2016 SEMA China Business Development Program

September 7, 2016 – September 11, 2016

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), in cooperation with the International Trade Administration, helps U.S. specialty equipment companies to learn about the Chinese aftermarket as well as meet with Chinese distributors and retailers.

JOIN US IN CHINA
Shanghai, China

For one low cost participants have the opportunity to:
Exhibit at the China Auto Salon (CAS) in Shanghai where you will have the opportunity to meet with pre-vetted distributors and retailers from throughout China.
Participate in networking events designed to allow informal discussion with key buyers in a variety of informal settings in addition to exhibiting at the CAS Show
Begin promoting your brand to Chinese buyers now through SEMA pre-event outreach to buyers.
U.S. government support is available for qualified companies.
Participate in a measuring session in Shanghai featuring vehicles popular globally but not sold in the US.
The trip includes hotels,meals, interpreters, and a turnkey booth

2016 SEMA China Business Program Options (3 OPTIONS)

OPTION A: ALL EVENTS: 2016 SEMA China Business Development Tour +China-based International Measuring Session. Fees: $4000 Per company (this fee covers one participant and includes 4 nights hotel, booth/exhibition fees, meals and transportation within China as well as a day long measuring session featuring vehicles popularly customized in China as well as a networking event); $900 Grant for qualifying companies(for a total fee of $3100 per company for the first participant) $1000 each additional participant.

OPTION B: MEASURING SESSION: 2016 SEMA China Business International Measuring session only. Fees: $1800 per company (this fee covers the first person -2 nights hotel, meals, access to vehicles popularly customized in China for a full-day measuring session; networking event) Grant of $900 per qualified company for a total company fee $900 for the first participant). $500 each additional participant.

OPTION C: SEMA CHINA ONE ON ONE PROGRAM: 2016 SEMA China Business Development Tour Only – Fees: $3500 per company (this fee covers one participant and includes 3 nights hotel, booth/exhibition fees, meals and transportation within China – the grant does not applying for those applying for option C). $1000 each additional person.

WHAT THE EXHIBITORS ARE SAYING

“My pre-trip impression was completely different from my end of trip impression, the enthusiasts in China are now realizing what they want, and they are demanding quality U.S.-made products. They negotiate for higher quality, not for price. With the aftermarket being only fi ve years old in China-and the total number of people in China-growth is exponential. Prior to our trip, the Chinese market was not part of our long-term strategy.
“After the trip, I am encouraged that it could be part of our five year plan.”
– Mark Turner, Daystar
CEO

“China was much more into hot trends than I had imagined.They know what good-quality products are, want them and are not afraid to pay for U.S. quality. We can’t wait to come back and get additional new business.”
– Nick Gramelspacher, Meyer Distributing
Vice President of Sales & Marketing

“We’ve sold our Jeep accessories and performance products to China for many years now, but visiting this many customers and prospects in just one trip was never practical. Thanks to SEMA’s well coordinated schedule, we met most of our existing customers and many prospects in just two days. We feel that China, with the highest number of Wranglers sold outside the North America and with higher-income consumers buying these vehicles, has the potential to become the number-one destination for our products outside North America. It is never easy learning how to conduct business in a foreign land, but we are betting it will be rewarding at the end.”
– Al Azadi, Omix Ada/Rugged Ridge
President/Owner

“It is a performance-driven market, and we were welcomed in China with open arms by true performance enthusiasts.”
– Wayland “Butch” Cox, Royal Purple
Vice President of Professional-Consumer Sales

“We have doubled our business in the country every year for the past three and have commitments from our partners to quadruple growth in 2014, based on the relationships we have established and additional vehicle coverage we have provided. We see this growth continuing well into the future as the Chinese automotive market continues to grow and outpace every other market in the world.”
– Justin Oltz, SCT Performance
Vice President of Sales

FREE IndustryWeek/EXIM Webinar: 5 Things You Need to Know AboutExport Compliance

Increase Your Exports While Minimizing Risk

Expanding your presence in foreign markets can be challenging, especially for small manufacturers. But there’s help, no matter what size your business is or how much or how little you export.

