Join the Connecticut District Export Council and the U.S. Commercial Service Connecticut office for a series of trade-related events as part of Manufacturing Month this October.  These free webinars will provide practical tips on a variety of export related topics.

Trade Talk Tuesday: Export Compliance

Dates: Tuesday, October 4, 11,18, 25, 2022

Time: 11am-11:20am Eastern

Cost: FREE, pre-registration required 
Register Here: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=3QB5

Join the U.S. Commercial Service, in partnership with the Connecticut District Export Council for Trade Talk Tuesday: Export Compliance, each Tuesday throughout October we will be hosting FREE 20-minute comprehensive training sessions to discuss various Export Compliance related topics.
Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at 11am Eastern
• Export Compliance Management Program
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at 11am Eastern
• Know your Customer (Red Flags, End User Statement)
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 11am Eastern
• Screening Best Practices
Tuesday, October 25, 2022 11am Eastern
• Ask the Compliance Expert?

Fore more information, contact: Anthony.Sargis@trade.gov

Manufacturing Month 2022: Manage, Motivate and Inspire your Distributor Network!

Dates: Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Time: 12pm-1:00pm Eastern

Cost: FREE, pre-registration required 
Register Here: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=3QBK 

For more information, contact: jacqueline.torcellini@trade.gov

We are pleased to bring you the expertise of Amy Bosco, Director of Global Business Development at Beekley Medical, based in Bristol, Connecticut. Amy has been managing and motivating Beekley’s International distributor network since 2014.  The incredible growth she has achieved has been recognized by several entities: 

  • The President’s “E” Award recipient in 2018, after demonstrating significant export growth.  
  • The Small Business Administration’s Exporter of the Year Award in 2019. 
  • The President’s “E” Star Award in July 2022. 
  • Appointed to Connecticut’s District Export Council in January 2020. 

Despite the pandemic, Amy was able to grow exports consistently from 2018 through 2021 at a record-breaking performance level! 

Learn the strategies Amy employs to manage, motivate, and inspire her network of distributors! Hear what Best Practices you should evaluate and consider implementing in your distributor management program. 

Cross Border E Commerce Digital Strategy Considerations for Manufacturers

Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Time: 1pm-2pm Eastern

Cost: FREE, pre-registration required 
Register Here: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=3QB9

For more information, contact: Anthony.Sargis@trade.gov

Please join the U.S. Department of Commerce and Connecticut District Export Council to discuss how to leverage your digital strategy to increase online sales. The manufacturing business community is learning from the lessons of the retail industry and transitioning to a business model that is increasingly utilizing cross-border eCommerce sales channels.

We sometimes hear from clients, “I’m a manufacturer, we do not sell products via our website.” Statistics have shown that 89% of these people are online researching for a business transaction, and these people will spend less than a minute searching your website before deciding to leave or stay.

• 58% of Business to Business (B2B) companies are investing in ecommerce platforms, proactively adapting to a changing marketplace

• 51% of B2B companies are integrating their platforms with software that can manage orders, inventory, and financial accounting

• Those who fail to adapt could be outperformed by their competitors

Even if you have an outstanding product, your digital presence is the initial impression a potential customer will have of your product, service, and professionalism. Having a website that is not optimized to current accepted standards is a red flag for most customers, especially those in overseas markets. Learn how to structure your digital real estate that will provide analytics that can help you understand the habits and preferences of your customers, giving you the tools to adapt your digital marketing strategies for the eCommerce sales channels.

Join us for this event, so you can understand how to integrate a digital strategy into your existing business processes.

Harnessing The Resources of Trade.gov 

Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Time: 12pm-1pm Eastern

Cost: FREE, pre-registration required 
Register Here: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=3QBM

For more information, contactjacqueline.torcellini@trade.gov

Trade.gov offers valuable resources to you, which can support your international growth plan or help you create your international growth plan. This website provides robust information for you, easily accessed once you know where to look. All the valuable information provided on Trade.gov has been gathered by experts and shared with you to support your international growth efforts.

