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2023 Taiwan Trade Shows
Jan 1 @ 6:36 pm – Dec 31 @ 7:36 pm
Global Digital Growth: Cross-border eCommerce Webinar Series: US to Anywhere
Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am


Feb 16th, 2023,  10:00am Pacific/1:00pm Eastern

Cost: $25.00 

  1. 57% of digital buyers purchase products from an online store outside their domestic market.
  2. 92% of sellers surveyed plan to enable cross-border online purchasing by the end of 2023.
  3. Only 10% of cross-border consumers agree that most brands meet their expectations for what they consider a good experience.
  4. Online retail sales reached $4.9T globally in 2021.

Consumers are ready, your competitors are gearing up and there is still huge room for improvement.  Learn how to build your cross-border, omnichannel digital sales roadmap.  Examine which markets are right for you.  Understand how to get paid, fulfill orders, market yourself, and comply with regulatory requirements.

Access Africa; Trade Promotion Seminar In Celebration of Black History Month
Feb 17 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Access Africa; Trade Promotion Seminar

In Celebration of Black History Month

Date:  Friday, February 17, 2023

Time:  2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Venue:  Karibu Wine Lounge

1419 Park Street, Alameda CA 94501

*Invitation Only Event, Please RSVP to


1:45 pm         Check-in

2:00 pm         Introduction of Congresswoman Barbara Lee, CA-12 (Invited) by Chadwick Spell, Board Chair, Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce

2:10 pm         Welcome Remarks by Congresswoman Barbara Lee, CA-12 (invited)

2:15 am         Introduction of Federal and State of California (Go-Biz) Guest Speaker(s) by David Socher, Chair Northern California District Export Council (NorCal DEC)

Recognize fellow NorCal DEC Executive Committee members Sung Wook Lee, Vice Chair, Tom Neff, Treasurer & Rod Hirsch, Executive Secretary

2:30 pm         Introduction of Special Guest Speaker The Honorable Deputy Consul General with the Consulate General of the Republic of Kenya, James Omosa Rwoti (invited) by Dr. Christine Wachira, The Wachira Group

2:45 pm         Presentation on U.S. Commercial Service Export Promotion Services & Missions by Rod Hirsch, Director of the Oakland Export Assistance Center

3:00 pm         Presentation on Small Business Administration (SBA) Working Capital Loan Program by Michael Fazio

3:15 pm         Presentation on the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) by Mariana Guevara

3:30 pm         Presentation on ExIm Bank Export Credit Insurance by John Keevan Lynch

3:45 pm         Q&A

China Clean Beauty Trade Mission
Feb 21 – Feb 22 all-day
China is currently the second largest cosmetics market globally and the top destination for U.S. cosmetics exports. It is estimated the Chinese beauty and personal care market will be worth more than $78 billion by 2025. Sophisticated consumers and increasing awareness of the skin-aging effects of pollution are driving more Chinese shoppers to opt for natural and organic personal care products. Join this event to learn more about this highly attractive market and to pitch your clean beauty products virtually to distributors across mainland China and Hong Kong. Support up to 10 STEP-eligible small businesses to participate in this event. Pre-registration with U.S Commercial Service and passed U.S Commercial Service vetting is required

Please see the event flyer for further details.

EXPORTING 101: Pathways to Developing International Markets
Feb 22 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Canada Advocacy Day Luncheon: Green Investing in the Golden State
Feb 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

How Institutional Investment is Building a Sustainable Economic Future in California

Institutional investors have a powerful ability to drive economic growth and climate action:
• Canada’s trusteed pension funds together manage almost $2 trillion in assets
• California’s state and local pension funds manage nearly $1 trillion in assets
This invitation-only event will highlight the scope and transformational
impact of institutional investment in California, and explore how Canadian
and Californian institutional investors are advancing the transition to
net-zero and contributing to a robust and resilient regional economy.

How to Navigate Three Major Stumbling Blocks in Exporting to the E.U.
Feb 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The E.U. is the world’s second largest economy at $16.6 Trillion Dollars, presenting both opportunities and challenges for Small & Medium Enterprises. What are the three largest stumbling blocks that you will face?

  • Currency– Western European nations use the Euro, but Central and Eastern European nations often use their own currency. Learn how to get the best exchange rate!
  • Packaging/Regulations–24 official languages exist in the E.U.. Learn how to find the best translation for packaging and instructions.
  • Data Privacy–What is the GDPR? Learn how to deal with the rules and regulations that the EU imposes.

