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Building Bridges to Global Markets
Connecting diverse businesses to international opportunities.

Wilkes-Barre, PA | July 27
Baltimore, MD | July 28
Jackson, MS | August 9
Houston, TX | August 10
Cleveland, OH | August 25

Building Bridges Global Markets

Building Bridges to Global Markets

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The U.S. Commercial Service’s Building Bridges to Global Markets brings no-cost, in-person exporting expertise to your community. Addressing issues most common to diverse businesses seeking international sales expansion, this series of events will introduce reliable contacts, accurate information, and ready-to-use resources that will place you firmly on the road to exporting success. 

Building Bridges to Global Markets: Upcoming Events

Join Us! Find a local event near you, or take advantage of other national and international events dedicated to helping businesses expand internationally.

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Our Building Bridges Program in: Wilkes-Barre, PA

Overview
 
The U.S. Commercial Service’s Building Bridges to Global Markets brings no-cost, in-person exporting expertise to your community. Addressing issues most common to diverse businesses seeking international sales expansion, this series of events will introduce reliable contacts, accurate information, and ready-to-use resources that will place you firmly on the road to exporting success. 

This event will include presentations from international trade organizations and an opportunity for you to meet individually with each organization.

Objectives

Learn about the essentials of exporting, trade finance, and ITA export resources, and connect with key trade resources in the region to further your international objectives.

Event Information

  • Learn about export opportunities and trade resources and get your issues addressed
  • Meet 1-on-1 with trade experts
  • Hear about trade finance and access to capital directly from financial experts

Participation Information

Date: July 27
Time: 9:00-12:00 EST
Location: Wilkes University, 84 W South St, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, 18766

Questions:

Contact: Tony Pu
Email Tony Pu
Phone: (215) 597-6120

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Thanks to Our Sponsors

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Our Building Bridges Program in: Baltimore, MD

The U.S. Commercial Service’s Building Bridges to Global Markets brings no-cost, in-person exporting expertise to your community. Addressing issues most common to diverse businesses seeking international sales expansion, this series of events will introduce reliable contacts, accurate information, and ready-to-use resources that will place you firmly on the road to exporting success. 

Overview

This export event will include presentations from international trade organizations and an opportunity for you to meet individually with each organization.

Objectives

Learn about the essentials of exporting, trade finance, and International Trade Administration export resources, and connect with key trade resources in the region to further your international objectives.  During the day, you can also meet individually with U.S. Commercial Service staff and key local contacts from Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, MD Dept. of Commerce, MD/D.C. District Export Council, MD Dept. of Agriculture, America’s Small Business Development Center, U.S. Small Business Administration, Export-Import Bank and the Minority Business Development Agency. 

Event Information

  • Learn about export opportunities and trade resources from local Maryland trade experts to get your issues addressed.
  • Meet 1-on-1 with trade experts.
  • Hear about trade finance and access to capital directly from financial experts.

Featured Speakers

  • Arun Venkataraman, Director General & Assistant Secretary, U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service, U.S. Dept. of Commerce
  • Jimmy H. Rhee, Special Secretary, Governor’s Office of Small, Minority, & Women Business Affairs

Participation Information

Date: July 28
Time: 8:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Location: Morgan State University, Earl G. Graves School of Business & Management, 4100 Hillen Road, Baltimore, MD 21218 

Questions:

Contact: Aisha Booker
Email Aisha Booker
Phone: (443) 257-9310

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Thank You to Our Sponsors

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Our Building Bridges Program in: Jackson, MS

The U.S. Commercial Service’s Building Bridges to Global Markets brings no-cost, in-person exporting expertise to your community. Addressing issues most common to diverse businesses seeking international sales expansion, this series of events will introduce reliable contacts, accurate information, and ready-to-use resources that will place you firmly on the road to exporting success. 

Overview

This export event will include presentations from international trade organizations and an opportunity for you to meet individually with each organization.

