By Mark Wells, Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Commercial Service
At the POWER-GEN International 2012 show, the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce is ready and willing to assist in your export and partnering efforts.
Ninety-five percent of the world’s potential consumers live outside of the United States, and as a result, more U.S. companies are looking to increase their sales with help from the Commerce Department and other federal agencies, the government says.
Through the U.S. Commercial Service’s International Buyer Program, a number of services are offered to help international attendees and U.S. exhibitors make the most of their experiences at POWER-GEN 2012:
International Buyer Program (IBP)
- U.S. Commercial Service overseas staffs, located at U.S. embassies and consulates throughout the world, work to recruit and bring to the show foreign buyer delegations, and help organize their plans for doing business at the show. Many official DOC delegations from all over the world have been recruited to attend POWER-GEN 2012, including Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, India, Iraq, Jordan, Mexico, Nigeria, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Ukraine.
- Trade specialists from the U.S. Commercial Service will be managing the Global Business Center (GBC) located in the South Hall of the Orange County Convention Center, Room S210. The GBC is an area where international buyers may negotiate with sellers, obtain advice on appropriate matches and use the facility as a launching pad for “walking the show floor.” Exhibitors may visit the GBC for export counseling from the U.S. Commercial Service and participate in meetings with international buyers. The GBC will be open on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 from 11:30 AM to 6:00 PM, Wednesday, December 12, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Thursday, December 13, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
- The IBP will also be organizing a Market Opportunities Seminar program that will be held Wednesday, December 12, 2012 in a meeting room adjacent to the GBC. This program will feature market briefings from the following countries:
- Nigeria – Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 3:00 PM
- Romania – Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 11 AM
- Mexico – Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 1:00 PM
- India – Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 3:00 PM
The sessions will provide overviews on current market opportunities from Department of Commerce Commercial Specialists, some will include presentations from attending delegates from the respective market, and there will also be an opportunity for Q&A. All interested U.S. exhibitors and U.S. attendees are invited to attend and are asked to RSVP with Ryan Hollowell at Ryan.Hollowell@trade.gov. If you have any additional questions, please contact Ryan at the email given or by phone at (917) 734-5065. Please note that the times above are subject to change.
- The U.S. Commercial Service’s Showtime program offers U.S. exhibitors an opportunity to meet with Commercial Specialists from around the world for country specific market advice. Showtime will be held on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 from 11:30 AM to 6:00 PM; and Wednesday December 12, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. For further information on the Showtime program, and how to register, please visit http://export.gov/california/irvine/events/pgi/index.asp, or contact Mr. Jason Sproule at 949-660-7105 or Jason.Sproule@trade.gov.
About the U.S. Commercial Service
With its network of offices in 108 U.S. cities and U.S. Embassies and Consulates in more than 70 countries, the U.S. Commercial Service connects U.S. companies with international buyers. This assistance includes export counseling, market research, matchmaking, pre-arranged business appointments abroad through its Gold Key Service, advocacy, videoconferencing, international partner searches, trade events, and more. For more information please visit www.trade.gov/cs.