News from CS Maryland: Maryland Export Day, Business in Africa, & Pride 2021

First Maryland Export Day Celebrated on May 25th with Proclamation From Gov. Hogan

Maryland Export Day Proclamation

The proclamation from Governor Hogan recognizes May 25th as “Maryland Export Day” and acknowledges the strength of Maryland exports, as well as exporting’s critical role for Maryland businesses and the local economy, during World Trade Month. In his remarks, Lt. Governor Rutherford recognized how assistance from the Commercial Service, as well as the Maryland/D.C. District Export Council, enables Maryland businesses to meet their exporting goals, promoting economic growth and job creation. Also represented at the virtual event were Senator Van Hollen and Executive Director of the Port of Baltimore, William Doyle. 

Read more here.

New Assessment and Revenue Management System for Exports to Canada

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Canada Assessment and Revenue Management System Webinar on June 24, 2021 @ 1-2 PM (ET) 

This free webinar on the Canada Border Services Agency’s Assessment and Revenue Management System (CARM) will guide exporters to Canada through the new system being implemented by CBSA in Spring 2022.  

The new CARM system will provide importers with access to their trade information and account balances, direct payment solutions, and other trade tools. Additionally, the new system will be mandatory for U.S. non-resident importers, so this is an excellent opportunity to discover how the new CARM system will work for future use.

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Applications to the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa

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Applications Being Accepted Via Email Until June 25, 2021 @ 5 PM (ET) 

The U.S. Department of Commerce is currently seeking applications for membership on the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA), which advises the President on ways to strengthen commercial engagement between the United States and African countries. Up to 26 executives will be selected from small, medium, and large U.S. companies across a diverse range of industries and economic sectors to serve as Council Members for a two-year term. 

Applications for immediate consideration are due by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on June 25, 2021. After that, the Department of Commerce will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis to fill any vacancies that may arise. Applications should be submitted by email to and applicants can contact Ashley Bubna with any questions.

Pride 2021: Resources for LGBTQ-Owned Businesses


Pride 2021: Get Certified & Grow Internationally webinar on June 29, 2021 @1:00-2:15 PM (ET)

Calling all LGBTQ-owned businesses! This webinar by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) will cover topics such as advancing inclusive economic growth for the LGBTQ community and resources and programs available to support U.S. businesses in their export goals, as well as:

  • the LGBT Business Enterprise Certification Process,
  • the NGLCC Mission of Economic Empowerment,
  • EXIM Export Tools that Reduce Risk.

Featured speakers include Justin Nelson, Co-Founder and President of NGLCC, Chris Van Es, Senior Vice President of Communications and External Engagement at EXIM, and Nicole Woods, Minority and Women-Owned Business Development and Client Care Manager at EXIM.

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E-Commerce Strategies for Export Success

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Helpful webinar taking place July 13, 2021 @ 10:00-11:15 AM (ET)

Is your company looking to go global? Trying to attract international business? Join the U.S. Commercial Service and the Iowa Economic Development Authority to learn about services to help grow your website and your business.

The U.S. Department of Commerce provides numerous services to help drive international traffic to your website, including:

  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO) diagnostic service – designed to help companies acquire more international consumers online;
  • Website Globalization Review (WGR) – technical and strategic assessments of a business’s e-commerce sales channel efforts;
  • Specialized e-Commerce tools.

Attend this webinar to learn how to:

  • Make changes to your website, social media, and online marketplace strategies;
  • Identify and prioritize top markets for your products;
  • Apply website analytics, SEO audits, link building, and best keyword practices;
  • Use the best key performance indicators (KPIs) to understand the effectiveness of your website operations;
  • and take advantage of our WGR.
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