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The Census Bureau offers a wide range of training opportunities throughout the year: live webinars, classroom trainings, and eTutorials you can access at any time. Below is our full list of webinars and classroom trainings (PDF Version). We post schedules three months in advance so watch our main training page for updates, or sign up to receive email notices.

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Accessing Block Group Data Using Summary Retrieval File

Description: The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing survey that generates estimates on social, economic, housing, and demographic topics. Data users can access these estimates down to the block group level of geography through the ACS Summary File. This presentation will cover background information about the ACS, an explanation of the ACS Summary File, and a demonstration of accessing block group data using the ACS Summary File.

Format: Webinar

Accessing Census Bureau Statistics 1-Day Course

Description: Explore the more prominent programs and products of the U.S. Census Bureau. You will access and use Census Bureau data through hands-on exercises and instruction using online data tools. This course includes an overview of our following core topics: Introduction to the U.S. Census Bureau, How to Navigate American FactFinder, Understanding Census Geography, Introduction to the American Community Survey and The Economic Census and Other Economic Programs.

Format: Classroom

Accessing Census Bureau Statistics 3-Day Course

Description: Take an in-depth look at U.S. Census Bureau programs and products through hands-on exercises and instruction using DataFerrett, USA Counties, State and County QuickFacts, and American FactFinder online data tools. This course includes an overview of our following core topics:

  • Introduction to the U.S. Census Bureau
  • How to Navigate American FactFinder
  • Using Census Data to Apply for a Grant
  • Understanding Census Geography
  • Accessing and Using 2010 Census Statistics
  • Population Estimates and Projections
  • Government Statistics
  • Accessing Employment Statistics Using “OnTheMap”
  • Introduction to the American Community Survey
  • The Economic Census and Other Economic Programs
  • The Current Population Survey & Survey of Income and Program Participation
  • Customized Searching Through DataFerrett.

Format: Classroom

Accessing Employment Statistics Using "OnTheMap"

Description: Uncover a wealth of information available on U.S. workers in an overview of this online mapping and reporting application. See where they are employed and where they live with companion reports on worker characteristics and optional filtering by age, earnings, or industry groups.

Format: Webinar

Accessing and Using 2010 Census Statistics

Description: Become familiar with population and housing statistics from the 2010 Census, plus various interactive data visualization tools. You will learn how to access related statistics from our Web site as well as get tips on how to use the statistics.

Format: Webinar

Advanced Features of DataFerrett

Description: Gain more knowledge of DataFerrett’s formula, mapping and graphing functions. You will learn how to integrate data from multiple data sets; use advanced spreadsheet functions; create multi-variable recodes using microdata and aggregate data; create multi-instance tabulations averaging across time; create formulas including computational calculations, sums, ranks, and conditions; calculate medians and percentiles on the fly; navigate hierarchical variables; create complex graphs and tables; and add points to a thematic map.

Format: Webinar

The Basics of Export Compliance-Summer Webinar Series: Classifying your Product

Description: Need help classifying your product for exportation? Learn how to use our intuitive Schedule B Search, and gain an understanding of the classification rules.

Format: Webinar /U.S. Census Bureau

The Basics of Export Compliance-Summer Webinar Series: Understanding the Foreign Trade Regulations

Description: Learn the rules and responsibilities for all parties involved in an export transaction. Before you export physical goods from the US you must be aware of your role and the reporting requirements.

Format/Presenter: Webinar/U.S. Census Bureau

The Basics of Export Compliance-Summer Webinar Series: Complying with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations

Description: Find out about the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and the US Munitions List. Understand how to be compliant when exporting military and munition items.

Format/Presenter: Webinar/State Department

The Basics of Export Compliance-Summer Webinar Series: Learn more about the Export Administration Regulations

Description: Gain an understanding of the Export Administration Regulations, Export Control Classification Numbers, and how to file Commerce-controlled exports in the Automated Export System. Learn about the Commerce Control List, Export Control Reform, and the new "600 series," as well as existing compliance activities.

Format/Presenter: Webinar/Bureau of Industry and Security

The Basics of Export Compliance-Summer Webinar Series: Sanctions and Embargoes: What it means to you?

Description: Find out about the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and the US Munitions List. Understand how to be compliant when exporting military and munition items.

