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Information and resources for companies looking to grow through exports.


Invest in Wallonia, Belgium

Brussels, the capital of Belgium, is the seat of NATO, the European Union, and has offices of many multi-national corporations, international organizations, and NGOs.  It is a strategic location for logistics and access to the major European business centers of London, Paris, Amsterdam, and Frankfort.

Please join Mr. William De Baets, General Consul of the Kingdom of Belgium, Mr. Richard H. Deane Jr., Partner-in-Charge of the Atlanta office of Jones Day, Mr. Alphi Cartuyvels, Deputy General Manager for Europe and North America of the Wallonia Export and Investment Agency (AWEX), and Mr. Yves Dubus, Trade Commissioner of AWEX for a complimentary breakfast meeting seminar on Monday, 18 September 2017 from 08:00 to 10:00.  Presentation topics will include:

  • How to deal with key institutional players at the European Commission
  • Tax incentives for foreign companies investing in Belgium
  • Doing business in Belgium, the example of Wallonia

This breakfast is sponsored by The Belgian Trade Commission and the Law Offices of Jones Day.

Invest in Wallonia, Belgium breakfast
Monday, 18 September 2017
8a – 10a
Jones Day
1420 Peachtree Street NE
Suite 800
Atlanta, Georgia  30309

For more information, email Ms Filoso Djazia at  To register, please click here.


Women in Business North America Summit

The 2017 Women in Business North America Summit is launched with the goal to educate and support women-owned businesses and women entrepreneurs and develop a robust network that extends across North America.

The Summit will include:

  • Two days of workshops, with senior executives to address pre-identified challenges of women entrepreneurs in three tracks: start-up, small- to medium-size, and CEO/C-level
  • Each day will include a three-hour business-to-business fair with multi-national companies and technology companies (multi-sector) from the US, Mexico, and Canada and a women-to-boards matchmaking activity
  • Morning and lunch keynotes/plenary sessions on topics such as exporting, finance, women on boards, and bridging the middle management to C-Suite gap

Women in Business North America Summit
Tuesday and Wednesday, 03 – 04 October 2017
7a – 5:30p


The Fox Theatre
660 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, Georgia  30308


Georgian Terrace Hotel
659 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, Georgia  30308

For more information, please email Heather Maxfield at


London Calling

Please join us for a breakfast roundtable event hosted by the Mayor of London’s official promotional agency, London & Partners, with support from leading legal firm Redfern Legal and accounting, tax, and advisory practice Blick Rothenberg.

London Calling
Wednesday, 04 October 2017
8a – 10a
Metro Atlanta Chamber
191 Peachtree Street NE
Suite 3400
Atlanta, Georgia  30303

For more information, please register here or email Ted Edwards at

Executive roundtable with His Excellency Carlos Pareja

Please join the Business Council for International Understanding and World Affairs Council of Atlanta for an executive roundtable with the ambassador of Peru to the United States, His Excellency Carlos Pareja.

This discussion will be limited to 30 executives and strictly off the record.  Space is limited.

Executive roundtable with Ambassador Carlos Pareja
Thursday, 05 October 2017
Location is TBD
Atlanta, Georgia
10a – 11:30a

For more information, email Amanda Knarr at


SEUS-Japan 2017

Join the Georgia delegation for the 40th annual joint meeting of the Southeast US-Japan Association (SEUS-Japan) and the Japan-US Southeast Association (JUSSA Japan).  This prestigious gathering of global business leaders celebrates long-standing economic and cultural ties and offers delegates the opportunity to meet key contacts and leverage international opportunities with one of Georgia’s top trade and investment partners.

  • The 2017 conference features an outstanding lineup of speakers and an exciting series of special activities.
  • Meetings include top business and political leadership, including Ambassadors and Consul Generals, all representing the most significant aspects of the strong economic relationship between Japan and the Southeast.
  • This year’s conference theme is ‘Success through Tradition, Innovation & Partnerships’.

SEUS-Japan 2017
Saturday – Tuesday, 21 – 24 October 2017


Hyatt Regency Greenville
220 North Main Street
Greenville, South Carolina  29601


Peace Center
300 South Main Street
Greenville, South Carolina  29601

For more information, please email Abby Harrison at or register here.


Atlanta Socio-Economic Development Exchange (ASEDE)

ASEDE will be a yearly business and trade forum focused on presenting Sub-Saharan investment and trade opportunities to US businessmen and women.  This forum consists of presentations by US government agencies and private organizations focused on encouraging foreign domestic investment by providing project finance and facilitating trade.

The forum strives:

  • To create a platform to educate and assist participants on how to develop their projects and also to provide them with various options related to financing and partnerships.
  • To continue to foster partnerships and trade between Atlanta based companies and Sub-Sahara African companies.
  • To continue to develop these partnerships both on the social side and economic end. This forum will set the stage for these growing partnerships in addition to showcasing success stories.

Atlanta Socio-Economic Development Exchange
Monday – Saturday, 06 – 11 November 2017
Hyatt Regency Downtown
265 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, Georgia  30303

Please contact Thierry Konguep at for more information.


