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The U.S. Commercial Service in Wichita, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri organize and supports conferences, seminars, and events to educate our clients and promote international trade. Our goal is to help local U.S. exporters sell globally. A sampling of our events includes:

  • Executive briefings in our office with one of our visiting Commercial Service Officers from around the world.
  • Educational export seminars and online webinars.
  • Matchmaking and export counseling services at international trade shows overseas and in the U.S.

By organizing trade missions and educational seminars; providing matchmaking or export counseling services at trade shows; and recruiting buyer delegations to U.S. trade shows, the U.S. Government helps U.S. exporters expand global sales at trade events.

Export News
Local Training Opportunities
Webinars & Teleconferences
Trade Missions
Other Opportunities & Events

** Grant funds are available for qualifying U.S. companies through the state of Kansas that can be applied towards the cost to participate in any of the following events or trainings.

For more information:

Kansas companies contact -
Chang Lu at or (913) 307-7378

● Fee Increase for Gold Key Matchmaking and other Services – October 1, 2017

As you may know, Federal agencies are required to charge fees to cover the costs for activities that provide a special benefit to individual recipients. U.S. Commercial Service fees have been the same since 2008, and since then our costs have naturally gone up. As a result, we must implement an updated fee and service schedule on October 1, 2017.

Company size standards will also be updated to comply with Federal law that requires agencies to follow certain small business size standards. The new fee standards were announced in the Federal Register on July 10, and can be viewed here. There will not be 3 company size tiers as follows:

Small Business: Company qualifies as a “small business” under SBA’s size standards matched to the North American Industry Classification System Codes.

▪ Check the online tool that makes it easy to determine company size.

Medium-sized Business: Company does not qualify under SBA’s size standards matched to the North American Industry Classification System Codes, but has less than $1 billion in annual revenue.

Large Business: Company does not qualify under SBA’s size standards matched to the North American Industry Classification System Codes and has more than $1 billion in annual revenue.

The new fee schedule is a bit more complicated, to give you an example, the cost of a Gold Key Matchmaking Service will go from $700 to $950 for a small company and from $2300 to $3400 for a large company, whereas the fee for the new category of medium-sized $2300. Services paid for by September 30, 2017 will still be eligible for the current pricing and company size standards. We value the opportunity to help expand your international business and hope you will continue to use our services.

● Exporting Mechanics Webinar Series: Learn Exporting Essentials to Capitalize on Foreign Markets

The U.S. Commercial Service, the export promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA), is collaborating with the National Customs Brokers Freight Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) Educational Institute to present an exporting mechanics webinar series. This series will give U.S. small and medium size businesses the basic exporting information they need to help them increase exports abroad, while increasing employment in the United States.

The series will consist of 12 hour-long, monthly sessions and cover a variety of topics, including “Ecommerce Best Practices and Strategies”, “AES / EEI Regulations”, “Export Compliance”, “Export Control Basics”, “ATA Carnet 101″, “Sanctions”, “Export Administration Regulations”, “Export Licenses”, “ECCN Classification Numbers”, “Letters of Credit”, “U.S. Harmonized Tariff Classification Numbers”, “Duty Drawback and Refunds.”

The informational sessions are designed to assist companies in the preliminary stages of the exporting business, including those that have never exported before. The series will provide valuable tips as well as contacts in the exporting community to help companies grow and compete in foreign markets across the global.

For more information about the webinar series or to register for the sessions, please visit

● August 8 – 11: Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) Exam Prep Training

Want to stand out from your peers? Want to position yourself more attractively for employment or career advancement? Want to secure a credential that validates your competency and understanding of business and international trade? Take steps to become a Certified Global Business Professional. This 3-day training will focus on four domains of international trade and will be led by author and expert international sales and marketing training, Jim Foley.

For more details:

● August 21 - Doing Business with Arab Nations

The World Trade Center - Kansas City welcomes David Hamod, CEO of the National U.S. - Arab Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC), as he provides insight and expertise regarding international trade opportunities between the U.S. and Arab nations. If you are interested in learning more about the Arab business community and the international trade relationships that the National U.S. - Arab Chamber of Commerce can provide, join us for this luncheon presentation on Monday, August 21, 11:30am – 1:30pm.

For more details and to register: .

• August 29 – Road Map to Doing Business in India

Are you interested in a rapidly growing market of 1.3 billion potential buyers? If the answer is yes, you'll be pleased to learn U.S. Commercial Service-Kansas City is partnering with Mr. Jagat Shah of the U.S. India Importers Council (USIIC), aka "Mentor on the Road", for a unique seminar that will cover: Indian market dynamics, best prospect sectors for U.S. exporters, opportunities for U.S. companies including several new initiatives of the Government of India, impact of demonetization and Goods and Service Taxes on U.S. Exporters, and Indian investment in the U.S.

One-on-one meetings with Mr. Shah will be available on a first come scheduled bases. Contact Sally Pacheco at or 816-421-0541.

For more information and to register: Seating and one-on-one meetings are limited so register early!

• September 11 – 14 - 2 Locations – 2 Day Export Compliance Program

Kansas Global, the U.S. Commercial Service, and the Mid-America District Export Council will be hosting a 2-day training conference covering a wide range of export control and licensing issues affecting U.S. exporters. Join us for an interactive approach to learn current enforcement updates through military and commercial case studies.

Featured speakers from Washington, D.C. will include personnel from the Department of State, U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Defense and a private law firm.