Format/Presenter: Webinar/Office of Foreign Assets Control

The Basics of Export Compliance-Summer Webinar Series: Understanding the Foreign Trade Regulations

Description: Learn the rules and responsibilities for all parties involved in an export transaction. Before you export physical goods from the US you must be aware of your role and the reporting requirements.

Format/Presenter: Webinar/U.S. Census Bureau

The Basics of Export Compliance-Summer Webinar Series: Utilizing the Features in the AES

Description: Description: Easily manage your export reporting through AESDirect shipment manager. Learn how to utilize the features in AESDirect to view and track
shipments, which can assist you with internal audits.

Format/Presenter: Webinar/U.S. Census Bureau

The Current Population Survey & Survey of Income and Program Participation

Description: Listen to an overview of the Current Population Survey (CPS) and the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). Attendees will be encouraged to access related data using the Internet, and will learn about the strengths of these two household surveys.

Format: Webinar

The Economic Census and Other Economic Programs

Description: Find out how the Census Bureau measures key information about U.S. business and industry in this overview of the Economic Census and other economic programs. You will learn how to access statistics on the characteristics of business owners, the number of businesses in a given industry, sales, receipts, payroll, and much more using our online data dissemination tool(s). Plus we give you tips in how to use the data.

Format: Webinar

Economic Indicator Webinar Series: Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services (MARTS)

Description: The Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services is the earliest available monthly estimates of broad-based retail trade activity and consumer spending. The survey provides reliable measures of current economic activity that are essential to an objective assessment of the need for, and impact of, a wide range of public policy decisions. 

Format: Webinar

Economic Indicator Webinar Series: Advance Report on Durable Goods Manufacturers’ Shipments, Inventories, and Orders (AdvM3) & Manufacturers’ Shipments, Inventories, and Orders (M3)

Description: The Advance Report on Manufacturing that covers shipments, inventories, orders and unfilled orders for manufacturing of durable goods in the U.S. The Full Report includes any revisions to durables from the Advance Report and the addition of the non-durable portion of U.S. manufacturing.

Format: Webinar

Economic Indicator Webinar Series: Construction Put in Place (VIP)

Description: The Construction Spending series (otherwise known as the Value of Construction Put in Place) provides monthly estimates of the total dollar value of construction work done in the U.S. This includes new residential and nonresidential structures as well as improvements to existing structures.

Format: Webinar

Economic Indicator Webinar Series: Housing Vacancies and Homeownership (HVS)

Description: The Housing Vacancies and Homeownership quarterly release provides data on rental and homeowner vacancy rates and homeownership rates for the United States, regions, states, and for the 75 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas, including estimates of the total housing inventory, characteristics of units available for occupancy, and percent distributions of vacant for-rent and for-sale units for the U.S. and regions.

Format: Webinar

Economic Indicator Webinar Series: Monthly Wholesale Trade (MWTS)

Description: The Monthly Wholesale Trade Survey is conducted to provide data on the sales and inventories of U.S. Merchant Wholesalers, excluding Manufacturers’ Sales Branches and Offices (MSBOs). The survey provides a reliable measure of current economic activity in the wholesale sector that is essential to an objective assessment of the need for and impact of a wide range of public policy decisions.

Format: Webinar

Economic Indicator Webinar Series: New Residential Construction and Sales (NRC & NRS)

Description: The New Residential Construction series provides monthly estimates of the numbers of new privately-owned housing units authorized by permits, started, and completed, as well as the inventories of units authorized but not yet started and units under construction. The New Residential Sales series provides monthly estimates of the numbers of new houses sold and for sale, as well as the median and average prices of new houses sold.

Format: Webinar

Economic Indicator Webinar Series: Quarterly Financial Report - Manufacturing, Mining, Wholesale Trade, and Selected Service Industries (QFRM) & Retail Trade (QFRR)

Description: The Quarterly Financial Report is the sole source of quarterly statistics on the financial results and position of privately and publicly held non-financial corporations in the United States. The program produces statistics on the sales, profits, assets, liabilities, stockholders’ equity, and related financial and operating ratios of corporations in the manufacturing, mining, wholesale trade, information, and professional, scientific and technical services (excluding legal services) sectors.

