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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


Website Globalization

July 28, 2020
1:00PM Central

Join the Rural Export Center to learn simple things you can implement to drive more international traffic to your website. This webinar will provide practical information to help make your website more internationally friendly. This webinar will help you:

  • Incorporate simple, free web content changes
  • Consider the pros and cons of different domain strategies
  • Increase web traffic to your website via SEO
  • Avoid common mistakes
  • Special guest speaker: Bruce Eaton

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Take Your Business Global with Help from SBA – July 2020

July 29, 2020
2:00PM CST

In this session you will:

  • Learn how the US – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA) commitments and tools can assist small businesses to increase sales to our North American neighbors and our top trading partners

  • Hear from SBA officials about programs and services that can help small businesses take advantage of these opportunities

  • Join SBA’s Office of International Trade’s new Associate Administrator Lorretta Greene for an interview with HMA Fire, a Wisconsin small business sharing their export success story in the North America market.

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Doing Business in East Africa

July 30, 2020
1200PM CST

This webinar will highlight export opportunities in East Africa for U.S. companies, specifically focusing on Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia. Opportunities exist for various industry sectors, however the following have been identified as having the most potential:

  • Aviation
  • Energy
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Infrastructure
  • Healthcare

Learn about the U.S. Government’s Prosper Africa Initiative and its tools and resources available to assist U.S. companies doing business in the East Africa region. 

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Intelligent Manufacturing in Europe Coffee Chat Series

The U.S. Commercial Service’s Global Advanced Manufacturing Team and Europe Team invite American exporters to join us for “virtual coffee chats” with out U.S. Embassy colleagues across Europe.  These informal video discussions are through Microsoft Teams.  Each session will cover the current status of the advanced manufacturing sector in the region and include a brief regional overview.

July 30, 2020 – Germany/Austria/Belgium

August 13, 3030 – Italy/Turkey

August 27, 2020 – Sweden/Denmark/UK

International Market Research Skills

August 20, 2020
1:00PM Central

Market research does not have to be expensive or difficult. There are free, publicly available, easy to use tools to help you begin your market entry strategy. Attend this webinar to learn about:

  • Researching your industry and worldwide trade flows
  • Common export compliance cautions
  • Free market intelligence websites
  • Find out where to go for more in-depth market research

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EXIM 2020 Annual Conference

September 9-11, 2020

We are excited to announce that the EXIM Bank will be hosting this year’s annual conference in a virtual format from September 9-11, 2020. The virtual event will be interactive and will allow for the same great sessions, speakers, and exhibitors, while also expanding small group and one-on-one networking opportunities!

For registration and more information, please go to:


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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