Community Forums

Over $8.6Bn (and increasing) of the regions annual GDP is derived from export activity. With so many companies already immersed and developing these exports, the IBA is forming Community Export Forums for the purpose of connecting existing and new regional exporters to share experiences, information and ideas.

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Meetings are initially arranged by forum leaders and are encouraged to sustain themselves organically based upon the needs of participants. It is a great opportunity for networking and improving your knowledge of a region or industry sector where you are developing exports.

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Interested in joining one of these forums or creating a new forum?

Should I Export Community Forums

This includes a series of three forums aimed at highlighting key components of the ExportNY Program (click here for events).  If you are interested in exporting but don’t have the time or resources to devote to the 4-month ExportNY Program, you won’t want to miss this community forum series.

  • Company Readiness: assessing management’s commitment to exporting, production capacity for exporting, ability to provide international service commitments, developing an international marketing plan, foreign financing and financial transactions, freight forwarding, etc.
  • Product/Service Readiness: assessing market potential, strength of competition, developing an international customer base, product life cycle, foreign intellectual property concerns, etc.
  • Foreign Market Analysis: determining what geographic area(s) to target, understanding regulatory compliance issues, government assistance, locating and assessing partners/distributors, etc.

Industry Specific Community Forums

These forums are targeted at industry specific vertical markets where regional players can collectively engage each other in expanding their export potential.  Each forum will have a CNYIBA moderator to facilitate conversation among approximately 10 participating regional companies.  A forum volunteer will speak about a relevant topic of interest to launch discussion from the forum.  Once established, these forums are intended to become self-sustaining; without requiring the CNYIBA moderator to consistently attend.

  • Aerospace - Friday, September 26, 2014
    • We are currently seeking regional companies in the broad Aerospace industry sector who would like to join this monthly forum starting in September 2014. The meetings will initially be held in Syracuse, NY.
  • Other Industry Specific Community Forums to follow. Contact us for more information.

Events Community Forums

These forums provide a follow-up venue for participants of a CNYIBA Event (Click here), or those whom were unable to attend, to network and further discuss the event topic.  Each forum will be arranged by an event presenter or a CNYIBA facilitator.  These are intended to continue for a few meetings to allow participants to network and share relevant experiences/best practices outside of the structure of a formal event presentation.

Export Community Forums are open to all CNYIBA current members.

New Forums: please contact us if you would be interested in joining one of the proposed forums or forming a new Community Forum.

Events Calendar