Format: Webinar

Economic Indicator Webinar Series: Quarterly Services Survey (QSS)

Description: The Quarterly Services Report is the only source of service industry indicator performance providing estimates of revenue for selected service industries, source-of-revenue estimates for a subset of industries, estimates of total operating expenses from tax-exempt firms in industries that have a large not-for-profit component, as well as estimates of inpatient days and discharges for hospital services.

Format: Webinar

Economic Indicator Webinar Series: U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services (FT900)

Description: The U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services report is the official source of comprehensive data on imports and exports of goods and services in the U.S. This includes data for the most recent month and year on goods by a number of dimensions, including commodity classification, partner country, state, and port to name a few.

Format: Webinar

Foreign Trade Regulations Town Hall Webinars

Description: These in-depth webinars provide the information necessary to understand the changes to the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR). Come learn about what has changed in the FTR and how that change will affect you. Best of all, the webinars are free. These webinars will focus on changes in reporting requirements, new fields added to the Automated Export System, changes in definitions, and much more.

Format: Webinar

Go Global Webinar Series: Avoiding and Solving Problems—International Trade Administration

Description: Need help resolving foreign trade barriers or unfair situations in foreign markets?  You can get help directly at the border with Foreign Service Officers of the Commerce, State, and Agriculture Departments. 

If you face persistent trade barrier, the Trade Agreements Compliance Program can quickly pull together teams of experts to work on the problem.  If you suspect unfair foreign competition on a foreign government procurement, the Advocacy Center can weigh in to help level the playing field.

Format: Webinar

Go Global Webinar Series: Documentation and Shipping

Description: Easily manage your export reporting by learning the do's and the don'ts of the Automated Export System. Learn some of the best practices to resolve responses messages and gain a better understanding of shipment manager and template function found in AESDirect.

Format: Webinar

Go Global Webinar Series: Finding Buyers and Making Contacts—Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS)

Description: Learn about services for the export of food or agricultural products. Take advantage of the FAS’s services, which include:

  • Customized export assistance
  • Cost-share export promotion funding
  • Trade show exhibit support
  • Training and trade missions

FAS collaborates with 75 groups in the industry, manages a toolkit of market development programs, and provides credit guarantee programs.  They also provide unique market intelligence on foreign market opportunities, online databases of foreign buyers, U.S. suppliers, and trade leads.

Format: Webinar

Go Global Webinar Series: Finding Buyers and Making Contacts—US Commercial Service

Description: Ready to meet foreign buyers? The U.S. Commercial Service can help. They have over 1,400+ trade professionals in 109 domestic offices and 128 U.S. Embassies and Consulates to help you connect with high quality foreign buyers through customized trade counseling, business matchmaking, and market intelligence. You can also participate in trade events as a cost-effective, high-impact way to find new customers. Events include trade missions accompanied by foreign buyer delegations and major foreign trade shows.

Format: Webinar

Go Global Webinar Series: Picking Your Market/Trade Research

Description: Find out where your products can excel overseas. The Foreign Trade Division's detailed and timely trade statistics provide you with information to find international markets for your product. Learn about the dynamic international trade tool USA Trade Online, which provides information on over 9,000 export commodities and 18,000 import commodities.

Format: Webinar

Go Global Webinar Series: Preparing Your Business to Export—Small Business Administration (SBA)

Description: Develop an export business plan to expand your business abroad. To help you do this, the SBA and the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) offer customized counseling, technical assistance, and training. This network has expertise in both business counseling and trade.

SBA also offers you a free interactive Export Business Planner. You can customize this document to suit your needs. The Planner helps you identify target markets, understand financial options, and calculate sales forecasts. Together, you and an SBDC counselor can use the Planner to build your Export Business and Marketing Plan.

Format: Webinar

Go Global Webinar Series: Trade Financing—Small Business Administration (SBA) and Export-Import Bank

Description: Are you ready to export? If you answered yes, the U.S. Government can teach you more about financing to get started. Working capital is available under a U.S. government-guaranteed loan program or as a direct loan up $500,000 to help fund any export development activity, including:

  • Translating your product literature or website
  • Participation in a foreign trade show or trade mission
  • Foreign travel to meet potential business partners
  • Funding your export orders

Guaranteed-loans for working capital up to $5 million also are available to fund your export transactions from receiving a purchase order through production to collections.

