The U.S. Commercial Service in Kansas City, Missouri, organize and supports conferences, seminars, webinars, 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 include:

  • Executive briefings in our office with one of our visiting Commercial Service Officers from around the world.
  • Education 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.

Note: Grant funds are available to qualifying U.S. companies through the states of Kansas and Missouri that can be applied towards the cost to participate in any of the below opportunities and trainings.

Contact our state trade partners for more information:

Kansas (STEP or KITSAP)
Chang Lu
at cl@kansascommerce.com or 913-307-7378

Missouri (STEP or GMAP)
John Hensley
at john.hensley@ded.mo.gov or 573-781-4982

  • CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: ETTAC RE-CHARTERING MEMEBERSHIP

The U.S. Department of Commerce currently is recruiting members for the Secretary’s Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee (ETTAC). The ETTAC is comprised of senior private sector representatives from the U.S. environmental industry and serves as an independent advisory body to both the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and all U.S. government agencies that touch the nexus between international commerce and environmental technology. In this capacity, the ETTAC advises the federal government on the development and administration of policies and programs to expand U.S. exports of environmental technologies, goods, and services. More information, including recommendations from past ETTAC charters, is available at www.export.gov/ettac.

Details about the application process for the 2018-2020 charter can be found via the Federal Register here:

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/09/25/2018-20774/environmental-technologies-trade-advisory-committee-ettac-notice-of-reestablishment-and-solicitation



  • USTR INFORMATION ON U.S.-MEXICO TRADE AGREEMENT


Official information on the provisions contained in this new agreement can be found at the following links, as provided by the U.S. Trade Representative’s office:

https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/press-releases/2018/august/strengthening-nafta-agriculture
https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/press-releases/2018/august/modernizing-nafta-be-21st-century
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  • INFORMATION ON FOREIGN TARIFF RETALIATIONS


Information about foreign retaliations in response to the U.S. 232 steel and aluminum tariffs is now available to the public online at https://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/tradedisputes-enforcement/retaliations/tg_ian_002094.asp. The site has information about when the retaliatory tariffs have gone into effect, links to the official notifications and product lists by the various foreign governments, and a retaliation product coverage matrix, which companies can use to see if their products at the HS6 level are being impacted by any of the retaliatory measures.



  • US-MEXICO-CANADA AGREEMENT FACT SHEETS

“Canada and the United States reached an agreement, alongside Mexico, on a new, modernized trade agreement for the 21st Century: the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). USMCA will give our workers, farmers, ranchers and businesses a high-standard trade agreement that will result in freer markets, fairer trade and robust economic growth in our region.  It will strengthen the middle class, and create good, well-paying jobs and new opportunities for the nearly half billion people who call North America home." -Joint statement from United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer and Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, September 30, 2018

The USTR released four fact sheets on the completed agreement:


  • IRC’S: YOUR GLOBAL FUTURE

October 16 • 9:00am – 3:00pm

Where: Union Station Grand Plaza • 30 W. Pershing Rd. • Kansas City, MO 64108

Away from the borders and coasts, Kansas City-area students are often surprised to find how many international academic and professional opportunities await them after high school. On Tuesday, October 16, we'll be bringing together dozens of international businesses, organizations, and colleges and universities to show 1,000 area high-school students just how global their future can be – and we'd love your help!

To learn more and register: https://www.irckc.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1110669


  • TRADE 101: GETTING STARTED IN EXPORTING

November 8 – 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Where: World Trade Center Conference Room • 30 W. Pershing Rd. • Kansas City, MO 64108

This course is recommended for businesses new to exporting. Whether you have received an unsolicited request from an international customer or you want to grow your business by reaching the 96% of consumers outside the United States, this training is designed to introduce you to the ABCs of exporting.

• Learn the basics of exporting compliance and what to know before you get started.
• Identify the local resources available to your international business.
• Network with field experts, peer businesses, and international service providers.

Register: http://membership.kcchamber.com/events/details/trade-101-getting-started-in-exporting-9652

  • PLAN YOUR GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP WEEK WITH 150+ EVENTS IN KANSAS CITY

November 12 - 16

Global Entrepreneurship Week - Kansas City (aka #GEWKC) – there are over 150 events scheduled. Start building your schedule for the main event, Nov. 12-16.

Now, in its 11th year, the global, weeklong celebration will again unite thousands of innovators, job creators, business owners, celebrity entrepreneurs and companies in more than 160 countries, all in the name of entrepreneurship and the hope of solving problems and transforming local economies.

Follow the links at: https://www.kcsourcelink.com/blog/post/blog/2018/10/01/plan-your-global-entrepreneurship-week-with-150-events-in-kansas-city.

  • BECOMING A LOCAL BRAND, GLOBALLY: PREPARING FOR THE DIGITAL SHOPPER

November 13 – 11:30am – 1:00pm

Where: World Trade Center Conference Room • 30 W. Pershing Rd. • Kansas City, MO 64108

Join us to learn the mechanics of cross-border e-commerce and be sure your business is ready for international interest. Technology allows global buyers access to your business.

Registration: https://www.kcsourcelink.com/gew/d/gewkc-2018/becoming-a-local-brand-globally-preparing-for-the


  • WORKING ACROSS COUNTRIES & CULTURES: WHAT IT MEANS FOR ENTREPRENEURS

November 14 – 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Where: Plexpod Westport Commons • 300 E. 39th Street • Kansas City, MO 64111

Join the International Relations Council (IRC) and hear from a diverse panel of individuals who have taken their work abroad as they share lessons about entrepreneurship and working across cultures. This event is offered as part of the 2018 Global Entrepreneurship Week in partnership with KCSourceLink.

