The 2018 Mid-America Trade Summit begins with an opening networking reception and is followed by a full-day program that offers attendees a choice of session options, all of which are delivered by outstanding exporters. The event provides a unique opportunity to join top exporters, global trade leaders and trade assistance providers from across Mid-America, as they gather to share best practices and lessons learned in global trade.
Invitations, recognition and presentation opportunities will be extended to export award honorees (E-Award, SBA Exporter of the Year, and State Exporter honorees) and other leading exporters from throughout the Mid-America region.
Mid-America Region: This region encompasses a broad geography and number of states located in the mid-section of the United States. Initial conference marketing and outreach efforts will target exporters, trade assistance providers and educators in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Tennessee.
Target Audience: Exporters, trade assistance providers and educators.
The fast-paced, high-touch format of the Mid-America Trade Summit provides CEOs and upper-level management with direct access to high-level networking and shared-learning opportunities. Attendees will be provided information on resources and techniques that successful exporters are using to guide export expansion. Insights will be shared that Trade Summit attendees can adapt or adopt within their own businesses to support business growth and development. The Trade Summit presents the same networking and shared learning opportunities for international trade assistance providers, new exporters, and educators.
Wednesday (11/14) – Networking Reception (6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.)
6:30 p.m. Recognition of exporter awardees
Open networking time
Thursday (11/15) – Trade Summit (7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
7:15 a.m. Exhibitor Set-Up
7:45 a.m. Trade Summit opens – Registration check-in; Continental breakfast/Visit exhibitors
8:15 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:30-9:00 a.m. Keynote Speaker #1
9:00-9:15 a.m. Transition to Round 1 Sessions
9:15-10:15 a.m. Round 1 Sessions – Two tracks running simultaneously: Outstanding Exporters and Resource Providers
Track 1 – Experiences from the trenches – sharing export best practices/lessons learned
Track 2 – Leveraging state and federal resources to support export success
*Resource highlights to be finalized, but could include: STEP, SBA Financing, USCS, EXIM finance programs, FAS/MAP, SBDC, State Trade Mission, etc.
Note: The successful exporter will be the lead presenter, the trade resource provider will be on hand to field questions.
9:15-9:45 a.m. Speakers 1 and 2
9:45-10:15 a.m. Speakers 3 and 4
10:15-10:30 a.m. Break
10:30-11:30 a.m. Round 2 Sessions – Two tracks running simultaneously: Outstanding Exporters and Resource Providers
10:45-11:00 a.m. Speakers 5 and 6
11:00-11:30 a.m. Speakers 7 and 8
11:30-11:45 a.m. Transition to lunch/visit exhibitors
11:45-1:00 p.m. Lunch
Keynote Speaker #2
1:00-1:15 p.m. Transition to Round 3 Sessions -
1:15-2:15 p.m. Round 3 Sessions – Topical Breakouts
*Topics TBD i.e. e-Commerce, the Internet of Things, NAFTA – Speaker 9 and 10
2:15-2:30 p.m. Break
2:30-3:30 p.m. Round 4 Sessions – Two tracks running simultaneously: Outstanding Exporters and Resource Providers
2:30-3:00 p.m. Speakers 11 and 12
3:00-3:30 p.m. Speakers 13 and 14
3:30-3:45 p.m. Transition to closing session
3:45-4:30 p.m. Ask the Experts and Final Networking Session
4:30 p.m. Trade Summit concludes
Additional Meeting Opportunities: (Wednesday afternoon or during the Trade Summit)
· STEP Program Administrators meeting (Mid-America states) – conducted Wednesday afternoon prior to the Trade Summit networking reception
· Exporter Listening Session – This “by-invitation” session will provide opportunity for successful exporters from across Mid-America to sit down with state and federal trade agency representatives to share feedback regarding program usage, program gaps, etc.
State and federal trade assistance provider’s event partnership comes at no expense to the organization. Trade Summit partners agree to assist with promotion and endorsement of this event by sharing information with network members/affiliates and supporting attendee recruitment. Partners and supporters will leverage media resources in place, i.e. website, newsletters, electronic communications, and social media to assist Trade Summit outreach. Trade Summit partners will also be asked to nominate successful exporters as potential event presenters.
Entities providing financial support to the Trade Summit. A list of sponsorship levels and benefits is in development.