2018 Summit In Review2018-12-20T16:38:53+00:00

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 17 nationally designated Centers administered by the U.S. Department of Education, located at Brigham Young University, The Ohio State University, George Washington University, The University of Texas at Austin, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Colorado Denver, Georgia State University, University of Connecticut, Indiana University, University of Maryland, Michigan State University, University of Miami, San Diego State University, University of South Carolina, Temple University, University of Washington, and Texas A&M University. 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 is a Preferred SBA Lender and ranks as a Top 10 SBA Lender nationwide in total dollar volume and SBA loans approved. For more information, be sure to visit the First Home Bank table in the Chesapeake Foyer to learn about the benefits of SBA financing and enter for a chance to win Apple Airpods! For more information: www.firsthomebank.com/sba.

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/

Silver Partner: Thunderbird School of Global Management
Global business requires a different brand of leadership. Since its inception in 1946, Thunderbird has focused exclusively on educating global leaders in the intricacies of international business and management. Now a unit of the Arizona State University Knowledge Enterprise, today Thunderbird is strengthened by the resources of America’s largest and most innovative public university. Thunderbird offers in-person and online executive education training, including custom programs where the school partners with organizations and businesses to meet specific self-defined objectives. Programs can be held at a company’s facilities, or in any or our global locations in Phoenix (Arizona), Geneva, Dubai and Moscow. Regardless of where you may be in your professional journey, Thunderbird can help you reach your destination. Learn more at https://thunderbird.asu.edu/executive-education

Bronze Partner: Global Training Center
For more information: http://www.globaltrainingcenter.com/nasbite

Bronze Partner: GrowthWheel
GrowthWheel helps business advisors, and their organizations, make more impact and be more productive by offering a certification program, a visual toolbox, and a cloud-based platform that allows you to work with clients in a consistent way and produce reports that track client progress like you’ve never seen before. For more information go to: www.growthwheel.com

Bronze Partner: FITT (Forum for International Trade Training)
For over 25 years the international business community has trusted FITT to support high performers in international trade. Providing online and in person international business training for both private companies and government trade advisors, our internationally recognized training program, FITTskills, has helped over 17,000 people refine their skills to succeed in global markets. FITT also partners with post-secondary institutions by providing access to a leading-edge, standards based, curriculum and instructor resources to support and enhance their international business programs. Learn more at https://fittfortrade.com/

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