Summer 2023 International Update Newsletter
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INTERNATIONAL GRANT FUNDS AVAILABLE
The International Trade Office (ITO) is accepting grant applications for events and projects taking place during the new funding period (July 1, 2023-June 30, 2024). A few updates have been made to the international financial programs; more information can be found on the fact sheet or webpage. The programs include opportunities for state funding as well as U.S. SBA State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) funding. Applications must be received in advance of the event/project start (timeframe by activity). For questions, please feel free to contact Lisa Longman at email@example.com or 515.348.6243.
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UPCOMING EDUCATION EVENTS
TRADE TALK SERIES: GLOBAL OPTIONS FOR IOWA
The ITO offers free webinars on a variety of topics relevant to Iowa exporters. Register for the events below to reserve your spot.
- International Negotiations
September 20, 2023 | 9:00 a.m.
This will be a panel discussion from experienced, international industry professionals who will share their hands on experience of the art of international negotiation. They will discuss effective negotiation skills, cultural nuances, styles, and strategies when working with international organizations and companies.
- Asia Market Update
October 18, 2023 | 9:00 a.m.
With 60% of the world’s population and 3 of the 5 top economies, Asia is a prime target for Iowa exporters. The webinar will share how to assess the opportunities, strategies and tools for success in Asia.
- Agricultural Trade Update
November 15, 2023 | 9:00 a.m.
State and global industry leaders will share current affairs within ag trade and examine new insights and opportunities.
MID-AMERICAN TRADE SUMMIT
October 25-26, 2023 | Virtual
With a focus on advancing trade and driving business growth, join top exporters, trade assistance providers and practitioners to celebrate success, share best practices and build new contacts. More information and registration available here.
ITO TRADE EVENTS
CONSTRUCTION TRADE SHOW/MISSION IN MEXICO
October 11-13, 2023
IEDA, in conjunction with our Latin America global representatives at MILA, invite you to exhibit and participate in Expo CHIHAC, Mexico and Latin America's leading construction, engineering, architecture and design event, gathering all stages of the construction cycle. In addition to attendance at the show, companies can participate in a trade mission during the week with matchmaking services available. This is an opportunity for companies who want market research and in-country, one-on-one meetings during the week through assistance of IEDA and local representative MILA. For more information, contact Andrea Smith at 515.348.6240 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 12-18, 2023
IEDA will host an Iowa pavilion at AGRITECHNICA 2023 with the opportunity for co-exhibitors to join. At this leading trade fair for agricultural machinery, visitors from around the world will meet up with key players and game changers to discuss new concepts and ground-breaking innovations that will ensure agricultural productivity and protect nature and the environment. The pavilion would be funded through the U.S. SBA’s STEP grant and eligible companies will be considered as potential co-exhibitors with responsibility for the co-exhibitor specific fees. For more information, contact Peggy Kerr at 515.348.6242 or email@example.com.
PROTEIN & GRAIN MISSION TO COLOMBIA
November 26-December 2, 2023
IEDA will lead a delegation to the Republic of Colombia for an ag-focused trade mission. This market has largest economy in Latin America and the third largest population. Aided by major security improvements and steady economic growth in recent years, Colombia continues to increase its commercial and investment ties to the U.S. with ag exports leading the way. For more information, contact Brad Frisvold at 515.348.6241 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AG TRADE MISSION TO MEXICO
February 18-24, 2024
IEDA will lead a delegation to the agricultural-focused areas of Guadalajara in the west and Merida in the Yucatan/east regions of Mexico. A key component of this trip will be to reinforce the USMCA relevance, market access and growth opportunities across the regions. For more information, contact Brad Frisvold at 515.348.6241 or email@example.com.
TRADE MISSION TO CHILE & PERU
April 14-19, 2024
IEDA will host a trade mission with our experienced in-country consultants to evaluate markets, identify potential partners or customers, and have in-country meetings with qualified prospects in Chile and Peru. It is open to all interested Iowa companies across all industries. The mission includes complete mission and appointment planning, research and assessments, and guidance post-mission. For more information, contact Andrea Smith at 515.348.6240 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LIVESTOCK TRADE SHOW & MISSION IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
May 29-Jun 5, 2024
This opportunity is valuable for suppliers to the livestock industry that want to grow exports. IEDA is sponsoring a pavilion at ILDEX-Vietnam, an exhibition focused on livestock, dairy, meat processing and aquaculture. Participants will receive booth space, interpretation and business meetings. Following the show, IEDA will lead a targeted trade mission to the Philippines for Iowa companies that supply products, services and equipment used in the livestock production industry. Vietnam and the Philippines are burgeoning markets with an appreciation of U.S.-made goods and services. Space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, contact Joseph Rude at 515.348.6244 or email@example.com.
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