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The U.S. Commercial Service located 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
Upcoming 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: (ask about STEP and KITSAP)

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

● Applications Now Being Accepted for "E" Awards

The President’s “E” Award was initiated by Executive Order of President John F. Kennedy in 1961 and has been presented annually ever since. The President's “E” Award affords suitable recognition to persons, firms, or organizations which contribute significantly in the effort to increase U.S. exports. There are two types of “E” Awards.

  • The President's “E” Award for Exports is awarded to a firm or organization that has made significant contributions to the increase of American exports.
  • The President's “E” Award for Export Service is awarded to organizations that may or may not export directly, but which assist or facilitate export activities.

Winners of the “E” Award are authorized to fly the blue and white banner, to display the accompanying certificate of commendation which is signed by the Secretary of Commerce in the name and by the authority of the President, to wear and issue to employees an “E” lapel pin, and to refer to the award in their advertising.

Applications will be accepted between November 1st, 2016 and January 20th, 2017.

Join us for a conference call on December 8 to discuss the criteria for the Award along with the application process. At the end of the call you’ll be able to:

  • Determine if your company/organization is a candidate for the Award.
  • Identify information required for submission.
  • Be able to complete the application.
  • Understand the components of a successful application.
  • Be familiar with the processes and timelines for application submission, review, and approval.

· All calls for Exporters will be held at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time.

· All calls for Export Service Providers will be held at 4:00 p.m. Eastern time.

To register for the call please contact

For more information on this award please visit

● 2017 Kansas Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award – Nominations Now Being Accepted

Each year, the Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award is presented to a Kansas company for exceptional international marketing success. This award encourages the growth of the state’s international commerce by showcasing successful exporters as role models to the Kansas business community. The recipients are prime examples of how exporting is a significant catalyst for company growth and diversification.

The program brings statewide recognition to Kansas companies committed to expanding sales in international markets and showcases those exporters as role models to other Kansas companies seeking similar success. The Exporter of the Year Award is dedicated to thanking employers for helping to put Kansas on the world map.

If your company would like to be considered, or if you would like to nominate a company for this award, please submit a nomination form that can be found at

Nominations will be accepted through January 27 2017.

● December 1 - An Evening with Ambassador Laura Kennedy

Join the CGSC Foundation, International Relations Council, Simons Center, and Starr Center for Peace and Justice for a conversation with former U.S. Ambassador Laura Kennedy, who will speak on "Looking Forward, Looking Back: U.S. Foreign Policy Challenges." Generous support is provided by Polsinelli.

When: Thursday, December 1 – 6:30 – 8:30pm

Where: Polsinelli – first floor event space
900 W. 48th Place
Kansas City, MO 64112

For more details and to register:

● December 5 – Opportunities to Enter the China and Hong Kong Markets

The Missouri Department of Economic Development welcomes the Director of the Missouri International Trade and Investment Office of China and Hong Kong and his team to Missouri the week of December 5. The team will visit Kansas City, MO December 5, providing Missouri companies with updates on the market and opportunities to get into the market.

After the presentation, one-on-one meetings will be available for participants to meet and discuss strategies, market insights and regulations.

Time: 8:30am – 10:00am
One-on-one meetings to follow presentation from 10:00am – 5:00pm

Where: 1100 Walnut, Suite 1700
Kansas City, MO 64106

For details and to register for the presentation and/or one-on-one meetings, click here or contact Yan Li @ or 573-751-7549.

● December 7 – Closing the Gap: Uganda

"Closing the Global Gap" is a series of community-based conversations designed to address perceptions and realities of working and living across cultural and linguistic boundaries and barriers. The series is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by Johnson County Community College and International Relations Council. The series should stimulate meaningful conversations based on personal experiences in foreign countries from academic and business points of view.

When: Wednesday, December 7 12:00 – 1:30pm

Where: JCCC Collaboration Center – OCB 100/120
12345 College Blvd.
Overland Park, KS 66210

For more details and to register:

● November 30 – Business Opportunities in Belize for U.S. Companies

The United States remained Belize’s principal trading partner. In 2015, U.S. merchandise exports to Belize totaled US$ 285 million. Belize is a consumer nation and relies heavily on imports. A growing trade imbalance will likely lead to increased exploration of alternative sources of export and investment. Belize, with the second largest barrier reef in the world and a world-renowned reputation for its pristine jungles, eco lodges and warm people of varied backgrounds, welcomes U.S. investors and business partners to its shores.

Time: 12:00 -1:15 pm CDT
Cost: $35


● December 6 – Protecting Your Small or Medium Sized Business from Cyber Threats

Protecting your business against cyber-crime or data theft is the fastest growing risk issue facing small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) today. This webinar will address the risks facing SMEs and propose ways to protect your business.

Time: 8:00 – 11:00am CDT

No cost to participate. However, registration is required to receive dial-in instructions.


● December 6 – Building and Managing a Successful International Distributor Network

Join this webinar to receive practical knowledge from an experienced exporter and legal service provider on how to build and manage a successful international distributor network.

Topics Include: How to Identify a Partner and build a Global Infrastructure, Sales Method Comparison, Keys to a Successful Partnership, Payment Methods, Key Elements to Include in a Distribution Agreement, Corporate Social Responsibility.


● December 14 – Business Opportunities in Nicaragua for U.S. Companies

The United States is Nicaragua's largest trading partner, the source of roughly a quarter of Nicaragua's imports and the destination for approximately two-thirds of its exports (including free zone exports).

Join this webinar and gain significant market insight by identifying export opportunities and best prospects in Nicaragua's market.

Time: 12:00 – 1:15pm CDT
Cost: $35


● December 14 – The Role of Effective Use of Credit Insurance

This webinar will introduce exporters to credit insurance and how it can be used as an effective selling tool in the international market place.

Time: 10:30 – 11:30am CDT
Cost: $25


· March 7-10 – ICT Trade Mission to Singapore & Vietnam

· March 12-16 – Power Technologies Trade Mission to Saudi Arabia & UAE.
Application deadline is December 31, 2016.

· March 26-31 - Trade Mission to Central America in conjunction with the Trade Americas (details to come)

· June 19 – 23 – Cyber-Security Trade Mission to Canada (details to come)

Reminder: Ask our Kansas State trade partner about available grant funds that may be used to help offset the cost for to participate in either of these events:

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

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