Please join the U.S. Department of Commerce in partnership with the Connecticut District Export Council for our special topic conference call series. This series of conference calls will run throughout the Spring 2020.

Registration for this series is FREE. Please register using the link below, you only have to register once as the conference call details will be identical for every topic. Please check this web page frequently for update.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 (1pm-2pm Eastern)

Force Majeure both for Contracts/Suppliers, Cancellation of Trade Shows


Robinson& Cole LLP partners Jeff White and Taylor Shea will discuss the impact that coronavirus is having or may have on commercial transactions, including  in the supply chain.  They will discuss some of the basics surrounding “force majeure” clauses and how companies can plan for and react to the current health emergency.


Resource Material: Force Majeure and Contract Considerations for Buyers and Sellers


Click Here to access the recording for the Force Majeure conference call 

Thursday, March 19, 2020 (1pm-2pm Eastern)

Thomas Survey and How Businesses are Coping 


Thomas, North America’s leading industrial sourcing and marketing platform, surveyed over 1,000 manufacturing companies to understand
coronavirus’ immediate impacts on North American manufacturing. Listen to their results and discussion.

Resource Materials: 

Thomas Industry Survey Coronavirus’ Impact on North American Manufacturers – March 2020 Report

Thomas Coronavirus Resource Hub


Speaker: Tony Uphoff, CEO, Thomas

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 (1pm-2pm Eastern)

SBA Disaster Loan


The SBA will be providing to small businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) Up to $2 Million in Disaster Assistance Loans. Wendell Davis, Regional Administrator, SBA will be explaining the loan programs and how companies can qualify.


CT SBDC COVID-19 Resource Center: 

Wednesday , March 25, 2020 (11am – 12pm Eastern)


Aerospace/Defense Supply Chain Firms—Evolving Business Practices and Business Development Strategies Amidst COVID-19

Hear from the Midlands Aerospace Alliance and Netherlands Industries for Defense & Security about how COVID-19 has affected their
member firms, strategies European firms have employed to keep business moving forward, and an idea exchange for how transatlantic business relationships can be maintained amidst the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. 


Dr. Andrew Mair, Chief Executive, Midlands Aerospace Alliance


Mr. Peter Huis in ’t Veld, Business Development Manager, Netherlands Industries for Defense & Security (NIDV)

Wednesday , March 25, 2020 (1pm -2pm Eastern)

Cyber Security Concerns While Teleworking 


Employees that normally work from their work PC are now using personal equipment and residential internet access.  What are the risks and best way to mitigate. 

Resource Material: You transitioned to a remote work environment. Have your cyber and privacy policies and practices moved with you?

SANS Institute and CISA Resources:






Andy Sauer, Director of Cybersecurity, Steel Root         Email:

Shahryar Shaghaghi, Principal, CohnReznick Advisory

Thursday , March 26, 2020 (1pm -2pm Eastern)

Show COVID-19 Products and Component Buyers your Capabilities

Help Fight COVID-19

We put together a step by step guide to help manufacturers highlight their capabilities and allow buyers in need of high demand items to quickly identify needed manufacturing capabilities and supplies. By re-purposing traditional capabilities information into an actionable and shareable information for buyers and engineers to quickly access • We walk through an example of what a finished page can look like • Download an easy worksheet to map out your capabilities fast • Instructions to your web developer • Promoting your capabilities to be found

Speakers: Mark Manuel and Matt Barden, Co-Founders, Industrial Marketing

Click Here to access the net replay

Resource material:

FEMA COVID-19 Website:


  • To sell medical supplies or equipment to the federal government, please email specifics to
  • If you have medical supplies or equipment to donate, please provide us details on what you are offering.
  • If you are a private company that wants to produce a product related to the COVID response – email
  • If you are a hospital and other companies in need of medical supplies, contact your state Department of Public Health and/or Emergency Management.
  • For non-medical supplies, services or equipment, if you are interested in doing business with FEMA, visit our Industry Liaison Program.

Thursday , March 26, 2020 (1pm -2pm Eastern)Employment Issues Related to Teleworking

Matthew T. Miklave, Partner, Robinson & Cole LLP will discuss HR issues presented by coronavirus and off sire working along with federal, state and local policies. See audio recording below 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 (1pm-2pm Eastern)

Working with Federal and State Policymakers – How to continue advocacy and communication during the COVID-19 crisis

Learn how to continue to stay connected with important federal and state policy officials during this unique time.   Now more than ever, it’s critical that your company, business or trade association stay connected to those that will be making impactful decisions about your products, supply chains and business
areas.  Learn about specific online and non-in person strategies to stay front of mind and present with policymakers, elected officials, staff and
government procurement officials both here and in Connecticut and DC.

Overview Information Links:

  • Delegation Member COVID-19 Resource Pages

Speaker: PJ Cimini, Esq. and Patrick McCabe 
Capital Strategies Group, LL

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 (1pm-2pm Eastern)

Federal and State Tax Updates

CohnReznick’s Patrick Duffany, National Managing Partner for Tax, and Brian Newman, National Federal Tax Leader, will take us through a discussion of the recent developments /changes impacting federal tax obligations, as well as a number of developments/changes being made at the state level.

Speakers:Patrick Duffany             Brian Newman       

Thursday, April 2, 2020 (1pm-2pm Eastern)   

 Integrated Business Planning 

Learn from CohnReznick’s, Duraid Jwayyed how important it is to use the principles of Integrated Business Planning (demand, production, operations, and finances) to help you keep your business operating as operating as optimally as possible under today’s turbulent times. Hear what you can do to create flexibility and “what if” scenarios to make assumption driven decisions.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 (1pm-2pm Eastern)

Price Gouging and Government Investigations

 Join US Senator Richard Blumenthal and Robinson & Cole LLP partners Ed Heath and Kendra Berardi for a discussion about legal and practical considerations related to price gouging and government investigations into that conduct amid the current health crisis.  They will provide an overview of the current legal landscape, including how price gouging claims might be misused as an offensive tactic between competing businesses, and some of the best practices for businesses on the receiving end of a price gouging investigation.PowerPoint – Price Gouging and Government Investigations

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 (1pm-2pm Eastern)   

 Insurance Coverage Briefing 

Businesses must understand their insurance portfolio to determine whether they are protected for claims or losses.We will be covering some key issues regarding insurance coverages of business interruption, cyber, and vacancy of buildings. In addition, how to get  premium relief in the short-term as well as how to prepare for potential liability issues in regards to employees coming back to work after shelter in place is lifted. 


Joe Smith, President & CEO, Smith Brother Insurance

Greg Podolak, Partner, Saxe Doernberger & Vita

Thursday, April 16, 2020 (1pm-2pm Eastern)      

Quebec’s Aerospace/Defense Status & Evolving Business Practices

Canada and, in particular, the Province of Quebec are close trading partners to the Northeast USA, particularly in the aerospace sector.  Hear from Suzanne Benoit, President of the Aero Montreal cluster and Gina Bento, Commercial Specialist (Aerospace & Defense), US Consulate Montreal about the current situation for aerospace primes and supply chain firms in the greater Quebec region.  What do company shut downs and slow downs mean for their US supply chain.

Resource Material: