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.


July 30th - How Small Businesses Thrive in International Trade: A Panel Discussion

The global economic landscape is becoming more challenging for international traders with a strong US dollar, European and Chinese slow-downs, and more international competition. Despite this atmosphere, export and import opportunities abound. On July 30th, join the International Trade Council of Kansas City for an opportunity to learn how three Heartland small companies have sustained and grown their international trade. If your company has considered export/import, or even attempted it, this panel discussion is for you.

When: July 30 - 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Where: Central Exchange South

6201 College Blvd

Overland Park, KS 66211

(First National Bank building at the corner of Lamar and College in Overland Park)

Questions? Email us at mailto:Itcoffice@itckc.org?subject=Strategies%20for%20International%20Trade%20Shows . To register - http://itckc.org/EventDetails.aspx?EventId=52

August 11th – Certified Global Business Professional Exam Training (3-Day Course)

The MO SBTDC and the University of Missouri, Trulaske College of Business is offering a three-day workshop this summer to prepare people for the NASBITE International CGBP exam. The NASBITE CGBP provides a benchmark for competency in global commerce that including topics such as global business management, marketing, supply chain/logistics and trade finance. Participants will receive thorough training and preparation for the CGBP exam and become aware of the crucial role of trade skills in supporting firm’s capabilities to expand globally.

When: August 11th – 13th 8:30am – 5:00pm

Where: 205 Cornell Hall, Trulaske College of Business
University of Missouri

700 Tiger Avenue
Columbia, MO 65201

For more details and to register, visit: http://missouribusiness.net/event/?program=BDP&event_id=258990

August 13th – Export Tax Incentives 101 Seminar

US companies expanding overseas to sell their goods and services in foreign markets are subject not only to the US federal income tax rules that cover international transactions, but also to the taxing authorities of every foreign jurisdiction where they do business. It is imperative from the beginning to choose a structuring plan that fits your needs, keep costs low, and avoid the risk of double or even triple taxation in certain circumstances.

When: August 13th, 2015 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am

Where: World Trade Center Kansas City

30 West Pershing Road #201

Kansas City, MO 64108

For more details and to register: http://www.wtc-kc.com/export-tax-incentives-101-seminar/

August 26th - INCOTerms® - Unique Perspectives & Practical Applications

Understanding Incoterms is vital to any organization involved in international business, from the top executive level through management in marketing, sales, operations, shipping and finance to associates at all levels. Lack of understanding and misuse of Incoterms can lead to serious difficulties in global trading and considerable unforeseen expenses.

When: August 26th – 8:00am – 3:00pm (lunch included)

Where: Hallmark Cards, Rice Center
McGee Trafficway
Kansas City, MO 64141

Register online at: http://itckc.org/EventDetails.aspx?EventId=47

Discover Global Markets: Business Forum Series

go for the Discover Global Markets Business Forum Series

Discover Global Markets: E-Commerce Strategies for Exporters
Connect to international customers via digital innovation, social media
and mobile marketing

When/Where: October 8 – 9 / Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX

Explore the e-commerce and digital strategies most important to American product and service exporters. Pre-schedule one-on-one meetings with U.S. Commercial Diplomats from The Baltics, Brazil, Canada, China, Chile, Eastern Europe, European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Nigeria, The Nordics, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, UAE, The United Kingdom.

Discover Global Markets: Pacific Rim Consumers
Capturing Export Opportunities from Seoul to Santiago

When/Where: October 29 – 30 / Orange County, CA

Learn what consumers are buying, and how to sell to them. Pre-schedule one-on-one meetings with U.S. Commercial Diplomats from Australia, Burma, China, India, Japan, Southeast Asia, South Korea, Central America, Colombia, Chile, Canada, Mexico

For more details and to register: http://www.export.gov/discoverglobalmarkets/

Upcoming Webinars from the U.S. Commercial Service


Title: Basic Guide to Exporting Webinar Series

This is the Basic Guide to Exporting Webinar Series that covers missing chapters in the book.

July 22 – Pricing Quotations & Terms

July 23 – Exporting Services

July 29 – Selling Overseas & After Sales Service

July 30 – Business Travel Abroad

Register online for these webinars at - http://go.usa.gov/3GdRz

Title: 3 Surprising Truths about International E-Commerce

When: Thursday, July 30
1:00pm Central

Cost: Webinar is free of charge.

Register online: http://go.usa.gov/3Gd9C

Join us to discover three surprising truths about international e-commerce from industry leaders at eBay who will address B2B and B2C aspects to online sales channels. This program will also preview what's in store for the upcoming Discover Global Markets: E-Commerce Strategies for Exporters event Oct 8-9, 2015.

Title: Vetting Your International Business Partners

When: Wednesday, August 5

Time: 1:00pm Central

Cost:  $20

Register online: http://1.usa.gov/1S3y86d


Identifying a credible business partner is one of the most challenging issues a company faces when engaging in international business.  Not conducting the proper vetting process and dealing with the wrong party can bring about possibly devastating consequences to you and your business.  Join us for this presentation from John Leonard, Senior Manager Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP, and learn about the different considerations and the processes you and your company can employ in order to mitigate your risk and successfully engage with the right partner overseas.


  • FCPA: know how to avoid implications of bribery
  • Questions to ask when dealing with your business partner
  • Research methods when conducting your screening
  • Resources available to U.S. companies

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