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Small Businesses Growing Global

October 22, 2020
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Date & Time:  Thursday, October 22, 2020 
                         (8:00 am – 12:00 pm)

Location: This event will be hybrid, registration for the in person option is now closed. If you would like to attend the event virtually, please see the option below. For more information on growing your business globally please email Jennie Sammur

In Person:  Virtual:

Hyatt Place Tampa Wesley Chapel

26000 Sierra Center Blvd, Lutz, FL 33559

Sierra Rooms II & III


As we bring together the best resource partners to teach you how you can expand your company into international markets.


  • Grant Opportunities

  • Financing Opportunities

  • Market Discovery

  • Benefits of Trade Missions

Opening Session: â€‹EFI & Florida’s Trade 


Manny Mencia, EFI Senior Vice President, International Business    


Export Panel Discussion

  • Joseph Bell, Enterprise Florida Inc.- Trade Mission Resources - How to Apply for a Gold Key Grant
  • Eileen Rodriguez, MBA, Florida SBDC-  Benefits of creating export marketing plans and identifying your markets 
  • Sandro Murtas, CICP, CGBP, U.S. Small Business Administration- Financial resources and loans available for trade opportunities
  • Dan Bjerk, U.S. Commercial Service- Platform to pair you with relevant international business development opportunities

Consular Panel Discussion

Juan Jose Sabines
Consul General of Mexico in Orlando 


Andreas T. Siegel
Consul General of Federal Republic of Germany in Miami 


Rodrigo Da Costa Fonseca
Deputy Consul of Brazil in Miami 


Exporting Companies –  One on One Success Stories

  • Charles Alavardo, Amalie oil​
  • Suzanne Fulford, Dixie Belle
  • Maya Williams, Morganna's Alchemy








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