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The NASBITE International Annual Conference was a rich forum for learning and networking across a broad spectrum of topics related to international business, trade and trade education. NASBITE Conferences are known for their “take-away” value and networking opportunities. This year’s conference programming benefited all segments of the global business community including: trade educators and administrators; federal, state and local trade assistance professionals; exporters and importers; other businesses that support or facilitate international trade finance, logistics, and compliance; and students. 

For those who did not register for the conference, you may purchase access to the recordings.

Trade Educator of the Year

This award recognizes and celebrates innovation and excellence in international trade curriculum development, research, program development, and advocacy of international business issues. This year's honoree is Chris Schrage, University of Northern Iowa


Advancing International Trade Award winners 

This award recognizes the dedication and service of those who are advancing international trade in each state in the United States as well as Canada and Mexico. The award winners, which may be programs or individuals, have contributed to the advancement of international trade for four or more years. The 2024 honorees are:

  • Martin Brill, Pennsylvania SBDC 
  • Tom Dustman, Sunnen Products Company
  • Yuki Fujiyama, International Trade Administration (ITA), U.S. Commercial Service
  • Leroy Lowe, Nova Scotia Community College, FITT


Program Excellence Award

This award recognizes specific programs developed by institutions and organizations to meet a particular identified need. All organizations, public and private, for-profit and not-for-profit, are eligible to apply. The 2024 honorees are: 

  • MU International Trade Center, Univeristy of Missouri


NASBITE offers its congratulations to the 2024 Award Winners!

 Awards Announcement Here


37th Annual Conference Sessions

 Full Conference Program Here


Day 1

Keynote: Service Exporting: "Putting Las Vegas on the Global Map: How We Became a Top International Destination"
Bruce Bommarito, Bommarito Global Strategies 

 Bommarito PPT HERE


Critical Issues in Export Control in Today's Environment of International Conflicts
Georges Neuenschwnader, SBTDC; Julie Detmering at Equilibar, LLC 

 Neuenschwnader Detmering PPT HERE


HTS/Schedule B Classification
Mike Allocca, Allocca Enterprises Inc.

 HTS Schedule B Handout 1

 HTS Schedule B Handout 2


Bridging the Gap: Connecting Student & Businesses & Leveraging University Resources & Expertise in the Name of Global Trade
Jackie Rasmussen, University of Missouri; Krista Hinrichs, Program Manager, MU International Trade Center


 Rasmussen Hinrichs PPT HERE


Global Expansion Toolkit in Food & Agriculture: Resources for Business Advisors, Consultants, and Food & Agriculture Companies
Kellie Greene, NY Small Business Development Center at SUNY OCC 

 Greene PPT HERE


How to Design Your Internal IB Case Competition
Hannah Pszenica, Michigan State University 


Near Shoring as Opposed to Off Shoring. Why Choose the Americas
Robert (Bob) Imbriani, Team International Trade Services/Team Worldwide

 Imbriani PPT HERE


Round Table: NASBITE and FITT: Working Together to Provide International Business Training Resources
Caroline Tompkins, Forum for International Trade Training


Keynote "My International Journey and Lessons Learned"
Stephen Cheung, CEO, LAEDC and WTCLA

 Cheung PPT HERE


Future‐Proofing Global Trade: An AI‐Powered Workshop for Educators
Ray Bowman, LA SBDC

 Bowman PPT Part 1 HERE

 Bowman PPT Part 2 HERE


Incoterms 2020
Mike Allocca, Allocca Enterprises Inc.

 Incoterms Handout 1

 Incoterms Handout 2


Powering Exports: Research Database + Online Presense + Government Tenders + AI ‐ Putting It All Together
Rufiya Blank, VP, Kompass N.A.



How To Prepare a Validated International Business Plan Using the Business Model Canvas
Elayne P. McClaine, NJ Small Business Development Center at Rutgers New Brunswick


Global Competitive Advantages of Cultural Intelligence Supported by AI
Cesar Oswaldo Vasquez Flores, BizCultural Inc. 

Vasquez Flores PPT HERE


Title VI CIBE program
Rebecca Bellinger, Title VI CIBE program along with Marki Jones, Christine Everett and Hannah Pszenica



Breakthrough in Digital Trade Transaction Technology
John Dunlop and Elizabeth Glynn, ITRADE DIGITAL


Essentials of Guiding Businesses Through U.S. Imports
Kellie Greene, NY Small Business Development Center at SUNY OCC


Day 2

Keynote: "10 and 5: Ten Ways Cross‐Border eCommerce and Trade Will Change in the Next Five Years"
Josh Halpern, CEO and Founder, Getting to Global Initiative 

 Halpern Presentation via Email HERE

 Halpern PPT HERE


Exporters Educating Exporters
Jackie Rasmussen, University of Missouri; Krista Hinrichs, Program Manager, MU International Trade Center

 Rasmussen Hinrichs PPT HERE


International Documentation
Mike Allocca, Allocca Enterprises Inc. 

 International Documentation Handout 1 

 International Documentation Handout 2


The Gifts of the Next Generation ‐ Leveraging the Strengths of Employees 33 and Under
Dale Wetmore, Gift of Next Gen, LLC 

 Wetmore PPT HERE


Keeping Informed in the International Trade Arena: Key Sources of Information for Market, Competitor, Product and Lead Sourcing Intelligence
Laurent Kahl, University of Georgia SBDC (International Trade) 


Global Marketing in Emerging Markets  ‐ An Exploration of Global Risks and Building a Practical Tool Kit For Market Entry by SMEs
Ali Kowsari, Santa Ana College 


Import Compliance
Mike Allocca, Allocca Enterprises Inc. 

 Import Compliance Handout 1

 Import Compliance Handout 2


Understanding Digital Trade
Mario Gonzalez Segura, UGA International Trade Center

 Gonzalez PPT HERE


Going Global: Building Capacity and Advancing Excellence with the U.S. Department of Education's Fulbright‐Hays and Title VI Programs
Jessica Lugg, U.S. Department of Education


Meeting Students Where They Are Academically: A Learner Centered Approach to CGBP Exam Training
Eileen Daspro, University of San Diego


CGBP Exam Update ‐ CGBP Governance Council
Denise Whitford, Joel Pinieiro, LeAnn Young, David Delagado, Tom Dustman, Peter Plakas



Best Practices in Market and Partner Selection ‐ An Exporter's View
Marshall Girtman, Special Mine Services, Inc.

 Girtman PPT HERE


Working Capital as a Bridge to Global Sales Growth
Steve Sullivan, SBA , John Addessi, Kansas SBDC

 Sullivan Addessi PPT HERE


Using AI for Foreign Market Identification
Jim Foley, Bradley University Illinois SBDC ITC


From Small to Global: Growing Small Businesses into Small Business Exporters
Laurie Pieper, Ph.D., CGBP, Kansas Department of Commerce

 Pieper PPT HERE


Navigating Global Trade: Insights into FTAs and FTZs
Kellie Greene, NY Small Business Development Center at SUNY OCC 

 Greene PPT HERE


Thank You to Our 2024 Sponsors and Supporters!

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