Wichita – September 11th - 12th

Time: 8:30 am – 5 pm both days
Location: Wichita Workforce Center, 2021 N Amidon Ave #1100, Wichita, KS 67203

Kansas City – September 13th - 14th

Time: 8:30 am – 5 pm both days
Location: BEST Conference Center, 12604 Quivira Rd., Overland Park, KS 66213

Registration fee: $350.00 per person or $600 for two people. In addition to key US government contacts, registration fee includes: breakfast, break refreshments, lunch and conference materials.

Interested in exhibiting your product(s)? There will be a limited number of exhibitor opportunities available at the conference. Please contact Holli Schletzbaum for exhibitor requirements and registration.

For registration, click HERE. If you have questions, please contact Holli Schletzbaum at or by phone at 316-264-5982.

Export Compliance Webinar Series UTC
Webinar Series will run from June – August 2017 / 12:00pm – 1:30pm CDT
Pre-registration and payment is required. Webinar details in this 17-part series are available at:

Why Banking Relationships are Important
August 15 – 1:00pm CDT
Cost: $25.00

Getting to Global eCommerce Payments 101
August 16 – 12:00pm CDT
No cost to participate – registration is required.

The Automotive Revolution is Now: Exports to Europe
August 16 – 9:00am CDT
No cost to participate – registration is required.

Business Opportunities in the Caribbean Region Webinar Series
August 17 – November 29 / All webinars will take place at 12:00pm Central
Cost: $150 for the series (six webinars)

Business Opportunities in the Dominican Republic
August 17 – 12:00pm Central
Cost: $35.00

AES / EEI Regulations
August 17 – 12:00pm CDT
Cost: $25.00

Opportunities in Construction and Infrastructure Industry in Indonesia
August 21 – 8:00pm CDT
No cost to participate – registration is required.

Business Opportunities in the Bahamas for U.S. Companies
September 6 – 12:00pm CDT
Cost: $35.00

How to Handle Documentation Discrepancies
September 12 – 1:00pm CDT
Cost: $25.00

Getting to Global eCommerce Logistics 101
September 13 – 12:00pm CDT
No cost to participate – registration is required.

Business Opportunities in Jamaica for U.S. Companies
September 27 – 12:00pm CDT
Cost: $35.00

Export Compliance
September 27 – 11:00am CDT
Cost: $25.00


October 16-20 – Sustainable Building and Construction Trade Mission to Mexico. Contact Jeffrey Odum at (202) 482-6397 or  or Oscar Magana at (210) 472-4020 or Application is September 1, 2017.

October 16-24 – Trade Mission to Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia and Greece in Conjunction with Trade Winds — Southeastern Europe Business Forum. Contact Diego Gattesco at (304) 243-5493 or or Leslie Drake at (304) 347–5123 or Application deadline is August 18, 2017.

October 22-27 – Healthcare Trade Mission to South Africa and Kenya. Contact Michelle Ouellette at or (617) 565-4302 or Cindy Ma at or (408) 535-2744. Application is June 30, 2017.

October 30 - November 2 – Renewable Energy Integration Trade Mission to Canada. Contact Ethel Glen at (202) 482–5388 or or Stefan Popescu at (416) 595–5412 or Application deadline is July 28, 2017

2017 International Buyer Program/International Buyer Program Select

The IBP/IBP Select are a joint government-industry effort that brings thousands of international buyers to the United States for business-to-business matchmaking with U.S. firms exhibiting at major industry trade shows. Every year, the IBP results in approximately a billion dollars in new business for U.S. companies, and increased international attendance for participating U.S. trade show organizers.

Upcoming events:

69th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo - July 30–August 3 • San Diego, CA •

Solar Power International - September 10–13 • Las Vegas, NV •

ASIS 2017 - September 25–28 • Dallas, TX •

Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference

WEFTEC® 2017 - September 30–October 4 • Chicago, IL •

Greater New York Dental Meeting 2017 - November 24–29 • New York, NY •

POWER-GEN® International - December 5–7 • Las Vegas, NV •


SupplySide West

September 26-30, 2017

Process Expo

September 19-22, 2017

LAGOE (Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition)

October 24-26, 2017

55th Annual RV Trade Show

November 28 - 30, 2017


Discover Global Markets: Europe & Beyond

Cleveland, Ohio • September 18 - 20, 2017

Cost: $325 until June 30, 2017

In just two days, attendees of Discover Global Markets will uncover new exporting opportunities, learn from seasoned exporters, and connect with hundreds of networking contacts. The conference will highlight these major U.S. manufacturing sectors:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Aerospace

Visit: for details about the agenda and how to register or become a sponsor.


Trade Winds 2017: Southeast Europe
Romania ▪ Bulgaria ▪ Croatia ▪ Greece ▪ Serbia
October 16 -24, 2017

Connect to Business Opportunities in Southeast Europe

The markets of Southeast Europe are investing in infrastructure and market development. They represent an opportunity for U.S. companies to increase sales and find a strategic foothold to grow in Europe.

Join Trade Winds-Southeast Europe to connect to potential partners, government decision-makers, market experts, and companies that have succeeded in the region.

Deadline to Register: August 12th

Payment is NOT required to register your interest & receive preliminary market assessments.


Reminder: Ask our Kansas state trade partner about grant funds available that can be used to help offset the cost to participate in these events:

Kansas– STEP or KITSAP Funds
Contact: Chang Lu at or (913) 307-7378

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