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Upcoming International Trade and China Events – October

Several events related to exporting, importing, international jobs, and China are coming up in the next few weeks. See below for descriptions of the events:

East Tennessee

Knoxville

 

China Business Intercultural Communication

 

Time: Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Location: Knoxville Chamber, 17 Market Square, #201, Knoxville, TN 37902

Price: $25 (Includes Chinese snacks and refreshments)

Organizers: Confucius Institute at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, the Knoxville-US Export Assistance Center, and TN-China Network

Sponsor: V. Alexander

Speaker and Panelists:

  • Tim Behling, Vice President of Supply Chain, Bailey International
  • Stephen Johnson, PhD, President, Gryphus Diagnostics, LLC
  • Robert Leach, Director, Knoxville-US Export Assistance Center, US Department of Commerce
  • Raymond Liu, Graduate Assistant of International Business, Southern Adventist University
  • Elizabeth Rowland, Executive Director, TN-China Network

Topics:

This training and panel discussion will cover China Business Intercultural Communication, including the below topics:

  • Chinese business protocol and etiquette in meetings and banquets
  • Tips for understanding and navigating differing interpersonal communication tendencies
  • Actual intercultural communication challenges and opportunities faced by Tennessee companies

For more information and to register, please visit the event posting.

 

Introduction to Importing

 

Time: Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 8:00 – 10:30 am

Location: Knoxville Area Urban League, 1514 East 5th Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917

Price: Free

Organizers: Knoxville Area Urban League, Fifth Third Bank, and Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC)

Speakers:

  • John Ordung, TSBDC International Trade Center Director
  • Yolanda Green, Fifth Third Bank
  • Keith Garrett, Fifth Third Bank
  • Rob Heller, Protexer Inc CEO
  • Terrence Carter, Knoxville Area Urban League

Topics:

This program will give an overview of the importing process, including:

  • Identifying market research tools
  • Identifying costs that are unique to importing
  • Identifying the role of the Customs Broker

For more information and to register, please visit the TSBDC website.

 

Export Boot Camp

 

Time: Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location: Knoxville Area Urban League, 1514 East 5th Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917

Price: Free (Lunch provided)

Organizers: Knoxville Area Urban League, Fifth Third Bank, and Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC)

Speakers:

  • John Ordung, TSBDC International Trade Center Director
  • Yolanda Green, Fifth Third Bank
  • Keith Garrett, Fifth Third Bank
  • Rob Heller, Protexer Inc CEO
  • Terrence Carter, Knoxville Area Urban League

Topics:

This program will cover the nuts and bolts needed to become an exporter, including:

  • How to identify markets for your products
  • How to finance your export transaction
  • How to mitigate economic, political, and financial risks

For more information and to register, please visit the TSBDC website.

 

Business with China: Trade Financing, Tax, and Currency Considerations

 

Time: Monday, November 9, 2015, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Location: Museum of East Tennessee History, 601 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902

Price: Free (Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served)

Organizers: TN-China Network and US Bank

Supporting Sponsor: Baker Donelson

Panelists and Moderator:

  • John Scannapieco, Baker Donelson, Shareholder and Co-Leader of Global Business Team
  • Tina Natorp, US Bank, Foreign Exchange and International Banking Expert
  • Brad van der Veen, Radio Systems, Vice President for International
  • Kal Chakravarthy, Radio Systems, Senior Project Manager
  • Apple Tang, Deloitte Tax LLP, Tax Senior Manager – China Desk
  • Walter Perry, Small Business Administration, District Director

Topics:

This panel discussion will cover trade financing, tax, and currency considerations when doing business with China, whether as an exporter to, importer from, or investor in China. After brief presentations by the panelists, there will be moderated Q&A followed by open discussion and Q&A with the audience.

For more information, visit the online event posting. To register, email Lisa.Birmingham@USBank.com or call 865-540-5848.

 

Oak Ridge

 

Export Boot Camp

 

Time: Thursday, October 22, 2015, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location: Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce, 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Price: Free

Organizer: Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC)

Speaker: TSBDC International Trade Center staff

Topics:

This program will cover the nuts and bolts needed to become an exporter, including:

  • How to identify markets for your products and services
  • How to finance your export transaction
  • How to mitigate economic, political, and financial risks

For more information and to register, please visit the TSBDC website.

 

Introduction to Importing

 

Time: Thursday, October 22, 2015, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Location: Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce, 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Price: Free

Organizer: Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC)

Speaker: TSBDC International Trade Center staff

Topics:

This program will give an overview of the importing process, including:

  • Identifying effective market research tools.
  • Identifying the costs that are unique to importing.
  • Identifying the role of the Customs Broker.

For more information and to register, please visit the TSBDC website.

 

Middle Tennessee

Nashville

 

Export Boot Camp

 

Time: Friday, October 16, 2015, 9:00 am to 11:30 am

Location: Tennessee State University Avon Williams Campus, located at 330 10th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37203

Price: Free

Organizer: Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC)

Speaker: John Ordung, TSBDC International Trade Center Director

Topics:

This program will cover the nuts and bolts needed to become an exporter, including:

  • How to identify markets for your products
  • How to finance your export transaction
  • How to mitigate economic, political, and financial risks

For more information and to register, please visit the TSBDC website.

 

International Jobs & Careers Panel Discussion

 

Time: Thursday, November 5, 2015, 6:00pm to 7:30 pm (CST)

Location: Lipscomb University – Ezell Center, Room 363, 1 University Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37204

Price: Free

Organizers: Tennessee World Affairs Council (TN WAC) and Lipscomb University

Panelists and Moderator:

  • Ambassador Charles Bowers, US Foreign Service (Retired)
  • Ambassador Ronald Schlicher, US Foreign Service (Retired)
  • Ms. Melissa Eli, Former US Peace Corps Volunteer in South Africa
  • Col. Beverly Lee, US Air Force (Retired)
  • Ms. Leslee Alexander, International Director, Tennessee Economic and Community Development

Topics:

This panel discussion will be devoted to sharing information about international jobs and careers in the fields of diplomacy, business, military, and international service.

For more information and to register, please visit TN WAC website.

 

West Tennessee

Martin

 

Where is Your Export Market?

 

Time: Thursday, October 29, 2015, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Location: University of Tennessee-Martin REED Center, 406 South Lindell St, Martin, TN 38237

Price: Free

Organizer: Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC)

Speaker: John Ordung, TSBDC International Trade Center Director

Topics:

This workshop will help you identify, research, and enter new international markets. Topics will include:

  • Market Selections: Where does the opportunity for my product or service lie?
  • Market Research: How do I find the information that will help me select a target market?
  • Market Entry Strategies: My market selection is made, now what?

For more information and to register, please visit the TSBDC website.

 


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Events listed on this calendar are for informational purposes only and are not necessarily endorsed by TN-China Network. Have an event you would like listed? Email us at erowland@tnchinanetwork.org.