Registration: https://www.irckc.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1158096


  • MID-AMERICA TRADE SUMMIT

November 14 – 15:
Nov. 14: 6pm – 8pm – Summit Networking Reception
Nov. 15: 8am – 4:30pm – Summit Sessions and Proceedings


Where: University of Missouri • Columbia, MO

Presented by the MU International Trade Center – Join top exporters, global trade leaders and trade assistance providers from across mid-America as they gather to share global trade best practices and lessons learned in global trade. The fast-paced, highly interactive format of this event provides attendees with direct access to high-level networking and shared learned opportunities that can be used to guide export expansion.

Interested in this event? Visit https://business.missouri.edu/centers-institutes/international-trade-center/mid-america-trade-summit.


• DON’T JUST SHOW UP: A HOW-TO GUIDE FOR TRADE SHOWS

November 16 – 8:00am – 9:30am

Where: Plexpod Westport Commons • 300 E. 39th Street • Kansas City, MO 64111

How do you choose a trade show for your business? What do you look for when considering a trade mission? How do you prepare? Learn best practices to maximize your results.

Registration: https://www.kcsourcelink.com/gew/d/gewkc-2018/dont-just-show-up-a-how-to-guide-for-trade-shows


  • DOING BUSINESS WITH CANADA

November 27 – 8:00am – 10:00am

Where: World Trade Center Conference Room • 30 W. Pershing Rd. • Kansas City, MO 64108

Join World Trade Center – Kansas City in welcoming the Consulate General of Canada’s Innovation and Investment team, Laura Dalby and Tina Kotrych, to Kansas City! As part of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service they provide comprehensive, confidential and free services to help expand your firm’s international footprint in Canada. Hear from them on:
 
Identifying 
strategic market intelligence and key contacts, including potential suppliers & partners

Referrals to in-market legal, financial, immigration, and industry experts

Facilitation of site visits to help identify a strategic location

Information and Advice on:

Establishing a business in Canada

Tax benefits and R&D credits

Regulations

Information specialists and industry associations

Financial and non-financial government programs


Registration for the event is $20 per person and includes breakfast. 

http://membership.kcchamber.com/events/details/doing-business-with-canada-9659



  • WEBINAR SERIES: BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN THE SOUTHERN CONE REGION

Your organization can participate in one, two or all five webinars. The cost for each webinar is just $35 and for the entire series it is only $120.

Webinar Series Schedule:

1. Argentina – August 30, 2018 @ 1:00 PM EDT

2. Uruguay – September 27, 2018 @ 1:00 PM EDT

3. Chile – October 25, 2018 @ 1:00 PM EST

4. Paraguay – November 29, 2018  @ 1:00 PM EST

5. Bolivia – December 20, 2018  @ 1:00 PM EST

Cost: $35/webinar or $120 (for all five webinars)




March 2019

March 24 - 29Business Opportunities in the Southern Cone. Contact Delia Valdivia at Delia.Valdivia@trade.gov or Dakshina Voetsch at Dakshina.Voetsch@Trade.gov.


April 2019

April 6 – 11 - Healthcare Techonology & Health Services Trade Mission – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar. For more information, please visit the trade mission webpage or contact Sonia.Hatfield@trade.gov or Jeff.Hamilton@trade.gov.

May 2019

May 6 -13Tradewinds Indo-Pacific Forum and Mission 2019 – New Delhi, India. For more information click here, or contact: Email TradeWinds@trade.gov or call Leslie Drake at 304-347-5123 or Leandro Solórzano at 954-356-6647.

  • 2018 International Buyer Program/International Buyer Program Select


Greater New York Dental Meeting

November 23 – 28 • New York, NY

POWER-GEN International
December 4 – 6 • Las Vegas, NV

2019

CES
January 8 – 11 • Las Vegas, NV

Water & Wastewater Equipment & Transport Tradeshow
February 21 – 23 • Indianapolis, IN


IBP SELECT Trade Shows:

55th Annual RV Trade Show
March 12 – 14, 2019 • Salt Lake City, UT




  • EXPORT INFORMATION BY INDUSTRY –
    Find the latest market intelligence, trade events, and trade leads for your industry.

Visit: https://www.export.gov/industries



  • DISCOVER GLOBAL MARKETS: INDO-PACIFIC

Discover Global Markets: Indo-Pacific


Discover Global Markets: Indo-Pacific | Dec. 10-12, 2018 | Salt Lake City, Utah


This dynamic conference brings together global leaders across the aerospace, defense, and security sectors. Seize the opportunity to:

  • Network with international executives, business development and marketing professionals, technology developers, export compliance specialists, and government officials.
  • Meet one-on-one with U.S. Commercial Diplomats from the following 14 Indo-Pacific nations: Australia, Bangladesh, Burma, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
  • Discuss procurement needs directly with foreign buyers.

Visit the website to learn more about how this conference will prepare you to compete globally and transform market potential into market success. Subscribe to receive updates about Discover Global Markets: Indo-Pacific.

Join the conversation! #DiscoverGlobalMarkets

Learn more HERE.

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: Contact our state trade partners in Kansas and Missouri and ask about available grant funds that may be used to help offset the cost to participate in these events. Contact information is above.

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