other financing opportunities available from the US government. Mark is available on 3/11/14 to meet, but his appointment slots fill up quickly so don't delay!Learn more/register: Contact Todd Hiser at 216-522-4750 or firstname.lastname@example.org
2014 GlobalTarget Program - Seizing Global OpportunitiesBegins May 2014, Cleveland State University, $1,725Started in 2005, Cleveland State University's Monte Ahuja College of Business has joined with the Int'l Trade Assistance Center (ITAC), the US Commercial Service, and other regional partners to create the GlobalTarget program. The program creates a forum for interaction between representatives of member companies and mentor companies that meets once a month for nine months to explore customized and pre-determined topics such as: logistics, compliance, country selection and helpful services and networks for the purpose of facilitating a more effective entry into foreign markets. At the end of the program, member companies benefit from a free Gold Key Matchmaking Service from the US Commercial Service in the country of their choice, sponsored by a local partner.Learn more/register: Contact Sue Whitney at 216-522-4755 or email email@example.com SBA Places Priority on Financing Exporters
The US Small Business Administration's (SBA) Export Express, International Trade Loan and Export Working Capital Program (EWCP) are designed to help support small business exporters. SBA provides participating lenders with up to a 90% guarantee on amounts up to $5 million as an enhancement to facilitate the small business loan or line of credit. The SBA fees on loans less than $150,000 have been waived if approved before September, 2014. Exporters can use these loans for: general lines of credit for export purposes, standby lines of credit, debt refinance, participation in a foreign trade show, translation of product brochures or catalogues for use in overseas markets, service contracts from buyers located outside the US, transaction specific financing needs associated with completing actual export orders or purchase of real estate and equipment to be used in production of goods or services that will be exported.
Learn more: Contact Pat Hayes at 216-522-4731 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary Led Infrastructure Business Development Mission to the Middle East
Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will lead an Infrastructure Business Development Mission to the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Qatar in March 2014. This mission will highlight infrastructure export opportunities for U.S. businesses with an emphasis on project management and engineering (including construction, architecture and design), renewable energy (solar, wind, waste-to-energy), smart grid and energy efficiency, and environmental technologies (including water/wastewater, air pollution control, and waste management).
Learn more/register: http://export.gov/gccmission2014/
2014 GlobalTarget Program - Seizing Global Opportunities Begins May 2014, Cleveland State University, $1,725 Started in 2005, Cleveland State University's Monte Ahuja College of Business has joined with the US Commercial Service, and other regional partners to create the GlobalTarget program. The program creates a forum for interaction between representatives of member companies and mentor companies that meets once a month for nine months to explore customized and pre-determined topics such as: logistics, compliance, country selection and helpful services and networks for the purpose of facilitating a more effective entry into foreign markets. At the end of the program, member companies benefit from a free Gold Key Matchmaking Service from the US Commercial Service in the country of their choice, sponsored by a local partner. Learn more/register: Contact Sue Whitney at 216-522-4755 or email email@example.com
The U.S. Commercial Service is organizing the following events:
Practical Tips for Suppliers of Civil Aircraft and Aircraft Parts to Increase Exports Workshop March 20, 2014, 8am - 12PM, Crowne Plaza, Dayton, OHIncrease your understanding of regulations of the FAA and foreign aeronautical authorities to help speed your shipments to overseas customers by hearing from officials from the FAA and the US Department of Commerce. Topics include when to use an "export certificate of airworthiness", bilateral aviation safety agreements, and "special requirements" of importing countries.Learn more/register: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e8smqwzga742ceea&llr=krg8lelab
Sino-US Transportation Safety & Earthquake Response Management Seminar & Expo in Chengdu, China
