Programs & Events

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Upcoming & Previous Events

THURSDAY, JULY 15, 2021  11:30AM – 1:30PM 

CWTA Presents: NADEC National Conference Report – 

***First In-Person Event since Pandemic

The Carolina World Trade Association (CWTA) is pleased to invite you to an in-person networking lunch at The Palm Charlotte on Thursday, July 15, 2021, with a presentation by our nationally recognized expert on the latest news and updates on Trade Policy, Export Market Opportunities, and the New Challenges surrounding U.S. exporters!

Our speaker, Jonathan Szucs, is steeped in international trade experience, being Vice Chair of the National Association of District Export Councils and Vice Chair of the North Carolina District Export Council, in addition to being President of Advanced Superabrasives Inc. of Madison County.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced Advanced Superabrasives one of 13 winners of the 2020 Governor’s Export Awards, ranging from a small wooden-boat builder to the one of the largest pharmaceutical manufacturers in the world.

According to Governor Cooper, “These diverse companies raise the profile of North Carolina-made products around the world, promoting excellence in goods and services made possible by the exceptional workforce in our state. Today, we honor these companies for the way their exports promote the North Carolina economy, their grit during tough economic times and the more than 412,000 jobs they support state-wide.” 

This is an opportunity for CWTA Members and Non-Members!


Thursday, June 17, 2021 –  10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

CWTA Presents: A Special Invitation for U.S. Investors & American Businesses to Attend 

the Central & Eastern European Investment Summit 2021

Venture investors often overlook eastern Europe, despite its potential and track record of success stories. While private equity investment in the central and eastern Europe (CEE) region reached €2.95bn in 2019, funding an all-time record of 464 companies, that still represents only 3.1% of the European total. 
Investment and trade between the United States and Central Eastern Europe are strong and have developed deeply over the last 25 years. Yet opportunities still abound in both directions: U.S. to CEE; and CEE to U.S. 
The CEE region continues its rapid development and is quickening its digital transformation across all sectors, presenting U.S. companies with opportunities in shared services, digital services, manufacturing, commercial and residential real estate, energy, EV and the automotive sector, pharma and medical. And CEE-based companies are becoming a recognizable force as they expand into the U.S., in such sectors as tech/IT and smart manufacturing. See more data on why VCs from the west should not be afraid of startups from the east, read here.
“Connections” is the theme of this year’s annual N. America-CEE Investment Summit which aims to connect top North American companies investing in Central and Eastern Europe with top CEE companies, cities, countries, and associations and globally ambitious CEE companies expanding into the United States and Canada. 

This is an opportunity to open doors in the Central and Eastern European community!

 Wednesday, May 26-27, 2021

CWTA Presents: 2021 NADEC Virtual Annual Export Conference

Trade Policy Updates will include Vital Elements of Modern Trade Agreements, Global Trade and Exporting Post COVID-19, Supply Chain Management, Opportunities in Africa, Look North to Canada, The Future of US-China Relationship, Indo-Pacific Trade, and Southbound Trade Initiative.
Sessions on Export Opportunities and Challenges will address EXIM Bank and SBA Programs to assist Exporters, Virtual Gold Keys and Trade Shows, DEC Partnerships with Like-Minded Organizations, and Using DEC Resources to Further Exports, DEC Congressional Outreach, Innovative DEC Approaches, and Challenges in Exporting for Government Contractors.
 Wednesday, May 19, 2021 –  10:00-11:30 AM
CWTA Presents: NC Ports: Economic Impact & Virtual Tour
The Carolina World Trade Association (CWTA) is pleased to invite you to a program on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, from 10:00 – 11:30 PM via ZOOM, featuring a virtual tour of the North Carolina Ports and discussion with the key figures in its leadership and operations.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 – 2:00-3:00PM
CWTA Presents: International Trade Business Contracts
CWTA Board Member Mica Nguyen Worthy moderates the discussion with three experienced lawyers from Charleston, Wilmington, and Charlotte.
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 – 2:00-3:00PM
CWTA Presents: CLT: Advocating a Regional Mobility Network: A Clarion Call for Expanding Transit Mobility Planning Across the Region
 Michelle Nance of the Centralina Regional Council and Jason Lawrence of CATS
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 – 10:00-11:00AM 
CWTA/NCWTA Presents: Statewide Conversation with U.S. Customs & Border Patrol NC Ports
Barry Chastain, NC Port Director
Thursday, January 14, 2021 – 2:00-3:00PM
CWTA Presents: Three SBA Financing Programs for Exporters PLUS PPP LOANS 2021 UPDATE
Dan Holt, International Finance Specialist, Small Business Administration
Thursday, December 17, 2020 – 2:00-3:00PM
CWTA Presents: U.S. SBA/EDPNC STEP Reimbursement Program for Exporters
 Blake Jackman, International Trade Manager, EDPNC
Thursday, November 19, 2020 – 2:00-3:00PM
CWTA Presents: OPPORTUNITY to Become a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP)
Mike Seibert, NC SBTDC, IBD Director; Beth Smith, SC SBTDC Advisor; and Mica Nguyen Worthy, Attorney, Cranfill Sumner LLP
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 – 1:00-2:00PM
CWTA Presents: NC Ports Making MEGA CHANGES: Sea Change of CEO and Weathering the Coronavirus
Paul Cozza, Retiring NC Ports Director, and Brian Clark, New NC Ports Director
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 – 1:00-2:00PM
CWTA Presents: TRADE & TARIFFS: Opportunities and Challenges for Charlotte Region Companies
Bob Morgan, Robinson Bradshaw, and Brad Muller, Charlotte Pipe and Foundry 
Thursday, February 20, 2020 – 1:00-2:00PM
CWTA Presents: Cybersecurity Threats: How to Protect Your Business
Mike Holland, Executive Vice President of Client Relations, Fortalice Solutions; Jon D. Hightower, Director IT Risk and Assurance, GreerWalker LLP
Thursday, October 17, 2019 – 1:00-2:00PM
CWTA Presents: TURBULENCE AHEAD: A Global Airline’s Insights into Trade, Tariffs, Brexit, and More
Tracy Montross, Regional Director of Government Affairs, American AirlinesOctober
Thursday, September 19, 2019 – 1:00-2:00PM
CWTA Presents: CLT Airport: A Burgeoning Aerotropolis
Stuart P. Hair, City of Charlotte Aviation Department Director of Economic & Community Affairs


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