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Session I


9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Session II


11:00 a.m.-12:15 a.m.

Session III


2:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m.

Session IV


9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Session V


11:00 a.m.-12:15 a.m.

Session VI


2:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m.



Ballroom A

9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Introduction to importing into the U.S.

This presentation will give participants an overview of the import process step by step. This presentation will include, harmonized codes, country of origin, assists, documentation, fees, importer security filing and so on. The workshop will also include an online diagnostic tool for determining your readiness to import.

Ray Bowman


Ventura and Santa Barbara SBDC

Ray Bowman MS, CGBP, Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt Ray Bowman has been involved in the operational aspects of international trade and logistics for over 25 years. Currently, Mr. Bowman is the Director for the Ventura and Santa Barbara Small Business Development Center, which provides business consultation services to over 500 businesses per year at no cost. Mr. Bowman has held key management positions with some of the world’s largest freight and logistics companies and has been involved in consulting and teaching for over 14 years. Mr. Bowman also serves as Program Chair for the District Export Council of Southern California by Appointment of the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Mr. Bowman conducts training courses for businesses through the Centers for International Trade Development (CITD), Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), The Alameda Corridor Jobs Training Coalition, Fashion Business Inc. and the U.S. Department of Commerce. Mr. Bowman is also teaches courses in international logistics, trade finance, and import export for Santa Barbara City College and California Lutheran University. Ray Bowman is also the author of a book called Quick Start Guide, International Trade. Mr. Bowman is also a Certified Global Business Professional CGBP as well as a NASBITE Certified CGBP trainer. Mr. Bowman has also published a number of journal articles as well as been a key note speaker on the subject of international trade and logistics


Ballroom B

9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

A Crash Course in Trade Finance

Need an update on trade finance?  Whether you are a CGBP  or are prepping for the exam, trade finance seems to be a particularly challenging area for many to demonstrate competency or to explain to others, whether clients or students.  This session will overview the range of trade finance functions required for global business and offer tips and techniques for explaining these functions in counseling clients or doing presentations.


Laurie Wolff


Dept Of Economics & Finance-SIUE



Ballroom C

9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Why Studying Abroad is Essential in International Business

Studying abroad can enhance a student's entry into the real world of work. Employers often look for a study abroad experience that has helped a future employee develop self-reliance and cross-cultural understanding. This presentation will provide tips for creating study abroad experiences for educators and will emphasize the importance of studying abroad in building a business career.

Sara Jackson

Associate Professor International Business


Dr. Sara Jackson is an Associate Professor of International Business at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. She is a member of the NASBITE International Board of Governors and has served as President, Vice President and Treasurer. She represented North America on the Board of Directors of IATTO, the International Association of Trade Training Organisations . Dr. Jackson was inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame in 2010 and she was the Founding Director of the South-West Texas Border International Trade Center, where she established the award-winning San Antonio Export Leaders program and created Export Texas, a trade show for small business exporters. She has traveled to more than 40 countries and has taken students abroad every semester for the past 15 years.

Chris Schrage

In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Chris works to expand the international reach of the College. She develops and coordinates international internship placements for students, advises on study abroad opportunities, applies for and manages grants supporting the College's international efforts, and serves as advisor to the Global Associates and Supply Chain Management Association. Since 2001, 24 teams under her advisement have competed in five student competitions. She has developed three international capstone courses and leads professional development trips as well. Since 2010, she has been hosting short-term programs for students around the world at the University of Northern Iowa to provide experiences for partner universities in Brazil, Poland, Colombia, and China to further expand networks for students.


Ballroom D

9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) - Challenges and Opportunities for American Businesses

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a twelve nation trade deal that would link forty percent of the world's economy including the United States, Japan, Australia, Canada and Mexico. Last summer, both U.S. Senate and House authorized bills to give "fast-track" congressional approval to President Obama for trade negotiations involving the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The draft trade agreement among the member nations was reached on October 5, 2015 after seven years of negotiations. The full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, which includes 30 chapters, has finally been released on November 5, 2015. President Obama officially notified Congress of his intent to sign the agreement. He cited the strategic as well as economic advantages of a trade alliance that would counter a rising China, which is not a party to the agreement. The U.S. Congress will make a straight up-or-down vote on the agreement, most likely sometime next year, but will be unable to alter the agreement by adding amendments. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been highly controversial from the beginning. The agreement terms were negotiated out of the public eye, leading critics to argue that corporations and special interest groups had disproportionate input into the deal. Supporters of the agreement say it would help member countries increase exports, and that it would strengthen, not weaken, labor and environmental standards. This presentation will discuss many of the key elements of the Trans Pacific-Partnership (TPP) and the opportunities and challenges it presents to American businesses.

Tanvir Khan

Economics Instructor

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC)

Tanvir H. Khan, CGBP, CSCP, CPIM, CIRM, C.P.M., is a global business professional and an instructor at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He has been teaching economics, international trade and supply chain management courses at NWTC since 2000. He has also provided customized export-import compliance training and international market research services to small and medium sized firms. He has over eight years of global supply chain management experience in manufacturing industry. He received his B.A. from St. Olaf College in Minnesota in 1993 and his M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1998. He has also earned several professional credentials from NASBITE, APICS and ISM.



9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Market selection: A quantitative approach to surveying global demand

It's a big world out there! The presenter will reveal his approach to helping small businesses identify the best potential markets for their products. Through examples, he will show how freely available trade statistics can become a simple mathematical model that can help focus international sales efforts for those new to exporting. By the end of the session, you should be able to conduct such analyses for the businesses with which you work.

Josh Nichol-Caddy

Market Research Analyst

Nebraska Business Development Center

Josh Nichol-Caddy joined the Nebraska Business Development Center as a market research analyst and export consultant in 2015. He has received a master’s degree in journalism and an MBA from the University of Missouri. While a student at MU and a full-time faculty member at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, he worked with various organizations to develop marketing and media strategies. He also has worked as a video editor, reporter, social media marketer, and freelance writer.

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