2018 NASBITE Conference in Baltimore Exemplifies Public-Private Collaboration in Support of U.S. Exports and International Trade

Yuki Fujiyama, a trade finance specialist in the International Trade Administration’s Office of Finance and Insurance Industries and the author of the Trade Finance Guide: A Quick Reference for U.S. Exporters, currently serves as an ex-officio Board Member of NASBITE International.  Colleen Fisher, the Director of the U.S. Commercial Service – Baltimore, currently serves as the Executive Secretary of the Maryland-Washington, D.C. District Export Council.

On March 21-23, 2018 in Baltimore, the International Trade Administration (ITA) joined NASBITE International (NASBITE) in supporting their 31st Annual Conference and National Small Business Exporter Summit that attracted 250 participants seeking knowledge, resources, and partners for succeeding in global markets.

NASBITE is the leading U.S. organization supporting the training and education in the field of global business.  The organization is best known for developing and administering the Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) credential, which provides a benchmark for competency in international trade by certifying an individual’s ability to conduct global business at the professional level required in today’s highly competitive environment.

ITA is an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce and the federal government’s lead export promotion agency.  It plays an important role in helping U.S. businesses, especially small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), enter and compete in global markets through customized solutions, from how to get their products through customs to commercial diplomacy such as breaking down barriers to entry.

The pre-conference Exporter Summit on March 21 showcased 36 best-in-class SME exporters from 26 states who shared their expertise in exporting excellence and provided some interesting sessions such as a SME exporter listening tour hosted by ITA and the U.S. Small Business Administration.  The 2-day Conference on March 22-23 featured three guest keynote speakers, including (1) ITA Commercial Service National Field Director Thomas McGinty, (2) U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President for International Policy John Murphy, and (3) Milken Institute California Center Executive Director Kevin Klowden, who is currently serving as Chair of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Trade Finance Advisory Council.

The 2-day Conference also offered 31 sessions, two of which were presented by ITA.  U.S. Commercial Service – Baltimore Director Colleen Fisher presented a session on website globalization that provided the best practices to ensure the organization’s website is effectively supporting its global marketing initiatives.  ITA trade finance specialist Yuki Fujiyama presented a session designed to help participants learn the basics of trade finance, one of the four primary domains of the CGBP credential, and how to utilize programs offered by the U.S. government export finance agencies.

A number of public- and private-sector partners joined ITA in Baltimore on March 21-23, making the 31st NASBITE Annual Conference and Exporter Summit an exemplary public–private collaboration in support of U.S. exports and international trade.  Other federal agency partners included: U.S. Export-Import Bank, U.S. Small Business Administration, and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service.  Notable private-sector partners included: Maryland-Washington, DC District Export Council, America’s SBDC, Bank of America, Center for International Business Education & Research, Thunderbird School of Global Management, and Forum for International Trade Training.

In addition to supporting local international trade events, such as the NASBITE conference, ITA’s U.S. Commercial Service – Baltimore takes great pride in assisting Maryland-based SMEs with export planning and foreign market sales.

In 2017, Maryland’s $9.2 billion in goods exports helped contribute to the $2.33 trillion of U.S. goods and services exports. In 2016, over 45,000 U.S. jobs were supported by goods exports from Maryland.  In 2015, over 5,700 SMEs in Maryland exported their goods to global markets, accounting for 88 percent of Maryland goods exporters.

With the new knowledge gained from the 31st NASBITE Annual Conference and Exporter Summit in Baltimore, participants are now more equipped to enter, grow, and succeed in global markets!

Do you need more info on NASBITE or how to become a CGBP?

Visit the NASBITE website at https://nasbite.org.

Do you need assistance from ITA or want to learn more about how to enter, grow, and succeed in global markets?

Visit the U.S. government’s export portal at https://www.export.gov.