OTHER OPPORTUNITIES AND EVENTS
December 11, 2013: U.S.-Japan Renewable Energy Policy Business Roundtable - Livermore, CA
The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC)’s International Trade Administration (ITA) is seeking representatives from 20 qualified U.S. companies to join Japanese industry counterparts for a U.S.-Japan Renewable Energy Policy Business Roundtable on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 in Livermore, California. Senior level officials from DOC, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will attend the Roundtable to provide policy updates, as well as to ensure that the exchange of views among the companies will be taken into consideration in the U.S-Japan Clean Energy Policy Dialogue (Dialogue) that will be held during the same week and in other bilateral meetings throughout the year. The Roundtable supports ITA’s commitments contained in the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RE&EE) Export Initiative, which aims to significantly increase U.S. RE&EE exports under the National Export Initiative. Topics to Be Covered: Renewable energy financing, Rooftop solar deployment, Transmission capacity and storage, Smart grid deployment, Distributed generation, and Energy efficiency for residential and commercial buildings. For directions on how to apply visit: http://export.gov/reee/eg_main_054052.asp. For more info, contact: Cora Dickson, Industry and Analysis, Office of Energy and Environmental Industries at 202-482-6083 or Cora.Dickson@trade.gov.
January 15, 2014 at 10:00am CST: Turkey Virtual Education Fair for U.S. Boarding Schools
The U.S. Commercial Service is pleased to invite U.S. Private High Schools/Boarding Schools to participate in our Turkey Virtual Education Fair! There are hundreds of Turkish students studying at the Swiss and British boarding schools, and until five years ago, only a handful of students chose American boarding schools. Through recent marketing efforts, supported by the U.S. Commercial Service Turkey, Turkish student representation in U.S. boarding schools has jumped from almost nonexistent in 2009, to 31 students recruited in 2010, 47 students in 2011 and 73 students in 2012. In the Fall of 2013, over 100 Turkish students started at U.S. boarding schools. With major changes in the Turkish K-12 education system limiting the education options of students, the demand for going abroad for high school study is increasing sharply. The high quality of U.S. boarding schools and the possibilities awaiting their graduates are not well known in Turkey. This fair will provide U.S. participants with the opportunity to introduce their schools to education agents in Turkey without ever setting foot on a plane! Using web conferencing technology, 6 participating U.S. schools will each be able to conduct a 10 minute presentation via PowerPoint to many of Turkey’s top agents during the virtual fair. No fewer than 10 agents will be participating in the fair. The cost to participate is $650 per U.S. institution. To register, or for more information, please contact Greg Thompson in our Dallas, Texas office at firstname.lastname@example.org with cc to Debra.Rogers@trade.gov.
February 19-22, 2014: No Cost Promotion at International Tourism Fair CroTour - Zagreb, Croatia
Promote your U.S. attraction or destination for free at the International Tourism Fair CroTour in Croatia! The U.S. Commercial Service Croatia, together with the U.S. embassy Public Affair office, is organizing a U.S. Pavilion to highlight U.S. destinations, where we will showcase and distribute promotional literature. This is a unique opportunity to reach travelers throughout the growing Southeast Europe market and expand your exposure in a highly targeted manner. The U.S. Commercial Service Croatia will exhibit your brochures and video-materials at the U.S. Embassy booth at no cost to you. For information on the CroTour show itself, see http://www.zv.hr/default.aspx?id=1067 Participants are asked to send a promotional destination DVD, 50 to 60 promotional packets (brochures}, and 10 press kits (optional) with photo CDs to share with interested journalists. Destination posters for the booth decor and other attractive give-away material also welcome. Shipping instructions will be provided upon submission of registration. To register, please send the data below to Delila at email@example.com with cc to firstname.lastname@example.org: Name, Title, Organization Name, Company Address, Zip Code, Phone Number, E-mail Address, URL, Number of Employees, & A Brief description of your organization.
February 27–March 1, 2014: Graphics of the Americas - Miami, Florida
Graphics of Americas (GOA), a participant in the International Buyer Program Select service, is one of the printing industry’s largest annual combined exposition and education events in the United States. With worldwide attendance, GOA is a unique event that attracts an average audience of 8,800 printers, designers, and creative professionals from over 90 countries. The diverse attendance provides a wide opportunity for networking. Once again, the U.S. Commercial Service will be offering B2B Matching-making for U.S. Exhibitors to engage directly with the international buyer delegations from: Brazil, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India and Nicaragua. Delegation leaders and industry specialists from the U.S. Commercial Service will be on hand at the show to provide counseling on export matters. For more information contact, Vicki Tolefree at (312) 353-3748 or email: Vicki.Tolefree@trade.gov and if she is not available, please contact Matt Baker at Matt.Baker@trade.gov.
