Little Rock 10th U.S.-EU SME Workshop

Date: September 19, 2019
Location:  Show map
To be announced to attendees only.
Little Rock, Arkansas
Contact: Gina Radke
Phone: (501)833-3700

INVITATION TO THE 10th U.S.-EU SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISE (SME) WORKSHOP

 Thursday September 19, 2019 in Little Rock, Arkansas

You are cordially invited to attend the 10th U.S.-EU Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Workshop in the framework of the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC), which will take place September 19, 2019 in Little Rock, Arkansas. 

The conference is convened by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Small Business Administration with the European Commission’s Directorate General for Trade (DG TRADE) and Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW).  The U.S.-EU SME Workshop is an ongoing opportunity for small businesses to engage directly and discuss trade topics of interest with U.S. and EU officials as well as EU Member States and small and medium businesses and associations from both sides of the Atlantic.

The location alternates each year between the United States and EU. The European Union hosted the 9th EU-U.S. SME Workshop in Vienna, Austria in 2018. This year, the one-day workshop will be co-hosted with the State of Arkansas Economic Development Commission, followed by a networking reception.

Participants will include officials from the European Commission, EU Member States, U.S. officials, and executives from SMEs and business associations. We encourage small businesses from around the country to attend and share best practices. Topics include U.S.-EU trade, international strategies for rural economic development, small business participation in transatlantic supply chains, workforce training for global competitiveness, and small business innovation in industries of the future.

Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses and accommodations. 

If you would like to register to attend the 10th US-EU SME Workshop, please RSVP with your name, organization, city/state and email to US-EUSMEworkshop@ustr.eop.gov and  dmathis@arkansasstatechamber.com

RSVPs are accepted on a first-come space available basis. For security reasons, venue location and further details will be provided to registered participants.  

Sponsorships are mostly set but a few remain. Contact Gina Radke (info above). Thank you for your interest. 

 

DRAFT AGENDA

10th U.S. – EU Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Workshop in the framework of the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC)

September 19, 2019 Little Rock, Arkansas

8:30 Registration

9:00–9:30 Welcome and Opening Remarks

State of Arkansas, Industry Trade Advisory Committee for Small and Minority Business (ITAC 9), Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), European Commission

9:30-11:00 SME International Strategies and Rural Economic Development

11:00-11:15 Coffee Break

11:15-12:45 SME Participation in Transatlantic Supply Chains

12:45–2:00 p.m. Lunch

2:00–3:30 Local SME Workforce Training for Global Competitiveness

3:30–3:45 Coffee Break

3:45-5:15 Highlighting Innovation: U.S. and EU SMEs in Industries of the Future

5:15-5:30 Wrap Up and Closing Remarks

5:30- 6:30 Networking Reception

 

The EU-US Workshop aims to bring together the business community with the goal of enhancing trade and investment opportunities for U.S. and EU SMEs. 

To improve our community’s global competency by tailoring empirically supported exercises to the program.

  • Increase cultural intelligence and appreciation for cultural differences
  • Promote Arkansas’s Brand and Business on an international level
  • Business to business networking, to increase Arkansas Business sales to EU companies

 

Sponsors