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- Exports Play Vital Role in Supporting U.S. Employment
- Taking the Mystery and Fear Out of Trade
- Travel and Tourism Industry Gets Its Say
- Short Takes
- Trade Calendar
- Featured Trade Event: Trade Mission to Colombia and Panama
International Trade Calendar
Here is a list of selected international trade events of interest, including ITA-sponsored events and a selection of upcoming international trade fairs. The U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service (USFCS) maintains a comprehensive listing of industry shows at Export.gov.
Leveraging Social Media and the Web to Grow International Sales
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Technology has become more pervasive in all aspects of people’s lives, and it serves as an invaluable tool in the world of international trade. Learn how technology can help your company reach and grow its international customer base by attending this World Trade Week conference event. Shane Gibson, author of Sociable! How Social Media Is Turning Sales and Marketing Upside Down, will be the featured speaker. For more information, contact Kendra Kuo of the USFCS, tel.: (616) 458-3564; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org;or Thomas Maguire, e-mail: email@example.com.
National Hardware Show and Lawn and Garden World 2010
Las Vegas, Nevada
Now in its 65th year, this event will feature five subshows that highlight different aspects of the $300 billion home enhancement industry: Hardware and Allied Lines, Lawn and Garden World, Paint and Home Décor, Homewares, and Global Hardware Expo (international pavilions). Department of Commerce officials will be present to provide export counseling and matchmaking services. For more information, contact Vidya Desai of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-2311; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The International Franchise and Entrepreneurs Expo
Johannesburg, South Africa
This event is South Africa’s sole show dedicated to franchising. The focus will be on international franchising. African entrepreneurs are keenly interested in exploring opportunities to purchase master franchise licenses from U.S. companies, and more than 100 business and franchise opportunities will be featured. For more information, contact Amy Ryan of the USFCS, tel.: (404) 897-6086; e-mail: email@example.com; or Maretha Malan, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Webinar: A Basic Guide to Exporting; Resources You Should Know
This interactive Webinar will help small and medium-sized enterprises find free and low-cost export assistance. Small companies that have used these resources to successfully increase their international sales and profit will be featured. For more information, contact Doug Barry of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-4422; e-mail: email@example.com.
International Pow Wow
This event is the travel industry’s premier international marketplace and one of the largest generators of international travel to the United States. Participants will include more than 1,000 U.S. travel organizations from every region and close to 1,500 buyers from more than 70 countries. In the past, business negotiations conducted at the show have generated more than $3.5 billion in travel to the United States. For more information, contact Monique Roos of the USFCS, tel.: +61 (2) 9373-9210; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke will lead this mission to promote exports of leading U.S. technologies related to clean energy; energy efficiency; and the storage, transmission, and distribution of electricity. In China, the mission will make stops in Beijing, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. In Indonesia, the mission will stop in the capital city of Jakarta. Recruitment for this mission is now closed. For more information, contact the Department of Commerce’s Office of Business Liaison, tel. (202) 482-1360; e-mail: email@example.com.
World Trade Week NYC
New York, New York
As a part of World Trade Week, the New York region’s trade and transportation community will come together with a week full of events designed to underscore and promote trade to the New York City metropolitan area economy. For more information, contact K. L. Fredericks of the USFCS, tel. (212) 860-6200; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
27th NOA Conference
This half-day event will provide U.S. firms with a unique opportunity to meet approximately 30 procurement representatives from Japan’s 12 electric utilities. It will include a plenary session at the U.S. embassy, matchmaking opportunities, name card exchange, and an evening reception. For more information, contact Takahiko Suzuki of the USFCS, tel. +81 (3) 3224-5076; e-mail: email@example.com; or Pat Cassidy, tel.: +81 (3) 3224-5092; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Automechanika Middle East 2010
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The automotive sector in the Persian Gulf region has experienced tremendous growth in recent years. This trade show will allow U.S. producers to showcase the full range of their products and services, including drive trains, chassis, and body parts; electronics; and service and repair equipment. For more information, contact Michael Thompson of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-0671; e-mail: email@example.com.
On the Horizon
Middle East Public Health Trade Mission
Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Doha, Qatar
The United States is the largest import partner to Qatar and Saudi Arabia. This trade mission will seek to build on that relationship and will focus on two important public health sectors: (a) patient health care and (b) water and waste management. To help U.S. firms leverage opportunities in those markets, a senior-level Department of Commerce official will lead the mission. For more information, contact Lisa Huot of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-2796; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Web conference is for small and medium-sized enterprises to help them learn how to attract and maintain new overseas customers and to execute sales internationally through their Web sites. The USFCS, its corporate partners, and expert speakers will participate. For more information, contact Joel Reynoso of the USFCS, tel.: (617) 565-4783; e-mail: email@example.com.
Trade Mission to the Dominican Republic and Jamaica
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Kingston, Jamaica
The Caribbean is more than just a popular vacation spot; it is a growing market with many business opportunities for U.S. companies. To help companies realize their potential in the region, the Department of Commerce will lead a trade mission to introduce participants to firsthand market information. The mission will also give them access to government decision-makers and offer one-on-one meetings with prescreened business contacts. For more information, contact Ashley Wilson of the USFCS, tel.: (405) 608-5302; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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