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  • Submitted on 06 February 2015

    Created on February 6, 2015
     

    African Diaspora Marketplace III Business Plan CompetitionThe United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Western Union  have launched the third round of the African Diaspora Marketplace business plan competition (ADM III). 

    Successful ADM III applicants will receive a matching grant of up to $50,000 and will have access to technical assistance and other support services. The ADM III website is now live and entrepreneurs are urged to go online and apply for this grant opportunity. In order to accommodate the anticipated volume of applications, the application deadline for the concept proposals is extended to March 7, 2015.

  • Submitted on 05 February 2015

    Created on February 5, 2015
     

    Trade Agreements Will Help Accelerate Economic Growth

    New data that show U.S. businesses exported $2.35 trillion of our goods and services in 2014, hitting a record high for the fifth straight year. U.S. goods exports increased 2.7 percent to a record $1.64 trillion in 2014.Today, the Commerce Department announced new data that show U.S. businesses exported $2.35 trillion of our goods and services in 2014, hitting a record high for the fifth straight year. U.S. goods exports increased 2.7 percent to a record $1.64 trillion in 2014. Records were set in exports of capital goods; consumer goods; petroleum products; foods, feeds, and beverages; and automotive vehicles and parts. Annual services exports hit an all-time high of $710.3 billion, led by record export levels in the travel, transport, charges for the use of intellectual property, and financial services sectors.

  • Submitted on 28 January 2015

    Created on January 28, 2015
     

    Export DataIn his State of the Union address, President Obama said that “21st century businesses, including small businesses, need to sell more American products overseas.  Today, our businesses export more than ever, and exporters tend to pay their workers higher wages…”

    Following on the President’s remarks, we thought it would be valuable to take a quick “data snapshot” of the most recent annual report on exporting companies published by the U.S. Census Bureau. The 2014 report shows that small-and-medium-sized companies continue to contribute a larger share of our exports than in the past. As the below graph shows, in 2013 (the most recent year for which we have data), these companies accounted for approximately 35 percent of total goods export value -- continuing a steady growth trend of the past decade.

  • Submitted on 27 January 2015

    Created on January 27, 2015
     

    Global Connect

    You are cordially invited to attend “The Global Connect: Texas Trade Finance Seminar” on February 20, 2015 at the International Trade Center at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

    This seminar is (1) a must attend event for Texas and Southwest-based businesses, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, interested in entering, growing, and succeeding in global markets; (2) a major networking occasions for financial professionals seeking to expand their client base; (3) a great learning opportunity for students interested in international trade and global businesses; and (4) offered in support of the advancement of U.S. Hispanic and other minority-owned businesses in global markets.

  • Submitted on 26 January 2015

    Created on January 26, 2015
     

    U.S. Commercial Services - Trade Winds - Africa

    Accessing Africa What U.S. Firms Need to Know for Success

    The Doing Business in Sub-Saharan Africa Webinar Series offers convenient access to the most current business outlook and opportunities in 8 dynamic markets.  

    Six webinars, offered from February to April, focus on delivering a market overview and best practices for business success. Hear from experts include U.S. overseas senior diplomats and experienced U.S. exporters.

  • Submitted on 23 January 2015

    Created on January 23, 2015
     

    Look SouthThe San Antonio MBDA Business Center’s specialty is helping minority businesses (MBEs) find exporting opportunities in Latin America. Aligning with White House initiatives such as Look South, the center has assisted numerous MBEs develop international market entry strategies that vary by sector, size, capabilities, targeted countries and regions.

    The MBDA Business Center’s San Antonio Global Pathways Initiative has proven to be a conduit of global opportunities for domestic MBE clients. As a result of this success, some clients have engaged in partnerships with foreign enterprises.

    “One of the tasks associated with the services we offer MBE’s preparing to export is to assist them with business to business relationships,” said Orestes Hubbard, Director of the San Antonio MBDA Business Center. “This service creates a two way opportunity for our client that sometimes serves as a platform to bring foreign direct investment into the U.S.”

  • Submitted on 20 January 2015

    Created on January 20, 2015
     

    Joe Matthews recently completed an internship in the International Trade Administration’s Office for Export Policy, Promotion, and Strategy.

    As yet another polar vortex bears down on much of the United States, we in the trade community can still find some sunshine in the fresh trade data through November 2014.

    Our export numbers are up globally, and some bright spots are appearing for trade with our friends to the south one year after launching the Look South initiative — they include:

  • Submitted on 13 January 2015

    Created on January 13, 2015
     

    World MapThe U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) recently added new events to its website for 2015. USTDA events, like workshops and business briefings, showcase U.S. technologies and services that can help partner countries achieve their development goals.

    Business briefings provide a platform for foreign delegates to present their upcoming procurement needs to U.S. businesses. A hallmark of USTDA-sponsored events is the one-on-one meeting, which allows U.S. companies and overseas project sponsors to discuss specific solutions to development challenges.

  • Submitted on 12 January 2015

    Created on January 12, 2015
     

    SelectUSA InvestmentIn my first year as Secretary, one of my proudest moments was welcoming international investors to the 2013 SelectUSA Investment Summit. Alongside President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, we made it clear that America is “Open for Business.” 

    As 2015 begins, we are moving full speed ahead with registration for the second SelectUSA Investment Summit, which will take place in the DC metro area on March 23-24, 2015. 

  • Submitted on 07 January 2015

    Created on January 7, 2015
     

    Join SelectUSA in Hong Kong at the Asian Financial Forum on January 19-20, 2015.

    The U.S. Commercial Service team in Hong Kong has confirmed a booth at the 8th Asian Financial Forum (AFF) on January 19-20, 2015.

    AFF brings together members of the global financial and business community to discuss developments and trends across markets in Asia. Participating U.S. economic development organizations are invited to join the SelectUSA Booth, where they can meet with potential business partners and investors from around the world.

    Contact Scott Shaw at scott.shaw@trade.gov or Gary Kwan at gary.kwan@trade.gov for more information.

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