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Global Supplier Risk Management - Lessons Learned

Recent tragedies involving deadly factory fires and building collapses in Bangladesh highlighted the unsafe working conditions and created greater awareness among American garments and textile importers about inadequate workplace safety standards and poor compliance records in global garments and apparel manufacturing industry. In April 2013, an eight-story commercial building near Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh collapsed due to shoddy construction. It housed several garments factories that made clothes for major European and North American apparel retailers. The accident killed over 1100 workers and injured over 2500. In November 2012, a deadly fire at another garments factory in the same area killed over 100 workers and injured over 250. There were numerous other smaller accidents that killed and injured many garments workers in the past few years in Bangladesh. The American importers of Bangladeshi Ready-Made Garments (RMG) include all major U.S retailers including Wal-Mart, Target, J.C. Penney, Sears, Gap, the Children's Place and Limited Brands. Many of these retailers have faced criticisms both at home and abroad for not taking actions to improve the unsafe labor conditions at their overseas suppliers' plants. This presentation will discuss the trends, challenges, and best practices in global apparel and garments manufacturing supply chain, and how American businesses can minimize their supplier risks and industrial accidents through better global supplier development and management process utilizing CGBP curriculum. The lessons learned from this session can be applied in managing global supply chain risks in other industries such as consumer electronics as well.

Tanvir Khan

Global Supplier Risk Management Lessons Learned, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC


Applied Export Documentation

In this session, we will cover the information necessary to complete the more common documents required to export from the United States. We will cover the correct way to complete those documents and the ramifications of incorrect or inaccurate information. We will also cover some actual company experiences and how it impacted them.

Shawn Levsen

Adjunct Professor, Austin Community College


Using Webinars to Enhance Effective International Trade Training and Education

How using webinars can offer planet-friendly access to information, education, training, support services, and topic-specific narration and illustration to enhance, expand, and reinforce the importance of international trade; where and how to learn more; how to use webinar content in academic courses; how to use webinars in business community training and education; how to use webinars in CGBP exam preparation or re-certificaion.

Randal Long

Adjunct Faculty, Santa Ana College - AND SME Development Associates (international trade advisory professional)


Faculty and Student Engagement for International Business Development

One of the long-term goals of the NC SBTDC has been to develop customized market research options or packages for our SME clients to help them make strategic decisions about "the business side" of exporting. Our team has created the IBD Market Research Guide which features some of the best market research resources available publicly including our UNC System library. We have developed faculty liaison relationships with a few key MBA programs across the state in order to 1) build student capacity for serving more SMEs and 2) utilize the IBD Market Research Guide as curriculum for global marketing projects.

Mike Seibert

Assistant State Director & IBD Coordinator, NC Small Business & Technology Development Center

Alex Viva

International Business Development Counselor, NC Small Business & Technology Development Center


How to Identify, Pursue and Obtain International Teaching Opportunities

The presentation will guide participants through a process business educators should consider when pursuing international teaching assignments. Among the presentation's topics are:  1. How to identify appropriate visiting professor (VP) opportunities 2. How to prepare a VP application to enhance the odds for acceptance 3.  On-site behaviors that make subsequent VP assignments more likely Among the sources supporting the presentation's content are personal experience, executive interviews (with those responsible for reviewing VP applications), and secondary research.

Mark W. McConnell

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Accounting & Business Administration University of Mount Union


CGBP Recertification and Exam Updates

The chair of the CGBP governance council will go over the changes made to the CGBP exam during a six month item writing and review process in the later part of 2013. New exam questions were included in the March 2014 exam window. A member of the NASBITE International staff will discuss the implementation of recertification with particular emphasis on mechanisms for obtaining CEUs and how programs can become pre-approved to provide CEUs.

Meg Salkin

Special Programs Coordinator, Cleveland State University

Jackie Rasmussen

CGBP Governance Council Chair and Business Development Specialist, MO Small Business Technology Development Center

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