Past Events

Brexit and Beyond

Selling Global and Build Your Business
The Dollars and Sense of Exporting!

Wednesday January 16th
6 pm – 9 pm at Cape Fear Community College

Learn about how to jump-start your business or expand your global opportunities by attending this seminar at the Cape Fear Community College, sponsored by the CFCC Small Business Center and in coordination with the North Carolina Foreign Trade Promotion Council. The program is designed to help you be successful in the global marketplace by creating the best marketing, sales, finance, communications and business development coordinated program that puts together the total resources necessary for success in exporting.

Today, smart businesses are searching for new ways to create revenue and hence create new jobs, while expanding their reach and selling globally. Ask yourself this question….” Are your competitors selling globally?” If the answer is yes, then you must begin the process to learn how to sell globally and …get paid. This seminar is designed to assist small, midsize and large businesses that have great products as they are looking for how to find new foreign buyers, sell their goods and get paid with nonrecourse financing.

Speaker: Dr. John G. Hayes, Foreign Trade Promotional Council Executive Director

Partner Event— FTPC member discount to attend – see below link

Mark Your Calendars for These Upcoming Events

REGISTER NOW and JOIN Triangle BABCNC, OWIT-GT, and CBA-NC for the 4th Annual International Summer Social “Economic Development & Emerging Issues in North Carolina” panel discussion. This program will be held on Thursday, June 8th at 5:30 -8:00 PM at Research Triangle Foundation, 12 Davis Drive, RTP, NC.

During the June 8th program, hear comments from Leslie Boney, Director, Institute for Emerging Issues, NC State University and Mike McIntyre, Senior Advisor & Director of Government Relations, Poyner Spruill and former Congressman of North Carolina’s Seventh Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Additional panelists to be announced.

There will also be a lively Q&A session following the panel discussion. Arrive early for the pre-event networking session and stay afterwards for the closing reception with delicious hors d’ oeuvres and beverages provided courtesy of the host organizations.


5:30 – 6:00 PM Registration and Pre-event reception
6:00 – 7:15 PM Panel Discussion and Q&A
7:15 – 8:00 PM Post-event networking reception


Thursday, April 6th
“Tartan Day NC – Celebrating Scottish Heritage in North Carolina”

NC Museum of History
10:00 AM
5 East Edenton Street – Raleigh, NC
For more information & Ticket purchase

Tuesday, April 18th
Triangle BABCNC Networking Social at Tra’Li

Brier Creek, Raleigh
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Thursday, April 20th
Partner Event: Women Leading Transformation

OWIT-GT Welcomes Fran O’Sullivan, GM, Global Operations, GBS at IBM
Research Triangle Foundation, RTP, NC
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

May 10-11, 2017
BABC Annual Transatlantic Conference

“Navigating the New World”
Evolving Opportunities as the US, Canada and Europe absorb changes
in the realities of economies, trade, borders and governance
Location: Chicago, IL
To register visit the Conference Website
Early-bird registration deadline March 31st!

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Support Triangle BABCNC’s Charity of Choice: Teen Cancer America (TCA)

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UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Global Trade Finance Workshop

Global Trade Finance Workshop

Learn how to:

  • Analyze and understand your financial capacity for trade finance.
  • Determine the best method of payment for international transactions. Weigh the pros and cons of cash-in-advance and open accounts.
  • Consider letters of credit and documentary collection options.
  • Manage export working capital to meet growing customer demand.
  • Utilize export credit insurance to gain and retain foreign customers.
  • Leverage overseas private investment in foreign direct investment.

The SBTDC Global Trade Finance Workshop is designed to help you gain the know-how to improve your firm’s cash flow cycle, profitability, and competitive advantage globally. Exchange your thoughts and ideas with savvy business owners, trade finance experts, and Certified Global Business Professionals experienced with managing the business side of exporting.

SBTDC’s team of CGBP professionals will be available by appointment for confidential, one-on-one meetings with registrants to discuss their unique market development and trade finance needs.

This workshop costs $65. Register here.

Fish 2.0
March 15-17, 2017: The Marine Bio-Technologies Center of Innovation (MBCOI) and the University of North Carolina, Wilmington (UNCW) are pleased to accounce their role as the official Regional Track Sponsors for the Fish 2.0 South Atlantic and Gulf Coast Shellfish Workshop to be held at MARBIONC in the Crest Research Park, 5600 Marvin K. Moss Ln, Wilmington, NC, 28409.

About the Workshop
The workshop is open to start-ups and established businesses from any of 12 areas in the Southeast regionj of the US (DE, MD, Washington DC, VA, NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS, LA, and TX) that are involved in any aspect of the shellfish industry such as aquaculture, feed, wild harvest, food processing, transport, packaging, regulatory, etc. It is also open to transparency and traceability ventures and supply chain innovators. Participants will learn how to communicate effectively about their business and practice pitching to investors and buyers. The workshop will also prepare them for the Fish 2.0 2017 business competition, which culminates in the Global Forum and Competition Finals at Stanford University, CA in November. Information on how to apply can be found here.