Cost: $40 for non-DEC Members, $30 for Members with code SAVE10

Avalon 2023 California Pavilion
Feb 28 – Mar 5 all-day
Join the California Pavilion at Avalon 2023! The California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) invites interested California small businesses to exhibit under the California Pavilion within the USA Pavilion at Avalon 2023. California small businesses that qualify for STEP funding are eligible to participate at a significantly reduced cost. Avalon 2023 provides significant sales opportunities for California businesses seeking to enter the Australian aerospace and defense market. It is supported by the Australian Defense Force, the Royal Australian Air Force, and the Defense Material Organization of the Department of Defense.

Please see the event flyer for further details.

Trade Winds Southeast Asia!
Mar 13 – Mar 15 all-day

Join us in Bangkok, Thailand for the largest U.S. government-led trade mission and business development forum. Organized by the U.S. Commercial Service, Trade Winds will feature meetings with U.S. commercial diplomats from over 20 countries in Asia, exciting conference programming, and plenty of networking. The registration fee for the forum is $750 per attendee.

Qualified U.S. businesses may customize their experience with optional business-to-business matchmaking meetings with pre-screened buyers, agents, distributors, or joint-venture partners in Thailand (March 14) as well as Philippines, Vietnam and Singapore (March 9-10) and Indonesia and Malaysia (March 15-16). The registration fee for this option, which includes the business development forum and one mission stop, is $2,200 for the first company representative ($4,200 for companies with over 500 employees) and $500 for each additional company representative. The registration fee for each additional mission stop is $1,200.

Global Digital Growth: How to Leverage Hong Kong as a Hub to Grow Your Sales Across Asia
Mar 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

How to Leverage Hong Kong as a Hub to Grow Your Sales Across Asia

March 16th 2023,   10:00am Pacific/1:00pm Eastern

Cost: $25.00

The shiny Mainland China consumer market has lost its luster in recent years as the cost of doing business and building your brand has skyrocketed. But the battle for online consumer market share is heating up across Asia and now is the time to set your growth on the right trajectory.

In this workshop, learn which markets across Asia might be right for you based on the growth in online consumption for your product category and hear from a suite of industry and government service providers that can help you turn HK into your Asia-based hub for warehousing, fulfillment, payments, and even digital marketing.

Panama and CAFTA-DR – March 2023 USDA Trade Mission
Mar 19 – Mar 23 all-day

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service is accepting applications from U.S. exporters for a regional trade mission to Panama City, Panama from March 19-23, 2023.

“Panama is the economic, financial, and logistics and transport hub for Central America and this trade mission will provide us with an exciting opportunity to expand our growing presence across the region,” said FAS Administrator Daniel Whitley. “This is a perfect time to expand U.S. agricultural and food exports to Central America, where the rising incomes and a growing middle class in Central America are driving demand for consumer-oriented products and more.”

During the mission, FAS staff and regional experts will provide in-depth market briefings while in country. The agency will also arrange targeted business to business meetings for U.S. agribusinesses with potential customers from Panama, a bilateral Free Trade Agreement partner, as well as buyers from countries in the multilateral Central America and Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic.

Combined total agricultural exports to CAFTA-DR countries and Panama totaled a record $7.6 billion in 2021, up 50 percent since 2017. In 2022, agricultural product exports are on track to exceed that figure by nearly 25 percent.  Guatemala is the largest country by population in the region while the Dominican Republic is the largest economy and the United States’ largest agricultural product export market in the region.   Costa Rica and Panama are both important tourism destinations and are home to thousands of American and international expats, helping to drive demand for high-quality imported food products.  Moreover, Panama is a global top-five per capita consumer of U.S. food exports.

The region offers strong capabilities in logistics, distribution, processing, cold chain, and more. Strong opportunities exist for exporters across many industries, including but not limited to:

  • consumer and processor-oriented food;
  • poultry;
  • pork;
  • dairy products;
  • beer and wine;
  • snacks and packaged foods;
  • health functional foods, such as gluten and sugar free, keto, and organics.
How to Sell into the MENA Market via the Cross-border Digital Sales Channels
Apr 13 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

How to Sell into the MENA Market via the Cross-border Digital Sales Channels

April 13th, 2023   10:00am Pacific/1:00pm Eastern

Cost: $25.00

As consumers across the MENA region have grown accustomed to purchasing online and cross-border, retailers are following suit. In the UAE, consumers are buying more online from outside the region, driving an anticipated 34% growth in cross-border online sales over the next three years.

