Breaking Through: U.S. Businesses Powered By Global Exports

 

The adage “Think Globally, Act Locally” sounds compelling, but it really only works for large, transnational enterprises – until recently.

Today, businesses that are locally rooted or limited scale can now reach global markets with the advent of new digital platforms that take products from all over the world and make them available to buyers everywhere, even in traditionally tough markets to access – like Japan, South Korea, and China.

The global trade scene is messier today than years ago – a pandemic is creating unforeseen challenges, sanctions are back, the WTO is wobbly, trade deals are coming undone and being redone. But the fact is that global trade is still thriving in many sectors. While nations may be squabbling, young and small businesses are finding ways to deliver their products to consumers. As COVID-19 continues to impact our health and finances, global trade will play a critical role in international recovery.

The Hill convened policy stakeholders in the U.S. trade and export scene, business owners, entrepreneurs and association groups to discuss how exports still matter, how the rising middle class around the world is a vital market for American goods and services providers and how during a pandemic, new tech platforms are giving these enterprises a leg up into new global market opportunities. 

 

Thursday, August 13, 2020

1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific

 

AGENDA:

 

1:00 pm HEADLINER INTERVIEW

  • Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA)

 

1:15 pm HEADLINER INTERVIEW

  • Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez, Executive Chairman, Empath

 

1:30 pm SPONSOR PERSPECTIVE

  • Michael Evans, Director & President, Alibaba Group

This portion of the program will be produced solely by the underwriter.

 

1:40 pm PANEL DISCUSSION

  • Josh Ghaim, CEO, Small World Brands and Managing Partner,  Ignite Venture Studio
  • Karen Horan, VP Global Business Development, National Confectioners Association

 

2:00 pm PROGRAM CONCLUDES

 

SPEAKERS

  • Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA)
  • Josh Ghaim, Co-Founder, Ignite Venture Studio
  • Karen Horan, VP, Global Business Development, National Confectioners Association
  • Secretary Carlos M Gutierrez, Executive Chairman, Empath

Additional speakers to be announced

 

SPONSOR PERSPECTIVE

  • Michael Evans, Director & President, Alibaba Group

 

MODERATOR

  • Steve Clemons, Editor-at-Large, The Hill

 

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Alibaba Powers American Businesses

Alibaba helps American businesses – both large and small – sell their products directly to consumers in China and around the world. Alibaba eliminates the traditional barriers that make it challenging for companies to export, making it possible for even small companies to become global companies. In 2019, US companies sold more than $40 billion worth of goods to Chinese consumers through Alibaba’s online platforms.

Learn about one powerful success story -- Radha Beauty, a small cosmetics company based in Aurora, OH.