May 13-15, 2014, Chengdu, Sichuan, ChinaCS, along with the US DOT and the Chinese Ministry of Transport, invites you to attend the 2nd annual seminar and expo that is focused on fire trucks, heavy duty trucks and other specialty vehicles, incident command systems and communications technology, transportation and hazardous waste management and examination and environmental protection and analysis.Learn more/register: Contact Commercial Officer Joshua Halpern at firstname.lastname@example.org
US Pavilion at POWER-GEN Europe 2014 June 3-5, 2014, Cologne, Germany POWER-GEN Europe is the region's largest power generation event and ideal for companies interested in contacts at utilities in Europe as it attracts around 600 exhibitors and 10,000 visitors from 100 countries. The US Commercial Service is organizing the US Pavilion at the show. In addition to attractive exhibition space, the following are included: promotional outreach across Europe before the show, assistance from our multilingual staff during the show, as well as an ice-breaker the night before and discounted accommodations. Learn more/register: http://export.gov/austria/tradeevents/pge2014
USCS Export Webinars: Upcoming Webinars
Opportunities in the Caribbean Region Webinar Series
Webinar: Selling Medical Equipment in Brazil 2014 March 19, 2014, 1pm EST, $75.00 Join the USFCS on March 19 as we bring together our health care industry Commercial Specialists in Brazil along with other private sector Brazilian experts to provide a highly focused, interactive webinar in a 'virtual classroom' setting that covers entering the market, market trends, import procedures, distribution, marketing, and regulatory issues related to selling medical equipment in Brazil. Learn more/register: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=4Q4T
Basics of Exporting: www.export.gov/articles/eg_main_022213.asp
USCS Led Trade Missions: Upcoming Trade Missions
Aerospace Trade Mission to Brazil May 12-16, 2014, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and Brasilia, Brazil, Registration deadline March 5The mission is designed for U.S. aviation and aerospace manufacturers and service providers, interested in long-term business opportunities in Brazil, as well as the trade associations/organizations that represent them. Participants will have two days of one-on-one business appointments.Learn more/register: http://export.gov/industry/aerospace/brazilaerospacemay2014/index.asp or contact Sean Kelley at 501-324-5797 or email@example.com
Trade Winds - The Americas May 15-23, 2014, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Panama, and Ecuador, Registration deadline is April 15The 2014 Trade Winds program includes an Americas focused business forum consisting of regional and industry specific conference sessions as well as pre-arranged consultations with U.S. Foreign Commercial Service Senior Commercial Officers representing commercial markets throughout the region. The multiple trade mission stops will give participants the opportunity to conduct business-to-business meetings with firms in Colombia, Panama, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru. FirstEnergy customers selected to participate in the 2014 Export Now Program may receive up to $1,900 from FirstEnergy to offset costs associated with this Trade Winds Americas event.Learn more/register: http://export.gov/pennsylvania/tradewinds/index.asp
Secretary of Commerce Led Energy Mission to West Africa May 18-23, 2014, Ghana & Nigeria, application deadline is March 14Secretary Pritzker will lead an Energy Business Development Mission to West Africa with stops in Ghana and Nigeria. This business development mission will promote US exports to Africa by helping US companies launch or increase their business in the energy sector in West Africa. The mission will focus on export-ready US firms in the energy sector, including oil and gas, that can help the target countries develop and manage energy resources and systems, build out power generation and transmission, and distribution.Learn more/register: http://export.gov/AfricaEnergyMission2014
North American Pavilion and Gold Key Services at Hospitalar 2014 in Brazil May 20-23, 2014, Sao Paulo, Brazil, $1,200Hospitalar 2014 is the most complete and specialized medical and healthcare trade show in Brazil and Latin America. CS is offering the Gold Key Service for qualified US companies at the show. The service includes the following: 6-10 one-on-one meetings with pre-screened prospective business partners, admission to the show, counseling from CS medical industry specialists and assistance with travel logistics. To exhibit at the show directly visit www.mdna.com/trade-shows/details/hospitalar Learn more/register: http://export.gov/eac/show_detail_trade_events.asp?EventID=34568&InputType=EVENT or to pre-register for the GKS at the show: http://export.gov/brazil/form_hosp2014/index.asp
