Subject: Your Global New North Update: May 2020

New North Covid-19 Resources & Updates

Industry Specific Reopening Guidelines from WEDC

With input from national and state health and industry experts and in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism and our regional economic development partners, WEDC has compiled a series of industry-specific documents to help you get back to business while taking the necessary precautions to maximize safety. Following these guidelines will help us all get Wisconsin’s economy back on track.

You are encouraged to bookmark this page and check back regularly for updates to guidelines and the addition of new industry documents.

On behalf of WEDC, DWD, UW Oshkosh Center for Customized Research & Services, the New North and our local partners, we invite all businesses to participate in the second round survey on the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

Businesses can take the survey online until May 14.

It is the second round of surveys that are planned monthly. Results of the first survey, which were released last month, showed that 8,795 jobs were lost and 35% of Wisconsin businesses said they may be forced to close if current conditions lasted more than three months.

Using Online Tools to Grow Your Export Sales in the Age of COVID-19
Tuesday, May 19 | 10 a.m.

With international travel limited dramatically during the pandemic, businesses that traditionally rely on in-person sales to grow their exports are finding themselves having to adapt to the current conditions.
WEDC is reaching out with an opportunity that will help companies develop new strategies that will allow them to keep growing their sales even while in-person meetings may not be possible.

    Mark your calendar and register now for Tuesday, May 19, at 10 a.m.

The webinar, offered in partnership by WEDC and IBT Online, will explore how to create a web presence that supports international export sales, why you would want to do so, and tools and resources to help. In addition, international business development experts from WEDC will explain how the state’s grant programs can help support your company’s export growth efforts by providing matching funds to cover part of the cost of website localization and online marketing for international markets, as well as other export growth activities.
Understanding Air Transportation Requirements for Shipping Dangerous Goods (Hazardous Material) by Air
May 28 | 8:00am-4:30pm

Gain the skills to classify, prepare, handle and process shipments containing dangerous goods according to the regulatory requirements of ICAO Technical Instruction and IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR). More Info HERE
REGISTER ONLINE  or download a registration form.
To register by phone with a credit card, call 1.888.GO TO LTC (1.888.468.6582) Ext. 1366.
EXIM COVID-19 ASSISTANCE

EXIM wants to assure our customers that we will work with you to address the problems you may face as a result of COVID-19. More information can be found on our online fact sheet:

EXIM COVID-19 ASSISTANCE
  • Waivers
  • Deadline Extensions
  • Streamlined Processing
  • Flexibility
Western Hemisphere Best Prospects Industries Webinar Series
Infrastructure - Defense/Safety & Security - ICT/Cybersecurity - Energy

Now-August 2020 | Noon p.m. CST

Webinar Series focused on upcoming industry opportunities in Latin America announced by different governments in the region to stimulate their economies. These projects represent a fantastic opportunity for U.S. Companies in different sectors from architecture services, engineering services, construction equipment, building products, airports, ports, transportation, housing, environmental technologies, energy, and cybersecurity, among others.

INFRASTRUCTURE Projects in Latin America Webinar Series Schedule (all at Noon CST):
  1. May 20, 2020 - Infrastructure Projects in Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay
  2. May 26, 2020 - Infrastructure Sector Business Opportunities in Peru
  3. June 3, 2020 - Upcoming Infrastructure Projects in Caribbean Region
  4. June 9, 2020 - Electromobility Business Opportunities in Chile
  5. June 19, 2020 - Infrastructure Sector Business Opportunities in Ecuador
  6. June 30, 2020 - Chile Infrastructure for Aviation/Airport Equipment Sectors
  7. July 7, 2020 - Infrastructure Sector Business Opportunities in Central America
Cost: Free. If you are interested in all of the webinars, please register the entire series. 
Questions? For questions regarding this program, please contact Bryan Goldfinger at Bryan.Goldfinger@trade.gov

  1. May 19, 2020 - Defense and Security Opportunities in Mexico
  2. May 22, 2020 - Alcantara Launch Center Business Opportunities in Brazil (Space-Focused)
  3. July 8, 2020 - Defense and Security Opportunities in the Caribbean Region
Cost: Free. If you are interested in all of the webinars, please register the entire series.
Questions? For questions regarding this program, please contact April Redmon at April.Redmon@trade.gov

  1. May 14, 2020 - Upcoming ICT Sector Opportunities in Central America
  2. May 27, 2020 - Opportunities in the Cybersecurity Sector in Argentina,Paraguay and Uruguay
  3. June 2, 2020 - Upcoming ICT Sector Opportunities in Colombia
  4. June 18, 2020 - Panama: Digital Hub of the Americas and a Gateway of Opportunities for U.S. Companies
  5. June 25, 2020 - The ICT Ecosystem in Ecuador - Challenges and Opportunities
  6. July, 2, 2020 - Opportunities in the Cybersecurity Sector in Peru
  7. July 9, 2020 - ICT opportunities in Chile: Digital economy, Cybersecurity and more
• Cost: Free. If you are interested in all of the webinars, please register the entire series.
Questions? For questions regarding this program, please contact Melissa McInnis at Melissa.McInnis@trade.gov

  1. June 10, 2020 - Upcoming Energy Projects in the Caribbean Region
  2. June 17, 2020 - Brazil's Energy Sector Overview and Opportunities
  3. June 24, 2020 - Energy Sector Business Opportunities in Jamaica
  4. July 1, 2020 - Upcoming Energy Projects in Remote Indigenous Communities in Panama
  5. August 1, 2020 - Upcoming Energy Projects in Central America
  6. August 12, 2020 - Upcoming Energy Projects in Argentina
  7. August 26, 2020 - Upcoming Energy Projects in Canada
Cost: Free. If you are interested in all of the webinars, please register the entire series.
Questions? For questions regarding this program, please contact Jorge Arce at Jorge.Arce@trade.gov

Is your company foreign owned? 

Were you recently purchased by foreign ownership? 

New North and WEDC would like to learn more about about your business and your experience of locating and/or investing in Wisconsin and the New North region. Your responses will be kept confidential and only used in aggregate to inform our organizations on how to improve and understand your Foreign Direct Investment  experience in Wisconsin. 

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Get an International Trade Expert on your side today!

Contact the Global New North Trade Consultant, Shirley Malski to receive FREE export readiness assessments, export counseling, and a connection to the region's broader export resources.
Still not sure if exporting is for you?

Schedule a Complimentary Export Assessment with Shirley Malski - globalbizlinx@gmail.com 
Shirley has 25 years industry experience including 15+ years with Chrysler Corporation, Oshkosh Corporation and Bemis Company. She has brought her experience to the New North region and works to support businesses as they enter or expand their export activity.
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