• 21 Jun 2017 3:16 PM | TB OWIT (Administrator)



    The U.S. Commercial Service and the Northern & Central-West Florida District Export Council (DEC) Present:

    Innovative Approaches to Enter the Indian Market

    Wednesday, June 21, 2017



    India is an English-speaking democracy, with a middle class larger than the United States. It is the 6th largest economy in the World, growing at over 7% in 2016 and expected to continue in 2017!  India buyers like U.S. products and services, and it’s the 18th largest market in the world for U.S. products.  Two-way trade reached $107 Billion in 2015.

    India is a subcontinental country with several states.  The presentation will identify which states within India are doing well and for what sectors.  India’s Smart Cities program was officially launched in June 2015 with a state-by-state competition to identify 100 cities that would receive central government funding from the Ministry of Urban Development to capitalize related infrastructure upgrade projects.  In January 2016, the first 20 cities were announced; 13 more cities were selected in May. 
    Jagat Shah, our presenter, is the Vice Chairman of the United States India Importers Council (
    www.usiic.in).  Mr. Shah has an MBA with a Gold Medal from Delhi University, is certified in cluster development practitioner, trained and certified by UNIDO / ILO in Turin, Italy.  He has a 28-year career and has worked in over 22 countries, with special focus on SME (Small and Medium Enterprises).  Come learn how you can sell your products and service to India!.





    Wednesday, June 21, 2017




    11:30 am - 1:30 pm




    Florida Small Business Development Center
    1101 Channelside Drive, Suite 210
    Tampa, FL 33620




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    $20, includes box lunch



    Sandra Campbell, 727.893.3738 or Sandra.Campbell@trade.gov 








  • 15 May 2017 8:00 AM | TB OWIT (Administrator)

    Join us in Frankfurt

    Last chance to participate as a delegate 

    Registration deadline is March 31

    Contact Lorrie Belovich at lbelovich@tampaedc.com for details. 


  • 09 May 2017 9:19 AM | TB OWIT (Administrator)

    Want to learn more?



    September 27-30, 2017 


    The Tampa Bay Export Alliance is going to Colombia. Colombia is Florida's second largest export market and the fourth largest economy in Latin America making it an excellent market for Tampa Bay exporters. 

    U.S. exports to Colombia have increased 15 percent since the implementation of the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which immediately eliminated import tariffs on 80% of U.S. consumer and industrial products. 

    Mission will include the U.S. Commercial Service Gold Key program, customized one-on-one meetings with potential customers in Colombia. Grants will be available to qualified companies



    Attend a complimentary workshop

    Business Opportunities in Colombia 

    Special guest: Ms. Norcia Ward-Marin, 

    U.S. Commercial Service Trade Specialist in Bogota, Colombia 

    Hillsborough Session 

    June 13, 2017

    9:00am - 10:30am 

    Florida SBDC at USF

    1101 Channelside Drive. Suite 200

    Tampa, FL 33602


    Pinellas Session 

    June 13, 2017

    1:00pm - 2:30pm 

    Collaborative Labs at EPI Center 

    13805 58th Street North, Suite 1-200

    Clearwater, Florida  33760



    Please contact Aly Fernandez, International Business Development Manager for details. 

    afernandez@tampaedc.com or at (813) 518-2668


  • 08 May 2017 2:03 PM | TB OWIT (Administrator)

    Automated Export System (AES) Compliance Seminar in Clearwater

    This export compliance seminar is a one-day program bringing together experts from 

    the U.S. Department of Commerce to provide training on export filing requirements.  

    Register now.


  • 23 Apr 2017 9:00 AM | TB OWIT (Administrator)

    Enterprise Florida
    Trade Mission to Argentina

    April 23 - 27, 2017

    Recent changes in Argentina have generated much interest by US companies in exploring export opportunities to one of the more significant markets in South America.

    With a population of 41.5 million people and a GDP of approximately $609 billion, Argentina offers excellent opportunities for Florida companies interested in increasing their footprint in the Southern Cone. The United States is Argentina’s third largest trading partner. U.S. goods and services trade with Argentina totaled an estimated $22.4 billion in 2015; making Argentina the U.S.’s 28th largest goods export market in 2015. Argentina is also Florida’s fourth largest export destination with an estimated $3.3 billion worth of exports in 2015.

    The Argentine market poses promising opportunities for Florida companies due to the recent change in political leadership that has adopted a pro-business approach for the country. The newly elected President, Mauricio Macri, has already implemented several pieces of legislation that allow Argentine importers an easier process to buy foreign goods.

    The industry sectors listed below provide the best opportunities for exports from the United States to Argentina. Given the recent easing of import restrictions, there are many promising prospects and interested companies should know that the list below is not exclusive. There are several other opportunities that may not be explicitly listed. If your industry is not mentioned below, please contact us for a no-obligation assessment. Leading sectors for Florida exports to Argentina include:

    • Medical Technology
    • Information and Communications Technology
    • Telecommunications Equipment
    • Transportation Infrastructure Equipment and Services
    • Electronic Security Equipment
    • Food Processing Equipment
    • Agricultural Machinery and Parts

    If you are interest in learning more about the mission, please go to:

    Enterprise Florida Export Trade Mission to Argentina

  • 19 Apr 2017 8:00 AM | TB OWIT (Administrator)

                        Growing Global 

    Join the Tampa Bay Export Alliance in a half-day exporting conference designed to help local businesses who are new-to-export or interested in expanding their overseas markets.  Cost: $20 per person

    Keynote Presentation By:

    Rubén Ramos Arrieta, Minister Counselor, Economic and Trade Office

    Embassy of the Republic of Cuba 

    Wednesday, April 19

    Networking & Registration: 8:00 am - 8:30 am

    Keynote Speaker & Panels:  8:30 am - 11:30 am

    Networking & Exhibit:  11:30 am - 12:00 


    Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Suncoast Parkway

    2155 Northpointe Parkway
    Lutz, FL 33558 

    Advance Registration Required. No Later Than April 14

    Register now

    Please contact Devon Barnett, dbarnett@pascoedc.com for details. 


