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Feb 26th, 2014 to Feb 28th, 2014 | 07:00am - 07:00am
Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo Japan
U.S. companies seeking to develop new contacts and trade leads with buyers and decision-makers in the Asian renewable energy market should consider exhibiting at World Smart Energy Week 2014, February 26 to 28, 2014 at Tokyo Big Sight in Tokyo, Japan. World Smart Energy Week, certified under the U.S. Department of Commerce Trade Fair Certification Program, is focused on renewable energy such as: wind power generation, photovoltaic (PV) power generation, PV systems, and processing technologies; advanced technologies such as fuel cells and rechargeable batteries; energy efficiency solutions such as smart grid; and eco-houses and eco-buildings. Word Smart Energy Week 2014 is made of the following concurrent trade shows: • PV Expo 2014 (7th International Photovoltaic Power Generation Expo) • PV System Expo 2014 (5th International Photovoltaic Power Generation System Expo) • FC Expo 2014 (10th International Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Expo) • Battery Japan (5th International Rechargeable Battery Expo) • 4th International Smart Grid Expo • 4th Eco House & Eco Building Expo • Enetech Japan 2014 (5th Processing Technology Expo) • WIND EXPO 2014 (2nd International Wind Energy Expo & Conference) The U.S. Commercial Service (USCS) in Japan will host a booth in the U.S. Pavilion within FC Expo 2014 to provide exhibitors with assistance and business counseling on Japan's renewable energy and environment sectors. The entire 2014 exhibition will gather 1,500 exhibitors and attract over 80,000 professionals from diverse industries.
Feb 26th, 2014 to Feb 26th, 2014 | 10:00am - 11:00am
Topic: Opportunities Offered by Oman's New Railway Project Host: Greta C. Holtz, U.S. Ambassador to Oman Special Guest: Abdulrahman al-Hatmi, Project Director, Oman Railway Date, time, time zone for call: Wednesday, February 26, 2014; 10:00 a.m. EDT (19:00 in Muscat) Brief description of call: Oman’s upcoming 2244km, standard gauge national railway network will prove transformational in elevating the Sultanate’s role as a key geostrategic multi-modal shipping hub connecting the GCC, East Africa, Asia and Europe outside the congested, expensive, and risky Strait of Hormuz. Given the facts that no rail expertise, equipment production, or services currently exist in Oman, the Sultanate’s terrain features difficult soil and rock formations and mountain ranges, and the government hopes to retain as much of the estimated USD 25BN cost of the project as possible in-country, Oman Rail Project Director Al-Hatmi faces a daunting challenge! Oman Railway seeks suppliers and investors for countless activities from civil works (tunneling, bridges, earthworks); ballast; sleeper and track production and laying; electro-mechanical, switching, and signaling solutions; rolling stock construction and maintenance; haulage logistics and operations; to station, workshop and yard construction and maintenance. We hope American suppliers will step forward as long-term partners for technology, skill, and knowledge-sharing. Abdulrahman and his team will share plans for the Oman Railway, provide an update on the status of the project, and detail the multitude of opportunities available.
Feb 26th, 2014 to Mar 19th, 2014 | 05:00pm - 07:00pm
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

The four sessions will be held consecutive Wednesday evenings from 5pm to 7pm. beginning April 10, 2013. As part of the course, you will receive an overview of DC's employment laws as they apply to small businesses, including: Hiring, Firing, and Performance Management; Employee Compensation and Classification; Wage and Hour Laws; Distinction between Employees and Independent Contractors; and Employment Discrimination

The course will be taught by employment law experts with experience dealing with small businesses. It is designed for sole proprietors, members of business partnerships, general managers and owners of LLCs. The sessions will take place at the offices of Crowell & Moring, 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. (One block from Metro Center on the Red, Blue and Orange lines.) There is a $25 charge for the series to cover the cost of materials. Participants will receive a certificate of completion for from the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program, DC SBDC and the DSLBD.

Feb 27th, 2014 to Feb 27th, 2014 | 09:00am - 12:00pm
274 Old Corvallis Rd.

This is the 3rd Section of our Small Business Venture Training series and is intended to facilitate the writing of the finance section of a business plan and includes using income statements, balance sheets and cash flow statements. Students will learn how to project and evaluate the financial performance of their small business. Also covered is a discussion of the resources available andsteps necessary to obtrain debt or equity financing for a business (taught by Julie Foster, RCEDA) It is recommended that students have moderate fluency in MS Excel. Prior to enrolling in this class, please contact John Schneeberger at RCEDA 406-375-9416.

