Navigating Global Trade in These Uncertain Times

Meet with trade, business, and finance experts from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Los Rios Center for International Trade, SBA, SBDC, and the NorCal World Trade Center to get insights and advice for growing your international business.

Have you found yourself asking:

  • How do I build, manage, and grow an international business?
  • Are tariffs on imports going to succeed in making China respect intellectual property?
  • Import tariffs on my supply chain are squeezing profit margins. Do I take the hit, or do I raise my prices?


You will…

  • Get country specific information on the best markets into which to expand your business
  • Get help finding overseas distribution or supply-side partners
  • Access working capital via loans from the SBA and SBDC to grow your business
  • Learn how the California STEP grant can provide funds to grow your exports
  • Discover how to take the worry out of international payments
  • Be able to sign up for free international business consulting

No matter the size of your business, you will make useful connections and gain actionable understanding on how your business can succeed and even thrive in a  changing world.

This networking and educational event brings together international businesses and industry experts. Enjoy a hosted reception, network and make connections to seize opportunities and overcome challenges in today’s global marketplace.  Space is limited – register today!

Our Speakers:

Bud Colligan
Senior Advisor for International Affairs and Trade, GO-Biz

Bud will outline GO-Biz's strategy to enhance California's global competitiveness in exporting, importing and Foreign Direct Investment.

Bud has a long career in international business, economic development, and tech management. He was previously co-Founder and co-Chairman of the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership from 2014 to 2019. He was a partner at Accel Partners from 1998 to 2015 and Chief Executive Officer at Macromedia from 1989 to 1997. He held multiple positions at Apple from 1983 to 1988, including International Product Manager-Macintosh.

David Stepp
Partner, Crowell & Moring Los Angeles,

David Stepp is an experienced trade lawyer who provides multinational companies with strategic advice on global customs and international trade compliance matters. David is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Crowell & Moring.

His practice focuses on advising companies on their e-commerce strategies globally, conducting global customs and international trade audits, and assisting clients on improving, benchmarking, and coordinating compliance programs across borders.

David has over 30 years of experience handling international trade regulatory matters, including those related to tariff classification, valuation, country of origin marking, free trade agreements, and Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT).

He also has experience in advising on trade remedies and coordinating government investigations, including FCPA matters.

Prior to joining the firm, David lived in Singapore and led regulatory initiatives across Asia, as well as advised clients on U.S. customs practices and procedures.

David is a veteran of the Trade Ward, and will help you understand the implications of the current global trade landscape an outline strategies to navigate these uncertain times.