USHCA: Why China Matters for the Heartland

January 25, 2022

Focus: Education, Partner Event

Join USHCA and our partners from across the Heartland Region in exploring "Why China Matters to the Heartland." Learn how each Heartland state benefits from its relationship with China economically, educationally, and culturally.

In addition to receiving an exclusive report of the ties each Heartland state has with China, attendees will also hear from state and community leaders of the importance of creating and sustaining global opportunities with China in education, culture, and business.
Speakers (full bios are now available on our website):

  • Denise Thomas, CEO of the World Trade Center, Arkansas
  • Craig Allen, President of the U.S.-China Business Council
  • Amy Lei, Senior Manager of Asia Business Development at JobsOhio
  • Drew Combs, Executive Director of the North Dakota Trade Office
  • Martha Henry, International Relations Manager at the City of San Antonio Global Engagement Office

Date: January 25, 2022

Time: 09:00 - 10:30 a.m. CST

Location: Online Event


SBA Webinar: Grants for U.S. Small Businesses to Sell Overseas

December 15, 2020

Focus: Education, Partner Event

Did you know your business could be eligible for grants as high as $10,000? SBA’s State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) is here to help small businesses to export.

Are you interested in taking advantage of e-Commerce to sell to customers overseas?  The future is moving online faster than ever! Nearly 60% of the entire world’s population is on the Internet, and 95% of the world’s consumers are outside the United States.

Now is the time for small businesses to develop an international e-commerce platform to reach international buyers. Learn how STEP provides companies like yours with grants to increase exports.

In this webinar you will:

  • Learn how to apply for a STEP grant to help expand your ability to export
  • Hear from successful exporters that used their STEP grants for a variety of business needs -- website translation, SEO, digital marketing strategies, e-Commerce expansion, intellectual property protection, and a range of other activities
  • Ask SBA's Office of International Trade and the State partners your questions on how to STEP ahead.

This is a can’t miss opportunity to tap into SBA export grants and go global.  Sales opportunities in new markets are waiting for you!

Event Information: SBA Webinar: Grants for U.S. Small Businesses to Sell Overseas
Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Time: 1:00pm - 12:00pm CST
Location: Online Webinar

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP’s Annual Employment & Employee Benefits Law Update

September 26, 2019

Focus: Education

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP will be hosting an informative half-day Employment and Employee Benefits Law Seminar. During the seminar, speakers will discuss industry developments and hot topics that have occurred over the last 18 months.

DATE: Thursday, September 26, 2019
TIME: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.(Central)
WHERE: Clubhouse Hotel & Suites
4400 15th Avenue S., Fargo, ND 58103
HOSTED BY: Kermit Nash, Partner
Sam Diehl, Partner
Andy Daly, Partner
Dasha Brockmeyer, Counsel
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
RSVP: To RSVP, please click the registration button below.
QUESTIONS: Please contact Mary Brightman at 215.972.7773 or

HRCI and SHRM accreditation as well as MCLE credit for the state of North Dakota are currently pending approval.

Doing Business in Brazil and One-on-One Meetings with Brazil Trade Specialist

September 23, 2019 - September 27, 2019

Focus: Education

From September 23-27, Moacir Rodovalho, a Senior Commercial Specialist with the U.S. Commercial Service in Recife, Brazil, will be in Fargo to assist local companies seeking to enter Brazil. He is available to consult a limited number of businesses interested in expanding into Brazil. Appointments to meet with Moacir will be available on a first come, first served basis. Before the one-hour meeting, your Commercial Service team in Fargo and in Brazil will do preliminary market research to ensure your one-on-one meeting will be productive.

In addition to one-on-one meetings with Moacir, the US Commercial Service and the North Dakota District Export Council are hosting a Doing Business in Brazil luncheon in Fargo. During the seminar, you will hear from not only Moacir, but also the following companies with experience in the Brazilian market.

Chad Kost, Chief Operating Officer of Spectrum Aeromed (Fargo, ND) will be sharing his experiences developing the Brazilian market for Spectrum. Brazil's aerospace industry is large and established. Chad joined Spectrum Aeromed in 2013, and prior to that, he spent 17 years in the banking industry. He holds a BS in Business Administration from Mayville (ND) State University and Masters Degree in Business Administration from North Dakota State University.

Jean Voorhees is the Vice President of Business Development for WCCO Belting, Inc., in Wahpeton, ND. After achieving market entry a decade ago, WCCO continues to expand both share and the portfolio of products marketed in Brazil. The opportunities are driving both distribution expansion and product development. Jean has extensive experience in the development, innovation, marketing and distribution of industrial and agricultural products around the world.

The cost for the luncheon is $30 per person. For a one-on-one meeting and market research report, the cost is $189 and will include free participation in the luncheon.

Please contact Heather Ranck at or Haley Coffield at with any questions.

Date: Tuesday, September 24th

Time: 11 am - 1 pm (one-on-one meetings scheduled separately, and includes a 30-minute initial consultation to determine market research priorities)

Location: Fargo, ND (details to be confirmed)