  • 26 Mar 2017 9:00 AM | TB OWIT (Administrator)

    Trade Americas – Business Opportunities in Central America Conference
    Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala,
    Belize, Nicaragua, Panama

    March 26-31, 2017

    Interested in expanding your markets into Central America?  Then please join one of several webinars taking place between October 5 and February 1 to learn more about the markets and what the potential might be for your products or services.  Then, you can join a U.S. Department of Commerce trade conference March 26 -31, 2017, in Costa Rica.

    The U.S. Commercial Service’s Trade Americas – Business Opportunities in Central America Conference will focus on regional-specific sessions, market entry strategies, legal, logistics, and trade financing resources.  In addition, you can receive pre-arranged one-on-one consultations with US & FCS Commercial Officers and/or Department of State Economic/Commercial Officers with expertise in commercial markets throughout the region.  In short, you will be able to:

    • Gain market insights,
    • Make industry contacts,
    • Solidify business strategies,
    • Advance specific projects, and
    After the conference, you can then take part in a trade mission to countries in the region of interest to you and meet with prospective local partners matched to your needs.  To learn more about this opportunity, please click on the link below:

    Business Opportunities in Central America Conference

    where you can register for any of the 8 webinars scheduled between October and February and also read more about each of the countries in Central America.
  • 04 Dec 2016 9:50 AM | TB OWIT (Administrator)



    Tampa Bay Export Alliance

    Export Sales Mission to the Dominican Republic 

    December 4 - 7, 2016


    Mission will feature one-on-one customized matchmaking with potential partners.


    Grants available to qualified companies


    The U.S. is by far the Dominican Republic's largest trading partner and its

     share of the consumer goods imported into the DR is estimated at 

    70 percent of the total. The Dominican Republic is Florida's 5th largest export market making this an excellent market for Tampa Bay exporters. 


    This mission will also include an opportunity to learn more about the potential 

    for your products and services in other Caribbean markets such as 

    Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, etc. 



    Top sectors for Tampa Bay Exports include: 

    • Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Equipment
    • Automobile Parts and Services
    • Agricultural Products
    • Building Products
    • Hotel and Restaurant Equipment
    • Medical Equipment
    • Printing and Graphics Arts Equipment and Supplies
    • Renewable Energy
    • Safety and Security Equipment and Supplies
    • Telecommunications Equipment 


    More details coming soon!




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  • 01 Nov 2016 9:00 AM | TB OWIT (Administrator)

    Registration Now Open! Discover Global Markets- Building Smart Cities

    The emergence of “Smart Cities” has rapidly captured the imagination of the mass market. But what does a smart city mean for construction and other firms?

    Smart Cities is a term that defines the convergence of new government policies, emerging Information Communications Technology (ICT) and innovative design in an urban environment. The touch points of these three elements are creating meaningful, exciting and lucrative opportunities for the construction industry worldwide. It is no longer a case of whether smart cities will affect construction firms; it is a case of when, and whether the firms will be ready. For more about industry based global opportunities at our upcoming business forum simply visit Discover Global Markets: Building Smart Cities to register today!

    The Discover Global Markets: Building Smart Cities conference will be held November 1-3 in Chicago, IL and will highlight export opportunities that exist for U.S. companies in smart city developments and projects around the world. Our program will be a mixture of pre-scheduled one-on-one counseling meetings with U.S. Commercial Diplomats visiting from 20 key markets around the world, along with plenary sessions and breakouts. The plenary sessions will focus on global smart city trends, cybersecurity, water and wastewater management, funding of smart city projects, as well as two major markets - India and China. Breakout sessions will be designed along the following tracks: 

    1. Connecting - cities, people, and data are now more connected than ever before through physical infrastructure and high-speed internet networks. The Connecting track aims to capture opportunities being created by investments in high-speed internet technologies, transportation (roads, airports, urban transit), and energy and smart grid systems.
    2. Sales and marketing professionals responsible for acting quickly on market demands, foreign tenders, and trade leads
    3. Sustaining - smarter cities are becoming greener, more resilient, and better stewards of natural resources. The Sustaining track aims to capture opportunities being created by investments in greener technologies, green/LEED design and construction, and disaster mitigation and resilience planning/solutions, and emerging waste to energy opportunities.

    More Information:
    Find more information on the agenda, location, programs and REGISTRATION, visit: http://2016.export.gov/discoverglobalmarkets/buildingsmartcities/index.asp

  • 30 Sep 2016 6:30 PM | TB OWIT (Administrator)


    September is the month of Peace and Cultural Diversity

    InterNations Tampa Bay Cordially invites you to attend a special celebration - its 9th anniversary.

    September 30, 2016
    6:30PM to 9:00PM
    Aqua  : Tampa’s premiere waterfront restaurant bar and culinary experience
    Westin Tampa Bay – AAA Four Diamond Hotel
    7627 W Courtney Campbell causeway,
    Tampa, Fl 33607

    InterNations Tampa Bay is a community for expatriates and global minds

    with a presence in 390 cities worldwide.

    InterNations Ambassadors Tampa Bay Thorsten Koester and Fernando Mariz have

    extended this invitation to the FRAMCO Members and friends


    No participation fee required
    Please RSVP at President.framco@gmail.com

    We look forward to seeing you there!  A bientot!

Address: PO Box 75688, Tampa, FL 33675

Email: itrade@tbowit.org

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