Meridian provides access to trade finance tools that exporters can use to expand their international sales, including export credit insurance, cross-border equipment financing, foreign buyer credit lines, political risk insurance, supply chain financing, international leasing, L/C insurance, and other services. Meridian’s clients include banks, non-bank lenders, multinational corporations, and—with no minimum size requirements—middle market companies and small business exporters nationwide.*


Access the Western Hemisphere

Location: Minneapolis, MN Radisson Plaza Hotel

Date/Time: April 23-24, 2013

Cost: $299

Link to Register: http://www.exportassistance.com/wh-agenda

This annual conference will bring 10 Senior Commercial Diplomats covering over 15 markets across the Western Hemisphere. Participants will discover how to identify new export opportunities, increase market share and competitive edge, and develop strategic relationships with those that are on the forefront of business and exporting in these key markets.

ACCESS 2013 Trade Forum on Africa, Middle East, and South Asia
San Diego, CA
May 1 & 2, 8am-5pm
Link to register:

ACCESS 2013 International Trade Forum is a unique opportunity to hear directly from U.S. Commercial Service Officers and U.S. State Department Officers who serve in some of the world’s fastest growing economies (one-on-one meetings can be scheduled). Regional experts from Africa, the Middle East and South Asia will convene on May 1-2, 2013 in San Diego for ACCESS 2013, the first time that this event is being held in California. In addition to 25 government speakers, over 50 private sector leaders will speak and participate in the ACCESS two-day program focused on trade opportunities by industry sector and world region.

Gateway to Europe Conference

Venue: Minneapolis, MN Radisson Plaza Hotel

Date: June 4-5, 2013

Cost: $299 Early bird rate, $349 regular rate

Learn more at: http://www.exportassistance.com/eu-about-the-conferences

The MN District Export Council, in cooperation with the U.S. Commercial Service, is pleased to present the Gateway to Europe conference, the second of two regional International Trade Administration conferences to be held in Minneapolis in 2013!

This annual conference will bring more than 25 Senior Commercial Diplomats and U.S. international trade officials covering the European, Russian and Turkish markets. Participants will discover how to identify new export opportunities, increase market share and competitive edge, and develop strategic relationships with those that are on the forefront of business and exporting in these key markets.


Africa Growth Conference: Africa Open for Business
UCLA – Anderson School of Business
April 17, 201

UCLA Anderson’s African Growth Conference aims to bring together business leaders, professionals, academics, and students to discuss business trends, challenges and the increasing importance of the role of African countries in the global economy. It also provides a collaborative forum for participants to build networks, exchange ideas, and share knowledge and best practices. The 2013 conference will provide an opportunity for its audience, composed of industry professionals, government leaders, academics and other stakeholders who are interested in learning more about the region, to learn from influential and impactful leaders and hear their insights on the trends, challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in investing in and doing business with the region.

Irvine Chamber Global Markets Webinar Series
Topic: Increase Export Sales by Safely Extending Payment Terms
Your Computer
April 17, 2013, 10am-11am

Featured Speaker: Gary Mendell, President of Meridian Finance Group

ExporTech Corporate Management Program
Norwalk, CA
April 24, May 22, and June 19, 2013
Early Bird Registration $3,500 per company for 2 executives
Learn more/register at:

Learn how to improve your export initiatives or get started on the exporting path! CMTC, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), and U.S. Commercial Service in collaboration with regional partners are presenting an in-depth and accelerated approach to help manufacturers with their export initiatives. ExporTech will connect you with the best international business experts in the region, assist you in developing an export growth plan, generate measureable results, and more. The program is designed for senior level management and requires a commitment to attend all three sessions. For more information contact: Elizabeth Glynn at (310) 984-0728 or email: eglynn@cmtc.com

2013 Export Workshop Series
ITT Technical Institute – Sylmar
May 1-August 7, 201
FREE of charge
Jean Coronel at jcoronel@portla.org or register at: http://tinyurl.com/ExportUSFValley

Eight International Trade Workshops will be presented every two weeks from May 1, 2013 through August 7, 2013. Export counseling will be offered by appointment in Session 8.

Session topics include the following:

  • May 1: International Business Culture
  • May 15: Is Exporting for Me?
  • May 29: Finding & Entering New Export Markets/International Matchmaking
  • June 5: Internet Export Marketing
  • June 19: Export Sales Techniques and Documentation
  • July 10: Export Trade Finance & Insurance - Getting Paid
  • July 24: Legal Do's and Don’ts for Exporters
  • August 7: Freight & Logistics /Export Planning and Counseling

87th Annual World Trade Week Kick Off Breakfast

Location: JW Marriott at L.A. Live

Date/Time: May 2, 2013; 7:15 a.m. -10:30 a.m.

Cost: $75

Link to Register: http://www.lachamber.com/index.php?src=directory&view=webpagedir&srctype=detail&refno=1121&category=global_initiatives

For more than 80 years, World Trade Week (WTW), an initiative of the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce, has been the most extensive and unique program of its kind in the country. WTW dedicates itself to educating the public on the importance and benefits of global trade on the local and national economy through a series of educational programs and events. World Trade Week is celebrated throughout the month of May and is jumpstarted by the Chamber's Annual WTW Kickoff Breakfast. The keynote address for this year's breakfast will feature Microsoft Corporation Enterprise & Partners Group Southwest District General Manager Tyler Bryson. Mr. Bryson overseas Microsoft's sales for the largest 150+ customers in the Southwestern United States across California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and Hawaii. Through his leadership, Microsoft established the first-ever High Tech Customer Advisory Board, a vehicle for driving greater industry and customer feedback to Microsoft.

