NASBITE Cancels 2020 Annual Conference/National Small Business Exporter Summit

Due to the evolving concerns around the COVID-19 virus, and in accordance with health guidance from the CDC, WHO, and the state of Maryland, NASBITE International’s Board of Governors has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 National Small Business Exporter Summit, 2020 Annual Conference and Pre-Conference events scheduled for March 23-27, 2020 in Annapolis, Maryland. NASBITE is committed to the health and safety of our members, which is our top priority.

Attendees holding confirmed room reservations with The Graduate Annapolis within the NASBITE room block will have their room reservations canceled with no penalty and will receive email confirmation of the cancellation as long as an email address was provided to the hotel at the time of reservation. If your room reservation was confirmed as part of the NASBITE room block, no further action is needed by you to cancel your reservation.

Those attendees who reserved guest rooms outside of the NASBITE room block or at a different hotel will need to cancel their reservations directly with the hotel.

Although the events will not proceed as planned in Annapolis, the Board is currently reviewing options to offer a virtual version of most activities. Please bear with us as we work through these challenges. We will follow up shortly with options for your consideration.

We invite you to share what your own organization is doing to manage the issue by emailing us at

NASBITE will be in touch regarding Conference registration fees and refunds. If you have questions about airline fee waivers, available refunds, reduced flights and schedule changes, please contact your airline directly or visit their website for information.

For additional questions, please contact Diane Schafer, Director of Meetings for NASBITE, at

Travel Information

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitor the current outbreak of COVID-19 virus and is actively working to ensure that the most up-to-date CDC guidance is quickly and accurately disseminated to local partners.

The current recommended precautions to avoid exposure to the virus are the same precautions you would take to avoid the flu. To keep everyone safe:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (must contain at least 60% alcohol to be effective).
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick (applies to office staff) and do not return to work until you have been fever-free without the use of fever reducing medication for at least 24 hours.
  • Cover your coughs or sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash; if tissues aren’t available, cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, but there is a vaccine for seasonal influenza, which is recommended for all persons over the age of 6 months.

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Summit Sponsor: BGI Worldwide Logistics, Inc.
BGI Worldwide Logistics, Inc. is the on-demand freight transportation and logistics specialist providing domestic and international third-party logistics services to commercial customers. BGI specializes in delivering unique solutions to complex shipping problems. Our customers rely on us as their expert resource in an increasingly complex domestic and international transportation environment. For More information on BGI Worldwide Logistics: or email to

NASBITE Partner: Centers for International Business Education (CIBEs)
The Centers for International Business Education (CIBEs) were created by Congress to increase and promote the nation’s capacity for international understanding and competitiveness. There are 15 nationally designated Centers administered by the U.S. Department of Education, located at Brigham Young University, Florida International University, George Washington University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, Indiana University, Loyola Marymount University, Michigan State University, San Diego State University, Temple University, Texas A&M University, University of Colorado Denver, University of Maryland, University of South Carolina, and, University of Washington.
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Summit Sponsor: Commerce Bank
We help educate exporters who want to find ways to expand their global sales efforts. We also help trade specialists educate people who want to learn how to export. For the last hundred years, Commerce Bank’s International Department has been serving export companies across America. We offer direct telephone lines to staff who know customers and their company’s needs. It doesn’t matter to us if you have one export transaction a year, just getting started, or are an experienced global company looking for better service. Our approach is to learn about your process, share best practices, and come up with ideas on how to help. Challenge accepted, so contact us today. Learn more here:

Summit Sponsor: Creditbench Powered by First Home Bank
CreditBench, powered by First Home Bank, offers small business loans from $50,000 to $5,000,000. Let the strength and depth of Creditbench work for you.

Summit & Annual Conference Sponsor: Kompass North America
Whether a large corporation or small business that wants to develop its local market or to export its know-how abroad, Kompass puts a unique worldwide database at its clients’ fingertips with its prospecting assistance tools and direct marketing solutions.  Market analysis, sales mapping, targeting, internal database optimization, preparation of prospecting files, mailing, emailing. Kompass can support its clients’ marketing and sales goals at each stage of their business development.

Annual Conference Sponsor: GrowthWheel
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