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



• NEW MARKET DIVERSIFICATION TOOL LAUNCHED


Thinking about exploring new export markets, but you don’t know where to start your research? Feeling overwhelmed by data? The International Trade Administration’s new Market Diversification Tool can help you identify potential new export markets using your current trade patterns.  Just enter what products you make and the markets to which you currently export, and the Market Diversification Tool crunches the numbers to rank potential markets you may want to consider. It brings together a host of product-specific trade and tariff data and economy-level macroeconomic and governance data to provide a picture of which markets make sense for further market research.  Visit export.gov/marketdiversification to access the tool and to sign up for a free webinar on how to use it.


• BIS: SMALL AND NEW-TO-EXPORT COMPANY INITIATIVE


The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced an initiative to assist small and new-to-export companies to better understand and comply with the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). BIS has developed a Small Business page at www.bis.doc.gov/smallbiz to provide an introduction of the requirements of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The webpage features a new BIS training video “Export Controls: A Quick Start Guide” that provides the basic information an exporter needs to know to comply with the EAR, in a concise and entertaining manner.

The page also offers a new mechanism to contact one of the regulatory counselors by email at smallbiz@bis.doc.gov. While anyone can submit their questions to BIS via this form, this is a direct and easy way for small companies, individuals, and those new-to-export controls to get assistance.




• CLOSING THE GAP: CANADA


Wednesday, February 6 • 12 – 1pm

Johnson County Community College – General Education Bldg., Rm 233 • 12345 College Blvd. • Overland Park, KS

Join the IRC for a mid-day event as guest speakers discuss Canada in 2019. Featured speakers include Dr. Jack MacLennan, assistant professor of political science at Park University, and Suzanne Maheu, coordinator of homestay and community support services at JCCC.

Register: https://www.irckc.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1196112


• 4th FRIDAY: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY IN THE GLOBAL MARKETPLACE: TIPS & BEST PRACTICES

Friday, February 22 • 7:30 -9:00am

Husch Blackwell • 4801 Main St., #1000 • Kansas City, MO

Now more than ever, companies that import, export, or conduct business internationally need to have a global perspective on intellectual property. Otherwise, they risk losing market share or customers, and possibly having their brands diluted, by unknown acts of infringement or misappropriation. This breakfast seminar will provide practical tips on how companies can protect themselves in the international marketplace.

Register: https://itcgkc.org/event-3122003


• BERKLEY LECTURE: NATIONAL SECURITY CHALLENGES IN THE NEXT DECADE: IMPLICATIONS FOR THE U.S.


Monday, February 25 • 12 – 1:30pm

Grand Street Café • 4740 Grand Ave. • Kansas City, MO

The IRC is proud to present Ambassador Paula Dobriansky as the 2019 Berkley Lecturer.  Amb. Paula Dobriansky is a foreign policy expert and former diplomat specializing in national security affairs. She currently serves as a Senior Fellow in the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard University’s JFK Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. 

Register: https://www.irckc.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1164254


• INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS SEMINAR

BUSINESS ESSENTIALS: PROTECTING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Tuesday, March 5 • 8:30am – 5:00pm

Kansas City Union Station Boardroom • 30 W. Pershing Road • Kansas City, MO

The STOPfakes.gov Roadshow delivers critically important information about intellectual property to the audience that needs it most – start-ups, entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized businesses, independent creators, and inventors. The information is presented by experts from multiple government agencies that deal with intellectual property issues. Participants will learn: how to identify and protect the various intellectual property assets they have; the mechanisms for obtaining IP protection in overseas markets and strategies for determining where they should seek protection; how to record their mark with Customs, with on-site help, in order to exclude counterfeit goods from entering the United States; how to combat counterfeits on international e-commerce sites; and about government resources available to help U.S. businesses with intellectual property issues.

Cost: $50 – Lunch included

Register: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=9QDJ


• 4th ANNUAL WOMEN IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS LUNCHEON


Friday, March 8 • 11:30am – 1:00pm

Webster House • 1644 Wyandotte St. • Kansas City, MO

This will be an exciting and motivating networking luncheon for all at the Webster House honoring women whose work is making an impact around the globe. Come learn more about international trade and make new connections. Jeanette Hernandez Prenger will be the keynote speaker, as she inspires us to engage our career passions and talents creating something unique and sharing how she has taken her company to other global markets. The ITC plans to also honor Narbeli Galindo, EDC Director of International Affairs for Kansas City, MO with our Legacy Award! Truly, a perfect way to continue to celebrate this new year!

How can a woman with a passionate interest build a successful business and grow it globally?

