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Please join the U.S. Department of Commerce in partnership with the Connecticut District Export Council for our special topic conference call series. This series of conference calls will run throughout the Spring 2020.

Registration for this series is FREE. Please register using the link below, you only have to register once as the conference call details will be identical for every topic. Please check this web page frequently for update.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 (1pm-2pm Eastern)

Force Majeure both for Contracts/Suppliers, Cancellation of Trade Shows

Robinson& Cole LLP partners Jeff White and Taylor Shea will discuss the impact that coronavirus is having or may have on commercial transactions, including  in the supply chain.  They will discuss some of the basics surrounding “force majeure” clauses and how companies can plan for and react to the current health emergency.

Thursday, March 19, 2020 (1pm-2pm Eastern)

ThomasNet Survey and How Business are Coping

Thomas, North America’s leading industrial sourcing and marketing platform, surveyed over 1,000 manufacturing companies to understand
coronavirus’ immediate impacts on North American manufacturing. Listen to their results and discussion.

Speaker: Tony Uphoff, CEO, ThomasNet

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 (1pm-2pm Eastern)

SBA Disaster Loan

The SBA will be providing to small businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) Up to $2 Million in Disaster Assistance Loans. Wendell Davis, Regional Administrator, SBA will be explaining the loan programs and how companies can qualify.


Wednesday , March 25, 2020 (11am – 12pm Eastern)

Aerospace/Defense Supply Chain Firms—Evolving Business Practices and Business Development Strategies Amidst COVID-19

Hear from the Midlands Aerospace Alliance and Netherlands Industries for Defense & Security about how COVID-19 has affected their
member firms, strategies European firms have employed to keep business moving forward, and an idea exchange for how transatlantic business relationships can be maintained amidst the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation.


Dr. Andrew Mair, Chief Executive, Midlands Aerospace Alliance

Mr. Peter Huis in ’t Veld, Business Development Manager, Netherlands Industries for Defense & Security (NIDV)

Wednesday , March 25, 2020 (1pm -2pm Eastern)

Cyber Security Concerns While Teleworking

Employees that normally work from their work PC are now using personal equipment and residential internet access.  What are the risks and best way to mitigate.


Andy Sauer, Director of Cybersecurity, Steel Root

Shahryar Shaghaghi, Principal, CohnReznick Advisory

Thursday , March 26, 2020 (1pm -2pm Eastern)

Employment Issues Related to Teleworking

Matthew T. Miklave, Partner, Robinson & Cole LLP will discuss HR issues presented by coronavirus and off sire working along with federal, state and local policies.