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NASBITE International is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on the advancement of trade education and professionalism in support of global business. Specifically, NASBITE is the leading authority for global business education, trade credentialing, training and practice, and NASBITE is also the steward of the Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) credential. NASBITE has nearly 2000 CGBPs and members in the United States, Canada and Mexico who work as trade assistance providers, managers in exporting companies and experts in a wide range of service-oriented companies that support international trade.

America’s SBDC represents America’s nationwide network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) – the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the United States and its territories. The mission of America’s SBDC is to help new entrepreneurs realize the dream of business ownership, and to assist existing businesses to remain competitive in the complex marketplace of an ever-changing global economy. Small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs can go to their local SBDCs for FREE face-to-face business consulting and at-cost training on topics including: business plans, accessing capital, marketing, regulatory compliance, technology development, and international trade.

The International Trade Administration (ITA)/U.S. Commercial Service is the export promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce, with ITA serving as the U.S. government’s lead export promotion agency.  ITA strengthens the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promotes trade and investment, and ensures fair trade through the rigorous enforcement of our trade laws and agreements.  ITA is organized into three distinct but complementary business units:

  • U.S. Commercial Service/Global Markets
  • Industry and Analysis, and
  • Enforcement and Compliance

ITA has more than 2,200 employees assisting U.S. exporters in more than 100 U.S. cities and 75 markets worldwide. For more information, please visit: www.export.gov or www.trade.gov.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is one of the world’s largest law enforcement organizations and is charged with keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. while facilitating lawful international travel and trade.

The Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) mandates that CBP educate small and medium businesses on their compliance regarding importing and exporting into the U.S.  This requirement is met by CBP’s Office of Trade Relations (OTR), who through various outreach efforts, raises awareness of resources available.

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) is the official export credit agency of the United States. EXIM is an independent, self-sustaining federal agency that supports American jobs by financing the export of U.S. goods and services—at no cost to American taxpayers. When businesses in the United States, or their customers, are unable to secure export financing from the private sector (e.g., due to political or economic uncertainty), EXIM fills in the gap by equipping American businesses with the tools to compete for global sales.

The NCBFAA Educational Institute (NEI) provides educational opportunities to the members of NCBFAA & the larger trade community in the areas of international trade, supply chain management, global logistics, customs brokerage, export transactions, transportation, attendant government regulation, and those areas of knowledge necessary to manage or advance a career path in a business providing services to those sectors.  The NEI offers web-based certification and 101 courses, in addition to a robust webinar series and annual Global Trade Educational Conference (G.TEC) every summer.

Established in 1989, the Organization of Women in International Trade International (OWIT) is a global association for women in international trade and business. Our 2,000-plus members impact hundreds of millions of dollars in trade and business transactions annually. OWIT serves as the unifying body of a network of chapters spanning the globe in the Americas, Western Europe, and Africa. OWIT also supports a “Virtual Chapter” for individuals involved in international trade and business who do not have access to a local OWIT chapter where they reside or work. Membership in a local or the Virtual Chapter gives automatic access to the OWIT International network.

The State International Development Organizations, or SIDO, is the only national organization focused on supporting governors’ international trade agendas by serving and representing the 50 state trade agencies to the federal government. SIDO helps state international trade programs to better serve American exporters and international company investors by sharing innovative ideas and resources, developing the skills of state trade professionals, advocating the interests of states in international trade promotion and facilitating multistate collaboration.

The Getting to Global Initiative (GtG) is a transformational public/private partnership that brings together industry experts, business leaders and government officials to empower small- and medium-sized companies to expand globally. Getting to Global aggregates both public and private sector resources and expertise in multiple online platforms including the Export Accelerator (export.gettingtoglobal.org) and the new Export Connect platform (www.export-connect.org), where exporters can find the experts and tools they need to succeed.

Stop wasting time on your export paperwork. Shipping Solutions export documentation and compliance software helps you quickly create accurate export documents, submit your electronic export information through AESDirect on the ACE portal, generate chamberized certificates of origin, and stay compliant with U.S. export regulations. See how you can join the thousands of successful exporters who use Shipping Solutions at www.shippingsolutions.com.

Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global (WEGG) is a nonprofit (501c3) organization offering a variety of affordable and accessible education resources on going global that are created by women for women. It is the only U.S. nonprofit that focuses exclusively on export education for women SMEs. WEGG’s mission is to educate women business owners and entrepreneurs worldwide on how to go global so they can run healthier businesses and create a new future for themselves, their families, and their community. Its vision is to break down barriers preventing women from expanding their enterprises through exporting.” For more info, see: https://womenentrepreneursgrowglobal.org/

The National District Export Council (NADEC) increases awareness and understanding of the importance of exports to the US economy through education, legislative outreach and engagement with DECs and other relevant stakeholders. NADEC is a 501(c)(6) non-profit corporation that is made up of 16 District Export Council (DEC) board members and 8 associate members that collectively represent and serve 61 District Export Councils across the country. In aggregate, the DECs are comprised of roughly 1500-member organizations represented by business leaders (appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce), whose knowledge of and expertise in international business provides a source of professional advice for their region’s local firms.

The Maryland/Washington D.C. District Export Council (DEC) consists of international business leaders from throughout the region whose knowledge on international business provides a source of professional advice for local firms. Members are appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and work closely with the Department of Commerce U.S. Export Assistance Centers to sponsor and participate in numerous trade promotion activities.

As the state’s primary economic development agency, the Maryland Department of Commerce stimulates private investment and creates jobs by attracting new businesses, encouraging the expansion and retention of existing companies, and providing workforce training and financial assistance to Maryland companies. The Department also promotes the state’s many economic advantages and markets local products and services at home and abroad to spur economic development and international investment, trade and tourism.

The World Trade Center Institute (WTCI) helps companies think globally and grow exponentially. The largest international business networking organization in the Mid-Atlantic with more than 2,500 companies in the public and private sector, WTCI offers members development programs, professional exchanges and marquee events where ideas are expanded and collaboration is created. Partnerships with state and local governments, 300+ World Trade Centers, the U.S. Department of State, Work Bank and more provide members unparalleled access to push and empower each other to succeed and connect in ways they never would have or could have imagined. For more information, visit www.wtci.org.

Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) promotes international trade for companies throughout Virginia. VEDP’s mission is to increase the number of Virginia companies selling overseas and their volume of international business. Assisting more than 300 new and experienced exporters enter new international markets each year, Virginia businesses benefit from VEDP’s export development programs, publications, resources, and market research.

Other Federal Participants

SBA’s Office of International Trade (OIT) works in cooperation with other federal agencies and public- and private-sector groups to encourage small business exports and to assist small businesses seeking to export. Through 21 U.S. Export Assistance Centers, SBA district offices and a variety of service-provider partners, OIT directs and coordinates SBA’s ongoing export initiatives in an effort to encourage small businesses to go global.

SBA’s participation in this activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

Meet Our Partners & Sponsors

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: http://www.bgiworldwide.com/ or email to sales@bgiworldwide.com

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.
Learn more at http://us-ciberweb.org.

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: https://commercebank.com/business/payables-and-receivables/payables/international-payments

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. https://us.solutions.kompass.com/m/easybusiness/

Annual Conference Sponsor: GrowthWheel
GrowthWheel is a visual toolbox and cloud-based platform used by small business advisors to help client companies make decisions and take action with a 360° perspective. GrowthWheel was founded in 2005 and is today used by more than 3,000+ business advisors in 49 US States and 45 countries. For more information go to www.growthwheel.com.

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