Register: https://itcgkc.org/event-3208518


• BREXIT AND THE FUTURE OF EUROPE


Wednesday, March 13 • 5:30pm – 8:00pm

CBIZ on the Plaza • 700 W.47th St., Suite 1100 • Kansas City, MO

Join the IRC for…

Since the June 2016 Brexit referendum, the United Kingdom has entered uncharted territory as it prepares to leave the European Union on March 29. As the new year dawned, there were questions about whether Brexit would happen, in what form, and how it would affect politics and economics. Amanda Sloat from the Brookings Institution will discuss the latest developments and discuss what Brexit means for the UK, US, and Europe.

Register at https://www.irckc.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1194780&group=



EXPORTING U.S. PLASTIC AND RUBBER MANUFACTURING EQUIPMENT TO CHINA
February 13 – 7pm Central
No cost to participate. Registration is required.

DOING BUSINESS IN PANAMA
February 19 – 12pm Central
Cost: $35

CYBER SECURITY OPPORTUNITIES IN EUROPE
March 20 – 1pm Central
Cost: $25.

BEAUTY & WELLNESS OPPORTUNITIES IN INDIA
February 21 -
Webinar is free of cost. Registration is required.

USA FAIR NIGERIA 2019
February 21 - 11am Central
No cost to participate. Registration is required.

ADVANCE MANUFACTURING PROCUREMENT SERIES: EXPAND YOUR BUSINESS IN CROATIA
February 27 – 10am Central
Cost: $25.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO HANNOVER MESSE 2019
March 5 – 1pm Central
No cost to participate. Registration is required.

HOW TO ACCESS THE HEALTHCARE MARKET IN BRAZIL
March 19 – 12pm Central
Cost $25.

DOING BUSINESS IN NICARAGUA
March 20 – 12PM Central
Cost: $35.

• INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL REGULATIONS WEBINAR SERIES: (March – April)

Each webinar is $50 and will last about 1.5 hours. A recording of each will be made available to paid registrants after the live event.

India: Tuesday, March 5
at 8:30pm Central

Registration: https://go.usa.gov/xErWn

China: Thursday, March 7 at 6:00pm Central

Registration: https://go.usa.gov/xErWQ
 

Canada: Thursday, March 21 at 10:00am Central

Registration: https://go.usa.gov/xErWU

EU: Thursday, April 4 at 10:00am Central

Registration: https://go.usa.gov/xErWE




April 2019

May 2019

August 2019

September 2019

  • September 23-27 - Cyber Security Trade Mission to Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Contact Gemal Brangman at (202) 482-3773 or Gemal.Brangman@trade.gov or Sheryl Hitomi at (408) 535-2757 or Sheryl.Hitomi@trade.gov. Application deadline is June 14, 2019.



• 2019 INTERNATIONAL BUYER PROGRAM/INTERNATIONAL BUYER PROGRAM SELECT

2019

INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTION AND PROCESSING EXPO
February 12-14 • Atlanta, GA

NATURAL PRODUCTS EXPO WEST
March 6-9 • Anaheim, CA

FIRE DEPARTMENT INSTRUCTORS CONFERENCE INTERNATIONAL 2019
APRIL 8 – 13 • INDIANAPOLIS, IN

2019 NAB SHOW
APRIL 8 – 11 • LAS VEGAS, NV

WASTEEXPO 2019
MAY 7 – 9 • LAS VEGAS, NV

NATIONAL RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION SHOW
MAY 18 – 21 • CHICAGO, IL

INTERNATIONAL FRANCHISE EXPO
MAY 30 – JUNE 1 • NEW YORK, NY


IBP SELECT Trade Shows:


WATER & WASTEWATER EQUIPMENT, TREATMENT & TRANSPORT SHOW (WWETT)

FEBRUARY 21 – 23 • INDIANAPOLIS, IN

RVX: THE RV EXPERIENCE
March 12 – 14, 2019 • Salt Lake City, UT

• TRADE WINDS: INDO-PACIFIC

Trade Winds: Indo Pacific - India, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka, May 8-13, 2019

The 2019 U.S. Commercial Service Trade Winds program includes an Indo-Pacific focused business forum in New Delhi, India consisting of regional and industry specific conference sessions as well as pre-arranged consultations with U.S. Diplomats representing commercial markets throughout the region.

Customize an optional business matchmaking schedule, based on input from our Commercial Specialists throughout the region, and grow your international sales through meetings with pre-screened potential buyers, agents, distributors and joint-venture partners in the following Indian cities on May 8-10: New Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata

Optional business matchmaking appointments may also be arranged in Bangladesh or Sri Lanka on May 13.

  • Learn how to increase profits and overcome barriers in the Indo-Pacific region during business development conference.
  • Network with the region’s leading industry and government officials and experienced U.S. and global companies

Want to learn more about these dynamic markets? Click on each to access their Country Commercial Guide: India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka.

Deadline to Register for Trade Winds: February 15, 2019


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Reminder
: 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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