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Become a Certified Global

Business Professional

NC Growing Trade with the World:

NCWTA Annual Conference,

April 25-26, 2022

Trade Finance Webinar Series:

March - June 2022

Success Story:

Advanced Superabrasives, Inc.

      ABOUT US      

The SBTDC's International Business Development (IBD) team of Certified Global Business Professionals assist business owners and their managers with trusted advice on global business management, supply chain management, and trade finance.

Our goal is to increase the number of small and mid-sized businesses doing business internationally. We work to improve our client's competitiveness, profitability, and sustained global success.

SBTDC Awards & Recognitions:

  • President's "E" Award
  • President's "E-Star" Award
  • NASBITE's Program of Excellence Award
  • NASBITE's Advancing International Trade Award
  • EXIM Bank City/State Partner of the Year Award

SBTDC Memberships & Affiliations:

  • NC District Export Council
  • NC World Trade Association
  • NASBITE CGBP Accredited Training Program since 2013

Mike Seibert

IBD Director


(919) 600-6097


Owen George

IBD Counselor


(336) 750-8437


Georges Neuenschwander

IBD Counselor


(704) 687-0442


Paige O'Neill

IBD Counselor


(910) 962-0592


Ginny Vaca

IBD Counselor


(919) 515-6041


Become a Certified Global Business Professional

The Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) credential confirms knowledge in international trade and assures that you are able to practice global business on a professional level in today’s competitive environment. Our Online CGBP Program is designed to help individuals working in the field of international business successfully prepare for, and pass the CGBP Exam or re-certify their existing CGBP credential.

Business owners and their managers can also benefit from taking the CGBP Program by learning ways to help their firms become more competitive and profitable.


The registration fee is $499 for the entire 6-module CGBP Program. Individual modules can be purchased separately. Qualified small businesses may be eligible for a $225 EDPNC STEP Grant reimbursement. All the modules run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the dates listed below.

  • Global Business Management: March 30
  • Global Marketing: April 6
  • Supply Chain Management – Documentation: April 13
  • Supply Chain Management – Logistics: April 20
  • Trade Finance: April 27
  • CGBP Exam Review: May 4


Included with your full CGBP Program registration:

  • CGBP Exam Study Guide ($199 value)
  • CGBP Practice Exam ($50 value)
  • Trade Passport on-demand trade training webinars
  • Access to online CGBP session recordings

Click here to view registration options for the CGBP Program. For more information, contact Dr. Mike Seibert.

NC Growing Trade with the World

NCWTA Annual Conference | April 25-26

On February 6, 1964, America’s international trade balance experienced a huge shift when The Beatles’ first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show was viewed by a then-record 73 million viewers and came to be regarded as a cultural watershed that launched American Beatlemania — as well as the wider British Invasion of American pop music. 


That same year, 1964, the North Carolina World Trade Association (NCWTA) was established with the mission of promoting growth of trade between North Carolina and the world by providing education and networking opportunities for our global ecosystem. Over the six decades that followed, NCWTA has played a key role in the growth of North Carolina’s global trade, supporting thousands of jobs and increasing international understanding.


Today, three NCWTA Chapters (RTP, Triad, and Charlotte) promote North Carolina’s global trade by providing education and networking opportunities for our global ecosystem. Members of SBTDC’s IBD team currently serve on the boards of NCWTA and its chapters.

NCWTA will hold its annual conference in Pinehurst, NC on April 25-26, 2022. Highlights of the event include:

  • Monday Evening Reception and Dinner with Keynote Speaker NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall
  • Breakfast with renowned global trade experts
  • Morning conference sessions on trade issues, such as import compliance and export sales development


For more information and to register for the conference, click here.

Trade Finance Webinar Series

March - June 2022

Nothing worries small business owners who are selling their goods to foreign buyers more than the prospect of not getting paid. Learn how to minimize commercial, political, and foreign exchange risks in ways that can help your firm become more competitive and profitable.


Join the U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. Export-Import Bank, NC District Export Council, and SBTDC's International Business Development team for our Trade Finance Webinar Series. Registration is free.


March 23, 2022 | 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

EXIM Export Credit Insurance Options

Register Here


April 13, 2022 | 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

International Costing and Pricing Strategies

Register Here


May 11, 2022 | 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Supply Chain Management – Documentation

Register Here


May 18, 2022 | 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Supply Chain Management – Logistics

Register Here


June 8, 2022 | 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Trade Finance – Methods of Payment

Register Here


June 22, 2022 | 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Trade Finance – Foreign Exchange

Register Here

Success Story

Advanced Superabrasives, Inc.


Advanced Superabrasives, Inc. (ASI) is a manufacturer of extreme-precision diamond and CBN grinding wheels for a variety of industries in Mars Hill. ASI exports its products to more than 20 countries and earned the President’s “E” Award for Exports in 2013.

The company has worked with the SBTDC since 2005, when it turned to its local center for help with international business and employee training. Prior to the pandemic, the SBTDC helped ASI to audit and improve its supply chain, allowing the company to excel internationally in 2021. ASI exported more to Mexico in 2021 than the previous 15 years combined.

The SBTDC is now assisting ASI with creating and marketing a new product line, which will lead to more revenue and job creation.


5 West Hargett Street, Suite 600

Raleigh, NC 27601

(919) 600-5998


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