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Global Diversity Export Initiative
The U.S. Commercial Service features export solutions for minority-owned businesses and underserved communities leveraging our global network and the export assistance value chain of the International Trade Administration.
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SME Programs at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum
Take advantage of two programs designed for SME exporters at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum on Thursday, December 15, in Washington, DC.

Business Panel: 10:30am-12:00pm
One-on-One Meetings: 1:00pm-5:00pm
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Trade Winds
Join us in Bangkok for the largest U.S. government-led trade mission and business development forum featuring meetings with U.S. commercial diplomats from 20+ countries in Asia, conference programming, and networking.
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Building Bridges to Global Markets
Connecting diverse businesses to international opportunities.

Phoenix, AZ: December 8.

Additional programs planned for 2023.

Global Diversity Export Initiative Events

Featured Events

The U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, organizes trade programs and events to support minority businesses interested in exporting.

Join Us On the Margins of the U.S. - Africa Business Forum

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The Global Diversity Export Initiative is hosting an event on the margins of the U.S.-Africa Business Forum to provide Small & Medium Enterprises and Minority Business Enterprises with access to resources, market intelligence and support for doing business on the African continent. These programs will take place December 15, at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC.

There are two ways to participate.

  • Business Panel: Participants will hear from an array of distinguished Federal Government Leaders and companies that are currently pursuing business on the African continent.
  • One-on-One Appointments: Participants will have an opportunity to register for one-on-one appointments with up to three U.S. Senior Commercial Officers and a number of supporting U.S. federal agencies. 

Learn More & Register


Global Diversity Export Initiative Events

NBCC Doing Business in Africa Forum & Networking Reception 

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Hosted by the National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC), this event will showcase thought leaders and heads of industry from across the African continent.

The event will highlight the strong potential for Africa’s Creative Economy to transform the Continent, identify and facilitate dialogue for US engagement in the sector, share success stories and amplify diaspora ties as the United States moves it Africa agenda forward.

Event Details

Date: December 14  2:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
Location: Navy Memorial Heritage Center, Washington, DC
Cost: $300 Non-members | $200 NBCC Members

Register for NBCC Forum

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eCommerce for Native American Artists & Craftspeople: Monthly Webinar Series

Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian visual artists and craftpersons face unique challenges with the shift to online sales, and continued limits on attendance at local arts and crafts fairs.  

Learn what you need to sell your arts and crafts online: An e-commerce primer for Native American visual artists and craftspeople.

About the Program

  • This program is a series of monthly webinars held the second Thursday of each month through December 2022.  
  • It features speakers from the private and public sectors, who have extensive experience in the business of selling Native American arts and crafts.
  • It features speakers with extensive experience in the business of selling Native American arts and crafts, from both the private and public sectors.
  • The series has been organized by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in collaboration with the United States Department of the Interior’s Indian Arts and Crafts Board and Indian Dispute Resolution Services.

Participation Information

This series will be held each month on the 2nd Thursday of each month. 

May 12 | June 9 | July 14 | August 11 | Sept. 8 | Oct 13 | Nov. 10 | Dec 8

3:00PM - 5:00PM ET | 2:00PM - 4:00PM CT | 1:00PM - 3:00PM MT |12:00PM - 2:00PM PT

Register for Webinar


From Local to Global: Celebrating Diversity

November 2022 Edition: Showcasing the International Success of Native American Owned & Led Businesses

We invite you to register below for the tenth & final session of our 2022 “From Local to Global: Celebrating Diversity” event series.

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, we will feature an interactive discussion of how Native American founders & leaders from Southern California-based companies have successfully grown their businesses internationally.

  • Hear from these leaders as they speak about their respective journeys of selling & promoting their brands globally.
  • Learn about the opportunities to seek out, as well as the challenges to avoid as you launch or expand your international business.
  • Receive information & resources that will help you chart your path to global sales & expansion success.

We look forward to having you join us on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at 11am PST!


This event is open to ALL U.S. companies interested in growing their businesses internationally.

Register for the Program

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Our Building Bridges Program in: Phoenix, AZ


Building Bridges to Global Markets is a first-of-its-kind event series organized by the U.S. Commercial Service, as part of our Global Diversity Export Initiative. Designed to connect SMEs in underserved communities with global business opportunities, events will be taking place in major cities throughout the U.S., including Phoenix, Arizona!

About the Event

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 event will introduce reliable contacts, accurate information, and ready-to-use resources that will place you firmly on the road to exporting success.

Topics Include

  • Trade finance & access to capital;
  • Exporting essentials and available resources;
  • Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to meet individually with trade experts.

Featured Speaker

  • Marisa Lago, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

Event Details

Date: December 8, 2022
Time: 8:30am – 12:00pm

Arizona Commerce Authority
100 N 7th Ave 
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Parking Information
Free Parking Available in the Parking Garage

Email Colin Hudson or 480-209-5734  

Register for Building Bridges

Thank You to Our Partners

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GDEI Event Recordings

Miss An Event? Watch the Recording!

If you missed one of our key events, you can view selected recordings below.  

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Locate Additional Events Targeted to Your Needs

See our full event calendar.  Attend a local event to connect with experts to learn more about exporting.  Find a U.S. or overseas trade event to find potential partners through our matchmaking programs!  

Additional Assistance

We provide an array of additional assistance to help companies expand their international sales, including a variety of market research products and services to increase your brand awareness and market exposure in countries around the world to help your firm find and establish relationships with potential overseas business partners.
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Market Research
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Export Solutions
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Our Experts
Our International Trade Specialists provide one-on-one counseling on an array of export topics.