The U.S. Commercial Service in Kansas City, Missouri organizes and supports conferences, seminars, and events to educate our clients and promote international trade. Our goal is to help local U.S. exporters sell globally. A sampling of our events includes:

  • Executive briefings in our office with one of our visiting Commercial Service Officers from around the world.
  • Educational export seminars and online webinars.
  • Matchmaking and export counseling services at international trade shows overseas and the U.S.

By organizing trade missions and educational seminars; providing matching or export counseling services at trade shows; and recruiting buyer delegations to U.S. trade shows, the U.S. Government helps U.S. exporters expand global sales at trade events.

Upcoming events:

January 16, 2014 - Intellectual Property Boot Camp: With the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the World Intellectual Property Organization

Join the U.S. Commercial Service – Kansas City and World Trade Center Kansas City for a rare opportunity to learn from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the World Intellectual Property Organization. This course is essential even if you do not have current plans to export, as you don’t want to leave your business’ assets open to thefts from abroad.

When: Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Where: The Board Room

Union Station

30 West Pershing Road

Kansas City, MO 64108

Fee: $125.00 (Includes hard copy materials, breakfast, lunch, and parking validation)

Your U.S. patent or trademark is protected only in the U.S., and not in any other country. Many U.S companies have found that foreign manufacturers have copied their products, packaging and business plans, even though they had never done business abroad.

Don’t let it happen to you. In one day, you will learn just about everything you need to know about protecting intellectual property - patents, trade secrets, trademarks and copyrights - in the U.S. and abroad. This full day workshop will provide companies with the tools to develop an IP strategy to support expanded export sales and increased global business activities, while avoiding the pitfalls of IP theft and abuse.

Learn how to:

  • Identify the intellectual property (IP) assets in your business – patents, trade secrets, trademarks, copyright.
  • Develop a comprehensive intellectual property strategy for protecting your IP assets in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Avoid inadvertently exposing your IP assets to theft from abroad or on the internet.
  • Take advantage of the many U.S. Government and other resources available for protecting your intellectual property.

Our guest speakers are experts from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and from the World Intellectual Property Organization, and will be on hand for this outstanding program. Companies of all sizes and industries are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Questions? Contact Regina.Heise@trade.gov. To register, visit www.wtc-kc.com.

No cancellations permitted after January 6, 2014. Substitutions allowed.

February 7, 2014 - Doing Business in Botswana – 11:45 am - 1:45 pm

Join the Kansas Black Chamber of Commerce, World Trade Center Kansas City, the KC Chamber, and the U.S. Commercial Service for a market briefing on Doing Business with Botswana, led by Ambassador Mazile Seretse.

Botswana is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, with the fourth largest gross national income in Africa, and a fast-growing standard of living. The country, is a member of the African Union, has a strong tradition as a representative democracy and has the second highest Human Development Index of continental Sub-Saharan African countries.

This event will include an economic brief from the Ambassador, as well as trade and investment updates from the Botswana American Chamber of Commerce, Honorary Consul Robert Shumake, and the U.S. Commercial Service.

Venue: The Board Room at Union Station

30 West Pershing Rd.

Kansas City, MO 64108

For further details and to register - http://www.wtc-kc.com/ai1ec_event/doing-business-in-botswana-2/?instance_id=14150

March 3 – 6, 2014 - Missouri Governor’s Trade Mission to Montreal and Toronto

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will be leading a trade mission to Montreal and Toronto, Canada, from March 3-6, 2014, providing an excellent opportunity for all types of Missouri companies, including manufacturers, agri-businesses, and producers, to find new markets for their products.

If you are a manufacturer of power generation equipment, automotive, aerospace; oil and gas; defense products and services; safety and security equipment; renewable energy; information and communications technology; pollution

control – wastewater treatment; mining; travel and tourism and the agricultural sectors of food service; snack food; fresh vegetables; fresh fruit; red meats; and processed fruits and vegetables, then you should take part in this mission.

If your company or organization has never been part of a trade mission before, this is a great first step. Doing business with Canada means there are fewer language and other barriers as Missouri has similar business and legal practices. Canada is Missouri’s largest export market. One-third of all Missouri exports go to Canada with leading sectors including transportation equipment, chemicals, machinery, food and kindred products and fabricated metal products.

See MO TM Canada for further details and to register. Registration deadline: February 3, 2014. Questions? Call 573-751-4855.

April 7-8, 2014 - Asia/Pacific Business Outlook - Access 18 Asia/Pacific Markets in 2 Days!

If you are a business leader or executive looking for export and investment opportunities in the dynamic Asia/Pacific region, this is the one conference you can't afford to miss.

Hosted by the USC Marshall School of Business for 26 years with the full support of the U.S. Commercial Service, Asia/Pacific Business Outlook features 60 sessions on the following countries/regions: Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taipei, Thailand and Vietnam. Burma, Brazil, Mexico and Russia are special additions to this year’s program.

Senior Commercial Officers will prepare customized one-on-one briefings in response to the information U.S. companies submit in advance of the APBO Conference and counsel these firms on the opportunities for them in their markets.

Space is limited so sign up today
. Due to the high demand for the one-on-one meetings, please register early* to ensure your priority.

* Use special Commerce Code USCSglobal2014 and register by March 3 for a discounted U.S. Commercial Service rate of $699.

Questions? Contact U.S. Commercial Service trade specialists Jason.Sproule@trade.gov or Jim.Mayfield@trade.gov.

July 14 – 18, 2014 – Farnborough Air & Trade Show

Missouri’s International Trade & Investment Office is coordinating Missouri’s participation at Farnborough, July 14-18, 2014. As a nationwide leader in the Aerospace and Defense industry, Missouri has been a regular participant in the Farnborough International Air and Trade Show for the last two decades and next year is no exception.

Farnborough Air Show (http://www.farnborough.com) is one of the largest trade fairs of its kind with an impressive history. In 2012, Farnborough saw 210,000 trade and public visitors, exhibitions by over 1,500 companies, and aircraft orders and new business of over $72 billion! But Farnborough’s visitors aren’t just the large publicly traded names you’re familiar with. Hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of visitors are SMEs and supply-chain suppliers looking for new business.

Missouri will have a booth in the US Pavilion which will reduce cost for companies that participate, providing an excellent opportunity to meet new potential business partners or expand your business with current customers.

The deadline to register is January 31, 2014 so get your registration in today. See the Farnborough 2014 flyer for further details and to register. Questions? Contact Doug Potts at Doug.Potts@ded.mo.gov or 573-751-9072.

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