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January Global Highlights: New Opportunities for U.S. Businesses

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January 2014
Secretary Penny Pritzker

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker West Africa Energy Mission

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will lead an Energy Business Development Mission to West Africa with stops in Ghana and Nigeria from May 18-23, 2014. This mission will promote U.S. exports to Africa by helping U.S. companies launch or increase their business in the energy sector in West Africa.  It will also help the African region develop and manage energy resources and systems, build out power generation and transmission, and distribution. 

The deadline for all applications is March 14, 2014.

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Look South: Increasing U.S. Trade with Latin America

Look South is part of the Commerce Department’s “Open for Business Agenda,” and supports President Obama’s National Export Initiative by encouraging the expansion of export markets. Minority business enterprises (MBEs) are uniquely positioned to benefit from the Look South effort, which will help them expand to new export markets and generate more revenue.

MBEs are twice as likely to export compared to non-minority firms, more than three times as likely to generate 100 percent of all their sales from exports, and are better able to expand abroad because of linguistic and cultural ties to a region.

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The Logistics of Doing Business in Canada Webinar Series

Register to attend an upcoming webinar series on The Logistics of Doing Business in Canada. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has made doing business in Canada easier, however, many questions still exist.

This webinar series will give you the opportunity to get answers to the most frequently asked questions, as well as answer your specific questions.

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International Growth

Commerce Partnership to Benefit Minority-Owned Exporters

With 95 percent of the world’s consumers outside of the United States, exporting enables businesses to boost their bottom line while building their international competitiveness. For many U.S. firms, international diversification has enabled them to weather changes in the economy much better than if they had been selling only in their backyard.

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