In addition, up to 20 foreign buyers can be approved for open account terms under a credit insurance policy that will reduce 95% of the risk of non-payment.  Approval can be done in as little as five business days, allowing you to offer more competitive open account terms.

Format: Webinar

Go Global Webinar Series: Trade Financing—Small Business Administration (SBA) and Export-Import Bank

Description: Description: For the established exporter, ongoing support is available through U.S. Government trade financing programs, including:

  • Working capital up to $5 million
  • Ability to establish one line of credit to support both domestic and international sales
  • Funding to expand your production facility due to growing export sales
  • Credit insurance to protect your accounts receivable worldwide
  • Medium-term loan guarantees for your buyers on capital goods

Regardless of your financing need, the U.S. government is dedicated to providing a solution as it strives to encourage the growth of U.S. exports.

Format: Webinar

Go Global Webinar Series: Understanding export regulations - Export Administration Regulations

Description: An essential part of exporting is determining which U.S. export regulation applies to you. While a freight forwarder or delivery service can point you in the right direction, you are ultimately responsible. This is your opportunity to learn directly from the experts. The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) regulates the export and re-export of commodities, software, and technology, commercial and military in nature. Learn more about dual use items, the Commerce Control List and licensing policies.

Format: Webinar

Go Global Webinar Series: Understanding export regulations - Foreign Trade Regulations

Description: Save time and money by learning the rules and responsibilities for all parties involved in an export transaction. You must follow the Foreign Trade Regulations before you export your goods from the US. Learn more to avoid common mistakes by making the right decisions regarding your export shipments from day one.

Format: Webinar

Go Global Webinar Series: Where to Get Started—International Trade Administration (ITA), Trade Promotion Coordination Committee (TPCC)

Description: Gain a solid understanding of exporting and the assistance available, start by visiting Export.gov and reading A Basic Guide to Exporting. Export.gov has resources from across the U.S. Government that help your business grow and develop in an international market. A Basic Guide to Exporting is a manual filled with information of how to export. For more than 70 years, businesses have turned to the Guide for answers to how to establish and grow overseas markets.

Format: Webinar

Governments Statistics

Description: Taxes, government spending, public employee pensions...these topics consistently make headlines. Data on these topics are available from the Census Bureau's Census of Governments and its related surveys. This webinar will provide an overview of these programs and the data released including government organization, public employment, and government finance. Attend the webinar to learn more about the Census Bureau's statistics on governments.

Format: Webinar

How to Navigate American FactFinder

Description: Gain experience in using the American FactFinder data access tool. Learn how to use the search and navigation features to access some of the Census Bureau's programs, datasets and topics.

Format: Webinar

Introduction to the American Community Survey

Description: Discover the detailed social, economic and housing statistics that the American Community Survey (ACS) provides for every community every year. You will learn about basics of the yearly estimates and datasets produced from the ACS, resources available on our Web site (census.gov/acs), and how to access our statistical products via American FactFinder.

Format: Webinar

Introduction to DataFerrett

Description: Attend this introduction to DataFerrett– an analytical and visualization tool that searches and retrieves data across federal datasets, and creates complex tabulations, business graphics and thematic maps. This webinar will demonstrate how to browse (search & discover) the datasets accessible via TheDataWeb; select variables from datasets; create new variables from existing ones (recode); produce customized analyses using tables, graphs, and maps, save your analysis, and more!

Format: Webinar

Introduction to the U.S. Census Bureau

Description: Learn about the range of tools and features on census.gov that provide quick and easy access to information about people, businesses, geographies and households.

Format: Webinar

Population Estimates and Projections

Description: Explore the U.S. Census Bureau’s population and housing estimates and projections at the national, state and county levels of geography. You will survey what data are available, how they are produced, when they are released, and how to accessed them on the Web.

Format: Webinar

Understanding Census Geography

Description: Understand geographic areas, terms, concepts, products and mapping tools that are associated with Census Bureau statistics.

Format: Webinar

Using Census Bureau Data Tools

Description: Learn about the range of data tools the Census Bureau makes available and their features on the census.gov site. You will learn which data and geographies they can access and extract from the various tools.

Format: Webinar

Using Census Data to Apply for a Grant

Description: Practice accessing statistics from the decennial census, the American Community Survey and economic information from American FactFinder in order to complete a grant scenario.

Format: Webinar



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