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The U.S. Commercial Service in Wichita, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri organizes 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 and Missouri 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 clu@kansascommerce.com or (913) 307-7378




● 2017 Education and Training Services Guide Now Available!

This guide includes comparable and individual market assessments of 46 countries listed as best prospects for U.S. training and educational services. The country assessments are based on observations and market research reports created by the U.S. Commercial Service. Following is the URL to access a copy of the guide in PDF from the U.S. Department of Commerce Education Team website: http://2016.export.gov/industry/education/eg_main_108888.asp


● Top Markets for U.S. Agricultural Equipment – 2017 Report Now Available!

Summary: Despite a negative overall outlook for 2017-2018, opportunities exist for U.S. agricultural equipment exporters willing to pursue them. The Black Sea Region has emerged as a major exporter of wheat, fueling Russian and Ukrainian imports of U.S. machinery. Low interest rates and funding from Brussels enable farmers in several European Union countries to invest in equipment. Western Hemisphere markets including Mexico, Chile and Peru present opportunities for exporters of certain types of equipment. For the full report, go to: http://trade.gov/topmarkets/agricultural-equipment.asp


● March 31 – India: What’s Next? International Business Conference

Representatives from public and private sectors will address:

● business opportunities in India
● tips for succeeding in a complex international environment
● outlook for growth and cooperation

When: March 31 – 8:30am – 3:30pm (Breakfast and Indian lunch will be provided)

Capital Federal Hall
Discus Family Auditorium
1654 Naismith Drive
Lawrence, KS

Event is free, but registration is required: https://indiawhatsnext.eventbrite.com

● April 6 – International Trade Day of Events

A partnership program with the U.S. Small Business Administration and Kansas Department of Commerce - Join us for an interactive seminar designed to take you through the eight steps of exporting. An afternoon session further explores three critical areas: Identifying and making connections with buyers in international markets, freight forwarding, and international collections and financing options. You will be introduced to, and have the opportunity to meet privately with, experts in these fields.

Breakfast & lunch will be served.

***Washburn University International Business Program is sponsoring $100 of the $199 fee for the first 20 registrants, bringing the registration fee to $99.

When: April 6 @ 7:30 Registration / 8:00am – 5:00pm Program

Glacial Hills Business Resource Center
913 Dakota
Sabetha, KS 66534-2031

Registration deadline is Friday, March 17th. To register for this event visit http://washburnsmallbusiness.com. If you have any questions, please call Mary Ann at 785-207-0267

● April 21 - The Riddle of the Exporter

Do you have a great product or service that you may be able to market internationally? Are you looking to diversify your markets to protect or expand your business?

In this daylong seminar, you'll learn how to sell to the 95 percent of the world's consumers who are outside the United States!

When: April 21 – 8:00am – 5:00pm (Box lunch included)

Johnson County Community Colleague
Regnier Center 145
12345 College Blvd.
Overland Park, KS 66210

Register: http://www.jccc.edu/professional-resources/small-business/ksbdc/riddle-of-the-exporter.html

● May 11 - Go Global KC: The Pros (and More Pros) of Free Trade in Kansas City

May 11 – 11:30am – 1:00pm (Registration @ 11:00am)

The Gallery
Kansas City Power & Light
61 E 14th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105

Keynote Speaker: Howard B. Dean, Sr. Advisor, Dentons

For questions or more information, contact Ivry Karamitros, (816) 374-5457.

● May 18 - SAVE THE DATE! World Trade Day Event

May 18 – 2:45pm – 6:00pm (program and reception)

CBIZ
Kansas City, MO 64105

More details to come soon.


● March 21 – The European Energy Market: Capturing the Multi-Trillion Dollar Opportunities

This webinar will explore opportunities in Europe’s power industry by discussing how the energy cloud and digital technology is set to transform Europe’s electricity sector.


Time: 10:00am CDT
Cost: FREE


Registration Required: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=7Q8J

● March 21 – Trademarks and the Madrid Protocol


Protecting Your Intellectual Property – a look at Trademarks and the Madrid Protocol.

U.S. companies are recognized global leaders in quality, reliability, and innovation. The reputation of U.S. brands gives Made-in-America products an edge, allowing them to seize buyers’ attention in highly competitive international markets. Join the U.S. Commercial Service for a look at trademarks and the Madrid Protocol for the design and construction industries.

Register: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=7Q8Y

● March 21 – How to Properly Assign and Document Values to a Warranty and Repair Transaction

How to Properly Assign and Document Values to a Warranty and Repair Transaction

When: 12:00pm CST
Cost: $15.

Register: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=7Q8D

● March 22 – Updates on Mexico’s Customs Regulations for 2017: REFORM 2017 Preliminary Work Exporting GASOLINE

This webinar will provide you the information needed to comply with the gasoline requirements requested by the Mexican Customs to the Mexican importers. Join this webinar and learn what the energy reform is within the Mexican government, what U.S. companies need to know to comply with these regulations, and the opportunities available to U.S. companies in the gasoline industry.

Time: 1:00pm Central
Cost: $25.


Register: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=7Q92

● March 23 – Selling Equipment to Russia

This webinar will cover the shipment of equipment and machinery into Russia with an emphasis on agricultural machinery. Russian experts in the fields of logistics, certification/registration, legal and media along with principal speaker, Yekaterina (Katya) Lushpina of the U.S. Commercial Service, Moscow office will present on these areas and take written and phone-in Q&A from webinar participants.

Time: 10:00 am CDT

Participation is free, registration is required.

Register: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=7Q9K

● March 28 – Government Procurement Webinar Series: Canada and Mexico

This webinar will talk about Canada and Mexico. Understand how to access and use foreign government procurement portals.

