OTHER OPPORTUNITIES AND EVENTS
March 10-12, 2014, Turin, Italy: BIO Europe Spring 2014 First-Time Attendee Promotional Discount
BIO-Europe Spring is the springtime counterpart to EBD Group’s flagship conference, BIO-Europe, and continues the tradition of providing life science companies with high caliber partnering opportunities. Working together with the U.S. Department of Commerce / Commercial Service in Europe and the EBD Group, first-time attendees to a BIO-Europe conference are eligible for a $200 discount on the registration. Contact Christian.Koschil@trade.gov for details. More information: http://www.ebdgroup.com/bes.
March 14-15, 2014: The British & International Franchise Exhibition London (BFEL) 2014 – London
As one of the UK’s leading international franchise events, it has been granted Trade Fair Certification by the U.S. Commercial Service UK (CSUK). The event is held exclusively in association with the British Franchise Association (bfa) who maintain quality and standards in the UK franchising industry. This annual exhibition attracts large audiences of serious potential franchisees from across the globe via a big-budget marketing campaign encompassing TV, radio, PR, social media, email and direct mail. CSUK is pleased to support the U.S. attendees visiting and exhibiting at the show by extending the following free, value-added benefits: Know Before You Go webinar to give practical and logistical information in order to maximize time spent in London and at Olympia, Opportunity for business counseling with a CSUK Commercial Specialist, Invitation to the International Networking Reception, Inclusion in the CSUK Twitter campaign from the show floor. For more information about BFEL, please contact our Franchising Specialist: Chrystal Denys at Chrystal.Denys@trade.gov or visit our website here: http://1.usa.gov/1gQMl5z Or visit the British&International Franchise Exhibition London website.
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 1-4, 2014: U.S. Pavilion at MosBuild2014 - Moscow, Russia
Join a grouping of ten U.S. design and construction companies in the U.S. Pavilion at MosBuild2014 and win business with support from the U.S. Department of Commerce! MosBuild2014 represents the premier opportunity to get connected to double-digit growth in demand for design and construction in Russia and the region as the projects are underway to build venues for the World Cup in 2018, expand housing and hotel availabilities, and increase infrastructure capacity. In addition to being co-located with other U.S. companies, participating exhibitors will receive counseling and support from the industry experts of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. Program costs may be applicable for assistance from state trade offices. For more information, contact Michael Marangell at Michael.Marangell@trade.gov.
April 5-6, 2014: Kazakhstan Spring 2014 Education Fairs – Almaty & Shymkent
Currently, Kazakhstan sends 37,000 self-paying undergraduate and graduate-level students overseas every year, but only around 5% of them are studying in the United States. Kazakhstan is a rapidly-developing, politically-stable, oil-rich, ethnically diverse nation, that has tripled its GDP in recent years to around $13,000 per capita. This puts it in the same level of affluence as Bulgaria, South Africa and Costa Rica. Young people here actively study English -- many Universities conduct all coursework in English -- and are very eager to study abroad. Last year the issuance rate for F-1 (student) visas was 94% and since August 2013, five-year visas to U.S. are now issued to citizens of Kazakhstan. In addition, the Government of Kazakhstan recently announced plans to close many local private universities, and the number of students seeking high-quality education overseas is forecast to increase dramatically. The U.S. Departments of Commerce and State are working together on the following two recruitment fairs:
Event registration: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/newRegistration.jsp?SmartCode=4F6M
Deadline for registration: March 7th.
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: $650 per institutions per country; $150 for each additional representative per country. Deadline: January 31, 2014. For more information: e-mail Greg.Thompson@trade.gov with cc to Debra.Rogers@trade.gov.
April 7-8, 2014: Asia - Pacific Business Outlook Conference - Los Angeles, CA
Take this once-a-year opportunity to meet with senior Commercial Service officers traveling from their overseas posts to participate in the premier conference for business professionals seeking trade or investment opportunities in the Asia Pacific region. In two days, APBO features over 50 concurrent sessions on the following markets: Australia, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taipei, Thailand and Vietnam. Cost: While the regular price for the conference prior to March 28th is $949, with the US Commercial service referral code of USCSglobal2014, the cost is $699 prior to March 4th, $849, prior to March 28th, and $999 during the final week prior to the event. See: http://www.apboconference.com.
April 8-10, 2014: Safety & Security Catalog Show at Expo Seguridad – Mexico
Expo Seguridad is THE industry event where Mexico’s security community meets to increase sales, reinforce market presence, and find new prospects. If you are a U.S. manufacturer or exporter of safety & security products/services, the Safety & Security Catalog Show is a low-cost, yet effective, way to evaluate interest in the Mexican market. We will display and represent your product literature at our U.S. Commercial Service booth at the show and proactively identify partners that meet your stated interests, be they searching for a distributor, market testing, or direct sales. Upon completion of the event, a results report will be sent of all potential partners that expressed interest, and all trade leads from end-users that visited our booth. We will work with you to capitalize on these contacts after leads are reviewed. Fee: $350. PRE-REGISTRATION deadline March 7th: http://go.usa.gov/ZfsT. More info about trade show: http://www.exposeguridadmexico.com/ Questions: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 8-10, 2014: London Book Fair
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) Global Publishing, Media & Entertainment Team is pleased to offer U.S. publishers a chance to promote their companies, at no cost in advance of The London book Fair 2014. The International Promotion Program (IPP) will assist you in promoting your company to foreign buyers through our U.S. Embassy colleagues in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Portugal, Turkey and other countries. Registration Deadline: March 14, 2014. Click here to fill out the registration form. This will ensure your inclusion in a website list of U.S. publishers that we promote in conjunction with The London Book Fair 2014. Questions? Contact Vicki Tolefree at 312-353-3748 or email: Vicki.email@example.com or Maura Kawai, email: Maura.Kawai@trade.gov.
May 1-2, 2014: Discover Global Markets – Africa and the Middle East - San Antonio, TX
A U.S. Commercial Service-organized business forum with sessions on market entry strategies, financing, and mitigating risk as well as country-specific and industry-specific information and opportunities. Additionally, attendees can participate in pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings with senior commercial officers representing 20 countries. Learn more at: http://export.gov/texas/sanantonio/dgm/index.asp.
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.
May 15-18, 2014: Exhibit Five Titles at the 2014 Book World Prague – Czech Republic
The U.S. Commerce Department is pleased to offer an opportunity to exhibit 5 titles in our third annual U.S. Pavilion at the Book World Prague event, May 15-18, 2014. We will help you gain exposure in the market and match your titles with interested publishers. A nation of avid readers, the Czech Republic ranks among the world’s top countries in terms of the number of titles published annually per capita. Translations account to more than one third of the total Czech book production, and its share continues rising, ranking Czechs among the world’s top consumers of translated texts. Best prospects for U.S. publishers in the Czech market include: Contemporary American literature, Social and human sciences, Thrillers and Suspense books, Educational books, Spiritual and Self-Help Books, Family and Child Rearing and Children’s book series for ages 9-11. Cost to register is $100 for up to 5 titles, and $20 for each additional title. We can only accept books from publishers, not authors. Deadline to register is March 16. REGISTER HERE. Questions? Contact Vicki Tolefree at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-353-3748 or Jana Ruckerova in Prague at Jana.Ruckerova@trade.gov.
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 email@example.com.
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