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.


Resource Material: SBA Presentation Webinar material-COVID-19 3.23.2020


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:

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.


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.


Patrick Duffany             

Brian Newman