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


Corporate COffee Break: Doing Business Globally in a Time of Trade Tensions

April 20, 2021

Focus: Education, Partner Event

While the focus remains on ending the global pandemic, U.S. trade disputes with China and other countries continue to impact the economy and may even be impacting the U.S. response to the health crisis in negative ways.

The ongoing trade war between the United States and China has not only imposed tariffs on billions of dollars of goods, but it has brought to the surface long-simmering disputes regarding unfair trade practices. With negotiations between the countries proving difficult even with the change in administration, U.S. businesses looking to thrive during the current economic environment are evaluating their import, export, and supply-chain practices with increasing scrutiny and creativity.

This discussion will examine:

  • how trade relations, not only with China — but also with new changes in the UK/EU landscape — have affected American businesses in the global marketplace
  • recent changes in customs practices and court rulings
  • how successful businesses are responding to these new developments

Date & Time
Start Date: 04/20/2021
Start Time: 11:00am CT
End Time: 11:30am CT

Expand Your Exports with the North Dakota Trade Office: Programs and Funding to Available to Exporters

November 17, 2020

Focus: Education

Join the North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO) on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 to learn how North Dakota companies can start exporting or expand their export business by working with NDTO.

The NDTO assists North Dakota companies with export expansion through education, research, and organization of trade missions, reverse missions and other education to help identify opportunities and improve your export processes. Additionally, the NDTO advocates on behalf of businesses that help strengthen the state’s economy through exports.

In this webinar, NDTO staff will walk you through how we can help your export business thrive.

Webinar topics will include:

  • What services are available to North Dakota Companies to help grow their exports both domestically and internationally.
  • What state and federal funding programs administered by the NDTO are available to financially support ND exporters.
  • NDTO partnerships with associations and Trade Service Providers.
  • Additional benefits available with a NDTO Membership.

Event Information:
Expand Your Exports with the North Dakota Trade Office
Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Time: 10:30am - 12:00pm CT
Location: Online Webinar

North Dakota Online Global Programs Webinar

October 28, 2020

Focus: Education

Social distancing is impacting businesses everywhere, but with the right online tools, your business can not only survive, but thrive. Join the NDTO and IBT Online on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020 as we discuss how North Dakota companies can enhance their online presence to navigate business during these difficult times. IBT Online’s experts will show you how business development tools like localized websites and international online marketing can help mitigate the effects of these times.

Webinar topics will include:

  • Best-practice, optimally localized business development websites
  • How to be found, be understood, and be easy to do business with in your target markets
  • Is ecommerce now a must-have?
  • Staying close to existing clients
  • North Dakota Online Global Programs
    ..and much more!

Event Information:
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020
Time: 11:30am CT
Please register for attendance instructions.

STEP ND funding is available to support innovative, virtual solutions for North Dakota businesses, including website translation, globalization and ecommerce implementation. Click here for more information about STEP ND funding or contact to apply.