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  • 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.

  • Submitted on 31 December 2014

    Created on December 31, 2014

    Guatemala FlagGain a competitive advantage by identifying export opportunities and best prospects in Guatemala’s market.

    Join the U.S. Commercial Service for the “Export Opportunities in Guatemala for U.S. Companies Webinar" on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. This first chapter of the Export Opportunities in Central America Webinar Series will bring you the latest on Guatemala’s growth and the opportunities this offer to U.S. companies in many industries.

  • Submitted on 29 December 2014

    Created on December 29, 2014

    Rio 2016 SignAthletes around the world have already begun their preparations for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

    For U.S. businesses looking to take advantage of export opportunities, preparations should also begin now.

    The good news (for most of us anyway) is that preparations for businesses don’t require any sprints, hours in the pool, or extraordinarily difficult-looking skills on a pommel horse.

    Actually, the best advantage for a U.S. company looking to win in Brazil is help from the International Trade Administration’s Commercial Service. We have teams on the ground in Brazil actively working with U.S. industry to identify opportunities presented by Rio 2016 and overcome challenges to capitalizing on these opportunities.

  • Submitted on 16 December 2014

    Created on December 16, 2014

    Don Aberle has one piece of advice for companies looking to export: Commit to it.

    It may take time, but the marketing manager from Titan Machinery Outlet says that commitment can pay off, and “good things will happen.”

    That’s the theme of a new video from the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration (ITA), which provides tips from successful exporters about how a company can become a global player.

  • Submitted on 09 December 2014

    Created on December 9, 2014

    Free Webinar: U.S. Business Opportunities for 2016 Olympics


    Brazil is experiencing major growth in the Design and Construction sectors. The country has captured global attention as its major cities undergo a construction boom related to the 2014 Soccer World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

    Event Information

    Learn about upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games and procurement opportunities.

    Opportunities in the Design and Construction sectors can be found in areas such as real estate, airports, ports, hospitality, oil and gas, hospitals, etc.

  • Submitted on 03 December 2014

    Created on December 3, 2014

    Exporting Planes, Trucks, ContainersThe Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration works hard to help companies that are ready to export compete and succeed in global markets.

    We want to emphasize that it’s never too early for entrepreneurs to start thinking about exporting – determining financing needs, targeting markets, conducting research, etc.

    As we’ve worked with global startups, we’ve learned it can be difficult for entrepreneurs to connect to existing resources to help them go global. We realize that start-ups differ in their capabilities at various stages of the business development process, but want to help young businesses incorporate export plans into their business model as early as possible.

    One great way to get started is to be a part of ExporTech, which can help your company develop its export plan, then have it vetted by a panel of experts. More than 575 companies have participated in Exportech, with an average sales increase or retention of $770,000.

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