Thursday, January 14, 2021 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST
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John Galles 
Carolina World Trade Association (CWTA) 





Certified Global Business Professional Certified Global Business Professional

Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP)


  • Wed., Jan. 20, 2021 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Wed., Jan. 27, 2021 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Wed., Feb. 3, 2021 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Wed., Feb. 10, 2021 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.


The Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) credential confirms knowledge in international trade and assures that you are able to professionally practice global business in today’s competitive environment.

CWTA has partnered with the NC SBTDC and the SC SBDC to offer its members a series of NASBITE-accredited preparatory workshops—an Export Bootcamp—to prepare for the CGBP exam or just to help your business become more competitive and profitable in today’s global marketplace.

The upcoming Export Bootcamp is a series of four virtual workshops designed to prepare you for the CGBP exam. For a nominal fee of $225, a team of CGBPs will guide you through engaging and interactive workshops focused on global business management, global marketing, supply chain management, and trade finance.





NEW!!!  CWTA Jeweled Lapel Pins 

Don’t miss your opportunity to purchase the new CWTA Jeweled Lapel Pin, engraved on gold-tone metal with a magnetic fastener (no holes in clothing) and featuring a crystal jewel representing the greater Charlotte region. Look for the CWTA Jeweled Lapel Pin on your Registration Form!




Carolina World Trade Association

Founded in 1964, CWTA is a chapter of the North Carolina World Trade Association (NCWTA), which promotes growth of trade between North Carolina and the world by providing education and networking opportunities for our global ecosystem.

As a business-driven non-profit organization, CWTA’s mission is to promote, foster and encourage international commerce success and expanding economic growth in the Carolinas region. We do this by:

  • Advocating the interests of businesses engaged in international trade on local, regional, state and federal levels;
  • Educating businesses and their employees to the issues, policies, and practices within international trade;
  • Promoting opportunities for expanding inbound and outbound international commerce; and
  • Celebrating the successes of international trade in the region.





















CWTA Three SBA Financing

Programs for Exporters

& PPP Loans Update

Most U.S. banks view loans for exporters as risky. This makes it harder to get loans for things like day-to-day operations, advance orders with suppliers, and refinancing existing debts. The SBA offers three financing programs for export loans and has an update on PPP loans as well. Come learn more at our CWTA webinar!

         SBA Export Assistance

We are so pleased that our speaker Dan Holt has recovered from the coronavirus and is feeling much better!  If you have already registered for this webinar, you are still registered!

SBA Export Assistance Video CWTA Three SBA Financing Programs for Exporters & PPP Loans Update

The Carolina World Trade Association (CWTA) is pleased to invite you to a program this Thursday, January 14, 2021 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM via ZOOM featuring three SBA financing programs for businesses that expect to begin exporting or are already exporting as well as a PPP Loans update.

Most U.S. banks view loans for exporters as risky. This makes it harder to get loans for things like day-to-day operations, advance orders with suppliers, and refinancing existing debts. That’s why the SBA created programs to provide lenders with up to a 90 percent guaranty on export loans. This webinar will present the most updated information on the SBA’s Export Express Loan, Export Working Capital Loan and International Trade Loan program. We will also address some of the particulars of the second round of PPP loans--eligibility and terms.

              SBA Export Assistance

Export Express loans can be used for any businesses purposes that will enhance a company’s export development, such as working capital, inventory or equipment purchases to expand operations.

Export Working Capital Program (EWCP) loans give greater flexibility in negotiating export payment terms. These loans are often used for: financing suppliers or inventory, working capital, or financing stand-by letters of credit or down payment guarantees.

International Trade Loans can be used for fixed assets and working capital for businesses that plan to start or continue exporting. The funds can be used to acquire, construct or renovate facilities and equipment used to produce goods and services involved in international trade.

Is your business already in the global market or planning to enter it? Learn more about SBA loans at this CWTA webinar!

SBA Export Business Planner

The SBA also has a downloadable Export Business Planner that will help you: SBA Export Business Planner

  • Determine your export readiness.
  • Provide worksheets for global market research.
  • Explore financing information and options.
  • Get customizable Export Business Plan and Marketing Plan templates.
  • Find helpful resources and more.

Click here to download your SBA Export Business Planner.

Daniel W. Holt, International Finance Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration

Dan Holt was born and spent his early life in Wilmington, North Carolina. Dan received his B A. degree from The Citadel in Charleston, S.C. After serving as an officer in the US Army Corp of Engineers in Europe, Dan returned to civilian life and managed a major retail operation. After a second stint in the military Dan became employed in financial services and banking.

Dan joined the Small Business Administration in the early 1980s as part of the Disaster Farm Loan servicing operation. Dan was promoted to the Commercial Loan Division and became the Senior Lender for the North Carolina District Office.

In the late ’90s, the SBA realized the need for small business to have access to capital to be able to compete in the global markets.

Dan was selected for the position of International Finance Specialist for North and South Carolina and has worked for the past several years as a partner with the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service and the Export-Import Bank to expand the potential of small business in the Carolinas.

Contact Dan at the SBA’s Office of International Trade in Charlotte, NC at 704-333-2130 directly or 704-763-7667 cell or Daniel.Holt@sba.gov.