19th Annual Inland Empire World Trade Conference
Ontario California Convention Center
May 9, 2013 (9:00AM - 4:00PM)

Cost: $199 (Register using our client discount code – CINIEXPO – and save $250 off the normal ticket price ($449)
Link to register:

The 19th annual California Inland Empire District Export Council (CIEDEC) World Trade Conference will be held jointly with Innovation Economy Expo on May 9 in Ontario, CA. The CIEDEC experts will conduct the "Export University" workshop to spotlight opportunities and explain the ins and outs of doing business overseas. There will be industry specific panels (automotive, construction and safety/security) to share best practices and network with industry export experts. The Innovation Economy Expo is a global community of business stakeholders coming together to create high-growth business opportunities by exchanging knowledge and ideas, creating projects, building teams and sharing international commercialization resources. For more information, please contact: fred.latuperissa@trade.gov

VITA Global Networking Breakfast: Celebrate World Trade Month - “Focus on Brazil, the Latin American Giant”
The Valley Economic Alliance
Wednesday – May 29, 2013

Think Asia, Think Hong Kong

Date: June 14, 2013

Location: Los Angeles JW Marriott – LA Live

More information: http://www.thinkasiathinkhk.com/usa/en/info_programme.html

Produced by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, "Think Asia, Think Hong Kong", USA brings together top companies, business leaders and experts for two days of high-level discussions, business matching and networking. Hong Kong’s special relationship with both mainland China and the US, as well as its status as Asia’s international trade and financial center, make it the gateway for US companies seeking new markets and business opportunities in Asia and China. Building on successful "Think Asia, Think Hong Kong" events in the UK and Japan, "Think Asia, Think Hong Kong", USA creates this opportunity for the first time for the US market.

Participation is free of charge. Registration is required and will be launched online in due course.

Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Export Regulation Course
Los Angeles, CA
August 7-8, 2013
Link to register:

This two-day program is led by BIS's professional counseling staff and provides an in-depth examination of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The program will cover the information exporters need to know to comply with U.S. export control requirements on commercial goods. We will focus on what items and activities are subject to the EAR; steps to take to determine the export licensing requirements for your item; how to determine your export control classification number (ECCN); when you can export or re-export without applying for a license; export clearance procedures and record keeping requirements; Export Management Compliance Program (EMCP) concepts; and real life examples in applying this information. Presenters will conduct a number of "hands-on" exercises that will prepare you to apply the regulations to your own company's export activities. This program is well suited for those who need a comprehensive understanding of their obligations under the EAR.


C3 2013 Summit with CS American Business Exchange Pavilion and Keynote President Bill Clinton
NY, NY Union League Club
October 07, 2013

C3 Summit 2013 in its 2nd year to promote Commerce, Community and Collaboration will host President Bill Clinton as the Keynote and in partnership with the Commercial Service, will conduct an American Business Exchange Pavilion. U.S. companies will have an opportunity to exhibit at the Summit and have international business-to-business matchmaking opportunities, provided by Commercial Service, with American and Middle East companies interested in doing business in the Middle East and North Africa markets as well as FDI in the U.S. This is one of New York’s most prestigious international business-to-business networking events. Exhibition space is readily accessible to SMEs interested in doing business in the Middle East region and provides a unique opportunity to have access to this growing market in a truly business venue. Showcase your company to an expected audience of more than 465 company representatives to meet other ideally matched prospects of participating Exhibitors and Sponsors (in addition to networking with more than 400 Plenary attendees). Last year more than 400 participants attended C3 2012 in NY with more than 35 countries (including 10 Arab nations) represented. Don’t miss out—limited exhibit and sponsorships available. Meet potential partners, agents, distributors and buyers; and close business deals. For more information contact: RanselPotter@copara.com or Tanya.Cole@trade.gov


Trade Winds Asia

May 12-15, 2013

Seoul, Korea

For more information: www.export.gov/pennsylvania/tradewinds

Extend your reach with optional Mission Stops, May 9-10 (Hong Kong or Manila) or May 16-17 (Taipei or Tokyo).

Since its inception in 2008, Trade Winds participants have reported more than $100,000,000 in export sales to the regions of Asia, Europe and Latin America. Seoul, Korea is the host city for Trade Winds Asia 2013. This three-pronged program – which delivers business matchmaking appointments in up to 5 markets, one-on-one counseling sessions with our Senior Commercial Officers from 14 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, and a focused business development conference – delivers proven results and will increase your international sales opportunities.

  • Business Matchmaking - Companies both large and small, in a wide-range of industries, will receive individualized attention on the development of their itinerary. As part of the “register your Interest” process, you will receive a  free market assessment, enabling you to determine which markets to focus on for your business matchmaking meetings : Seoul, Manila, Hong Kong, Taipei and/or Tokyo.  
  • Market Counseling - Our Senior Commercial Officers will review your company information and questions you raise in advance of the event to engage in an informative conversation with you during your individual meetings in Seoul.
  • Business Development Conference - The conference program will provide you with in-country perspectives and accessibility of market experts and superb networking events.
  • Email tradewindsasia@trade.gov with any questions.

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