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  • 12 Dec 2017 8:59 AM | TB OWIT (Administrator)



    Free Webinar hosted by SBA 10:30am - 11:30am ET


    Topics:  Export Business Plan, SBA Financing Programs, EXIM Bank Services, Florida SBDC, Enterprise Florida, US Department of Commerce  


  • 15 Nov 2017 12:02 AM | TB OWIT (Administrator)

    Go holiday shopping while networking with friends and colleagues on Wed., Dec. 6 with Shutts for their Second Annual Social Shopping event!

    It will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in support of women globally! Cocktails and light bites will be served.

    Please RSVP to nwhisenant@shutts.com by Thursday, November 30.

  • 14 Nov 2017 11:37 PM | TB OWIT (Administrator)

    Explore the next phase of Polk County's emergence in the international market. The Central Florida Development Council and the Lakeland and Winter Haven Chambers collaborate for the third year to present Polk Goes Global III - A Half-Day International Exporting Conference - on Friday, November 17, 2017 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Polk State College's Lakeland Campus.

    Register here!

  • 08 Nov 2017 5:23 PM | TB OWIT (Administrator)

    If you produce or sell agricultural products or services, the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has a grant program to help you identify some international markets for you.

    If this is of interest to you, please contact them at  1(800) 450 - 4624 by November 15, 2017.  

    You may also apply online at:  http://agribusiness-export-marketing-planservices/

  • 05 Nov 2017 7:12 PM | TB OWIT (Administrator)

    From February 26 - March 1, 2018, Enterprise Florida will lead an Export Sales Mission to San Jose, Costa Rica. To learn more about the business opportunities for you in Costa Rica and the mission, you are invited to join us for a briefing on Wednesday, November 8, 2017.

    Register at http://www.cvent.com/c/express/8b3e6223-0700-486e-93a0-5b4a0d375d41!

  • 19 Oct 2017 2:07 PM | TB OWIT (Administrator)

    Learn how the Foreign-Trade Zone program can help streamline the process and minimize the costs associated with qualified importing, exporting, manufacturing, and distribution activities.



    Torrey Chambliss
    Member, Board of Directors
    National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones


    Eric Berry
    Director of Trade Services,
    Point Trade Services, Inc.



    THURSDAY, NOV. 9, 2017



    Port Tampa Bay Board Room

    1101 Channelside Drive Tampa, FL 33602

    Registration: 8:30 am

    Program: 9:00 am - 11:00 am


    Polk State College

    Corporate Advanced Technology Center

    310 Technology Boulevard Bartow, FL 33830

    Registration: 1:30 pm

    Program: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Sponsored by: Foreign-Trade Zone No. 79 & Port Tampa Bay


  • 12 Oct 2017 2:56 PM | TB OWIT (Administrator)

    You're invited to the

    CHINA Town Hall

    11th Annual



    Meet John Allen, Chairman and CEO of Greater China Corporation, Trustee of the Chinese Cultural Foundation and Co-founder of the China Investment Group.

    You are personally invited as our guest. Please join us at The University of Tampa, Jenkins Hall, October 24th, 5-8 pm for an informative, entertaining evening. Enjoy great conversation, delicious food, beer and wine.

    Email us to confirm your attendance.

    Follow this link for more details and information on the evening’s program -  For Additional Details

    “The China Factor”

    John W. Allen, Chairman & CEO

    Greater China Corporation


  • 01 Sep 2017 2:01 PM | TB OWIT (Administrator)


    Export Sales Mission to Bogota, Colombia

    September 2017 

    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. 

    Due to Colombia's close ties to the United States and Colombians' appreciation for the quality 

    and reliability of U.S products consumers in Colombia often favor U.S. products and services 

    over those of foreign competitors making the United States Colombia's largest trading partner.

    Top Sectors for U.S. Exports





    Electric Power and Renewable

    Information Technology


    Medical Equipment

    Processed Food and Beverages

    Safety and Security


    Travel and Tourism

    Water Treatment Systems


    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

    Additional details coming soon!


    If questions, please contact Aly Fernandez, International Business Development Manager, afernandez@tampaedc.com or at (813) 518-2668


  • 28 Jun 2017 3:25 PM | TB OWIT (Administrator)


    Financing Your Export Sales

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017


    Please join us on Wednesday morning, June 28, for a workshop on financing export sales.

    Speakers from the SBA, Export-Import Bank of the USA, US Commercial Service, and Florida's SBDC will provide you with details on the products, programs and services available to mitigate risks associated with export transactions, i.e. letters of credit; documentary collections; working capital loans; foreign receivables insurance; and more.






    Wednesday, June 28, 2017




    8:30 am - 12:00 pm




    Pinellas County Economic Development
    13805 58th Street North, Suite 1-200
    Clearwater, FL  33760




    Click Here








    Sandro Murtas, sandro.murtas@sba.gov





  • 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




    Click Here




    $20, includes box lunch



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








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