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Hot Topics Roundtable Discussion

Idea Share: Trends Fest
There are constant challenges, pressures and opportunities that present themselves in the world of international trade. From SBDCs and DECs, to academic institutions, while the names and organizations may change, many of the same opportunities and challenges co-exist. Among  those challenges are:  changing consumer expectations, new technology, social media marketing, economic demands, grant funding, legal issues within international trade. Conference educators and fellow participants in lively discussions focused on success stories, ideas and roadblocks to change. Table tents will identify a variety of topics participants will discuss throughout the session.

Donna Davisson

Executive Director, NASBITE International


China & Customs - The Devil Is In The Details

The customs authority in China exists as an independent organization while at the same time being used by the central government to align country wide goals. This presentation focuses on how U.S. companies importing and exporting with China can better prepare themselves for trouble free clearance. We will review how China aligns with international tariff standards, the difficulties companies have importing / exporting out of China, and some of the related regulations that affect shipments through customs (CCC product certification, valuation, translation, etc).

Kimberly Kirkendall

President, International Resource Development, Inc.


Award Winners Roundtable

Meet and mingle with both this year’s award recipients as well as (those in attendance) from previous years. Learn form their success stories, and share in a open forum discussion about international trade related excellence.

Kelly Fish

Professor, Computer & Information Technology

Director, International Business Resource Center (IBRC), Arkansas State University


Understanding European Union Product and Environmental Regulations: Current and Pending

This program presents the basic European Union (EU) product and environmental regulations currently in existence and those projected to take effect over the next few years. It is legally mandatory for all exporters sending products to the EU (including USA) must comply with these regulations. The CE Mark covers product health and safety regulations, while ISO standards cover process management. There are several environmental regulations, including packaging, ROHS, REACH, WEEE, ERP and others. The speakers will overview each of the regulations, discussing the basic components, role of standards, categories of risk, compliance mechanisms, industries affected and approaches to certification and compliance. Special emphasis will be given to the newest and emerging regulations in the environmental sector, particularly ROHS and REACH, including discussion and demonstration of software complete with database capabilities to track product chemical content and company compliance. Differences between the EU and other standards processes, including USA, will be briefly overviewed.

Mary McKinney

Director, Duquesne University SBDC

Brent Rondon

Manager, Global Business Program, Duquesne University SBDC


      Open Networking sessions


Patience and Tenacity:Building a solid International Business Program

Providing educators with information on program development, the realistic time factors to expect, and opportunities for collaboration.

Christine Schrage

Global Opportunities Coordinator, Instructor of Marketing, University of Northern Iowa

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