TAMPA (May 16, 2016) – The Florida SBDC at University of South Florida, in partnership with U.S. Commercial Service and the International Trade Administration, is hosting keynote speaker Diane Farrell, at the Selling to Asia luncheon, Thursday, June 2, 2016, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Farrell is the Global Markets Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia.
Farrell will be speaking on the benefits of the Trans- Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP will make it easier for American entrepreneurs and small business owners to sell Made-In-America products abroad by eliminating more than 18,000 taxes & other trade barriers on American products across the 11 other countries.
This lunch and learn, hosted at the Florida SBDC at USF office in the Port Tampa Bay Building, will provide entrepreneurs with the necessary tools to sell to this region, information on trade agreements, and strategies on how to protect their competitive advantage.
- 11:30 am – Opening remarks
- 11:45 -12:15 pm – Diane Farrell, Global Markets Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia
- 12:30 pm – Q & A
- 12:45 pm – Closing remarks.
Prior to her joining the U.S. Department of Commerce as the Global Markets Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia, Farrell was Executive Vice President at the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) with responsibility for policy and government relations.
Before joining USIBC, Farrell served on the Board of Directors of the Export Import Bank of the United States (U.S. EXIM). She was responsible for voting on transactions in excess of $10 million as well as addressing significant policy matters including environmental criteria. Her portfolio responsibilities included small business, India, Southeast Asia, and portions of Latin America. In addition, she was named a member of the White House Business Council to promote U.S. exports.
Farrell began her public service career as First Selectwoman (mayor) of Westport, Connecticut. Recognized as a regional leader, she was selected as a member of the National League of Cities Transportation and Infrastructure Steering and Policy Committee, which helped set policy goals for transportation and infrastructure initiatives in support of cities and towns across the United States.
Lunch will be provided. Cost is $30 and pre-registration is required. Register online. Find additional information online at SBDCTampaBay.com/training-calendar.