Time: 11:00am CDT
Cost: $35

Register: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=7Q7S

● April 5 - CE Markings for Construction Related Products

CE markings can be a complicated and time-consuming process and construction products can be particularly challenging from an EU regulatory perspective. Certification is about conformity assessment (testing and certification) in order to declare compliance with EU regulatory requirements. Join the U.S. Commercial Service and its CE experts as we guide you through the process of compliance for construction products.

Register: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=7Q9T

● April 18 – Part 1: eCommerce Payment Essentials

Join the US Commercial Service’s Veterans Team and the eCommerce Innovation Lab in this two-part webinar series, with ecommerce payment experts Guardian Payment Systems.


What options are available for accepting online payments? How does the process work? Who is involved in the process and why? How can I save money on fees? Ryan King of Guardian Payment Systems will cover the major online payment topics and provide valuable insights into the “how and why” of ecommerce payments.


Cost: $25.

Register for Part 1 - https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=7Q9P

● April 19 - Updates on Mexico's Customs Regulations for 2017: UPDATE in Mexican Customs Law / Changes for 2017

The Department of Commerce in collaboration with CS Mexico presents a webinar that will talk about how a company can save time and money when exporting to Mexico by learning how to avoid the most common customs mistakes made by U.S. exporters. This webinar series is designed for companies who have never exported before or for whom Mexico is a new market.

Time: 1:00pm Central
Cost: $25.


Register: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=7Q93

● April 19 – Medical Technologies Opportunities in Africa

Countries in Africa are facing increasing needs for healthcare services due to changing lifestyles in the region. A growing middle class demanding better healthcare represents opportunities for U.S. healthcare technology companies. Join this webinar and learn about opportunities and challenges for U.S. healthcare companies in the sub-Saharan Africa region.


Register: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=7Q9Q

● April 20 – Part 2: eCommerce Payments and Special Topics

What options are available for accepting online payments? How does the process work? Who is involved in the process and why? How can I save money on fees? Join the US Commercial Service’s Veterans Team and the eCommerce Innovation Lab in this two-part webinar series, with ecommerce payment experts Guardian Payment Systems.

Cost: $25

Register: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=7Q9N

June

· June 11-17 – Wastewater Business Development Mission to China. Contact Pamela Kirkland at (202) 482-3587 or Pamela.Kirkland@trade.gov or Jay Biggs at +86 10 8531-4325 or Jay.Biggs@trade.gov. Application deadline is May 1, 2017.

· June 18-20 – Paint & Coatings Materials Suppliers Trade Mission to Mexico City. Contact Dustin Ross at (202) 482-1108 or Dustin.Ross@trade.gov or Nathalie Scharf at +52 55 5080-2000 ext. 2191 or Nathalie.Scharf@trade.gov. Application deadline is April 12, 2017.

September

· September 10-15 – Smart Cities Trade Mission to Poland and the Czech Republic. Contact Gemal Brangman at (202) 482-3773 or Gemal.Brangman@trade.gov or Helen Peterson at +420--257–022–434 or  Helen.Peterson@trade.gov. Application deadline is June 1, 2017.

· September 11-14 – Cyber-Security Trade Mission to Canada. Contact Gemal Brangman at (202) 482-3773 or Gemal.Brangman@trade.gov or Tracey Ford at (613) 688-5406 or Tracey.Ford@trade.gov. Application deadline is June 30, 2017.

October

· October 16-20 – Sustainable Building and Construction Trade Mission to Mexico. Contact Jeffrey Odum at (202) 482-6397 or Jeffrey.Odum@trade.gov  or Oscar Magana at (210) 472-4020 or Oscar.Magana@trade.gov. 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 Diego.Gattesco@trade.gov or Leslie Drake at (304) 347–5123 or Leslie.Drake@trade.gov. Application deadline is August 18, 2017.

March 27 – 28, The L.A. Hotel Downtown, Los Angeles, CA

Celebrating its 30th Anniversary!

More than just a business conference, the Asia/Pacific Business Outlook (APBO) is a comprehensive networking and learning experience that provides business leaders with the key contacts and up-to-date intelligence to succeed in Asia/Pacific markets. The conference provides a unique mixture of over 50 leading academic, business and government experts to advise a diverse audience of American firms on how to become more competitive in the dynamic Asia/Pacific marketplace, including private one-on-one appointments with senior commercial officers from American embassies and consulates in 17 economies.

Go to www.apboconfernce.com for a complete schedule and list of speakers. Click here for registration and fee information. Early Bird rates available.

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April 24 – 28 in Hannover, Germany


HANNOVER MESSE offers unmatched international exposure for U.S. companies, institutions, and economic development organizations participating as exhibitors in the U.S. delegation.

Seven Shows in One: More Opportunity for You

HANNOVER MESSE is seven leading trade shows and an investment summit all in one, with industry pavilions for digital factory, energy, industrial automation, industrial supply, motion/drive/automation, ComVac, and research and technology, connecting exhibitors to potential customers across relevant industry sectors.


For more details, go to: http://2016.export.gov/hannovermesse/

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Plans are well underway for the 2017 Summit that will take place on June 18-20, 2017, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center (Washington, D.C. area).

The Summit's theme – "Grow with US" – will highlight the innovative business climate in the United States and feature investment opportunities from every corner of the country. Increased networking time will provide new opportunities for a wide range of global investors to engage with state, regional, and local economic developers – all under one roof.

Registration for the 2017 Summit is now open - http://www.selectusasummit.us/apply/

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

Kansas companies contact – STEP or KITSAP Funds
Chang Lu at clu@kansascommerce.com or (913) 307-7378


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