MEDICA 2017 – World Forum for Medicine

MEDICA in Düsseldorf, Germany is the premier global trade event for the medical industry.  Last year, MEDICA featured more than 130,000 trade visitors from over 120 countries.  Meet key decision-makers, identify new distributors, outpace international competition, and access the global medical market, which is expected to grow to $440 million by 2018.

Did you know:

  • Georgia exports of medical equipment and pharma products reached almost $1.6 billion last year.
  • In 2016, Georgia’s top export destination for medical products included Belgium, Canada, China, Japan, and Germany, closely followed by Brazil and Mexico.  Israel saw a 332 percent increase in imports of these products from Georgia between 2015 and 2016.
  • Qualified exporters receive:
    • Shared turn-key booth within the USA pavilion
    • Market intelligence, introductions to key contacts, and follow-up assistance provided by GDEcD (Georgia Department of Economic Development) and the state’s European trade representative
    • Company listing in the official MEDICA catalog and inclusion in GDEcD’s show-related communication.

Monday – Thursday, 13 – 16 November 2017
Düsseldorf, Germany
Participation fee: $2,500
Deadline: Monday, 04 September 2017; space is limited

For more information, please email Kerry Barnett, GDEcD’s international trade manager, at

Smart City

Smart City Expo World Congress

The 2017 Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, Spain intends to increase the presence of public and private organizations, generate synergies, share knowledge, provoke discussion, and inspire exhibitors and visitors from around the world.

The Expo will include:

  • More than 17.000 professional visitors and 600 exhibitors, along with high level representatives from  650 cities and 400+ relevant experts and leaders of the world´s most innovative cities, companies, start-ups, research centers, initiatives and solutions, with strategies for a smarter and more sustainable urban world.
  • At the Exhibition Area, participants showcase their latest developments, real solutions and products, with technologies that are making concrete and lasting positive impacts on the lives of millions of people.
  • Topics include governance, mobility, safe cities, economy, sustainability, and more.

Smart Cities Expo World Congress
Tuesday – Thursday, 14 – 16 November 2017
Fira de Barcelona (Gran Via Venue)
Barcelona, Spain

For more information, please email (visitors), or (exhibitors).

Arab Health

Arab Health 2018

Arab Health in Dubai, United Arab Emirates is the largest healthcare exposition in the Middle East.  This year’s Arab Health welcomed nearly 97,000 visitors from 159 countries.  Products and services will be on display from the world’s leading manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors in medical and health technologies, laboratory equipment, diagnostics, medical devices, imaging, cardiology, surgical products, and disposables for hospitals and physicians’ offices.

Did you know:

  • Georgia exports of medical equipment and pharma products reached almost $1.6 billion in 2016.
  • Medical exporters will find that many countries in the Middle East respect US FDA and European standards.
  • According to Alpen Capital, the GCC healthcare market is projected to increase from $40.3 billion in 2015 to $71.3 in 2020.
  • Qualified exporters receive:
    • Shared turn-key booth within the USA pavilion
    • Market intelligence, introductions to key contacts, and follow-up assistance provided by GDEcD (Georgia Department of Economic Development)
    • Company listing in the official Arab Health show catalog and inclusion in all GDEcD’s show-related communication.

Arab Health 2018
Monday – Thursday, 29 January – 01 February 2018
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Participation fee: $2,500
Deadline: Sunday, 01 October 2017; space is limited

For more information, please email Kerry Barnett, GDEcD’s international trade manager, at

Export Georgia

Small Business Development Center’s ExportGA Signature Series Program

Since 1999, UGA’s Small Business Development Center’s ExportGA program has helped over 150 companies sell in excess of $40 million all over the world.  This program has been nationally recognized for its quality and effectiveness by the North American Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE) and the US Small Business Administration.

ExportGA 2018 is an intensive four-session, 16-hour export training program which allows export-ready companies to develop their skills.  By utilizing these skills throughout the program, new international sales opportunities are identified.

Companies accepted into the program will become skilled at finding profitable export markets, developing distribution channels, understanding foreign and US regulatory issues, pricing and costing company products, submitting international quotations, processing accounts receivable, and recognizing legal and cultural considerations.  Each participating company will have access to its own international business student from the University of Georgia to help it with research.

ExportGA 2018 class schedule:
Friday, 09 February 2018, 8:30a – 12:30p

  • Researching and identifying your best potential markets
  • Utilizing powerful intelligence and analytical tools
  • Lessons learned from an experienced exporter

Friday, 02 March 2018, 8:30a – 12:30p

  • International market entry strategies
  • Finding your international partners and qualifying them
  • Understanding free trade agreements
  • International payment terms and risk mitigation

Friday, 23 March 2018, 8:30a – 12:30p

  • Logistics: Understanding Incoterms and their impact
  • International costing and pricing
  • Preparing international quotations
  • Tools for quoting
  • Risk mitigation in the supply chain

Friday, 20 April, 8:30a – 12:30p

  • Website design for a global marketplace
  • Legal considerations for exporting
  • Export compliance
  • Financing international transactions


University of Georgia at Gwinnett
2530 Sever Road
Lawrenceville, Georgia  30043
Participation fee: $650 per company and includes:

  • Multiple employees from your company
  • Your own international business intern
  • Support team of trade professionals
  • Breakfast

For more information, please call 470 578 2530 or email the international trade team at