2018 Summit in Review

The 2018 National Small Business Exporter Summit took place March 21, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland and marked the second annual event of this type. The event attracted more than 150 attendees, and recognized 26 Outstanding Exporter Honorees from 23 states.

2018 Exporter Summit Agenda

Learn more about the Honorees and presentations given at the 2018 Summit. Click Here.

2018 Outstanding Exporter Honorees

The 2018 Summit program featured presentation delivered by 18 outstanding exporter Honorees from across the United States. Presenting companies representing a wide range of industries and significant export experience. Sessions focused on sharing best practices and lessons learned that had significantly contributed to each businesses export success. To read more details about the 2018 Honorees and their companies, Click Here.

2018 Exporter Summit Program
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2018 Exporter Summit Participant Testimonials
Below, you are invited to read what some of the 2018 Outstanding Exporters had to say about the 2018 National Small Business Exporter Summit:

“Exporting is not just for the big guys. This is a great place to meet small biz exporters with real world experience.” – Jay White, President, Morrison Textile Machinery (South Carolina) – https://www.morrisontexmach.com

“Excellent networking, good information, interesting sponsors, and a diversity of business types…Attending the Exporter Summit provided me with an opportunity to learn from other businesses facing similar challenges, in a friendly and open environment” – Ray Zuckerman, CEO, ServerLIFT Corporation (Arizona) – https://serverlift.com

“The businesses, presenters and topics was as diverse as the overall goal of exporting. The National Small Business Exporter Summit is a powerful one day conference providing simple yet keen insight into growing export markets!” – Dallas Steiner, CEO and Jeff Dimos, VP of Finance and Operations, Venture Products Inc. (Ohio) – https://www.ventureproductsinc.com

“This is one of the best conferences I have attended. The openness and helpfulness of everyone there was much appreciated. This is the type of family environment it takes to make small companies succeed…the knowledge of the family group is superior to hiring consultants or specialists. Thank you for letting us join the family!”Ann Black, President & CEO, ImmunoReagents, Inc. (North Carolina) – https://www.immunoreagents.com

“Small businesses not only move the U.S. economy but the worldwide economy. Being part of the Export Summit was a very fulfilling experience. I personally learned from each one of the presenters. But most of all, I was very satisfied to have shared my 20 years international experience with other small companies who export around the world.”Elizabeth Cambar-Roney, International Sales Director, CONNOILS (Wisconsin) – http://connoils.com

“A great place to meet other small business members and discuss best practices in an open setting with a group of individuals committed to helping all parties improve their exports.”Allan Klinger, CEO, Klinge Corporation (Pennsylvania) – https://klingecorp.com

“Great conference. Really well done. Thank you. We will definitely be in attendance next year.”Linda Wojciechowicz, National Sales Director/Interim Global VP of Sales and Marketing, NuStep, LLC (Michigan) – https://www.nustep.com

“I made the effort to attend the 2018 Summit (snow storm aside), and was delighted I did so. The networking, learning and discovery opportunities provided were unique and different from other conferences that I have attended. The agenda was fast paced and on point – providing stimulating education, ideation, and insights, that I can apply to my companies export and business strategy.”David Rosen, CEO & Founder, Kira Labs Inc. (Florida) – https://www.kiralabs.com

Meet Our Partners & Sponsors

Summit Event Sponsor: BGI Worldwide Logistics, Inc.
BGI Worldwide Logistics, Inc. is the on-demand freight transportation and logistics specialist providing domestic and international third-party logistics services to commercial customers. BGI specializes in delivering unique solutions to complex shipping problems. Our customers rely on us as their expert resource in an increasingly complex domestic and international transportation environment. For More information on BGI Worldwide Logistics: http://www.bgiworldwide.com/ or email to sales@bgiworldwide.com

NASBITE Gold Partner: Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBERs)
The Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBERs) were created by Congress to increase and promote the nation’s capacity for international understanding and competitiveness. There are 15 nationally designated Centers administered by the U.S. Department of Education, located at Brigham Young University, Florida International University, George Washington University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, Indiana University, Loyola Marymount University, Michigan State University, San Diego State University, Temple University, Texas A&M University, University of Colorado Denver, University of Maryland, University of South Carolina, and, University of Washington.
Learn more at http://us-ciberweb.org.

Annual Conference and Summit Sponsor: Commerce Bank
We help educate exporters who want to find ways to expand their global sales efforts. We also help trade specialists educate people who want to learn how to export. For the last hundred years, Commerce Bank’s International Department has been serving export companies across America. We offer direct telephone lines to staff who know customers and their company’s needs. It doesn’t matter to us if you have one export transaction a year, just getting started, or are an experienced global company looking for better service. Our approach is to learn about your process, share best practices, and come up with ideas on how to help. Challenge accepted, so contact us today. Learn more here: https://commercebank.com/business/payables-and-receivables/payables/international-payments

Annual Conference and Summit Sponsor: First Home Bank
First Home Bank, headquartered in St. Petersburg, FL, is well versed on assisting small business exporters nationwide through the SBA International Trade Loan Program by providing financing up to $5,000,000 for working capital and fixed asset purchases. In 2018, First Home Bank was ranked the 10th largest SBA Lender by volume continuing their success as a National SBA Preferred Lender. For more information, be sure to visit the First Home Bank table in the general session area.

Silver Partner: Kompass North America

Whether a large corporation or small business that wants to develop its local market or to export its know-how abroad, Kompass puts a unique worldwide database at its clients’ fingertips with its prospecting assistance tools and direct marketing solutions.  Market analysis, sales mapping, targeting, internal database optimization, preparation of prospecting files, mailing, emailing. Kompass can support its clients’ marketing and sales goals at each stage of their business development. https://us.solutions.kompass.com/m/easybusiness/

Annual Conference and Summit Events Sponsor: MarketLine
In an information-rich world, finding facts you can rely upon isn’t always easy. MarketLine is the solution. We make it our job to sort through the data and deliver accurate, up-to-date information on companies, industries, and countries across the world. No other business information company comes close to matching our sheer breadth of coverage. MarketLine present information in easy-to-digest formats, so you can absorb key facts in minutes, not hours.
For more information go to: www.marketline.com

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