Instructor: Lisa Glenn, CPA, Galusha, Higgins and Galusha

Instructor: Julie Foster, RCEDA

When: Thursdays, May 2 - May 10 (Five 3 hour classes) 9am - 12 Noon

Price: $150

$185 with 1.5 continuing education credits

Text: Entrepreneurial Small Business by Katz and Green, McGraw Hill. New text purchase price is $188, used copies cost $73 or rental is $36 (Amazon and other internet retailers). This text was also used for Section A and B and is an invaluable, up-to-date, resource.

Feb 27th, 2014 to Feb 27th, 2014 | 09:00am - 12:00pm
300 Fraser Purchase Road

A 5-Program Technology Boot Camp for Marketing Your Business

Technology Specialist Joe Polk will be presenting his five program technologyseries starting on March 28 and ending April 25. If you are looking toget started with online marketing or to improve the effectiveness of your current online marketing,this series willshow you how.

Joe's easy to follow presentations will teachyouhow to:

  • Puttogether anaesthetic and effectivewebsite.
  • Makethat websitemore visible.
  • Track yourvisitors (aka potential customers).
  • Get the word out about your business.
  • Keep your computer information secure.
Feb 28th, 2014 to Feb 28th, 2014 | 10:00am - 12:00pm

In this course, Tim Berry, business-planning expert and course creator, talks about his own history as a small-business owner, and provides examples and feedback on common questions for new business startups.

This course has three lessons:

  1. What is an Entrepreneur?
  2. Concept Kick Start
  3. Business Basics

Feb 28th, 2014 to Feb 28th, 2014 | 12:30pm - 05:00pm
USTDA Business Center
Please join us for the first in a series of sector-specific Trade Talks at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency's headquarters in Arlington, VA. Attendees will learn how to expand their business in the global electricity transmission and distribution market, which is forecast to reach nearly $500 billion over the next seven years. USTDA's Trade Talk: Smart Grid will feature briefings from technical experts and U.S. Government officials, as well as industry case studies and an open forum discussion. Interested participants can either attend this free event in person or connect via a live webinar broadcast. If you are interested in attending this event, email Be sure to provide your contact information and whether you'd like to attend in person or via webinar. Details on the event will be provided directly to those who register.
Mar 02nd, 2014 to Mar 03rd, 2014 | 07:00pm - 07:00pm
In 2014, Showcase USA-Italy will return to Verona and, as is now the custom, will take place immediately before ITB in Berlin. Our, by-now-famous, stand-alone Showcase USA-Italy event is a unique opportunity for travel and tourism companies to explore opportunities in the Italian market on a reasonable budget and with super convenient timing. Showcase USA-Italy is the only marketing event exclusively dedicated to promote Italian tourism towards the United States. A joint project of the Visit USA Association Italy and the U.S. Commercial Service in Italy, Showcase USA-Italy brings the Italian travel industry up to date with the great variety of “Made in USA” travel products. Participating U.S. destinations will enjoy a full day of speed dating with Italian tour operators and organizations, all focused on the promotion of the United States. The last edition of Showcase attracted 41 direct exhibitors, and over 100 travel agents, MICE companies and trade press. The B2B speed-dating was attended by 33 Italian tour operators and generated a total of 1,300 appointments! **The U.S. Commercial Service in Milan organizes the matchmaking appointments, and provides logistics, business counseling and an country market briefing. Join us for the 17th edition of this proven annual event in 2014!
Mar 02nd, 2014 to Mar 02nd, 2014 | 07:00pm - 07:00pm
El Buro del Censo y oficiales portuarios de la Oficina de Proteccion Aduanera y de Fronteras de los EE.UU. (CBP) ofreceran un dia completo de instruccion. El 14 de marzo del 2013 se publicaron nuevas regulaciones que se implementaran a partir del 8 de enero del 2014. Estas regulaciones modifican las publicadas en el 2008. Los oficiales del Buro del Censo explicaran los requisitos nuevos y los requisitos de presentacion de las Regulaciones de Comercio Exterior (FTR), ademas de como clasificar sus productos usando el Schedule B, y proporcionaran una vision a fondo del AES. Los expertos de la CBP cubriran las reglas portuarias y los esfuerzos contra el terrorismo y el trafico internacional de narcoticos.
Mar 02nd, 2014 to Mar 05th, 2014 | 07:00pm - 07:00pm
DEFEXPO , a biennial defense show, is the largest land, naval and homeland security systems exhibition in India. India is the world's larget importer of defense systems. OTEXA will have a Sample Booth focusing on state of the art military/security/defense textiles and products.