Upcoming Events

October 6, 2017 - November 10, 2017 Fridays from 1:30 - 5:00PM

2017 Global Business Administration (GBA) Program

Due to popular demand, World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara (WTCBN) is excited to bring back our Global Business Administration program this fall. The six week program provides critical knowledge that empowers participants to take their companies global. From beginners interested in exporting or seasoned veterans seeking greater market share abroad, this invaluable program will help local companies increase revenue and mitigate risks.

Registration includes materials, 1 year of WTCBN membership (for non-members), company case study consultation, the option to be paired with a graduate-level intern for project research and Trade Expert accreditation upon course completion.

After completing the program, company participants will know how to identify the “right” foreign markets, and understand foreign entry and expansion strategies, supply chain issues, trade finance, export controls, legal aspects of trade, how to conduct market research, and much more.

Program Sponsors: Erie County Industrial Development Agency, M&T Bank 

Location: TBA based on participants' location, Buffalo, NY

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October 13, 2017 12:00 - 3:30PM

2017 International Trade Finance Seminar - Grow Your International Sales

Join us for a program on International Trade Finance and grow your international sales. Attendees will learn about the financial resources that are available to assist them with international sales growth and transactions. This program will also include a 2018 International Economic Outlook.


Location: TBA, Buffalo, NY

Program Partners: The Erie County Industrial Development Agency, ExIm Bank, The U.S. Department of Commerce and the The U.S. Small Business Association

October 24, 2017 5:30 - 8:30PM

2017 CHINA Town Hall

China's rapid development and Sino-American relations have a direct impact on the lives of just about everyone in the United States. CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections is a national day of programming designed to provide Americans across the United States and beyond the opportunity to discuss issues with leading experts.

The CHINA Town Hall will take place on October 24, 2017 and will feature Ambassador Susan E. Rice as the national webcast speaker.

Speakers: Michael Crowley, Founder & Executive Director, US-China Center for Advanced Technology Venture Creation; Zhiqiang Liu, PhD, Director, UB Confucius Institute; John Manzella, President & CEO, World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara (in-person) and Ambassador Susan E. Rice (via live webcast) with additional speakers TBA.

Location: Buffalo Niagara Marriott, Amherst, NY

Program Partners: The National Committee on U.S. - China Relations, the Erie County Industrial Development Agency, the UB Confucius Institute and the U.S. Department of Commerce Buffalo Export Assistance Center

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October 26, 2017 3:00PM - 7:00PM

UPS XPORT Challenge 2017

Come and listen to small and medium-sized businesses with global aspirations pitch their business plans for an opportunity to win $10,000 in export shipping credit, as well as a World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara one-year membership, and $10,000 toward an advanced customer solution!

Listen to International subject matter experts share their insights.

Take part in the action by casting your vote. The winner of the audience vote will win a $500 export shipping credit.

Enjoy dinner and drinks at Giancarlo's Sicilian Steakhouse while networking after the winners are announced.

You won't want to miss this exciting evening of competition, education, networking and great food!

Seating is limited so RSVP TODAY!

Click here to apply for a chance to win $10,000!

Speakers: John Manzella, President & CEO, World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara and Ulla Bak, President, BAK USA 

Contest Judges: Peter Coleman, Executive Director, Buffalo Niagara Manufacturing Alliance; Jack McGowan, Project Manager, Insyte Consulting and Director, Western New York Venture Association/Buffalo Angels; Patrick Whalen, Director, Niagara Global Tourism Institute with additional judges TBA.

Location: Giancarlo's, Buffalo, NY

Presented by: UPS

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November 15, 2017 5:00 - 7:30PM

2017 WTCBN Annual Meeting & Reception

Join us one year after the U.S. Presidential election as Scott Miller discusses President Trump’s economic and trade policy agenda, and what’s ahead. Also, learn about WTCBN's accomplishments in 2017 and upcoming programs and events planned for 2018.

Keynote Speaker: Scott Miller, Senior Advisor and Scholl Chair in International Business, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Location: 500 Seneca Atrium, Buffalo, NY

Presenting Sponsor: Speed Global Services

Sponsors: Calamar, Columbus McKinnon Corporation, Conax Technologies, Eastman Machine Company, Lumsden McCormick LLP, Rich Products Corporation, The Upstate New York District Export Council and Western New York Foreign Trade Zone

Click here for more details and to register.