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Posted on: February 5, 2018

Kansas Commerce announces plans for 2018 International Trade Day Conference


TOPEKA - The Kansas Department of Commerce will host the annual Kansas International Trade Day conference on June 5 in Lawrence. The conference will feature speakers and sessions designed to help Kansas businesses start exporting or grow existing exports. The event will also feature success stories from the 2018 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award finalists, as well as exhibits from export service providers.

The Kansas International Trade Day conference will include sessions on the following topics:

  • How to Pick a Market (the How, Why and What of determining where in the world businesses should sell their goods).
  • Financial Options for International Buyers (developing an understanding of financing export sales through the EXIM Bank).
  • Growing Kansas’ Global Partnerships (featuring a panel of Consuls General from Canada, Mexico, China and the UK)
  • Getting in Front of the Customer (marketing globally using federal and state financial assistance programs)

The conference will also feature a panel of representatives from companies that are in the running for the prestigious Governor’s Exporter of the Year award. These companies will share their success stories with advice on how to grow a successful export business in Kansas.

Registration and exhibits will open at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 5. Opening remarks will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the conference will conclude at 5:00 p.m. The conference will be held at the at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 200 McDonald Dr., Lawrence, Kansas.

The “early bird” rate to attend the conference is $50 for anyone registering prior to May 1. Those registering after May 1 will pay $75. The registration fee includes lunch. To register or learn more about the agenda, speakers and sponsorship opportunities, please visit

MEDIA NOTES: Media interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP to Kevin Doel at


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