PROGRAM OVERVIEW
This ten‐session course spanning over the course of a year will provide individualized attention and customized guidance to your business on all major trade topics. Taught by experts from the public and private sector, this course will equip you with the knowledge and tools to succeed, then test you with practical exercises to refine your strategy.

WE PROVIDE:

  • Access to experts to guide you along the way and help you to design and implement your export plan
  • Access to new markets. Did you know the U.S. Commercial Service has staff in more than 70 countries?
  • A unique learning environment; you will not just learn about it, you will also practice doing it!

Participation is limited to eight companies!

Export Leadership Academy

Export Leadership Academy - beginning Jan. 10
Optimize Your Trade Show Exhibit - Aug. 11

Certificates of Origin - Aug. 24

Digital Commerce: Maximize your Online Impact - Sept. 14

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Digital Commerce: Maximize your Online Impact

Optimize Your Trade Show Exhibit

Date:
Starting Jan. 2017 - Second TUESDAY of each month (except July and December)
Time:
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location:
1301 Gervais St., suite 1100, Columbia SC
Cost:

$1450. Includes monthly Export Leadership Academy sessions, “A Basic Guide to Exporting,” materials and lunches. Grant money available for qualified South Carolina companies. Participation is limited to eight companies!

Contact:
Dorette Coetsee at 803-397-4590, dorette.coetsee@trade.gov
Register:
Click here

 

Industry trade shows are a key component of many companies’ annual marketing budget and business development strategy.  They are the marketplace for your business where competitive comparisons take place, where new customers are met and existing ones expect to see you, where new technologies are launched.  


How do you effectively communicate your message to foreign cultures? How do you maximize the productivity of your staff and resources to get the most out of your investment?  These are the questions we aim to answer during this seminar.

Featured Speakers:
Ray Bianchi, Vice President, Events & Business Development, Hannover Fairs USA Inc
John Lee, CEO, Carolina Trade Show Exhibits/Designs
Craig Wooten, Director of Business Development and Government Relations Tactical Medical Solutions
Norris Thigpen, South Carolina Department of Commerce
Phil Minard, Director, U.S. Commercial Service - Charleston 

Certificates of Origin

Upcoming Events

​If you are a DEC member and wish to pay the annual meal fee, click here.

With key global markets in Asia, Middle East and Latin America swiftly growing their number of Internet users, U.S. business should consider the yet untapped potential of reaching their target audience using easily accessible online tools.

There are simple considerations you can implement to maximize your online presence impact and make sure you are putting your "best digital foot forward" for foreign buyers looking to connect online.

  • Develop a strategy to globalize your website and create a user-friendly experience
  • Learn to draw customers to your products and services via content marketing, social media marketing and search engine optimization
  • Familiarize yourself with e-Commerce considerations and learn specifics of online payment processing
  • Hear from local service providers and peers about best-practices in leveraging your online presence


The training will feature private and public sector speakers and will incorporate panel discussions and small group sessions.

Date:
Thursday, Aug. 24
Time:
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (check in at 8:30 a.m.)
Location:
SC Chamber of Commerce, 1301 Gervais Street, Suite 1100, Columbia, SC 29208
Cost:

$250 before Aug. 14, $295 after

Contact:
Dorette Coetsee, U.S. Commercial Service, dorette.coetsee@trade.gov, 803-397-4590
Register:
Click here      Space is limited register by Aug.21

 

Date:
Thursday, Sept. 14
Time:
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (check in at 9:30 a.m.)
Location:
York County Chamber of Commerce, Rock Hill, South Carolina
Cost:

$115

Contact:
Anastasia Mukherjee, U.S. Commercial Service, anastasia.mukherjee@trade.gov or 803-312-5059
Register:
Click here      Space is limited register by Sept. 1

 

Date:
Friday, Aug. 11
Time:
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location:
U.S. Commercial Service, 1362 McMillan Avenue, Suite 100 North Charleston, SC 29405
Cost:

$55, lunch and materials provided.

Contact:
Phil Minard, (843) 746-3404, Phil.Minard@trade.gov
Register:
Click here

 

Do your products qualify for preferential duty rates? Understanding the Rules of Origin for NAFTA and other FTA’s will expedite your exports sales to those markets and keep your shipments flowing through Customs. Getting the paperwork right the first time will avoid costly mistakes that chew on your profit margin. Label and documentation requirements are different for each market – Understand the Rules of Origin of your certificate and the common errors - when you should or shouldn’t fill one out. We’ll also provide an overview of other FTA’s including Colombia, Panama and S. Korea – Formulas for determining regional value content or a change in tariff classification and lots more!


This class will be taught by Mike Allocca, President of Allocca Enterprises, a private sector provider of on-site & web based international trade compliance education and training