SBA Celebrates World Trade Month!

Rhode Island District Office  - May 11, 2021

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SBA Celebrates World Trade Month

World Trade Month

As part of World Trade Month, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will conduct and participate in a series of webinars aimed at helping participants such as yourself gain valuable insights on strategies for international sales success.

We invite you to join us and discover the benefits of going global!

Bryant University

Join us on Wednesday, May 26, 2021,
for the 36th Annual World Trade Day

We are excited to be offering our first virtual World Trade Day on May 26, 2021! While we will miss getting together in person, we are looking forward to “seeing” you and still being able to engage in an energized day full of learning, sharing, and networking. There is much to talk about in terms of global trade and no shortage of topics we can address, which is why our topic for this year’s event is “The Future of Global Trade: Changes, Challenges and Opportunities.”

We are finalizing a thought-provoking and inspiring day with keynote speakers from around the globe who will discuss topics ranging from China trade relations to the future of in-person trade events! Our goal is not just to focus on presentations, but to also provide personal connections – something we have all been missing over the past year. World Trade Day will take place on a virtual platform managed by Accelevents, which will offer exciting opportunities for networking, including themed group discussions, small group workshops and networking “speed-dating.”

Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 26, from 8am – 2pm. Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing additional information on the agenda and our speakers. Please follow us on social media and on our website and be sure to register! 


Exporting Events From
Our Friends at the Chafee Center


Registration Deadline
May 28, 2021

Now in its 21st year, DSEI is a world-leading event that connects governments, national armed forces, industry thought leaders and the global defense and security supply chain on an unrivalled scale. Participation in this event will provide Rhode Island companies with access to Air, Land, Naval, Security and Joint Domains and a range of valuable opportunities for networking and access to relevant content and live-action demonstrations.

Event Date: September 14 – 17, 2021

The Rhode Island booth is designed to allow up to 6 companies to be represented. Click the link below for more information or to register for this event. 


World Trades Month

May 12, 2021
SBA Support for Commercializing Innovation

2:00PM - 3:15PM EDT

SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program and Office of International Trade are pleased to collaborate with the Association of University Research Parks to conduct a webinar focused on how SBA can help innovative companies achieve their technological potential and profit from commercialization. 


May 18, 2021
Going Global with
Free Trade Agreements
2:00PM - 3:00PM EDT

Discover the fundamentals of trade agreements.  Find out about the basics of a trade agreement, which countries have trade agreements with the U.S., how to take advantage of a trade agreement, and U.S Government (USG) resources that are available to small business exporters.


May 20, 2021
Digital Strategy for Global E-commerce

2:00PM - 3:00PM EDT

Learn about digital strategies for the global marketplace from successful exporters who are using them to increase global sales.  Hear about grants, programs, and services available to help you create and implement your digital global strategy.  This event is presented by the SBA, the Export-Import Bank (EXIM Bank), the U.S. Commercial Service and the U.S. Census Bureau.


May 25, 2021
Business Beyond Borders
2:00PM - 3:00PM EDT

Join the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), the Export Import Bank of the United States (EXIM Bank), and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for an informative webinar. Learn about the SBA’s State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grant which provides funds to U.S. small businesses to begin or expand exporting; free consulting for prospective exporters through the SBA Fast Track service; and export financing that can provide working capital, expand production capabilities, support marketing efforts and more.


May 27, 2021
Growing Your Global E-Commerce Sales
2:00PM - 3:00PM EDT

Gain insight on shipment and payment in a virtual environment from a global logistics service provider.   The session will also include information on Federal support programs for all your export needs from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM Bank), the U.S. Commercial Service, and the U.S. Census Bureau and the opportunity for you to “ask the experts.”.  Whether you are a new exporter or an experienced international business, you will get valuable insights on how federal agencies can support your business’s success abroad through E-commerce.