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The mission of the Hawaii Pacific Export Council (HPEC) is to promote U.S. exports from Hawaii and the American Pacific Islands by supporting the activities of the US Commercial Service and Hawaii Export Assistance Center, counseling businesses on the exporting process, and conducting trade education programs.
As the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration, the U.S. Commercial Service is dedicated to assisting U.S. companies that are interested in selling their products or services overseas. With trade specialists in more than 100 U.S. cities and 75 countries, the Commercial Service organizes and supports a variety of initiatives to help companies begin exporting or increase their sales overseas. These initiatives include trade shows, trade missions, conferences, seminars, and webinars,
Trade shows are great venues for reaching global customers. They give U.S. companies the opportunity to exhibit their products or services to international buyers, distributors, and representatives. The Commercial Service promotes trade shows that provide the best global marketing opportunities for U.S. companies. In addition, the Commercial Service provides companies marketing and promotion services, market intelligence, logistical support, and on-site assistance.
For information about upcoming domestic trade shows, please click here.
For information about upcoming international trade shows, please click here.
Trade missions are overseas programs that include one-to-one meetings with foreign industry executives and government officials; networking events with local business associations; briefings and roundtables with the local business and legal community; site visits to local facilities; and media coverage. These missions are excellent ways for U.S. companies to meet directly with potential clients in their markets, gather market intelligence, and generate sales.
For information about upcoming trade missions, please click here.
Conferences, Seminars, and Webinars
Conferences, seminars, and webinars are great for learning about the fundamentals of exporting, as well as for keeping current on the latest exporting ideas. Speakers include industry insiders who are eager to share their exporting knowledge and experiences.
For information about upcoming conferences, please click here.
For information about upcoming seminars, please click here.
For information about upcoming webinars, please click here.
Contact the Commercial Service!
For more information about these initiatives, feel free to contact one of the many U.S. Commercial trade specialists. To find the trade specialist nearest to you, please click here.
For Hawaii companies, you can contact your local office, the Hawaii Export Assistance Center, at (808) 522-8041.
Business of Exporting Program
Open to All Companies
Within U.S. Small Business Administration Size Standards
Up to 1,500 employees and annual revenue of $40 million for some categories and open to all companies within U.S. Small Business Administration size standards up to 1,500 employees with annual revenue of $40 million for some categories
− State-wide, all islands
− All sizes of operations and revenue
− All industries: manufacturing and service providers
− All levels of export expertise: veterans – recent entrants – ready to export
− Targeting company chiefs: founders – presidents - managing directors
− 15 companies will be selected for the program ---- Why not yours?
− All applicants should be profitable in at least one of the past three years
− All companies must be committed to creating a culture of success
• The Business of Exporting is a unique nine-month program from October 2014 through May 2015 that looks at how Hawaii companies who export can capture and maintain profit growth
• The program analyzes the impact exporting abroad places on a company’s fundamental business processes at home and how the resultant effect can be managed for profit accumulation and overall growth of the company.
• The program’s curriculum is predicated on the principle that your company is run as a profit center. There are factors that squeeze your profit center. To the degree you can manage these forces more capably you reduce the pressure on your company’s profit pool and retain a deeper pool. Read More
HPEC's The Business of Exporting Program
This first video is a shorter version (approximately 10 min) that talks about the coming program itself:
HPEC Chairman Michael Sacharski and DBEDT's Jamie Lum join David Day in a brief televised conversation all about the innovative "Business of Exporting" program for both goods and service companies of all sizes, commencing in the Fall of 2014.
Accelerating Hawaii's Business Internationally
This second video is the archive location for the full, 47 minute show which encompasses a number of additional Hawaii export development issues in addition to the short version (above) which is just about the course:
How is it that you effectively assist a business to accelerate its ability to handle expansion and markets overseas?
Michael Sacharski, Chairman of the Hawaii Pacific Export Council (HPEC) and Jamie Lum of Hawaii's Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT) brief Host David Day on a fascinating new educational approach to assisting Hawaii businesses, large and small.
This unusual program is set to commence initially in the Fall of 2014 and is a joint development of the strategic partnership between HPEC and DBEDT.
HiBEAM and the UH Cancer Center would like to invite you to a talk by Mr. Loke-Khoon Tan, partner at Baker & McKenzie Hong Kong/China on:
Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Issues in China: Trends and Developments
Friday, August 1, 3 pm to 5 pm
Sullivan Conference Center, UH Cancer Center
Foreign IP owners and businesses are often wary of doing business in/with China because of the risk of IP piracy and loss of technology and trade secrets. This fear has to be properly balanced against the golden opportunities that are open to all who venture into the Chinese marketplace. While the protection of IPR in China has shown modest improvements in recent years, the vast majority of companies— 98 percent—still say IPR enforcement is a major concern for them. Loke-Khoon Tan has spent the last 25 years counseling and advising IP MNC clients how to navigate the Chinese IP system, to avoid the pitfalls of piracy. He will provide some insights into how to manage these commercial expectations and to leverage on the good, bad and ugly of the Chinese IP system.
We thank the University of Hawaii System Office of the Vice President of Research and Innovation for their support.
Please go to http://ipttchina.eventbrite.com to register for the event.
LOKE-KHOON TAN is a partner and head of Baker & McKenzie’s Intellectual Property Practice Group in Hong Kong and China. He is a member of the IP Global Steering Committee and heads the Asia Pacific Region IP Group. Mr. Tan's practice focuses specially on intellectual property law in the People’s Republic of China, with particular emphasis on the structuring of intellectual property rights and anti-counterfeiting planning in the area of trademarks, patents, copyright, trade names, computer software, passing-off, unfair competition, designs, labeling laws, food, drug and health regulations, consumer, media and advertising laws. With the new economy, his practice also encompasses domain name, Internet, social media and technology laws.
The Western United States Agricultural Trade Association (commonly referred to as WUSATA®) is the premier exporting resource for agribusinesses based in the Western United States. Join WUSATA for a free, four-week webinar series and get information about funding opportunities for international food and agricultural marketing.
Just in time for the opening of their 2015 Branded Program application on August 1st, see how your company can receive WUSATA's 50% reimbursements, apply for funding, and more. These online presentations are great tools to educate and/or re-train your team about how to double your promotional budget.
Get to Know Us
An introduction to the Branded Program and its manual- our go-to resource! We will cover the basics of how reimbursements work, marketing opportunities and eligibility.
July 30 | 1:00-1:45p.m. PDT
Navigate the Application
Now that 2015 is open, learn how to expedite your application, and submit a full and complete packet- the first time!
August 6 | 1:00-1:45p.m. PDT
Claim Your Dollars
An overview of the claims process and tips to ensure that your company maximizes reimbursements.
August 13 | 1:00-1:45p.m. PDT
Get the Most Bang for Your Buck
Participate in all three of our services for the best return on your dollar and increase your market impact.
August 20 | 1:00-1:45p.m. PDT
Registration: Companies are encouraged to register and attend all four webinars in order to gain the most benefit. To register, click here.