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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Small Business Roundtable Briefing

In collaboration with the Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Trade Relations cordially invites you to a small business roundtable briefing on October 26th, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Topics covered will include a variety of information, such as:

  • CBP's role in Trade imports and exports - Automation and Partnership
  • What small business owners need to know and what they should avoid when importing into the U.S.
  • The role of the Broker in imports and exports, and how they can help.
  • Resources available to the small and medium businesses (SBREFA, SBA Programs and DHS/CBP Contract Opportunities)
  • Delve into the nuances of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA).


  • Valarie M. Neuhart (Deputy Executive Director of U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

    Valarie M. Neuhart

    Deputy Executive Director of U.S. Customs and Border Protection


    Valarie M. Neuhart is the Deputy Executive Director for the Office of Trade Relations, in support of the Office of the Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). She supports coordinating outreach efforts to elevate trade and Partner Government Agency (PGA) integration and readiness. Mrs. Neuhart manages the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) and User Fee Advisory Committee (UFAC). She accompanies the Acting Commissioner in Trade Roundtables and other trade engagement efforts in order to provide and receive updates to/from Key Stakeholders. She works proactively with PGAs via the Border Interagency Executive Council (BIEC) framework to achieve coordinated border management and to provide a holistic understanding of the state of the PGA stakeholder base. The office is an executive-led staff level team that provides integrated program management, a comprehensive, rounded picture of the collective CBP activities and initiatives, and outreach via Trade Symposiums, Trade Days, and Small Business events.

    Within CBP’s Office of Trade, Mrs. Neuhart served as the Director of the Interagency Collaboration Division. She was also instrumental in overseeing the development of the Single Window Initiative. Mrs. Neuhart has also served as a Director of the Trade Operations Division in Cargo and Conveyance Security, Office of Field Operations. Her CBP field experience consists of Import Specialist and Import Specialist Team Leader in the Port of Port Huron and the LA/LB Seaport.

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  • Edward Ornelas, Jr. (President & CEO of Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce)

    Edward Ornelas, Jr.

    President & CEO of Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce


    To learn about membership engagement opportunities with the Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce schedule a call with Edward directly at https://calendly.com/edwardornelasjr/meeting

    Connect with Edward on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/edwardornelasjr/

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  • KF

    Kristine Fuentes

    Management and Program Analyst at U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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Briefing Access Pass
Standard Price Complimentary


Venue TBD

Rancho Mirage, California

If you have any questions please contact General Info

Contact Organizer

+1 9094568900

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Small Business Outreach

The Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) mandates that CBP educate small and medium businesses on their compliance regarding importing and exporting into the U.S. This requirement is met by CBP's Office of Trade Relations (OTR), who through various outreach efforts, raises awareness of resources available.

OTR ensures that the trade community and the public understand that trade is an integral part of CBP's mission; making America safer, stronger, more prosperous, and economically competitive. As we continue to focus on economic growth, OTR has partnered with SBA's Office of the National Ombudsman and other small business entities to educate small and medium business owners on trade facilitation and compliance as it relates to importing, exporting and the global supply chain.