Subject: Your Global New North Update: October 2020

Enter to Win One of Six Passes to the
2020 Discover Global Markets Forum

The Wisconsin District Export Council (DEC) is proud to be a sponsor of the 2020 Discover Global Markets business development forum, the U.S. Department of Commerce's flagship event for U.S. exporters and economic development organizations.

The forum will be held virtually and will run from October 7-9. Enter to win a complimentary pass to the forum, a $175 value. The raffle is only available to Wisconsin companies and residents. The drawing is scheduled for October 5th.

Wisconsin DEC members consist of trade experts from a variety of fields and industries located throughout the state. The all-volunteer organization directly supports the U.S. Commercial Service by advising companies on export strategy, market selection/prioritization, supply chain/distribution, logistics, trade finance and export compliance, just to name a few. Wisconsin DEC services and website content are provided to any Wisconsin company at no charge

For more information on the Wisconsin DEC or the raffle, please visit our website or email us at:
How to Anticipate, Survive and Thrive During Trade Disruptions

October - 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

The Asia EDGE Virtual Workshop Series will convene U.S. private sector stakeholders and U.S. government officials across nine U.S. government agencies to facilitate deep-dive discussions on regional and sub-sector specific priorities for U.S. energy companies in the Indo-Pacific. U.S. industry participants will have the opportunity to Highlight U.S. industry priorities and challenges to inform future Asia EDGE programs; Learn about programmatic priorities and provide feedback on existing Asia EDGE programs; Gain increased access to the strategic tools and resources available to U.S. companies through Asia EDGE; Join the Energy Industry Working Group Network to leverage export promotion services and receive regular updates on Asia EDGE activities.
      • Regional Deep Dives
        October 8, 2020 - Southeast Asia
        November 12, 2020 - South Asia
        December 3, 2020 - East Asia and the Pacific Islands

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:

Virtual trade venture: South Korea, Nov. 2-Dec. 4, 2020

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

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. 

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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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