Event Information

  • Trade finance & access to capital
  • Exporting essentials and available resources
  • Export Compliance
  • International Logistics
  • Website Globalization
  • U.S. Trade Online Data Tool
  • Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to meet individually with trade experts

Participation Information

Date: August 9
Time: Registration: 8:30 am / Event 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location: MS e-Center@ JSU (Convention Hall), 1230 Raymond Road, Jackson, MS 

Questions:

Contact: Carol Moore, Director, U.S. Commercial Service Mississippi
Email Carol Moore
Phone: (601) 259-8447 

Contact: Rose Greer, MS-MBDA Center, MS-Minority Business Development Agency
Email Rose Greer
Phone: (214) 477-6992 

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Thank You to Our Sponsors

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Our Building Bridges Program in: Houston, TX

The U.S. Commercial Service’s Building Bridges to Global Markets brings no-cost, in-person exporting expertise to your community. Addressing issues most common to diverse businesses seeking international sales expansion, this series of events will introduce reliable contacts, accurate information, and ready-to-use resources that will place you firmly on the road to exporting success. 

Overview

This event will include presentations from international trade organizations and an opportunity for you to meet individually with each organization.

Objectives

Learn about the essentials of building your international sales, trade finance, ITA export resources, and connect with key trade resources in Houston to further your international objectives.

Event Information

  • Learn about export opportunities and trade resources to get your issues addressed. 
  • Meet 1-on-1 with trade experts. 
  • Hear about trade finance and access to capital directly from financial experts. 

Participation Information

Date:
August 10
Time: 8:30am – 12:00pm CDT
Location: Houston Center SBDC, 1455 West Loop South, Suite 900, Houston, TX 77027

Questions:

Contact:
Jason Wilson
Email Jason Wilson 
Phone: (936) 230-9006

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Thank You to Our Sponsors

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 Our Building Bridges Program in: Cleveland, OH

The U.S. Commercial Service’s Building Bridges to Global Markets brings no-cost, in-person exporting expertise to your community. Addressing issues most common to diverse businesses seeking international sales expansion, this series of events will introduce reliable contacts, accurate information, and ready-to-use resources that will place you firmly on the road to exporting success. 

Overview

This event will include presentations from the international trade organizations and an opportunity for you to meet individually with each organization.

Objectives

Learn about the essentials of exporting, trade finance, and ITA export resources, and connect with key trade resources in the region to further your international objectives.

Event Information

  • Learn about export opportunities and trade resources and get your issues addressed.
  • Meet 1-on-1 with trade experts.

Featured Speakers

Trade Finance & Access to Capital   

  • Moderator: Denise Shade, Key Bank, Group Head Foreign Exchange, DEC Member (TBC) 
  • SBA- Ed Schick/Pat Hayes 
  • EXIM Bank- Mark Klein
  • Jerry Kreig, VP & Senior SBA Lender, First Commonwealth Bank      
  • MBDA - Andrea Boyd

 Export Assistance to Reach New Customers in Global Markets  

  • US Commercial Service, Darren Srebnick, Director – CS Columbus
  • Ohio SBDC, Nate Ward, Director and Trade Advisor
  • Northern Ohio DEC Member – Tim Jablonski (TBC)

 Meet the Partners in 1:1 Meetings                       

  • U.S. Commercial Service- Todd Hiser & Darren Srebnick
  • SBA -Ed Schick/Pat Hayes
  • EXIM Bank – Mark Klein
  • First Commonwealth Bank – Jerry Kreig
  • Ohio SBDC- Nate Ward, Director
  • Northern Ohio DEC Member- Tim Jablonski (TBC)
  • Key Bank- Denise Shade, DEC member (TBC)                             

Participation Information

Date: August 25, 2022 
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
Location: Cleveland State University, 2121 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115 (COVID-19 Community Levels - Low per CDC website)

Questions:

Contact: Todd Hiser
Email Todd Hiser
Phone: (216) 522-4756

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