North American Pavilion and Gold Key Services at Hospitalar 2014 in Brazil May 20-23, 2014, Sao Paulo, Brazil, mission costs from $1,200 Hospitalar 2014 is the most complete and specialized medical and healthcare trade show in Brazil and Latin America. CS is offering the Gold Key Service for qualified US companies at the show. The service includes the following: 6-10 one-on-one meetings with pre-screened prospective business partners, admission to the show, counseling from CS medical industry specialists and assistance with travel logistics. To exhibit at the show directly visit www.mdna.com/trade-shows/details/hospitalar Learn more/register: http://export.gov/eac/show_detail_trade_events.asp?EventID=34568&InputType=EVENT or to pre-register for the GKS at the show: http://export.gov/brazil/form_hosp2014/index.asp
Market Update: China's Currency Evolution CNY vs. CNH, Digital Currency Update: What is a Bitcoin, Dodd-Frank Update: What Corporate End Users Should Know March 6, 2014, KeyBank Tiedeman Campus, Brooklyn, OH, $25.00 Program will include a presentation, as well as a panel discussion featuring a Senior Vice President of Foreign Exchange, an int'l treasury manager, and a Key Bank attorney who manages Dodd-Frank documentation & compliance for foreign exchange. Learn more/register: Call IBN at 216-771-1200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Healthcare Industry Sector in Thailand
YouTube video on opportunities in Thailand
Learn more: www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1XxbFPnIWA&feature=youtu.be
Medical Technologies Trade Mission to Turkey
May 4-8, 2014, Ankara, Izmir and Istanbul, Turkey
Learn More/register: http://export.gov/trademissions/turkeyhealthcare2014/
Our office is supporting the following partner events. This information is provided as a service to USEAC clients, and is in no way an endorsement of any firm or company:
Ohio Export Internship Program - Now Accepting Company Applications!
The Ohio Development Services Agency and the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University are looking for companies interested in exporting! An export intern from the Ohio Export Internship Program could be just the additional resource needed to start or expand exporting! To maximize the qualified companies considered, the deadline for company applications is January 31, 2014. For more information on the program and how to apply, please click here.
Upcoming Trade Missions and Trade Shows
Early Registration Deadline is Fast Approaching! - May 13 - 16, 2014:
Food Show PLUS! At Seoul Food and Hotel in South Korea
The Ohio Development Services Agency and Food Export Association invite U.S. food companies to participate in Food Show PLUS! at Seoul Food and Hotel. By participating in the Food Show PLUS! program, companies have the opportunity to maximize their tradeshow effectiveness by receiving pre-show feedback on competitive products, translation of marketing material into Korean, on-site food industry interpreters, scheduled meetings with potential buyers, site visits to local retailers, in-market seminars and follow-up assistance. For more info and to register, please click here or contact Emily Tucker at (614) 466-5336.
Early registration deadline is January 20, 2014.
April 14 - 24, 2014: Medical Device Trade Mission to China
World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara will be leading a U.S. Commercial Service-certified trade mission to China in April 2014 to assist U.S.-based medical device companies with exporting their products to China. Participants will have access to a series of educational events and comprehensive matchmaking opportunities. Companies will also gain VIP admission and participation to the China Medical Equipment Fair (CMEF) in Shenzhen, one of the largest medical product expositions in the world. For more info and to register please click here.
Registration deadline is February 14, 2014.
April 22 - May 1, 2014: Trade Mission to India (New Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai)
The Ohio Development Services Agency and the Council of Great Lakes Governors are leading a multi-sector Trade Mission to India with stops in New Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai. Mission participants will receive one-on-one business appointments with prospective partners, follow-up assistance, a market overview with industry information and target company profiles, in-country business briefings and in-country logistics assistance. For more information, please contact Emily Tucker at (614) 466-5336. Deadline to register: February 20, 2014.
