2024 SEUS-CP Business Forum

August 4th - 6th, 2024 | Biloxi, Mississippi

The Southeastern United States – Canadian Provinces (SEUS-CP) alliance was established in 2007 to formally advance a common interest in enhancing economic ties between the two regions. The alliance is a strategic trade and investment-focused partnership between six southeastern states and six provinces.

Delegations from each jurisdiction of the alliance meet annually for a business-to-business business forum, alternating between host sites in the two countries. Mississippi is proud to be hosting the 2024 SEUS-CP from August 4 – 6.  Delegations, led by State Governors, Provincial Premiers or their designees, comprise business and industry leaders from a wide array of business sectors. The first SEUS-CP was held in 2008 in Savannah, Georgia, with the 2024 SEUS-CP taking place in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Member States

Member Provinces

Alabama Ontario
Georgia Quebec
Mississippi New Brunswick
North Carolina Nova Scotia
South Carolina Newfoundland and Labrador
Tennessee Prince Edward Island

Why Attend SEUS-CP?

The SEUS-CP alliance meets annually for a business-to-business business forum.  The goal is to present clear opportunities for enhanced commercial exchanges, two-way trade and investment, and knowledge sharing between and among member states and provinces.  As the global economic landscape continues to shift, the value of partnerships and collaboration continues to grow.  During these times, it is important for jurisdictions to come together and form mutually beneficial relationships that advance opportunities for success and growth. The SEUS-CP alliance trading relationship amounts to an estimated $58 billion annually.

The participants will have the opportunity to meet with potential partners across the alliance to build relationships, expand markets and develop supply chain opportunities. Take advantage of:

  • Access to high level decision-makers in a small, intimate environment
  • Curated One-On-One meetings with potential buyers and partners
  • Attendance at panel discussions to acquire knowledge of industry trends and fresh insights
  • High quality networking opportunities to meet with business and government decision makers over two days at meals, a gala dinner, and receptions

Registration Fee Per Person: $350.00 USD

(Includes: Meals, Networking Receptions, Panel Discussions, and Scheduled One-on-One B2B Meetings)


Who Should Attend SEUS-CP?

Procurement managers from organizations in the ocean technology and advanced manufacturing sectors will attend SEUS-CP seeking new suppliers. Small and medium-sized manufacturers, distributors, technology and professional service providers should attend the business forum and take part in the robust B2B matchmaking program to meet directly with potential partners and procurement managers.

  • C-level Executives and Decision-makers
  • Researchers
  • VP of International Business Development/Marketing
  • Finance Specialists
  • Technology Specialists
  • Project Developers

Business-to-Business Meetings and Procurement Focus

Providing strategic procurement and partnership opportunities for small businesses is a hallmark of the SEUS-CP Alliance. The 2024 business forum will feature a robust B2B program, facilitated by Market Access International, Inc. This is an opportunity for small to medium sized businesses to engage in high quality meetings with chief procurement officials from globally recognized companies that are seeking new suppliers of goods, services, and innovative technologies. Register for B2B appointments to meet directly with these anchor companies during SEUS-CP.  Meet also with potential partners from across the Alliance through our B2B program and take your business to the next level.


Confirmed Anchor Organizations


Ingalls Shipbuilding a Division of HII

Mississippi Polymer Institute at The University of Southern Mississippi (MS)

Mississippi Power a Southern Company

Mullen Automotive, Inc.

Port of Pascagoula

Skydweller Aero Inc.

The Coca Cola Company

Click Here to access Anchor Organizations’ profiles and procurement needs as well as other B2B participating company profiles and objectives. We advise participants to regularly check this section as new procurement needs are posted and to review additional profiles as firms register.


Key Industries

The 2024 SEUS-CP features two key industry sectors with some overlapping features:

Advanced Manufacturing

  • Aerospace
  • Electric Vehicle Technologies and Components

Blue Economy/Ocean-Related Industries

  • Shipbuilding, UAVs, Smart Ports
  • Energy
  • Innovative Materials
  • Innovative Technologies & Data Analytics
  • Fisheries & Aquaculture

Agenda & Panel Descriptions

The SEUSCP Business Forum agenda highlights several areas for collaboration and provides opportunities for networking, learning and business development.


This year’s business forum focuses on Advanced Manufacturing and the Blue Economy, which includes a range of ocean technologies and related industries, from shipbuilding to sea-space systems and ocean sensors to energy efficient materials, that address the sustainable use of ocean resources. Both Advanced Manufacturing and Blue Economy industries form a significant part of SEUSCP economies, providing the basis for economic growth, improved livelihoods, and jobs.


Key topics for this year’s business forum include Artificial Intelligence in the Blue Economy, Advanced Manufacturing, and meeting today’s labor market requirements.


Panel Descriptions

Advanced Manufacturing

Ocean Technology & The Blue Economy

Workforce Development

Changing Landscape of Ports

August 4th

 10:00 am-7:00 pm

Registration Open

  Beau Rivage | Magnolia Foyer | Registration Desk
 11:00 am-5:00 pm

Business-to-Business Appointments

  Azalea Room | Beau Rivage
 5:30-7:00 pm

Opening Reception

  Beau Rivage | Magnolia Ballroom | Magnolia Foyer
 7:00 pm-12:00 am

Dinner on Your Own

August 5th

 7:00 am-8:00 pm

Mississippi Welcome Table Open

 7:00 am-4:00 pm

Registration Open (Beau Rivage | Magnolia Foyer| Registration Desk)

 7:15-8:15 am

Networking Breakfast

  Beau Rivage | Magnolia Foyer
 8:30-10:00 am

Opening Ceremony

 10:00-10:30 am

Networking Break

  Beau Rivage | Magnolia Foyer
 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Business-to-Business Appointments

  Azalea Room | Beau Rivage
 10:30-11:45 am

Business Panel 1, Advanced Manufacturing: Leveraging New Technologies for Transportation

  Magnolia E / F / G / H
 12:00-1:30 pm

Luncheon with Fireside Chat with 2024 Head of Delegations

  Beau Rivage | Camellia Ballroom
 1:45-5:00 pm

Business-to-Business Appointments

  Azalea Room | Beau Rivage
 1:45-3:00 pm

Business Panel 2 - Ocean Technology Industries and The Blue Economy: Growth through Sustainable Technologies and Practices

  Beau Rivage | Magnolia E / F / G / H
 3:00-3:30 pm

Networking Break

  Beau Rivage | Magnolia Foyer
 3:30-5:00 pm

Business Panel 3, Workforce Development: Meeting Current and Future Demand

  Beau Rivage | Magnolia E / F / G / H
 6:00-6:45 pm

Reception Beau Rivage | Magnolia Foyer

 7:00-8:30 pm

Delegation Dinner

  Beau Rivage | Magnolia Ballroom
 8:30-11:00 pm

Delegation Late Night Reception

  Ground Zero Blues Club in Biloxi

August 6th

 8:30-9:45 am

Closing Networking Breakfast - Presented by New Brunswick, 2025 SEUS-CP Host

  Beau Rivage | Camellia Ballroom
 10:00-11:30 am

Business Panel 4 - Changing Landscape of Ports: Re-imagining the Future

  Beau Rivage | Magnolia E / F / G / H
 10:00 am-12:30 pm

Business-to-Business Appointments

  Azalea Room | Beau Rivage
 11:30-12:30 pm

Luncheon - Boxed Lunches To Go

B2B Participant Profiles & Objectives