International Trade: March Newsletter

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international trade team - michigan economic development corp

February 28, 2019

Upcoming Events

Canada Trade Mission Registration

Canada Trade Mission

May 13-17, 2019
Toronto & Montréal

Expand your company's export sales to Michigan's largest trading partner.

Join the MEDC's multi-sector trade mission to Canada with stops in Toronto and Montréal. Mission participants will receive a customized schedule of B2B meetings to meet with prospective customers and business partners. Mission participants will also benefit from networking events and logistical support.

Matchmaking Opportunities:

  • Kick-off conference call to understand objectives and goals of the company’s participation, products, and the perceived route to the market
  • Pre-visit market research and briefings
  • Customized appointments with prospective partners, distributors, and buyers

For questions, contact Jacob Schroeder, International Trade Manager, at or 517-898-7462. 
Click here for details and registration.

PMBC Aerospace Summit Registration

Pure Michigan Aerospace Summit

April 10, 2019
Hosted by Pure Michigan Business Connect

The Pure Michigan Aerospace Summit Supplier Application is now open!

The Pure Michigan Aerospace Summit, featuring Ascent Aerospace, Boeing, Bosch Aviation, GE Aviation, Lockheed Martin, and several more is an opportunity to connect with global aerospace purchasers and hundreds of qualified Michigan companies at the state's largest aerospace matchmaking event.

Opportunities to get involved include:
• One-on-one meetings
• Qualified networking
• Purchaser walk-up tables
• Guest speakers and more!

Visit for more information and to view what global aerospace buyers are looking to procure from qualified Michigan suppliers.

Legal Essentials to Export Toolkit Training

Legal Essentials to Export Toolkit

Hosted by Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC

These education programs are designed to help businesses identify legal and compliance issues that are relevant as businesses pursue export opportunities. Join Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC and special guest speakers for an interactive workshop to learn tips and tools to ensure compliance. Seminars are free but registration is required.

April 11 | Southfield
"Intellectual Property & Business Partner Due Diligence"

May 9 | Traverse City
"Export Control Overview Compliance"

September 19 | Grand Rapids
Combination of both trainings listed above

Click here for details and registration for each event.

Partner Events

Global Discussion Event Page

Great Decisions Global Discussions Series

World Affairs Council of Western Michigan
Grand Rapids

Each event has two dates & times:
Mondays 6-7:15 pm | Aquinas College
Tuesdays 12-1 pm | Calvin College

March 4 & 5: China-U.S. Trade War
Amy Celico, Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG)

March 11 & 12: Life after the Arab Uprisings and the Islamic State
Rania Abouzeid, author of No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria

March 18 & 19: Global Cyber Threats
Peter Jolliffe, FBI

March 25 & 26: Mexico and the U.S.: The Economic Ties that Bind
Carlos Capistran, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, New York City

Click here for details on each event. 

Auto Suppliers Symposium

20th West Michigan
Automotive Suppliers Symposium

March 7, 2019
Van Andel Global Trade Center
Grand Rapids

The West Michigan Automotive Suppliers Symposium is celebrating its 20th year of bringing together business owners, senior management, and decision makers from all tiers of the automotive industry. This year, we will focus on Planning for the Future: Managing Today for Tomorrow!

This premier automotive suppliers event provides the most up-to-date industry forecasts, latest issues, and trends, with opportunities to network and learn from others in the increasingly challenging and ever-changing industry of automotive. This year's speaker line up includes: Gentex, GHSP, IHS Automotive, and more!

Click here for details and registration. 

Webinar on Selling Online in Germany

March 13, 2019
ibt Online

Selling Online in Germany Webinar

Do you want to sell online in Germany but not sure how to start? Here's a great webinar to help you get started. Join our international business and market experts for a webinar on selling online in Germany.

Germany is a top destination for exporters. To get it right these days you need localized websites and online marketing strategies that fit the German model. Join our webinar to learn how. 

Your companies will learn how to get started with German websites and e-commerce must-haves. Get exclusive access to case studies, ask questions, and more. 

Click here for details and registration. 
Can't attend? Register and we'll send you a recording.

Understanding Letters of Credit Event Registration

Understanding Letters of Credit

March 20, 2019
Van Andel Global Trade Center
Grand Rapids

Commercial or standby letters of credit are a critical element to a successful international program. Letters of credit offer both the buyer and seller security and protection during the international sales transaction. U.S. based companies who do not understand or are not utilizing letters of credit correctly may be unprepared to face the challenges of both commercial and political risks when buying and selling overseas. Join us to learn the important factors to address with letters of credit and the opportunities available to best support your company's global trade financing strategy.

Click here for details and registration. 

Arlington Registration

2019 NADEC Annual Export Conference

May 21-22, 2019
National Association of District Export Councils
Arlington, Virginia

Don't miss the exporting event of the year!

NADEC Annual Export Conference brings together distinguished speakers, business leaders, high ranking U.S. and foreign government officers, manufacturers, and service providers, and trade promotion agencies to discuss the latest news and updates on Trade Policy, Export Market Opportunities and Challenges on focused sectors and regions.

Listen to business leaders and exporters in break-out sessions and exciting panel discussions, experience speed-networking with other exporters, and discuss specific concerns and challenges with experts in table topic discussions. 

Click here for details and registration. 

For more information about the MEDC International Trade Services
visit our website, contact, or your regional International Trade Manager. Follow us on LinkedIn!