Discover Global Markets: The Blue Economy

September 20-22, 2022
Providence, Rhode Island

Discover Global Markets business development forum is the U.S. Department of Commerce's flagship event for U.S. exporters!

  • Gain market insights from industry experts based at U.S. Embassies around the world, to include Australia, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.

  • Participate in matchmaking meetings with foreign buyers, distributors, government officials, and potential partners from many of the above markets.

  • Hear from large OEMs and project primes about overseas projects and their supplier pipeline needs.  Invited large companies include:  General Dynamics Electric Boat, Wabtex, Equinor, KVH Industries, Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems, Teledyne Marine, and Orsted.

  • Learn about U.S. government export programs designed to cut your time to market.

  • Understand how your minority/woman-owned business can leverage diversity certification as a tool to increase visibility to global companies looking to broaden their supply chains.

  • Network, network, network!

The registration fee is $645.  For more information, and to register, please visit https://itamatch.com/event/dgmblueeconomy.  

Export University

Export University is a brand of courses on exporting designed to help U.S. companies begin an export initiative and to gain increasing skills and innovation in their international sales. This series is designed to walk participating companies through export topics of various levels, which have been identified as being of high interest to North Carolina exporters. You do not have to take the classes as a series, but can choose the ones that are most relevant to your goals. Some examples of courses that are regularly offered are:

  • Export University 101 - "Introduction to Exporting"
    This course is designed for new-to-export companies and those that would like to refine certain aspects of their export process. The course walks you through all the fundamentals of exporting, including how to determine if you are ready to export, conducting market research, finding buyers and trade partners overseas, getting paid, shipping the product, legal aspects of exporting, and case studies on successful NC exporters.


  • Export University 201 and 301
    These advanced courses vary on topic.  Previous topics include website globalization, export finance and Ex-Im Bank, IC DISC, export regulations (BIS and ITAR), etc.

We do not have any upcoming courses planned at this time.  Please check back for future courses and online offerings!