Company Leaders, Exporting Experts to Discuss Best Practices in Global Business Perseverance Through COVID Disruption
Rebecca L. Bellinger is executive director of the Center for Global Business, a Center of Excellence at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business that is funded in part by a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education known as CIBER (Center for International Business Education and Research). As head of the department, she oversees the School’s strategic international and government agency partnerships, CIBER grant activities, student global programs both on campus and abroad, internationalization in the curriculum, faculty internationalization programs, and new global initiatives. She co-leads the biennial CIBER Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB) Program in Cuba. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Association of International Business Education and Research and was appointed in 2018 by Secretary Wilbur Ross to serve a four-year term on the Maryland-D.C. District Export Council. She previously served on the Executive Board of the Global Business School Network (GBSN). She holds the NASBITE International credential of Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP).
The pandemic brought international travel to a standstill, but Smith’s Center for Global Business was determined not to slow down.
“We got to work, thinking about what our community needed and new ways to keep connected with the world,” says Rebecca Bellinger, CGB’s executive director. “And we found there was so much we could do.”
Here are three things the center took on:
How can we close the global economic gender gap and support women in the workforce?
During Thursday’s Women Know Global virtual event hosted by the Center for Global Business (CGB) at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, four female business, development and research leaders offered insights on how to position women for success in the global economy.
The Center for Global Business (CGB) hosted the third installment of a new series of webinars by the MAPIT Alliance focused on risk when entering international markets. In the webinar “Evaluating Foreign Business Partners,” experts shared helpful tips and best practices on how to evaluate potential partners for your international operations, including how to manage risk and conduct background checks on companies you are considering doing business with abroad.
The Center for Global Business (CGB) presented the second installment of a new series of webinars by the MAPIT Alliance focused on risk when entering international markets. In the webinar, “Choosing and Entering Foreign Markets,” experts shared helpful tips and best practices about how to make informed, strategic decisions and limit risk when considering expanding businesses internationally. They also provided guidance around the types of information to consider when researching potential markets.
The Center for Global Business (CGB) at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business will feature five Maryland-based exporting firms for their best practices in COVID perseverance, via a “Maryland Business Adapts” roundtable event forthcoming this spring.
The Center for Global Business (CGB) celebrated the global mindset, activities, and research at Maryland Smith via a series of virtual activities during International Education Week (IEW) from November 16-20, 2020. Over 500 members of the school community participated in the activities that took place throughout the week. This nationwide event is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to celebrate international education and exchange.
Even when the global economy came to a halt due to COVID-19, business still carried on. In Maryland, companies found a way to weather the storm and now they are sharing their lessons with others.
This spring, the Center for Global Business (CGB) at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is recognizing companies that persevered through the pandemic with its Maryland Business Adapts 20/21 initiative.
The Center for Global Business (CGB) presented the sixth installment in an ongoing series of webinars by the MAPIT Alliance, “Don’t Be a No-Show: Making the Most of Virtual Trade Shows.” In light of current limitations on travel, this edition provided insights and best practices on how to navigate virtual trade shows and maximize the virtual experience as both an event sponsor and organizer. It also presented resources available from the MAPIT Alliance partners to support companies’ export initiatives.
This summer the Center for Global Business at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business organized the first Global Marketing Virtual Internship program, a program the center plans to make a yearly affair.
Twenty-two Maryland Smith undergraduate students were selected from a pool of over 100 applicants to participate in the cohort-based 10-week program focused on website globalization and digital marketing. The students were placed with Maryland and D.C.-based companies that export their products and services abroad.