Opportunities in the Global Marketplace November 2016 Edition

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Register for the Webinar on New Horizons: Global Markets

Did you know that 95% of world consumers are outside of the United States? If you’re not exporting, you could be only reaching 5% of your potential customers. Join the San Antonio MBDA Business Center Project Director Orestes Hubbard on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time to learn what it takes to become export - ready and how Hubbard and his team have facilitated $200 million in global transactions for minority-owned businesses — and that’s just San Antonio!

New Videos: Exporting 101

U.S. businesses are well-positioned to expand internationally, but many firms don't know where to start. Watch this short series of videos to understand the basics of exporting and how you can expand your international footprint.

Fueling the Future: Taking the U.S. – Japan Relationship to the Troposphere and Beyond

Both Japan and the United States share a strong commitment to developing and commercializing clean energy technologies.  Hydrogen Fuel Cell technology offers a broad range of benefits for the environment, our nation’s energy security, and both the U.S. and Japanese economies.   This challenge – and opportunity – is also inspiring initiatives for knowledge sharing, collaboration, and joint investment in innovative solutions to capture and convert the power of hydrogen as a source of clean, abundant, reliable, and affordable energy.

Tips on Setting Up an Account in the Automated Commercial Environment

This blog provides a few tips to address some common questions and issues for those who set-up exporter accounts in ACE on behalf of a client, authorized agents and freight forwarder roles, as well as with existing ACE importer accounts. Exporter accounts and the AESDirect filing system now reside in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).

Grow Your Business by Exporting to Mexico

As you look to grow your business, you might want to consider opportunities with our neighbor to the south, the largest market for U.S. small business exports: Mexico. Mexico has a large appetite for American goods and is the second biggest purchaser of U.S. products, behind Canada, but is the largest market for small business exports. In 2014, 55,860 U.S. businesses with less than 500 employees registered export sales to Mexico totaling over $77 billion.

Webinar: Business Opportunities in Nicaragua for U.S. Companies

U.S. exports to Nicaragua totaled US $1.3 billion in 2015. Nicaragua's GDP increased by an estimated 4.9 percent in 2015, due largely to increased fixed investment, domestic consumption, and growing remittances. The Central Bank of Nicaragua forecasts GDP growth of 4.5 percent for both 2016 and 2017. Join us for the “Business Opportunities in Nicaragua for U.S. Companies Webinar” on Wednesday, December 14, 2016. This key webinar part of the Business Opportunities in Central America Webinar Series will bring you the latest on Nicaragua's growth and the opportunities these developments offer U.S. companies in many industries.

2016 International Trade Forum

Montgomery Community Media in partnership with the Maryland/DC District Export Council, the U.S. Commercial Service, the Export-Import Bank of the United States, and the Small Business Administration present a three-hour program on the challenges and opportunities facing companies going global. The program will feature 3 panels covering key aspects of international trade, including trade finance and local resources that facilitate trade. Speakers include government representatives as well as CEOs who have successfully taken their companies international.
The program will be filmed in front of a studio audience of business leaders and will be streamed live to http://www.MCMLive.org.

Webinar: Business Opportunities in Panama for U.S. Companies

The U.S. is Panama's most important trading partner with about 30 percent of the import market. In 2015, U.S. goods exports were valued at US $7.7 billion. U.S. products and services enjoy a high degree of acceptance due to their excellent reputation in quality and price-competitiveness. Panama's dollar-based economy offers low inflation in comparison with neighboring countries, and zero foreign exchange risk exists. Join us for the “Business Opportunities in Panama for U.S. Companies Webinar” on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. This last webinar of the Business Opportunities in Central America Webinar Series will bring you the latest on Panama's growth and the opportunities these developments offer U.S. companies in various industries.

Three Ways the Commerce Department has Strengthened—and Will Continue to Strengthen—American Competitiveness

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker participated in an armchair discussion at the World Affairs Council of America annual conference titled “Shaping the American Competitiveness Agenda for the 21st Century.” Secretary Pritzker was joined by fellow panelist and UPS CEO David Abney and moderator Edward Alden, senior fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations. During the discussion, the Secretary highlighted policies that America must pursue in order to stay competitive, grow the economy, and generate opportunity for working families.