Participants are not charged a fee to attend the workshop or to apply to the Fish 2.0 competition. In addition, competitors may be eligible for need-based travel support to attend the workshop.

Why Fish 2.0?
Fish 2.0 is the premier global network that connects sustainable seafood businesses with investors. During the 7-month competition process, competitors receive feedback from business and impact mentors to improve their business models and learn how to approach investors. In turn, participating investors gain early access to new deals and learn how sustainable seafood can help build their portfolios. The 2017 competition is structured with a series of regional tracks, as well as 2 global thematic tracks. Businesses compete within their track, and the top scorers from each track come together at the Global Finals. More that 60% of the finalists in Fish 2.0 2015 gained investments, new partners or new customers from connections made during the event. Read about the Fish 2.0 2015 xompetition and its success stories here.

Fish 2.0 gives MBCOI, UNCW, its regional track sponsors, and the participants a global platform to strengthen relationships among existing seafood industry stakeholders, raise the region’s profile as a center of innovation in aquaculture and the marine sciences, and attract new financial and intellectual capital and economic growth to the region.

For further information, please contact Regional Sponsors:

Deborah A. Mosca, CEO
Marine Bio-Technologies Center of Innovation

Tel. 858-735-3052
Diane Durance, Director
UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Tel. 910-962-2655
Going Global in Brunswick County
February 21, 2017
Carolina National Clubhouse, Brunswick Forest
1007 Evangeline Drive, Leland, NC 28451


4:30 – 4:50 Refreshments and Networking
4:50 – 4:55 Welcome and Introductions
Mike Hargett, Director of Economic Development & Planning
Dr. John Hayes, Executive Director NC Foreign Trade Promotion Council

4:55 – 5:00 Brunswick Industrial Network
5:00 – 6:00 Presentations

  • FTPC and your Global Opportunity Dr. John Hayes Executive Director
  • UPS and UPS Capital, Eric Reeves –International Business Development, Financing and Shipping
  • FTZ Basics–Foreign Trade Zone Focus, Sebastian Montagne, FTZ#214 Administrator, NCDOT
  • Expanding Market opportunities and FTPC Global Network – Training and Mentoring
  • Banking for Global Trade- BB&T- Charles Mattox- Market President and Andrew Cooke, VP

6:00 – 6:10 General Questions and Discussion
6:10 – 6:30 Networking and Individual Questions to Presenters

Brunswick County Economic Development
NC Foreign Trade Promotion Council
Thank you to the presenters and to the industry representatives for attending. A special thank you to Brunswick Forest for providing the facility and to the Brunswick Economic Development Foundation for sponsoring the refreshments.

FTPC Third Annual Conference

October 12th and 13th
Wilmington, North Carolina

Annual Conference Dates Announced
Global Connections – How to Make it Happen!

  • Learn what is new and how you can benefit from the new FTZ #214 , Learn what the FTPC is doing for NC companies and Join the ZONE!!!
  • Learn about private sector trade financing from $1 up to Millions.
  • The TPP vs the TTIP – Are you Ready? Experts on the subject will explain how these trade deals affect your business.
  • Ambassador Series – Hear from Foreign Ambassador to the USA on TPP. Are you Ready for what’s coming?
  • Meet and Learn from the EXPERTS. Prescheduled One-On-One meetings to jump start your global sales.
  • Global Business Protocol – Learn how business practices overseas can make or break your deal -Day 2 Special session.

Day 1 — Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Cape Fear Community College, Union Station, Wilmington, NC

Full day of keynote speakers, panelists and access to experts to help you make Global Connections.

Day 2 — Thursday, October 13, 2016
University of North Carolina – Wilmington, Wilmington, NC

In cooperation with the Sister Cities Association of Wilmington, during this full day of training, you will learn how business practices overseas can make or break your deal.
Limited space available.

Conference Sponsorships are available
Please contact our Executive Director Dr. John G. Hayes for more information.

Selling Global and Build your Business… The Dollars and Sense of Exporting

Learn the Basics of how to get your small company into the international market through exporting. It is not as daunting as you may think and provide the next great growth opportunity for your company.

exportingTopic Agenda: Selling Global and Build your Business… The Dollars and Sense of Exporting!

  • Why Export?
  • Where do I go for advice?
  • Finding buyers for your products… Or where will my products sell?
  • Research: Learn how to find buyers, agents and distributors for your products
  • What Services do I need?
  • 15 minute Movie: “The Dollars and Sense of Exporting”
  • Making the sale
  • Financing made easy
  • Export regulations, controls and logistics and FTZ
  • After the sale… then what?
  • Ten Mistakes to avoid like the plague!!!

