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Global Diversity Export Initiative
The U.S. Commercial Service provides export solutions for minority-owned businesses and underserved communities through our global network and export assistance value chain.
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Trade Winds 2024
Learn about Trade Winds: Europe & Eurasia, our flagship annual business development forum.

Location: Instanbul, Türkiye
Dates: May 13-15, 2024
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Trade Mission to Panama, Costa Rica, and Colombia
Global Diversity Export Initiative Trade Mission to Panama, Costa Rica, and Colombia - March 10-15, 2024

Opportunities for Woman-Owned Businesses in the Americas Conference in Panama City, Panama - March 10-11, 2024
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Building Bridges to Global Markets
Connecting diverse businesses to international opportunities.

Additional programs planned for 2024.

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.  

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Trade Winds Europe/Eurasia 2024
May 13-15, 2024 | Istanbul, Türkiye

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Explore European Markets with the U.S. Commercial Service! 

Join us in Istanbul for the largest U.S. government-led trade mission and business development forum. The Trade Winds Europe/Eurasia forum will offer one-on-one market strategy counseling meetings with U.S. commercial diplomats from over 25 countries in the region, informative conference programming, and plenty of networking. Participants may also add matchmaking meetings with pre-screened buyers, agents, distributors, or joint-venture partners in Türkiye (May 15); Italy and/or Romania, (May 9-10); or Denmark, Poland, and/or Kazakhstan (May 16-17). 
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Global Diversity Export Initiative Events
GDEI Education Trade Mission to India 2024

GDEI Education Trade Mission to South India

February 12-20, 2024 | 5 Locations

This trade mission will promote U.S. higher education in Bengaluru and four southern Indian secondary markets – Manipal, Mangaluru, Kochi, and Coimbatore.  Through this targeted event, the U.S. Commercial Service will assist in recruiting Indian students from these markets to the United States. 

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DHL - ITA Unlocking Growth Opportunities for Black-Owned Businesses

In partnership with DHL, the International Trade Administration invites you to a webcast aimed at preparing black-owned businesses to succeed in global markets. Gabriela Zelaya of the U.S. Commercial Service’s Global Diversity Export Initiative will share all the resources, tools, and educational opportunities available to bring you up to speed or refresh your knowledge of exporting. To illustrate how real-life export situations unfold, Ricardo Berris of MI Group will share his extensive experience and insights into business operations across more than 5 countries. 

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The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, is organizing a Global Diversity Export Initiative (GDEI) Trade Mission to Panama, Costa Rica, and Colombia from March 10-15, 2024, that will include the Opportunities for Woman-Owned Businesses in the Americas Conference in Panama City, Panama on March 10-11, 2024

Recruitment and consideration will be extended to all export-ready U.S. companies, including small businesses, trade associations and other exporting organizations that meet the established criteria for participation in the mission. ITA is seeking to improve outreach and representation of businesses with owners and/or leaders from underserved communities, including through the GDEI.

When women trade, women succeed economically. With 95 percent of world consumers and 80 percent of world purchasing power outside of the United States, international trade is an untapped resource for women-owned businesses. Women-owned companies that trade and export earn more, create more jobs, stay in business longer and are more resilient to financial shocks than those relying exclusively on domestic markets.

This mission is focused on expanding export opportunities to U.S. small and medium-sized businesses that are founded, led, operated or owned by women from industries with growing potential in Panama, Costa Rica, and Colombia.

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South Africa Personal Care Initiative

South Africa Personal Care Opportunities

This initiative aims to help U.S. cosmetics and personal care companies build capacity and access market opportunities in South Africa.

Opportunities will be open to all U.S. businesses in the sectors and are designed particularly to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from the African diaspora and underserved communities, including African American, woman, and minority owned businesses. 

South African Personal Care Product Showcase - March 2024: Put your U.S. personal care product directly in front of vetted buyers and distributors on the continent with the South Africa Personal Care Product Showcase.

Virtual Matchmaking - April 2024: Follow your showcase experience with virtual matchmaking.

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The U.S. Commercial Service’s Building Bridges to Global Markets brings 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. 

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. In 2024, we’re teaming up with some of our GDEI Strategic Partners to bring the Building Bridges to Global Markets program to the following annual conferences:

  • American Indian Reservation Summit | Las Vegas, NV | March 11-14
  • U.S. Hispanic Chamber Legislative Summit | Washington, DC | April 22-24
  • USPAACC CelebrAsian Business Conference  | Atlanta, GA | May 29-31
  • National Black Business Conference | Atlanta, GA | August 21-24

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RES 2024

RES 2024 | Las Vegas, NV | March 11-14

RES 2024 is the Summit to attend for those looking for high caliber networking, winning teaming opportunities, business development sessions, one-on-one consulting, all centered around American Indian Enterprise.

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) is embracing STRENGTH IN UNITY for the 2024 Reservation Economic Summit. The event features tribal leaders, members of Congress, federal agency representatives, state and local officials, and top CEO’s on a national platform.

Join the U.S. Commercial Service at RES for Building Bridges to Global Markets. This three-panel program will offer exporting expertise to those who attend. Join the U.S. Commercial Service at RES 2024 to learn more about:

  • Trade finance and access to capital;
  • Exporting essentials and available resources;
  • Resources to grow your business;
  • And access to  international buyers.

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ACE/AES Export Compliance Seminar in English & Spanish

Join the U.S. Commercial Service as we host the U.S. Census Bureau to provide a full day of insights – in English and Spanish – on compliance issues for U.S. exporters. Census experts will review current and future regulations and all the tools available to U.S. companies. These webinars are ideal for all exporters, freight forwarders, logistics & documentation firms, compliance managers, manufacturers, shippers, and U.S. Principal Parties of Interest (USPPI). 

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2024 U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Legislative Summit

The 2024 Legislative Summit welcomes the vast exploration of these countless innovative opportunities through public policy, procurement, advocacy, and access to necessary technical assistance to build back better. On behalf of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and our Board of Directors we invite you to join us as we connect America’s Hispanic Business leaders with elected officials from both sides of the aisle in a bipartisan effort to influence legislative change. 

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National Veteran Matchmaking Conference

The annual signature conference will host the largest gathering of Certified Service Disabled and Veteran-Owned Businesses and will be held live in Michigan, with a location TBD.
The National Veteran Matchmaking Conference and Vets Night Out will provide insights through a diverse and dynamic group of keynote speakers and panelists to help navigate the procurement process and provide updates on the industry’s current state.

The Annual Conference will include Vets Night Out, where corporations and Veteran business owners network on a more informal basis and will feature a special Guest Speaker. 

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Detroit Regional LGBTQ Chamber

The Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce is launching a Spring LGBT Business Summit. Focused on the business landscape and contracting opportunities. This will include ways on how to scale our businesses and benefits of LGBT Certification.

We will be inviting local and high-profile speakers and influencers in the business, city and non-profit arenas to present cutting-edge and thought-provoking topics focused on Supplier Diversity, Use of social media, small business marketing and professional services contracting.

Matchmaking sessions will be presented by Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC).

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GDEI Trade Mission to Saudi Arabia

Connect with opportunities in the Middle East by participating in the planned trade mission to Saudi Arabia. This mission will connect diverse businesses across best prospect industries with opportunities in Saudi Arabia.

More information coming soon.

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By signing up for updates on GDEI Event Updates, you will receive email updates regarding upcoming trade events, webinars, and other educational opportunities and programs for companies interested in expanding internationally.

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!  

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