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International Education Calendar

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

An import/export event calendar is also available at IASourceLink (, an online resource connecting entrepreneurs and small businesses to more than 300 resource providers across Iowa.

The Midwest International Trade Association (MITA) has their next meeting topic as an In-Focus Country Series: Germany on September 20. Details and registration available at

The International Traders of Iowa is hosting their 17th Annual Charity Golf Outing in Norwalk on June 28.  Details and registration available at

The Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) and partners will host ExporTech™  - An Export Acceleration System for Achieving Profitable Growth in the Des Moines area this summer.  ExporTech is a structured export strategy development process that connects manufacturers with experts who help them develop plans to grow their businesses internationally.  The process is geared toward small and medium-sized manufacturers who have done some exporting and are looking to grow their export sales or who are just beginning to export their products.  A small group of executives from each company attends three one-day group workshops stretched over a three-month period. Workshop dates are August 14, September 11 and October 9.  A fourth follow-up implementation session takes place on-site at each company’s home office.  Strategy coaches are assigned to each company throughout the process to assist company leaders and connect them to individual subject matter experts.  To learn more about ExporTech, contact Marc Schneider at or 563.221.1596.  STEP grants are available for eligible companies to offset up to 75 percent of the registration fee.  Contact Lisa Longman at for information. 


International Trade Seminar/Webinar: "Transportation Pricing and Cost Reduction" and "Supply Chain Management" presented by the South Dakota International Trade Center and partners will be held August 8, 2018, with both morning and afternoon sessions. See website for registration and further information.

The Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) invites you to Emerging Global Markets for Iowa Manufacturers, July 18, 2018, held from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Iowa Farm Bureau building in West Des Moines. This event will help growing businesses understand what it takes to become a successful exporter.  Learn which countries and industries could make the best potential markets for Iowa businesses.

International Finance for Sales - Practical Seminar, September 19, 2018. Presented by Bankers Trust, Integrated Trade Finance, LLC and others. Topics include trade finance, credit insurance, retail finance and public finance. Learn to use finance with sales leads to better target marketing, better intelligence, better risk management and better results.  Held at the Greater Des Moines Partnership.  Details and registration will be available at

Import 101: Import Basics Training, October 11, 2018.  Presented by Scarbrough University and held at the Greater Des Moines Partnership. Learn Import Best Practices, the import shipping process, U.S. Customs Regulations, HTS Numbers & Classification, Partner Government Agencies, the best Incoterms to buy on and more.  Details and registration will be available at

Mike Allocca of Allocca Enterprises, Inc. will return to the Midwest in November for a series of international trainings. He will be in Omaha November 6 and the IEDA and partners will host him in Ankeny on November 7 and 8. Specific details to be announced soon or contact Andrea Smith at with questions in the meantime. 


The National Grain and Feed Association and the Soy Transportation Coalition host the Ag Transportation Summit in Arlington, VA, July 25-26. The 2018 Summit will focus on "Connecting Growing Supply with Growing Demand" and feature panels highlighting port and rail issues, speakers from USDA and STB, and several innovation sessions focusing on new and emerging technologies.  Details and registration are available at

The Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS) has posted its FY18 schedule for seminars and trainings on U.S. export controls at


Scarbrough University is offering a Webinar: Doing Business with India on June 27 at 9:30 a.m. Join International Shipping expert and native from India to learn the process of exporting to and importing from India. Free registration available 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 Department of State’s Direct Line program provides a unique opportunity for American businesses, particularly small- and medium-sized enterprises, to engage directly via teleconference with U.S. Ambassadors overseas. The program is open to American companies, which are already in the country where the Ambassador serves, or which are interested in expanding their businesses into those countries. There is a calendar of calls at and businesses can sign up for alerts. 

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 They also offer some country profiles 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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