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Exporting your way to a Brighter Future

An Online Academy for Entrepreneurs

The academy is an opportunity for existing companies to develop practical, hands-on training in exporting.

Export Academy Courses:
Developing an International Business Development Plan- September 15
Developing a global mission statement/business model. Participants will examine a variety of factors that affect a business plan such as cultural issues, strategic planning, marketing budgeting, etc.
Brendan Kelly, U.S. Commercial Service
David Morse, DBM Consulting
Willy Verbrugghe, SCORE

Foreign Market Entry Strategies- September 22
Identifying appropriate market entry strategies, methods of market entry, and the myriad of resources and approaches available to companies in Houston.
Alberto Rodriguez-BaezMBDA
Steven Garrett, U.S. Commercial Service
Willy Verbrugghe, SCORE

Digital Strategies for International Trade - September 29
Maximizing the main ecommerce sales channels including website globalization, online marketplace, social media, and in-country distributor.

James Bledsoe, U.S. Commercial Service
Amber Ambrose, Ambrose McDowell
Stephen May, Get One Foot Over

Contracts, Legal Issues & Licensing - October 6
Issues involved in drawing up contracts including export documentation, Customs, Licensing, Export Controls, IP Protections, etc.
Jamie Adams, Livingston International
Hemant Jadhav, Linde Engineering
Lawrence Hanson, Attorney

Export Financing and Tax Issues- October 13
An overview of trade finance resources, Export Import Bank and payment mechanisms.  (Letters of Credit, Cash in advance, etc.) International pricing strategies including ways to be more competitive in the international marketplace.
Eric Miller, Export Import Bank
Jolie Cosman, Century Freight
Alale Allal, SBA

Transportation Issues- October 20
A discussion of freight forwarding, INCO terms, documentation, packing, landed costs, internationally accepted terms of trade.
John Hark, Bertling Logistics,
Debra Capko, Pegasus (TBC/ DT)
Jarred Montgomery, UPS

Export Panel - October 27
Panel of seasoned exporters discuss their own experiences and lessons learned.

Val Thompson,  
Hector Escobar,
Nyamusi Igambi,
U.S Commercial Service - Houston
Hebab Quazi, MARTECH International Inc.
Fee to charge per course** = $20/course 
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Start: September 15, 2020
09:00 am
End: October 27, 2020
10:30 am
Houston MBDA Business Center

Co-Sponsored by:

Houston MBDA Business Center

Houston Community College

U.S Commercial Service

District Export Council (DEC)

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