Subject: Your Global New North Update: November 2020

Global Business Opportunities Abound Featuring WEDC

                      When: Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, 10-11:00 am
                      Where: Webinar
                      Cost: Free 

Exporting is a powerful and cost-effective tactic to mitigate the potentially devastating effects of COVID19. Entering new international markets can result in revenue growth and greater economies of scale, leading to increased productivity and profits. Demand for U.S. companies’ products continues to be high even during the pandemic.  The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and our partners can help you incorporate exports into your overall strategy for growth.

Attend this no-cost webinar to learn how to:
• Obtain customized country-specific market intelligence for your company
• Develop an export growth plan for your product/s in target markets
• Identify and connect with new prospective partners overseas
• Tap into grant funds to help your company grow and expand internationally
• Access Wisconsin’s export ecosystem 
To access previous Export Pro Series Webinar recordings or the Go Global Newsletter, visit the Wisconsin Go Global Website today!
The Wisconsin SBDC Network is part of the Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship. We help entrepreneurs, businesses and economic development professionals to achieve their goals by offering technical assistance and leveraging data. Learn more about us and how we can help you!
How to Anticipate, Survive and Thrive During Trade Disruptions

December 2020

This webinar series will educate, and provide needed context on the drivers of the international trade; and equip stakeholders with the necessary tools to adapt and manage trade disruptions by providing practical solutions to trade compliance challenges.
All Sessions scheduled for 2:00-3:00 PM
About the Presenter
Ngsong FonkemNgosong Fonkem, is an attorney at Page•Fura, P.C., a firm that provides companies of all sizes with business-practical representation on all aspects of Customs & International Trade Law. He is a trade compliance lawyer with broad experience in diverse business sectors in the USA and internationally. 

REGISTER ONLINE with company bill information 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

For questions or detailed information, call Ruth at 920.693.1167, or e-mail


eCommerce Tips from Exporters & Our Experts
We’ve used our digital expertise and strong connections within the U.S. business community to create a podcast episode aimed at helping U.S. companies expand global sales via eCommerce.
• You’ll hear how a small-business owner overcame some of the same digital challenges you may be facing, and
• You'll get eCommerce tips from an executive at a major U.S. corporation and our experts.

On US Commercial Services
For U.S. companies that produce goods or services for #export, U.S. Commercial Service is authorized to reduce user fees and services by up to 100 percent for U.S. small and medium-sized enterprises and economic development organizations, and by up to 50 percent for large U.S. companies. Reduced fees will be provided until September 30, 2020. Learn more about our virtual and non-virtual services:
Consider joining us for these upcoming trade ventures offered by WEDC:

  Mexico -  Feb. 20-26, 2021
  Canada - March 21-26, 2020
  China - April 9-21, 2021
  Poland & Germany - Jun.19-26(
Warsaw, Poznań, Berlin)

Registration for trade ventures will be available on a rolling basis. Please click the button below to express interest and learn more.

MWEP Announces Virtual ExporTech Training 

Helping Grow Your Business Through Exporting

Start growing your business through exporting with a customized, action-oriented export expansion strategy. ExporTech is a proven path to exporting success. Graduates have achieved sales increases averaging $900,000 within six to nine months after completing the program.
For more information, contact:
Roxanne Baumann - Director of Global Engagement-WMEP        
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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. 

Please answer our brief questionnaire: 

Check into the U.S. with SelectUSA’s 
Investor Guide! 
The Investment Checklist from RSM will help walk you through key questions and practical steps most businesses need to consider when investing in the United States. #InvestInTheUS

We would like to make you aware of an exciting grant opportunity for manufacturers. The PSC has made available the Energy Innovation Grant Program to help manufacturers who are planning to deploy technology to reduce their energy consumption, invest in renewable energy related initiatives or bolster their preparedness and resiliency in energy systems. The application deadline is January 2021. 

On behalf of WEDC, DWD, UW Oshkosh Center for Customized Research & Services, the New North and our local partners, we have now completed a third round of surveys on the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. Results of the first three rounds of survey can be found here:  

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.


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:

  • Waivers
  • Deadline Extensions
  • Streamlined Processing
  • Flexibility

Get an International Trade Expert on your side today!

Contact the SBDC Network Trade Consultant, Chad Hoffman, to receive FREE export readiness assessments, export counseling, and a connection to broader export resources.
Still not sure if exporting is for you?

Schedule a Complimentary Export Assessment with Chad Hoffman  
Chad joined the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network in January 2020 to develop and implement a state-wide initiative to identify and engage with new and experienced exporters throughout the state to assist them in the pursuit of growth opportunities in international markets. The primary goal of the Go Global Initiative is to facilitate engagement between Wisconsin companies and the many local, state and federal trade resources identified using an Export Assessment tool.
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