Wednesday, April 15, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM CDT
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Enrique Rubio, Director, International Trade Center 
(312) 433-7656 

Presented by the Illinois SBDC ITC at ICNC.

COVID-19's Impact on Supply Chain in China

Join the Illinois SBDC International Trade Center for a webinar about how the COVID-19 health crisis has impacted the supply chain in China. 



1:00 PM: Enrique Rubio - Welcome/Introductions  

1:10 PM: Kimberly Kirkendall, CPA  

  • Virus impact on travel and work restrictions, government requirements to re-open, and labor shortages 

  • Logistics Today - shipping, airfreight, customs, warehousing 

  • Both China problems and US problems 

  • What companies can do to manage the disruption 

  • How to manage suppliers/distributors more effectively 

  • Get clear answers on inventory/production/delivery status 

  • Exposed weaknesses in your supply chain operations - What can you do?

  • Manage risk of decreased quality, sub-contracting, poor materials 

2:40 PM: Yao Liu 

  • Contractual performance in response to Covid-19

3:00 PM: Wrap Up + Q&A



Kimberly Kirkendall, CPA Bio: 

Kimberly Kirkendall, CPA has been a bridge between the U.S. and China for over 30 years. She began her career in China, moving there in 1986 after graduating from Ohio State University. She lived in China for five years, where she ran two factories and managed the regional office of a U.S. parent company. During that time she developed a deep understanding and love for the country and its people. Professionally she spent the first ten years of her career in operations, manufacturing and supply chain. The second ten years began with her becoming a CPA and starting her own business as a consultant, both as interim executive for some companies (CFO, VP Operations, General Manager) and as an advisor for others. 

Her company, International Resource Development, Inc. improves operations and communication for clients with business in both the U.S. and China. Recent Projects include: Establishing Accounting & HR Systems for a new Chemical Factory, Negotiating and Structuring a Joint Venture, Target Search and Negotiation for an Merger/Acquisition in China, Identifying and Establishing a Distributor Network, Market Analysis & Product / Channel Plan, etc. Some of the company’s clients Include; Lubrizol, Invacare, Swagelok, Curtiss Wright, Worthington Industries, GOJO, Oatey, KT Tape, Bracalente, ChangAn Motors, MES Inc, Vitamix, etc. 

Ms. Kirkendall is a frequent speaker for organizations around the U.S. and China. Her presentations cover broad topics (U.S. Chine’s Trade Relationship) as well as technical topics (China’s Value Added Tax System) she speaks for universities, government and business groups. 

Yao Liu’s Bio: 

Yao Liu is an attorney in Cleveland, Ohio and is admitted to practice law in both Ohio and New York. He counsels clients from U.S., China and worldwide basis. As a bi-lingual and bi-cultural lawyer from China, trained in both the United States and China, Yao has extensive knowledge and experience in establishing and strengthening business relationships for international clients and businesses globally.” You can also find more detailed bio athttps://cavitch.com/attorney/yao-liu/  

The Illinois Small Business Development Center and Illinois Small Business Development Center International Trade Center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, and the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC). Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Please contact the center at (312)433-7656 or (312)433-2373.