If you are a Hawaii business owner new to export trade, or seeking international buyers or partners, here are two upcoming seminar series that should interest you.

APEC 2011 Opportunity Series

This 9-part seminar series kicks off Thursday with a focus on market opportunities in Japan and South Korea. In anticipation of the APEC 2011 conference being held in Honolulu this November, the series will cover each of the 21 member-economies of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).


This first seminar on Japan and South Korea takes place Thursday, July 28, 2011 from 2-4pm at the Hawaii Foreign-Trade Zone 9 (Honolulu), 2nd floor, main conference room. Expert speakers include Mark O’Grady of the U.S. Embassy, Seoul; and Yuri Arthur, Japan Specialist from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The cost of the seminar is $15, and space is limited — to register, email jackie@hawaiiexportsupport.com or call (808) 522-8040 by Wednesday, July 27, 2011. Download the official flyer for more details.

Dates for the remaining eight seminars in the series haven’t been set yet, but the topics will be:

  • Canada and Mexico
  • Hong Kong and Taiwan
  • China
  • Chile and Peru
  • Vietnam and Indonesia
  • Thailand, Philippines, and Russia
  • Australia, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea
  • Brunei, Malaysia, and Singapore

Export University

This 2-day training seminar on Maui will give Hawaii business owners a good foundation in the export trade process, and will help them come up with a global strategy for their business. Topics to be covered include:

  • Going Global: International Markets & Your Business
  • Market Entry & Negotiation
  • International Business Travel
  • Methods of Payment
  • Agriculture-Specific Export Resources
  • Shipping & Logistics
  • Customer Service
  • New Markets

This seminar will be held Aug. 12-13, 2011, from 11am-7pm at UH Maui College (Kahului), Ka Lama Building, Room 108. The cost for the entire 2-day seminar is $99 and space is limited — to register, email ExportU@hawaiiexportsupport.com or call (808) 522-8040 by Monday, August 8, 2011. For more details, download the official flyer.