May 12 - 16, 2014: Aerospace and Aviation Trade Mission to São Paulo, Brazil
The U.S. Department of Commerce is leading an Aerospace and Aviation Trade Mission to São Paulo, Brazil. The mission to Brazil is designed for U.S. aviation and aerospace manufacturers and service providers, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Participants will receive prescheduled one-on-one business appointments, market briefings, airport transfers and participation in a networking reception. For more information, please contact Alexis Haakensen at (202) 482-6235. To register, please click here.
Registration deadline is March 5, 2014.
May 15 - 23, 2014: U.S. Commercial Service Trade Winds - The Americas
The U.S. Commercial Service is leading a multi-sector trade mission to Colombia, Panama, Chile, Ecuador and Peru with the number of customized stops based upon the company's request. The 2014 Trade Winds program includes an Americas focused business forum as well as pre-arranged consultations with U.S. Foreign Commercial Service Senior Commercial Officers representing commercial markets throughout the region. The multiple trade mission stops will give participants the opportunity to conduct business-to-business meetings with firms in Colombia, Panama, Chile, Ecuador and Peru. For more information and to register, please click here or contact email@example.com.
Deadline to register is March 15, 2014.
*The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is providing discounts of $700 off of a Trade Winds Mission Stop fee, for those located in an Appalachian county. Please email Leslie Drake for more information or to see if you qualify.
May 30 - June 7, 2014: Trade Mission to Indonesia and Singapore
The Ohio Development Services Agency and the Council of Great Lakes Governors are leading a multi-sector Trade Mission to Indonesia and Singapore in conjunction with Singapore International Water Week. Mission participants will receive one-on-one business appointments with prospective partners, follow-up assistance, a market overview with industry information and target company profiles, in-country business briefings and in-country logistics assistance.For more information, please contact Tim Sword at (614) 728-3120.
Deadline to register: March 31, 2014.
November 11 - 13, 2014: Food-Focused Trade Mission to Turkey
The Ohio Development Services Agency and Food Export Association invite U.S. food companies to join a Food-Focused Trade Mission to Turkey. Mission participants will travel to Istanbul where they will have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with targeted buyers, receive a product market analysis prior to the visit, an in-market briefing, tours of supermarkets, a product showcase, assistance with lead follow-up and a networking reception. For more info and to register, please click here or contact Emily Tucker at (614) 466-5336.
Early registration deadline is July 8, 2014
New Upcoming International Events
March 25, 2014 - The Ohio Development Services Agency in partnership with Kegler Brown will be hosting a Doing Business in Singapore and Indonesia Seminar. More details coming soon!
April 8 - 10, 2014 - The Dubai Wood Show in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), in cooperation with the Hardwood States Export Group (HSEG), will be organizing an American Hardwood Pavilion at the Dubai Wood Show, which will allow space for 22 individual booths for U.S. hardwood exporting companies. The show will be held at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre in the heart of downtown Dubai. The total cost of each booth will be $500.00. To exhibit, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Spaces are limited and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.
April 18, 2014 - The International Trade Assistance Center (ITAC) at Youngstown State University will be holding Doing Business in India, a seminar covering a variety of topics related to doing business in this vibrant market. The seminar will begin at 9 a.m. and has a fee of $25 per person. Please contact Mousa Kassis or Rosemary Sulik for more information or to register for this event.
19 registered student will be divided to four teams, working with four different companies (all are ITAC clients - Region 12)
April 11, 2014 12 - 3 p.m. at WCBA/Youngstown State University ITAC: "Doing Business in India"
Deepti Vithal (Law Offices of Deepti Vithal)
Training and Certification
For companies, the Global Business Professional certification establishes a professional development goal for current and future employees. The credential helps individuals diversify their skills in global commerce and assure they understand a broad range of topics rather than just the specific field within international trade they have experienced.
Cleveland State University is offering two courses this spring to help prepare you for the CGBP exam:
In Person Course Information:
Dates: April 10-12, 2014
Registration: Click here to register for CGBP Training Boot Camp
On Line Course Information:
Dates: March 31-April 28, 2014
Click here for more information.
