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International Education Calendar

This International Education Calendar is a compilation of export/import education events in Iowa and surrounding areas.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) International Trade Office and our Global Offices are open for business, and here to support Iowa companies during these challenging times.  We will continue to update this page with online education, resources and relevant information to support you.  Thanks!  - your IEDA International Trade Team


Presented by the Iowa Economic Development Authority

Opening Trade: Global Options for Iowa

China Phase 1: Realizations & New Crop Outlook
September 16, 2020
9:00 – 10:00 A.M. CDT

On Feb. 14, the Economic and Trade Agreement between the U.S. and China went into effect. With China’s agreement to dramatically expand its purchases of US agricultural products, there are areas of early positivity as well as concerns over the pace of exports as we begin progress on the fall harvest. Join the Iowa Economic Development Authority as we host an important webinar with Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig, USMEF CEO Dan Halstrom and USSEC CEO Jim Sutter.  You’ll hear first-hand updates regarding the latest on ag policy, as well as meat and soy trade for this vital market. 
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Market Research Tools
September 30, 2020
9:00 – 9:45 A.M. CDT

International market intelligence is a key piece of successful export planning. It is important to critically review and assess demand for your product, as well as factors related to a given export destination.   Join this discussion as one of IEDA’s trade offices and an Iowa company discuss best practices.
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Doing International Business Virtually
October 14, 2020
9:00 – 10:00 A.M. CDT

The world has changed drastically in 2020 and there is an urgent need to evolve the way we do business internationally.  Join the team at IEDA and experts from OCO Global to address and discuss the new world of “virtual” business.
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Building Your Global Food Export Options
October 28, 2020
9:00 – 9:45 A.M. CDT

Looking to expand your export markets and need advice, marketing avenues or sales options for boosting your promotion budget?  Join IEDA and our partner Food Export Association of the Midwest as we review ways we can help Iowa companies promote and sell their food and agricultural products overseas.  Paul Weiss, Liaison Manager with Food Export, will provide an overview of education, market entry, consultation options and low-cost/no-cost promotion tools to help build your export business.
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CE Marking for Machinery in Plain English
November 4, 2020
9:00 – 10:30 A.M. CST

CE-marking of machinery and partially completed machinery begins with compliance of the Machinery Directive and its harmonized EU standards.  Join IEDA and CE expert Yvonne Halpaus, Director of Sales & Marketing, QNET LLC/QNET B.V.’ as she presents this webinar focused on Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.
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Export Opportunities in Thailand & Myanmar
November 18, 2020
9:00 – 9:45 A.M. CST

Southeast Asia has emerged as one of the best opportunities for export minded Iowa companies. Thailand is SE Asia’s 2nd largest economy and is now a middle-income country.  In fact, during the last decade this fast-growing region’s purchasing power has grown to rival developed markets in both its size and appetite for US products and services. Thailand serves as an economic anchor and ideal launching place for its next-door neighbor, Myanmar. As SE Asia’s fastest growing emerging market Myanmar offers opportunities in a wide range of industries.  IEDA’s office Director from SE Asia will lead a discussion of how Iowa companies can approach this opportunity.
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Export Opportunities in Chile and Peru
December 2, 2020
9:00 – 9:45 A.M. CST

There has never been a better time to look at new global markets!  Join the IEDA International Trade office and our Latin America partner Global BMT to learn about opportunities to expand your company’s exports into dynamic, growing markets.  Chile and Peru continue to become regional and international leaders for stable, growing economy, a strong financial system and a high level of global trade in Latin America.
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Financing Your Exports
December 16, 2020
9:00 – 10:00 A.M. CST

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Export 101 For Food, Bev and Ag Products
November 12, 2020
9:00AM-12:00PM CST

Looking to sharpen your skills or gauge readiness in the export market in an online session?  Join IEDA’s International Trade Office and our export partner Food Export-Midwest to learn valuable insights, skills and requirements on exporting your company’s processed food, beverage or agricultural products.

Our online seminar will be led by long-time industry expert Dennis Lynch from Food Export, who has more than 30 years of experience in counseling U.S. suppliers of food, beverage and agricultural products with export troubleshooting, readiness, and getting started in the process.

We’ll cover:

  • How to Become Export Ready
  • Do’s and Don’ts
  • Product Classifications
  • Market Research
  • Documentation and Regulations

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Adapting to Coronavirus Supply Chain Disruptions
September 16, 2020
1:00PM CST

Roy Becker Seminars is excited to share that we're partnering with CAP Logistics and CU Denver to host an upcoming business survey and online discussion. The panel of academic and industry experts, including CAP Worldwide's Bonnie Shields, and me will be discussing the recent supply chain disruptions followed by a period for Q&A.

The topics will of course include the many challenges experienced by businesses lately, though a major focus will also be on exploring the positive adaptations seen so far in response. We're looking forward to learning from additional perspectives on the future impacts of both continued challenges, adaptations, and even new opportunities.

