Events

VMA Events Calendar

Mar
8
Mon
2021 Town Hall Series: International Women’s Day Celebration @ VIRTUAL
Mar 8 @ 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

2021 Virtual Town Hall Series

International Women’s Day Celebration

Celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th with the VMA and WiM-Virginia! Program highlights will include the WiM-VA Mentoring Program, WiM-VA/MSI Virtual Learning Center, Women and Welding Project, as well as a WiM National Women’s Hall of Fame Award Program and Virtual Career Fair.

For information to participate in our Town Hall series, contact Kimberly Noonan.

Honoring Women Exporters
Mar 8 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Honoring Women Exporters

Join U.S. Commercial Service on International Women’s Day, March 8, for a virtual panel discussion with five women executives who guided their firms to achieve international success.

We challenge you to follow their lead and embrace exporting as a business growth strategy.

REGISTER HERE

 Meet our speakers:

  • Susan Jaime, CEO, Ferra Coffee
  • Pamela Nelson, Founder and CEO, Bracane Company, Inc.
  • Grace Preston, Director of Global Sales, Optim LLC
  • Sherry Rupert, CEO, American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association
  • Jean Seo, Founder and CEO, Evolue Skincare Inc.
Mar
9
Tue
Women’s Global Trade Empowerment Coffee Chat – Ethiopia
Mar 9 @ 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Women’s Global Trade Empowerment Coffee Chat – Ethiopia

The U.S. Commercial Service invites U.S. women business leaders to join us for virtual discussions with women entrepreneurs across Ethiopia. The “coffee chat” will be held on Microsoft Teams and participants will hear from local SMEs, learn about export opportunities and make connections with potential Ethiopian business partners in the high-growth, Ethiopian market. This event will provide U.S. women-led companies interested in doing business in Ethiopia a platform to connect with women entrepreneurs, leverage untapped opportunities, and to learn and discuss best practices in international trade between the two countries. This event is part of the U.S. Commercial Service’s Women’s Global Trade Empowerment Program.

Featured Speakers include:

  • Camille Richardson – Office of Middle East and Africa, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Yasue Pai – U.S. Commercial Service Ethiopia
  • Felekeche Biratu – Yenae Collection & Association of Women in Boldness/Business
  • Sarah Yirga – Ya Coffee Roaster &  Ethiopia Women in Coffee
  • LaTaunya Darden –  Minority and Women Owned Business Division, U.S. Export-Import Bank of the U.S.

REGISTER HERE

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Virtual Connections: Sub-Saharan Africa
Mar 9 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Virtual Connections: Sub-Saharan Africa

Attention US Water Solutions Companies: Get ready to do business in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Mozambique, Kenya, and Tanzania. Join us on March 9th for a webinar to introduce U.S. water technology companies to business opportunities in the Sub-Saharan region of Africa. This webinar is ideal for companies involved in irrigation, water conservation, filtration, purification, de-salination, software, sensors, localized energy sources to run irrigation, and related sectors.

Following the program, up to 10 eligible US Companies can sign up for a separate virtual introduction program designed to connect businesses to decision makers and buyers to start doing business in the region.

REGISTER HERE

Workshop: What You Need to Know About the COVID-19 Final Permanent Standard
Mar 9 @ 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Workshop: What You Need to Know About the COVID-19 Final Permanent Standard

Participants will learn the VA COVID-19 Final Permanent Standard mandates, employee training mandates, how to prepare an Infectious Disease Preparedness & Response Plan, Hazard/Exposure Assessment, and How to Assess Risk Levels. This webinar will be instructor-led by industry expert David Crawford. The webinar cost is $249 per participant. Compliance with the VA COVID-19 FPS is required on March 26, 2021.

REGISTER HERE

For more COVID-19 FPS resources from the Manufacturing Skills Institute, click here.

USMCA Workshop Series Session 1: Export Opportunities in Canada & Mexico
Mar 9 @ 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

USMCA Workshop Series Session 1: Export Opportunities in Canada & Mexico

Learn about sales opportunities for your products and services in Canada and Mexico from in-country experts in each country. Also hear about how to utilize federal and state resources to access those opportunities faster, more efficiently, and at a lower cost.

This workshop is part of a three-part webinar series focused on assisting Virginia exporters to gain the tools and skills to further build their export strategy and expand into Mexico and Canada by taking advantage of the USMCA. The cost to register is $35 per session, or $75 for all three.

Register only for Session 1 HERE

Register for the full series HERE

 

This Webinar Series is brought to you by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and the Small Business Development Center.

Mar
10
Wed
Virtual Conference on Regional Security Strategies for Economic Prosperity in Central America @ Zoom Webinar Platform
Mar 10 @ 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Virtual Conference on Regional Security Strategies for Economic Prosperity in Central America

The U.S. Commercial Service in collaboration with the AmChams from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, cordially invite you to participate in the conference Security Mission for Economic Prosperity in El Salvador,  Guatemala, and Honduras.

The U.S. Commercial Service in collaboration with the AmChams from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, cordially invite you to participate in the conference Security Mission for Economic Prosperity in El Salvador,  Guatemala, and Honduras.

The conference will provide participating U.S. companies with

  • Market insights for doing business in Central America’s Northern Triangle markets
  • Make industry and government contacts
  • Increase exports by taking advantage of new opportunities in safety & security, cybersecurity/IT, ports, infrastructure, smart cities, and energy

More information on the event can be found at: https://securitymission.net/

For a detailed conference agenda, click here.

Mar
11
Thu
Exporting Mechanics Webinar Series III: Trade in the New Digital World
Mar 11 @ 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Exporting Mechanics Webinar Series III: Trade in the New Digital World

The NCBFAA Educational Institute in cooperation with the Office of Digital Initiatives at the Department of Commerce, invite you to attend a webinar on Trade in the New Digital World. This webinar will focus on how digital enabled B2B buyers and sellers adapt to the new digital environment. Research on decision makers’ behavior globally across industries reveals that this digital shift will be here long term. Please note, this webinar is intended for the advanced exporter. 

REGISTER HERE

Mar
15
Mon
2021 Saudi Arabia Virtual Infrastructure Summit
Mar 15 @ 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM

2021 Saudi Arabia Virtual Infrastructure Summit

Join the U.S. Commercial Service as we explore UAE’s 10 year forecast for infrastructure development and priority sectors. UAE’s Ministries of Economy, Industry and Advanced Technology,  Abu Dhabi Investment Office, and Emirates Health Services Establishment will discuss and present projects from four key segments: Oil&Gas, Healthcare Infrastructure, Abu Dhabi PPPs and Smart Cities.

REGISTER HERE

2021 UAE Virtual Infrastructure Summit
Mar 15 @ 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM

2021 UAE Virtual Infrastructure Summit

Join the U.S. Commercial Service as we explore UAE’s 10 year forecast for infrastructure development and priority sectors. UAE’s Ministries of Economy, Industry and Advanced Technology,  Abu Dhabi Investment Office, and Emirates Health Services Establishment will discuss and present projects from four key segments: Oil&Gas, Healthcare Infrastructure, Abu Dhabi PPPs and Smart Cities.

This event is free.

REGISTER HERE