EXPORT COMPLIANCE: 5 Things You Need to Know, presented by IndustryWeek, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and EXIM Bank will discuss manufacturers’ top questions on the subject of export compliance. Don’t let confusion around export compliance hinder the success of your export business, or limit your progress into new markets!

When & Where:
Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Time: 2:00 p.m. EDT (GMT -4, New York)
Duration: One hour
Cost: None
Where: Web link provided after registration
Hosted by IndustryWeek • Sponsored by EXIM

About the Webinar:
This 1-hour panel discussion on May 17 features two presenters. John Brislin is Director of EXIM’s Seattle Regional Office. Johh has more than 24 years of international banking experience, and supports businesses in Washington State, Idaho, Alaska and Oregon.

Omari Wooden is Assistant Divison Chief for Trade Outreach and Regulations at the U.S. Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Division. He oversees outreach and marketing related to trade statistics and regulations.

This Webinar and Q&A will cover:
An overiew on export compliance
EXIM Bank’s Country Limitation Schedule
Foreign buyer due diligence
And many more frequently asked questions by manufacturers

USDA Offers New Loans for Portable Farm Storage and Handling Equipment

Portable Equipment Can Help Producers, including Small-Scale and Local Farmers, Get Products to Market Quickly
COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 29, 2016 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide a new financing option to help farmers purchase portable storage and handling equipment. Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini and Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Administrator Elanor Starmer announced changes to the Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program today during a local and regional food roundtable in Columbus, Ohio. The loans, which now include a smaller microloan option with lower down payments, are designed to help producers, including new, small and mid-sized producers, grow their businesses and markets.

“As more communities reconnect with agriculture, consumer demand is increasing for food produced locally or regionally,” said Dolcini. “Portable handling and storage equipment is vital to helping farmers get their products to market more quickly and better maintain product quality, bringing them greater returns. That’s why we’ve added this type of equipment as a new category for our Farm Storage Facility Loan program.”

The program also offers a new “microloan” option, which allows applicants seeking less than $50,000 to qualify for a reduced down payment of five percent and no requirement to provide three years of production history. Farms and ranches of all sizes are eligible. The microloan option is expected to be of particular benefit to smaller farms and ranches, and specialty crop producers who may not have access to commercial storage or on-farm storage after harvest. These producers can invest in equipment like conveyers, scales or refrigeration units and trucks that can store commodities before delivering them to markets. Producers do not need to demonstrate the lack of commercial credit availability to apply.

“Growing high-value crops for local and regional markets is a common entry point for new farmers,” said Starmer. “Since they often rent land and have to transport perishable commodities, a loan that can cover mobile coolers or even refrigerated trucks fills an important gap. These producers in turn supply the growing number of food hubs, farmers markets or stores and restaurants interested in sourcing local food.”

Earlier this year, FSA significantly expanded the list of commodities eligible for Farm Storage Facility Loan. Eligible commodities now include aquaculture; floriculture; fruits (including nuts) and vegetables; corn, grain sorghum, rice, oilseeds, oats, wheat, triticale, spelt, buckwheat, lentils, chickpeas, dry peas, sugar, peanuts, barley, rye, hay, honey, hops, maple sap, unprocessed meat and poultry, eggs, milk, cheese, butter, yogurt and renewable biomass. FSFL microloans can also be used to finance wash and pack equipment used post-harvest, before a commodity is placed in cold storage.

AMS helps thousands of agricultural food producers and businesses enhance their marketing efforts through a combination of research, technical services and grants. The agency works to improve marketing opportunities for U.S. growers and producers, including those involved in specialty crop production and in the local and regional food systems. Visit http://www.ams.usda.gov to learn more about AMS services.