About the Instructor: Nate Ward is director of the Ohio International Trade
Assistance Center (ITAC) at Cleveland State University. He has taught international supply chain and his center specializes in international market research. Over eight years, he has conducted export business in more than 25 countries in the manufacturing sector in sales, logistics and management.
2014 GlobalTarget Program starting soon!
Cleveland State University's Monte Ahuja College of Business has joined with the International Trade Assistance Center (ITAC), the U.S. Commercial Service and other regional and international organizations in an innovative alliance to create the GlobalTarget program.
GlobalTarget creates a forum for interaction between representatives of member companies (small to medium-sized companies) and mentor companies (organizations that have demonstrated broad success in export). Representatives from each company convene once monthly for nine months and explore customized and pre-determined topics such as: logistics, compliance, country selection and helpful services and networks. The programs aims to facilitate a faster and more knowledgeable entry into foreign markets.
The fee of $1,725 includes a one-year membership for two individuals to receive program features, as well as parking, meals and program administration costs. In addition, you receive complimentary access to the U.S. Commercial Services International Partner Search (IPS) or the Gold Key Matching Services up to $700 per company made possible by the generous support of FedEx.
The next session of GlobalTarget begins in May 2014 and runs through February 2015.
To apply, download an application form at: http://www.csuohio.edu/business/global/target/
Email the completed application form to: firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to: Cleveland State University, Global Business Center, 1860 E. 18th Street, BU 327, Cleveland, OH 44115.
RESOURCES FOR GOING GLOBAL
ITA Utilizes Free Trade Agreement to Keep US Company Competitive in Chile
Epson Chile reported that Chile’s customs agency had accused the company of undervaluing its imports of ink cartridges and other printing supplies. Epson maintained that it had not undervalued its goods and should not be subject to over $4 million in potential penalties and fines. ITA raised these concerns with the Chilean government specifically pressing the importance of transparent customs valuation procedures and predictable appeal mechanisms consistent with its trade agreement obligations. After review, the Chilean customs agency found that Epson was not guilty of undervaluing its products, in turn demonstrating the value of the WTO Customs Valuation Agreement and the U.S. – Chile FTA. If you have encountered a trade barrier you can report it by visiting http://tcc.export.gov/Report_a_Barrier/index.asp. Learn more about the Trade Agreements Compliance Program by watching our video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJu5JcdVot8
Promote Your Products Worldwide, In Print and Online
Commercial News USA, the official export promotion magazine of the U.S. Department of Commerce, offers exporters an inexpensive way to promote their products and services in 178 countries worldwide. Advertising rates start at just $499 for the USA Product Showcase section. In addition to free translation, you can take advantage of a special offer: Advertise in the next issue and receive a free featured listing on the ThinkGlobal.com B2B trade leads website. Commercial News USA reaches more than a quarter million buyers worldwide. Reserve your space in the next issue today. For more information, call 1-800-581-8533 x 822, go online to www.thinkglobal.us, or send e-mail to email@example.com. Follow Commercial News USA on LinkedIn and Twitter @comnewsusa.
Read the Digital Edition of Commercial News USA
Commercial News USA, the official export promotion magazine of the U.S. Department of Commerce, has launched a new interactive PDF edition. The new edition is available for free at http://cnusa.thinkglobal.us Commercial News USA offers exporters an affordable way to promote their products and services in 178 countries worldwide. Now, you can take advantage of a special offer: Buy two ads and get the third ad for free (Based on one-time rates. Does not include Showcase section). Moreover, you will receive a free online listing in Arabic. Commercial News USA reaches more than a quarter-million buyers worldwide. Reserve your space in the next issue today. For more information, contact your U.S. Commercial Service trade specialist, call 1-800-581-8533 x 822, go online to www.thinkglobal.us, or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
The U.S. Commercial Service - Your Global Business Partner. With offices across the United States and in more than 75 countries, the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration uses its global Network and international resources to connect U.S companies with international buyers worldwide.