May 26-29, 2015:  NAFSA / Association of Int’l Educators National Conference – Boston
U.S. Commercial Service staff from around the world (including Debra Rogers of Chicago!) will be attending the conference.  Please stop by the Commercial Service booth (#2613) to make our acquaintance.  Better yet, make an appointment with our participating international education specialists through our Showtime Program:  Education Specialists from Brazil, China, Costa Rica, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Panama, South Africa, Taiwan, & Thailand will be available for one-on-one meetings with U.S. schools. These Specialists are your U.S. representatives and education advocates in their home countries. They can discuss the current education system, recruitment issues important to your school, and student enrollment opportunities in their respective markets.  If you are already recruiting internationally, they are also available to work with you to find additional partner universities or agents, recruit from new countries and/or increase the number of students from a particular country.  There is no fee for this service, but advance registration required by May 14 at http://www.export.gov/utah/nafsashowtime/index.asp These appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis and the schedule fills up quickly.  Please also let Debra know at Debra.Rogers@trade.gov if you are planning to be at NAFSA and would like to meet with her there.  Be sure to stop by the Study Illinois booth (#2326) at NAFSA as well to find out about recent and upcoming Study Illinois activities and bring international visitors!  For questions, contact Debra.Rogers@trade.gov.

May 27- 28, 2015: Middle East and Africa Business Outlook Conference - Dubai, UAE
The US Department of Commerce will hold its 2015 Africa & Middle East Business Outlook Conference in Dubai, UAE. This conference is focused towards American companies with sales and distribution operations in the UAE who are interested in expanding their sales throughout the Middle East and Africa, and for American companies interested in establishing either a Middle East or Africa presence. Highlights of the conference:

  • Interact with over 20 Senior U.S. Commercial Attaches and Specialists to learn about sales and project leads in the GCC, Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and the Levant
  • Learn from regional business and government leaders about sector and industry trends that affect regional and global growth
  • Network with key U.S. government and private sector decision makers

To register:  http://abcdubai.olasoft.com/viewEvent.html?no_header=true&productId=8834

September 14-21, 2015: Trade Winds Mission and Business Development Conference—Africa
The US Commercial Services will be hosting a Business Development Conference in South Africa September 16-18, 2015 with optional mission stops offered before, during, and after the Business Development Conference in 8 different African countries: Ethiopia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Angola, Ghana, South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya. These mission stops will offer customized business to business matchmaking meetings. Highlights of the mission include meetings with potential partners, distributors and end-users, receptions with the local business communities and briefings from local experts on doing business in Africa. Target sectors will include energy equipment, transportation infrastructure and equipment and agriculture equipment. The fee for companies with less than 500 employees is $2,500 for the Trade Winds Forum and one mission strop. Each additional stop will be $800. For companies with 500 employees or more the fee is $3,500. Each additional stop will be $800. For more information and registration: http://trade.gov/dbia/tradewinds-africa/index.asp

October 7-9, 2015:  Discover Global Markets: E-Commerce Strategies for Exporters – Dallas, TX
Connect to international customers via digital innovation, social media and mobile marketing. Check back soon for more details.

  • Meet one-on-one with U.S. Commercial Diplomats visiting from abroad
  • Participate in panel discussions on the latest industry trends
  • Identify new and emerging markets of opportunity ahead of your competition
  • Learn about U.S. export programs designed to cut your time to market
  • Network with U.S. trade officials, leading private sector experts and like-minded U.S. businesses active in overseas markets

Save the date.  More info available soon at http://export.gov/discoverglobalmarkets/. If you are interested in receiving updates about Discover Global Markets events via email, create an account and subscribe to our newsletter.

New Videos on Export Regulations Can Guide Your Goods to Profits Abroad
Exporters often want to know: “Does my product need a license before I can sell it to an overseas buyer?” The answer is often “no,” as 95% of goods shipped from the U.S. don’t require a license. But exporters must do additional due diligence to make sure their goods are not sold to denied parties. In a new series of videos produced by the Trade Information Center and Foreign Trade Statistics, the basics of export regulations are presented in a clear and engaging way. The series also contains videos on how to use trade statistics to pinpoint best markets and the role of freight forwarders and letters of credit in the export process. There are now 20 short videos to help U.S. companies successfully participate in the National Export Initiative – click here to view.

Boost Your Service Exports by Connecting with Spanish Investors
Spanish investment in the US soared from $14 billion to $38 billion in just two years through 2008, making it the 10th largest investor in the US. This continuing trend is important to the US economy and provides untapped opportunities for US service exporters. Spanish investment focuses on clean energy, clean tech and infrastructure. The online ServiceSolutionsUSA directory promotes the services of US-based firms and economic development agencies to investors in Spain. The directory gives US companies access and exposure to Spanish clients who seek US expertise in accounting, branding, banking, consulting, global logistics, trade finance, insurance, legal, regulatory, site selection, and other needs. The year-long basic membership fee is waived for companies that join before June 1, 2010. Key Spanish partners supporting this initiative include the Spanish government's Institute of Foreign Trade, the Spanish Bio-tech Association, the Confederation of Employers and Industries of Spain - the largest business association in the country, and the American Chamber of Commerce in Spain. ServiceSolutionsUSA is featured on the US Commercial Service webpage in Spain, which has over 35,000 hits per month. Subscribe now and boost your service exports to Spain! Learn more/ register. Questions, please contact Carmen.Ribera@mail.doc.gov.

走进美国"- Generate Actionable PRC Client Leads for Your Service Expertise
"AccessAmerica" is our new online Chinese-language directory of U.S. firms that provide customized services to Chinese companies that want to conduct business in the U.S., including finding partners and setting up offices. The "AccessAmerica" Service Provider directory gives U.S.-based companies and economic development agencies access and exposure to Chinese clients who seek U.S. expertise in global logistics, trade finance, HR, site selection, tax, insurance, legal and regulatory issues, marketing, and other support related to investing in the U.S. It is promoted in China, in Chinese, in cooperation with our partners including the Council of American States in China, CCPIT, Shanghai Overseas Investment Development Board, the U.S.-China Business Council and the American Chambers of Commerce in China, among others. State partners include Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi and New York. AccessAmerica is featured on the U.S. Embassy Chinese webpage which has 100,000 hits per month. It is also featured at Invest in America programs in the U.S. and China, such as the China Overseas Investment Fair and Invest New York events in November. AccessAmerica was featured in China Business Review, Xinhua and China Trade News and is generating actionable leads for subscribers. Your listing will include company information, company logo, and contact details, all translated into Chinese, for a one-year subscription fee of $400. Increase your firm's visibility in China and boost your service exports! Click here to Visit "AccessAmerica" or direct questions to julie.carducci@trade.gov.

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