The intention of the E3 conferences is to put the power of global expansion into every entrepreneur’s hands through simplification and relationships.  Topics will include preparing your business to expand into new markets, understanding international trade policy, developing market opportunities, legal and tax implications of international business, growth industries in specific regions, etc.

29 JUNE, 2017


  9:00 AM   Registration, Coffee and Networking

  9:30 AM   Opening Sessions and Welcome

Brett Bruen, President, Global Situation Room, Inc.
Leo McAdams, Divisional Manager - Sales & Partnering, Enterprise Ireland

   9:45 AM   Laying the Landscape of Business in the United States
                    Presented by: Dr Frank Levene, Avitus Group

10:15 AM   Panel Discussion: Strategies for Firms Looking to Grow in US Markets, from Entrepreneurs Who Have Succeeded on Both Sides of the Atlantic

  • MODERATOR: Patricia O'Callaghan, RTE
  • Evan Rudowski, Atlantic Leap
  • Philip Noone, Manging Director, Aalto Bio Reagents
  • Brian Keegan, Managing Director, 360 Group

      11:00 AM   Presentations on U.S Markets

      State of Minnesota:
      Nearly 720 foreign companies, employing nearly 101,000 people. 
      Manufacturing is the backbone of Minnesota’s economy. 
      Ranked in the top five sates for clean technology and renewable energy.
      Minnesota ranks 2nd in the nation for the quality of our transportation infrastructure.
      Minnesota is home to 17 companies on the Fortune 500 list.
      State of Georgia:
      Leads in Workforce, Global Access and Infrastructure
      Home to #1 workforce training program, #1 industrial engineering program and #2 industrial engineering program in the U.S.
      Fastest Growing Port on the East Coast
      World’s busiest and most efficient airport
      Thriving business environment meets an unmatched quality of life
      Representation in 11 strategic markets around the world

      11:25 PM  SelectUSA Purpose and Outcomes
                         Presented by Conor Kenny, SelectUSA, U.S. Department of Commerce

      11:40 Presentations on U.S Markets

      City of Kansas City:
      Heart of the United States
      The ONLY Smart City in North America
      Ranked #1 in the U.S. for Foreign Trade Zone Space
      Ranked as 1 of the top 5 entrepreneurial ecosystems in the world
      Highly educated workforce
      Cost of living 2.5% below national average
      State of Mississippi
      Only state home to both Nissan and Toyota OEM facilities
      MS Works: $50 million training dollars to meet company needs
      Top Ten state for competitive labor rate in the United States
      Ranked in the Top Ten for percentage of state’s workforce employed in manufacturing
      Most affordable cost of living in the United States
      Deal of the Year 2016 Business Facilities Magazine: Continental Tire $1.45 billion & 2,500 jobs

      12:00 PM  Networking Lunch

      Sit down for an in-depth chat with senior trade officials from dozens of US cities and states, along with trade experts, and policymakers.

         1:00 PM   Suzanne Lynch, Washington Correspondent, Irish Times: Tax, Trade and What to Expect from the Trump Administration -- Perspectives from Washington

         1:30 PM   Want your first/next international venture to succeed? Better check your 'tudes!
                          Presented by Richard Ettenson, Thunderbird School of Global Management

      New thinking and a new assessment tool reveals potential traps and gaps within your team and company that can make the difference between failure and success in overseas markets.

      HBR Article: Does your company have what it takes to go global?

         2:15 PM   Afternoon Coffee and Networking Break

      Meet with senior trade officials from dozens of US cities and states, along with trade experts, and policymakers.

        2:45 PM    Panel: Policy Shifts, and what Irish Businesses Need to Know

      • MODERATOR: Sean Whelan, RTE Economics Correspondent
      • Joe Tynan, International Tax Partner, PwC
      • Mary Daniels, World Trade Centre Dublin

         3:30 PM   Paul Byrne, CEO & President, Successes and Pitfalls of Growth Throughout U.S. Markets

      Hear from one of Ireland's most successful entrepreneurs to have expanded into 5 major U.S. markets as he shares his experiences, successes and challenges.  Learn about the importance of understanding the differences in market conditions, resources, habits and cultures of various parts of the U.S.

      4:00 PM    Closing Remarks