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Preventing Payments Fraud:  What Business Leaders Need to Know
September 22, 2020
1:00-2:00PM CST

Now, more than ever, your business needs an in-depth understanding of cybersecurity controls and fraud prevention strategies to help keep your accounts and data secure.

How can business leaders at small and medium-sized organizations—with fewer employees and limited resources — better defend against the growing threat of payments fraud?

Join us for a virtual event on Tuesday, September 22, featuring our Commercial Banking experts, who will offer practical ways to help mitigate fraud risk within your organization.

Key Topics:

  • An overview of the current payments fraud landscape
  • Proactive internal measures you can put in place quickly
  • Digital banking tools that can help protect your business

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Why Africa?  Webinar Series
September 2020

Africa is home to six of the fastest growing economies in the world with a rapidly growing middle class.  The continent holds great opportunities for U.S. innovative products and proven solutions.

Join the U.S. Commercial Service for a four part Why Africa? webinar series to learn why U.S. exporters should look to Africa for their next market opportunity.

September 22, 2020
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Mozambique/South Africa
September 24, 2020
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September 29, 2020
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STOPfakes Roadshows Go Virtual Roadshows deliver critically important information about intellectual property to audiences that need it most – start-ups, entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized businesses, independent creators, and inventors.  The information is presented by experts from multiple government agencies whose missions advance stakeholders’ intellectual property interests.  Presentations will also address how to combat counterfeits on international e-commerce sites and what additional government resources are available to help U.S. business bolster intellectual property protections.

The STOPfakes Roadshow is shifting to virtual content which will be available to the public via webinar. Register at:

Upcoming Webinars:

  • Protecting Your Company's Trade Secrets - September 15 @ 12pm EDT
  • Protecting U.S. Intellectual Property Overseas - September 24 @ 3pm EDT
  • Trademark Infringement: Criminal Investigations and Prosecutions - October 6 @ 12pm EDT


Boone, Iowa – Virtual for 2020
September 15-17, 2020


Grant expense increase!  Iowa’s International Trade Office (ITO), in partnership with the SBA’s State Trade Expansion Program (STEP), offers Iowa companies financial assistance to support specific export marketing efforts.  The Market Trade Assistance Program (MTAP) has increased the expense cap to $6,000 for each of the following export expenses: 

(1) Translation of website, SEO and localization, (2) Translation of brochure or social media platform for an export market, (3) Compliance Testing of existing product for entry into an export market.  More information is available at or contact

U.S. Small Business Administration has resources and information available for small businesses during these difficult times of Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Visit their website to find funding options, guidance for businesses and employers, local assistance, SBA products and resources and more.

Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) has assembled a vast network of industry-related pandemic information on a special website.  For more information, including practices for protecting your business or addressing supply chain disruptions, visit:

Greater Des Moines Partnership (GDMP) is closely monitoring the changing developments of COVID-19 and its impact on their region, Investors and Members.  The Partnership has created a resources list in response to COVID-19 for the DSM business community.  Learn more about planning, preparing and preventing.

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued Federal Register Notice 85 No. 58_16987 which addresses the need to modify the China Section 301 tariffs by removing additional duties from medical care products needed to address the COVID-19 outbreak.  More information can be found at:

The Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS) has posted its FY20 schedule for seminars and trainings on U.S. export controls at hosts free on-line export training at Export-U2

Topics include export planning and strategy, documentation and regulation, and resources.  The U.S. Commercial Service is collaborating with the National Customs Brokers Freight Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) Educational Institute to present an exporting mechanics webinar series. 

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) posts upcoming webinars and events on topics addressing how U.S. exporters can access financial products that protect against foreign buyer nonpayment and increase competitive positioning in foreign markets at

Past recorded webinars can be found at

The U.S. Census Bureau's International Trade Management Division has archived their in-depth webinar series, The Fundamentals of Exporting, which provides the tools necessary for a strong foundation in the fundamentals of exporting. Topics include trade data, export regulations, electronic export reporting FTZs and much more. Webinars are available at

Their Outreach, Education and Training site at offers webinars and presentations on various topics including ACE.

Food Export-Midwest offers a variety of programs and services to help grow exports of value-added food and agricultural products including a series of educational webinars. These webinars focus on various export topics such as:  How to Become Export Ready; Putting Free Trade Agreements to Work for You, along with country-specific webinars, preparing for meetings, fraud, and a series on accessing the Food Export’s various programs available to Iowa food companies.  Webinars and recorded webinars are complimentary to interested individuals at

Food Export-Midwest COVID-19 Information & Resources

They also offer some country profiles on their web site at


See the Educational Resources section in IEDA’s online Trade Resources at for a list of government agencies, publishers, service providers and private training companies who provide training, resource materials, webinars and/or newsletters on a regular basis.


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