Join us to learn more about accessing the MENA region through the online sales channel.

11th Annual Pan African Global Trade and Investment Conference
Apr 26 – Apr 30 all-day

The 11th Pan African Global Trade and Investment Conference will collaborate with the Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution to develop and present strategic and sustainable approaches for conflict resolution in fragile and conflict-affected countries.

The conference will promote and support the use of trade, investment, and economic development for conflict resolution programs that. . .

  • Promote and facilitate the acquisition of conflict management and resolution skills through a collaborative effort of local and credible NGO’s

  • Promote and provide strategies for the inclusion of marginalized groups in trade, investment, and local economic development

  • Promote the establishment and operation of peace building strategies and institutions that establish and maintain successful conflict resolution training and behavior modification programs

  • Establish regional transformation based upon modern methods of social and economic development

  • Develop trade, investment and economic development networks which can immediately be relied on to increase peace and sustainability

  • Establish of small business cooperatives that work towards the accomplishment of the regional master plans for trade, investment, and local economic development

2023 NADEC Annual Export Conference
May 9 all-day

Event Details
Register Today! Don’t miss out on this exciting program!

Gathering America’s export professionals to connect, collaborate, and solve problems together.

The NADEC Annual Export Conference, held annually at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center, brings together high-ranking U.S. and foreign government officials, exporters, service providers, and trade promotion agencies to discuss the latest news and updates on trade policy, export market opportunities, and challenges in focused sectors and regions. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2023, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center (Networking reception from 5:30 – 7 pm)

Wednesday, May 10, 8 a.m. – Breakfast on the Hill with presentations by selected members of Congress, followed by individual meetings with Congressional Representatives

The 2023 NADEC Annual Export Conference will bring together distinguished speakers including business leaders, high-ranking U.S. and foreign government officials, exporters, trade service providers, and trade promotion agencies. This Conference provides space for industry peers to share expertise, proven export strategies, effective resources, and more during concurrent sessions.

Featured keynotes and panels will focus on Trade Policy Updates and Export Opportunities and Challenges. The NADEC Trade Policy Committee has identified timely issues that need to be addressed in order for U.S. exporters to have a fair playing field and competitive advantage in the global marketplace.

Planned topics include updates on:

  • Global Supply Chain issues (disruption, resiliency, security, regulations),
  • Africa (opening new opportunities),
  • EU – Working with our Allies, Indo Pacific Framework,
  • How the U.S. can counter the China trade threat,
  • Opportunities for re-shoring and near-shoring, and
  • Best practices for local DEC engagement at the grass-roots level, including Congressional trade advocacy.

DEC members can take the lead in building the trade DNA (of future exporters) and unlocking export potential. DEC members and U.S. exporters need to be well-versed on these issues and participate in the Hill breakfast and visits with Congressional representatives on Day 2 of the conference.

Early Bird Registration (until 4/1/23) – $249

Regular Registration (4/2/23-5/9/23) – $299


To ensure we are reflecting on timely topics of interest and the most current trends in the field, NADEC welcomes continued input from practitioners of ideas for panels, discussions and lectures related to exporting that would be beneficial to our conference attendees.

You may contact Anne Burkett, NADEC Vice Chair, at with your input.

US to EU How to sell into EU via eCommerce
May 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
US to EU How to sell into EU via eCommerce

May 18th, 2023   10:00am Pacific/1:00pm Eastern

Cost: $25.00

With the European Union’s internet penetration now at 91% and e-Shoppers at 75% and 70% of EU retailers having NO online presence at all, now is the time for U.S. online retailers to grow into Europe.

But which countries are right for your product vertical and how do you build the right foundation? We’ve pulled together the key industry leaders to answer these questions and more in this upcoming workshop on EU market entry.

NAFSA 2023 Annual Conference & Expo
May 30 – Jun 2 all-day

Join your peers and colleagues from around the world at the NAFSA 2023 Annual Conference & Expo, the international education event of the year!

At NAFSA 2023, you’ll learn from experts, collaborate with colleagues, and discover solutions you need to innovate, adapt, and prepare for the year ahead. Attendees benefit from the most diverse and comprehensive opportunities for professional learning, global networking, and interactive engagement, all designed to meet your unique practice needs.