Today’s announcement will further advance the efforts of USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative, which coordinates the Department’s work to develop local and regional food systems. USDA is committed to helping farmers, ranchers, and businesses access the growing market for local and regional foods, which was valued at $12 billion in 2014 according to industry estimates. Under this Administration, USDA has invested more than $1 billion in more than 40,000 local and regional food businesses and infrastructure projects. More information on how USDA investments are connecting producers with consumers and expanding rural economic opportunities is available in Chapter IVThis is an external link or third-party site outside of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website. of USDA Results on MediumThis is an external link or third-party site outside of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website.

To learn more about Farm Storage Facility Loans, visit http://www.fsa.usda.gov/pricesupport or contact a local FSA county office. To find your local FSA county office, visit http://offices.usda.gov.

( usda.gov)

5th Annual Manufacturers’ Summit

Annual Manufacturers’ Summit. Inland Empire
5th Annual Manufacturers’ Summit
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
7:00 am-2:00pm
Ontario Convention Center
2000 E Convention Center Way
Ontario, CA 91764

Showcase Your Products!

Join the “Made in the Inland Empire” displays and receive a FREE TICKET to the Manufacturers’ Summit as our thank you.

(You must produce your product in the Inland Empire area of Southern California.)
Made in the IE Exhibitors at the Summit Convention Center, will receive:

• Up to two complimentary tickets, for a manufacturer and accompanying staff, provides full access to all general and break-out sessions, including a lunch.
• Half of an 8 ft. table (4’ x 30”) placed along the perimeter walls of the event, for your product display.
• Featured listing in the Summit Program as a “Made in the IE Manufacturer.” (Deadline for program inclusion is March 14, 2016.)
• A tent-fold sign, naming your company and a table cover will be provided.

Made in the IE Exhibitors should keep in mind the following:
• Your display will not be guarded unless your staff stands next to it.
• Please keep an eye on your belongings. Neither the Manufacturers’ Council nor the Ontario Convention Center will be responsible for any missing items.
• You may bring a self-standing backboard.
• A chair will not be provided.
• Electrical power and WIFI is not available.
• Load-in of your display starts at 6 a.m. and ends at 7 a.m. No late load-ins will be accepted after 7 a.m. (the event start time).
• Staff, dollies or rolling carts are not available, from the MCIE or Ontario Convention Center, to transport your display

You will receive a letter of acceptance which will also contains a registration code for your ticket receipt. Registration is required for access to the event and free parking at the Ontario Convention Center. All attendees must register.

Business in America

Innovation

America’s economic growth and international competitiveness depend on our ability to innovate. President Obama believes that we will create the jobs and industries of the future and restore middle class security by doing what America does best – investing in the creativity and imagination of our people. We must out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world to ensure that our nation achieves rapid, sustained and broad-based economic growth.

Small Business

President Obama is committed to helping America’s small businesses grow and prosper. Small businesses are the engines of job creation and essential to strengthening our national economy. That’s why he has cut taxes for small businesses and helped them get access to the capital they need to expand and create the jobs we need now and for decades to come. And that’s why the American Jobs Act provides tax relief for every small business, rewards for those that hire and invest and includes new measures to cut red tape and ease access to capital.

Competing Globally

President Obama set a goal of doubling America’s exports within five years and his Administration is taking steps to do just that: getting Congress to pass three critical trade agreements, expanding loans to exporters, preserving the free flow of information on the Internet and promoting American manufacturing. And he is working to make America the best place for people to do business, by reforming our patent system, improving our infrastructure, and investing in our workers.

To restore security to the middle class and create an economy built to last – that creates the jobs of the future and makes things the rest of the world buys -we have to out-innovate the competition. But to win that competition, American companies must be able to take their ideas to market quickly without the constraints of undue regulation and costs. That’s why President Obama has directed his Administration to reduce barriers to American business success, including reforming our patent system, reviewing federal regulations, and promoting trade.

Entrepreneurs

President Obama knows that today’s entrepreneurs are tomorrow’s Fortune 500 companies and exemplify America’s competitive edge in ingenuity and innovation. That is why the President has tasked his administration with crafting policies that eliminate barriers to startup formation, drive investment to the best ideas, and accelerate the growth of young companies in the marketplace.

( White House)