Growing Your Business Globally

Event Information

Central North Florida District Export Council

Port Tampa Bay Boardroom, Tampa, FL

Thurs., May 18, 2023, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm EDT

This in-person seminar is oriented to small businesses interested in learning about the resources available to expand their business internationally through exporting.


9:00 a.m. EDT Welcome and Introductions

  • Chris Leggett, Central Florida International Trade Office Program Manager and CNFL DEC Chair

9:05 a.m. EDT Welcome from Port Tampa Bay

  • Wade Elliott, Port Tampa Bay, Sr. V.P. Marketing & Business Development

9:10 a.m. EDT Keynote and Overview of Exporting

  • Nyamusi Igambi, U.S. Commercial Service, Regional Director, Southern Network

9:30 a.m. EDT Finding the Right Market

  • Selma Canas, Florida SBDC at the University of South Florida, International Trade Specialist

9:45 a.m. EDT International eCommerce

  • John Worthington, IBT Online

10:00 a.m. EDT Panel: Trade from the Trenches

  • Moderator - Ryan Kanne, U.S. Commercial Service, Director North, Central & West Florida
  • Charles Alvarado, Amalie Oil, V. P. of Sales
  • Mary Allen, Savvy Green LLC, Natural Brand Works, Founder

10:30 a.m. EDT Coffee Break – Sponsored by Bay First Financial

10:45 a.m. EDT Export Logistics

  • Monica Terry & Dot Alexander, FEDEX, Sr. International Sales

11:05 a.m. The Financial Side of Exporting

  • Sandro Murtas, U.S. Small Business Administration, Lead Export Finance Manager,
  • Chris Leggett, Central Florida International Trade Office Program Manager and CNFL DEC Chair
  • Ali Gulzari, Gulzari CPA, President

11:45 a.m. EDT Recap of NADEC Annual Export Conference

  • Rachel Hendrix, University of West Florida, Director, International Affairs

12:00 p.m. EDT Lunch and Networking

1:00 p.m. EDT U.S. Commercial Service & Enterprise Florida “Ask the Experts”

  • Sandra Campbell, U.S. Commercial Service, Director Tampa Bay Export Assistance Center
  • Joseph Bell, Enterprise Florida, Director, International Trade & Development

1:30 p.m. EDT Workshop Ends

2:00 - 3:30 p.m. EDT Water Taxi Tour of the Harbor and Port.

  • The tour will board immediately south behind Cruise Terminal 3, which is adjacent to Port Tampa Bay’s headquarters. (Limited to the first 38 registrations)


  • $35

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