March 21-24, 2014: The Paris Book Fair
Interested in exhibiting at The Paris Book Fair 2014? Please join the U.S. Commercial Service at the largest trade and consumer show for the publishing sector in France. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to network with French publishers, participate in a “meet and greet” hosted at the U.S. Embassy’s stand, obtain market briefs and target lists of local contacts, and receive assistance from the Commercial Service in organizing appointments and post-show follow-up! Best prospects for U.S. publishers include: Contemporary American Literature; Thrillers and Suspense; Arts, Life Style & Design; Travel & Tourism; Nature & Wildlife; Spiritual and Self-Help Books; Comics and Children’s Books. For more information and pricing contact Vicki Tolefree at 312-353-3748 or email: Vicki.Tolefree@trade.gov.
April 7-11, 2014: Central European Education Fairs – Budapest, Prague, Warsaw
The US Commercial Service in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland are organizing educational fairs in their respective countries in cooperation with EducationUSA and the Fulbright Commission. This is an opportunity for representatives of regionally accredited U.S. institutions of higher education, both undergraduate and graduate, to explore the markets of Central Europe. These fairs will connect U.S. educational institutions with prospective students and potential institutional partners in listed countries. Other services offered include embassy briefings, one-on-one appointments with potential partners, and networking events. Cost: TBD. Deadline: January 31, 2014, For more information: Stuart Schaag at email@example.com with cc to Debra.Rogers@trade.gov.
May 11-14 2014: CIM Mining Convention 2014 – Vancouver, Canada
The CIM Convention 2014 is an opportunity for U.S. participants to develop potential partnerships in Canada’s mining sector. Since natural resource extraction is a prevalent part of the mining sector, this year’s event is a great opportunity for U.S. suppliers of: Mining equipment and services, Automation, robotics and engineering, Construction equipment and services, Environmental risk/impact assessments, Sustainable oil field and mine water management, & Safety equipment and services. The Commercial Service will provide exposure to its U.S. participants in the Canadian marketplace through extensive marketing campaigns, company profiles listed on the U.S. Commercial Service website and product display at the U.S. Commercial Service booth. For further information about the CIM convention 2014 contact our project coordinators: Connie Irrera, Commercial Specialist (Montreal): Connie.Irrera@trade.gov or 514-908-3662; Connie Smith, Commercial Specialist (Calgary): Connie.Smith@trade.gov or 403-265-2116.
New Videos on Export Regulations Can Guide Your Goods to Profits Abroad
Exporters often want to know: “Does my product need a license before I can sell it to an overseas buyer?” The answer is often “no,” as 95% of goods shipped from the U.S. don’t require a license. But exporters must do additional due diligence to make sure their goods are not sold to denied parties. In a new series of videos produced by the Trade Information Center and Foreign Trade Statistics, the basics of export regulations are presented in a clear and engaging way. The series also contains videos on how to use trade statistics to pinpoint best markets and the role of freight forwarders and letters of credit in the export process. There are now 20 short videos to help U.S. companies successfully participate in the National Export Initiative – click here to view.
Boost Your Service Exports by Connecting with Spanish Investors
Spanish investment in the US soared from $14 billion to $38 billion in just two years through 2008, making it the 10th largest investor in the US. This continuing trend is important to the US economy and provides untapped opportunities for US service exporters. Spanish investment focuses on clean energy, clean tech and infrastructure. The online ServiceSolutionsUSA directory promotes the services of US-based firms and economic development agencies to investors in Spain. The directory gives US companies access and exposure to Spanish clients who seek US expertise in accounting, branding, banking, consulting, global logistics, trade finance, insurance, legal, regulatory, site selection, and other needs. The year-long basic membership fee is waived for companies that join before June 1, 2010. Key Spanish partners supporting this initiative include the Spanish government's Institute of Foreign Trade, the Spanish Bio-tech Association, the Confederation of Employers and Industries of Spain - the largest business association in the country, and the American Chamber of Commerce in Spain. ServiceSolutionsUSA is featured on the US Commercial Service webpage in Spain, which has over 35,000 hits per month. Subscribe now and boost your service exports to Spain! Learn more/ register. Questions, please contact Carmen.Ribera@mail.doc.gov.
走进美国"- Generate Actionable PRC Client Leads for Your Service Expertise
"AccessAmerica" is our new online Chinese-language directory of U.S. firms that provide customized services to Chinese companies that want to conduct business in the U.S., including finding partners and setting up offices. The "AccessAmerica" Service Provider directory gives U.S.-based companies and economic development agencies access and exposure to Chinese clients who seek U.S. expertise in global logistics, trade finance, HR, site selection, tax, insurance, legal and regulatory issues, marketing, and other support related to investing in the U.S. It is promoted in China, in Chinese, in cooperation with our partners including the Council of American States in China, CCPIT, Shanghai Overseas Investment Development Board, the U.S.-China Business Council and the American Chambers of Commerce in China, among others. State partners include Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi and New York. AccessAmerica is featured on the U.S. Embassy Chinese webpage which has 100,000 hits per month. It is also featured at Invest in America programs in the U.S. and China, such as the China Overseas Investment Fair and Invest New York events in November. AccessAmerica was featured in China Business Review, Xinhua and China Trade News and is generating actionable leads for subscribers. Your listing will include company information, company logo, and contact details, all translated into Chinese, for a one-year subscription fee of $400. Increase your firm's visibility in China and boost your service exports! Click here to Visit "AccessAmerica" or direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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