Cybersecurity as a Business Process and not an IT Issue

Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Time: 1pm-2pm Eastern

Cost: FREE, pre-registration required 
Register Here: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=3QBR

For more information, contact: Melissa.Grosso@trade.gov

In today’s threat landscape, it is critical industrial organizations take steps to protect their competitive advantage, build resiliency, and be prepared for growth.

Join the U.S. Commercial Service and CONNSTEP, the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) regional authority, who will discuss why security strategy needs to be a business initiative that drives policies, plans, people, technology, processes, and governance procedures throughout the organization.

This webinar will provide guidance on:

  • how to determine a cybersecurity framework and compliance profile at an appropriate level for your organization,
  • what to consider while building a security profile that will protect your supply chain and propel your business for success and growth,
  • how to handle a security incident as an organization and what to do to prepare
  • what to expect as your organization embarks on a security resiliency journey and what are the critical success factors.

Webinar Speakers:

Anna Mumford

Cybersecurity and Technology Solutions Consultant

Anna applies her cybersecurity and technology knowledge to help small and midsize Connecticut manufacturers with cybersecurity compliance, security risk management, and security resiliency best practices.  She provides compliance analysis and assessments, guidance on compliance controls implementation and remediation including Incident Response Plan and training, System Security Plan, Cybersecurity Policies and Procedures documentation and training.

John Granatelli

Cybersecurity and Technology Solutions Consultant

John provides support by helping CONNSTEP and its clients identify, understand, design and implement IT solutions to improve our businesses. He has been performing NIST 800-171 since 2018 and more recently Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Gap Assessments.  He is involved in the development of System Security Plans, Policies and Procedures, and Plan of Action and Milestones. 

Cultural Considerations of Doing Business Internationally 

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2022

Time: 1pm-2pm Eastern

Cost: FREE, pre-registration required 
Register Here: 
https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=3QBN

For more information, contact: jacqueline.torcellini@trade.gov

You know that when you enter a new market, you need to plan logistics and payments. Yet, leaders forget to consider culture, language, and inclusion. Without an intentional plan, you can set your company back by two years or more by offending your international target market.

Join the U.S. Commercial Service for a free webinar for Manufacturing Month 2022 on Cultural Considerations of Doing Business Internationally. Learn a framework for relationship building and culturally adapted communications that can be applied in any market. We’ll discuss:

• Six dimensions of culture

• Synchronous v asynchronous communication

• Eight deadly sins of communication

• Global English versus translation & interpretation

Agricultural Assistance from Farmer to Exporter for Connecticut Agricultural Producers & Food Manufacturers

Date: Thursday, October 27, 2022

Time: 1pm-2pm Eastern

Cost: FREE, pre-registration required 
Register Here: 
https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=3QB8

For more information, contact: jacqueline.torcellini@trade.gov

Join us for a free webinar to hear about state and federal resources available to assist Connecticut agricultural and food product companies interested in exporting. This webinar, sponsored by Congressman Joe Courtney (CT2) and the U.S. Commercial Service, will feature speakers from Food Export USA—Northeast and the Connecticut Department of Agriculture.

Join us for this informative webinar to learn about the benefits of exporting and assistance available to your Connecticut company!

• Exports of consumer food products are growing 3x faster than sales here in the U.S.. They have soared in recent years in response to consumers’ growing purchasing power and lower trade barriers.
• In 2021, exports of U.S. farm and food products to the world totaled $175 billion, increasing from the previous year by 18%.
• In 2021, Connecticut exported $331 million in U.S. farm and food products, increasing from the previous year by 7%.
Speakers:
• Congressman Joe Courtney, CT2
• Apryl King | Liaison—CT, MA, ME, RI, VT | Food Export USA—Northeast
• Erin Windham | Ag Marketing and Inspection Rep I Connecticut Department of Agriculture
• Melissa Grosso | Director | U.S. Commercial Service (Connecticut office)