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September 2013
Secretary Penny Pritzker

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to Lead Business Development Mission in Mexico

This business development mission will promote U.S. exports to Mexico by helping export-ready U.S. companies launch or increase their business in a number of key industry sectors.

Mexico is the United States’ second-largest export market and third-largest trading partner. Twenty-two states in America depend on Mexico as the first or second destination for exports, and more than $1.25 billion in goods and services are traded between the U.S. and Mexico every day, supporting millions of jobs in both countries.

The deadline for all applications is September 13, 2013.

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U.S. Exports

U.S. Exports Reach $189.4 Billion in July

U.S. exports hit the second-highest monthly level on record in July, dropping slightly to $189.4 billion, from an all-time monthly record of $190.5 billion in June. Record export levels were achieved in services and petroleum products. Exports through the first seven months of 2013 totaled $1.3 trillion, keeping the United States on track for another record-setting year.

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Exporting Assessment

Export Readiness Assessment Tools

There are various resources that allow you to assess your company’s readiness to export. These tools help you to understand what constitutes export readiness for a firm, and how your company can move toward that goal.

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Discover 2013

Discover What’s Next for Your Business at the Discover Forum

There are plenty of questions for a small business looking to start exporting. What markets are best suited for your company’s products? How can you compete with larger companies? How can you get paid for your products? What kind of research do you need to do to begin exporting?

Luckily, you can get answers to all these questions and more at the 2013 Discover Global Forum in Raleigh, NC, Sept. 16-18.

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SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit

SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit: America is Open for Business

Pre-registration is open for the SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit in Washington, DC on October 31 and November 1. To pre-register, please go to

The two-day SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit will connect international and domestic investors and firms with economic development organizations from across the United States, in an effort to promote investment and job creation.

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MSF Global Solutions

MBDA Grows Businesses through Exports – MBDA Helps MSF Global Solutions Grow Beyond Hurricane Katrina

Life in the Big Easy has improved greatly for Marseyas S. Fernandez. His integrated digital solutions company, MSF Global Solutions, survived Hurricane Katrina and is rapidly growing to move beyond a regional focus to a global one.

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Take Active Steps to Become More Global  Step 2: Start Locally.

Take Active Steps to Become More Global

Most companies recognize the benefit of having leaders with international experience, but few offer the developmental opportunities to gain it. It’s up to you to take responsibility for improving your cross-cultural chops.

Step 1: Strengthen relationships. 

Step 2: Start locally. Social media has opened up new opportunities to connect from home. LinkedIn’s network statistics function, for instance, shows you the geographic reach of your network and where it’s growing fastest. Reach out to people in regions you want to learn more about.

Stay tuned next month for step 3.

Adapted Harvard Business Review Management Tip of the Day: Take Active Steps to Become More Global

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