UNCW Hosts NC DOC Secretary Skavarla

FTZ #214 The new Alternative Site Framework (ASF) in SENC

  • Hear from each ASF site including the Port Of Wilmington and Morehead City, The ILM airport, Craven Industrial Park and the Global TransPark
  • Learn about new small and midsize private sector export Financing
  • Thomas Travis of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A. on the TPP and TTIP

Why the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is important to you and the value of the Trans Pacific Partnership. (TPP)

Japan-America Society of North Carolina

jasncThe Japan America Society of North Carolina (JASNC) would like to invite you to our first Annual JASNC Conference: “2016 Update on US/Japan Relations” on April 25th 2016. The event will be hosted by JASNC and is generously supported in part by JP Morgan Chase, Williams Mullen, CBC America, Cherry Bekaert and the NC Biotech Center.

Originally founded in 1917, the National Association of Japan-America Societies is a private, non-profit and non-political organization consisting of individual and corporate members. As the 37th chapter of the National Association of Japan-American Societies, JASNC’s mission is to promote US-Japan relations throughout North Carolina by implementing and supporting various events and programs focusing on business, cultural, education and community relations.

We are pleased that a number of seasoned leaders will address the participants at our Annual Conference including:

  • Ms. Irene Hirano Inoue, President of the US-Japan Council
  • Mr. Peter Kelly, President of the National Association of the Japan-America Societies
  • Dr. Morgan Pitelka, Director of the Carolina Asia Center at UNC-Chapel Hill and Former Director for the Triangle for Japanese Studies
  • Mr. David Robinson, Honorary Consul General of Japan in North Carolina
  • Dr. Tracy Tsuetaki, Chairman of Japan-America Society of North Carolina
  • Mr. Takashi Shinozuka, Consul General of Japan in Atlanta
  • Mr. Atsushi Yamakoshi, Executive Director of the Keidanren USA
  • Mr. Toshiyuki Yokota, President, JETRO New York
  • Mr. Takeshi Yoshida, Program Director for the Grassroots Exchange and Education at the Japan Foundation for Global Partnership, New York

After the speaker’s presentations and Q&As, a free reception will follow.

Title: Annual JASC Conference: “2016 Update on US/Japan Relations”

Monday, April 25th 2016
Registration starts at 12:00 pm
Program from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Hamner Conference Center, North Carolina Biotech Center
15 TW Alexander Drive RTP, NC

Free (Please take the first left, into the Biotechnology Center’s parking lot.)

Admission for Program:
Student – Free, Member – $10
Non-Member – $20 or *$30 (incl. membership)

All admission fees should be paid in advance. Please click here to pay.

*note: this is a special membership promotion. $30 includes admission for the program/reception for this conference and the annual individual membership fee. The annual individual membership fee is $30 per year.

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 2nd floor
11 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC

Monday, April 25th 2016
5:30 – 7:00 pm

Public parking lot is available next to the Museum
(Payment not required as long as you depart the lot after 6:30 pm)

Admission for Reception: Free

Please see click here for more information about the conference. The RSVP deadline is Wednesday, April 20th. Seating is limited, so please reserve early.

Monday, April 11, 2016
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Friday, April 15, 2016
The 16th Annual
Go Global Road Show
Your passport to global sales starts
with export knowledge from the experts
The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina’s International Trade Division maintains seven overseas offices that help companies like yours prosper in North Carolina by growing revenue through exporting. Once a year, this team of experts returns to our State to bring their expertise directly to you.

Learn about opportunities in Global markets through individual meetings with our foreign trade representatives based in Canada, China (Hong Kong and Shanghai), Japan, Europe and Mexico.

This year the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. will join us. The EXIM bank provides trade financing solutions – including export credit insurance, working capital guarantees, and guarantees of commercial loans to foreign buyers.

Whether your company is currently exporting, export-ready, or you are interested in learning more about developing international markets, the Road Show is an excellent opportunity for North Carolina companies to develop new foreign markets that can increase exports and profits.

Our Foreign Trade Representatives and
Business Development Managers will:
  • Conduct one-on-one consultations with export-ready companies
  • Show country specific presentations on targeeted foreign markets
  • Provide introductions and networking opportunities

Representatives from the N.C. Department of Agriculture, SBTDC and U.S. Commercial Service will also be available at each location.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Cape Fear Community College
Union Station, 411 N. Front St.
Wilmington, NC 28401

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

NC State University, College of Textiles
1000 Main Campus Drive
Raleigh, NC 27606

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Gaston College, Kimbrell Campus
7220 Wilkinson Blvd.
Belmont, NC 28012

Friday, April 15, 2016

Foothills Higher Education Center
2128 South Sterling Street
Morganton, NC 28655

To make an appointment or to RSVP for lunch, please contact Jen Vogelsberg at 919.447.7778,
Road Show Events Include:
  • Individual one-on-one meetings with EDPNC’s Foreign office Directors
  • Individual one-on-one meetings with EXIM bank’s Managing Director for the Eastern Region
  • Lunch Program that includes presentations on foreign markets and network opportunities

Call for an appointment or to join us for lunch

To register for a Go Global Road Show location or for more information, please contact:
Jen Vogelsberg
Economic Development partnership of North Carolina
International Trade Division
Cary, North Carolina