It’s World Trade Week, Oregon!

Hear from export experts, at events being throughout the state, to learn how to export your products and services to create jobs and diversify revenue! Learn more at Portland US Export Assistance Center’s website: http://export.gov/oregon/tradeevents/eg_us_or_029983.asp

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U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Issues 8 Millionth Patent

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Issues its 8 Millionth Patent | Department of Commerce.

How cool. See also that it took 75 years for the USPTO to issue its one millionth patent, in 1911; yet just six years to go from number 7 million to today’s milestone.

A shout out to the company who earned this esteemed milestone number: a California company named Second Sight Medical Products, Inc.

US innovation is top dog, and attracts the world’s smartest sorts to our shores.

Welcome to World Trade Week: Spotlight Miami

Miami-area businesses are in for a treat, as a team of area international business pros hosts a series of great events to celebrate World Trade Week. It sounds like the best field trip ever! Visit here to sign up. If I were going, I’d sign up for the cargo and cruise ship terminal tours.

Miami is one of the world’s true global trade hubs, and is full of experts on everything from logistics to banking. Their newspaper, The Miami Herald is regarded for its international business coverage.

For a great perspective from Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, visit the Department of Commerce’s website here. More here: http://www.trade.gov/worldtrademonth/

Exporting your company’s goods and services is the best way to boost your overall revenues and stake claim as leader in your industry.

Welcome to World Trade Week: Spotlight Kansas City

This week, Kansas City’s best and brightest trade pros gather for the city’s annual FUTURALLIA 2011 event, showcasing global trade success stories and tricks of the trade for regional businesses of all sizes. The organizing team’s done a great job of putting a results-oriented, ROI-driven program together.  They mean business (despite the sci-fi name)!  Sign up here.

Theirs is the best promotional idea I’ve seen yet, among all WTW events: airline ticket giveaways to international attendees.  Two lucky visitors from Belgium and Canada will enjoy those juicy KC steaks even more, having flown to KC free courtesy American Air!

For a great perspective from Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, visit the Department of Commerce’s website here. More here: http://www.trade.gov/worldtrademonth/

Exporting your company’s goods and services is the best way to boost your overall revenues and stake claim as leader in your industry.

Welcome to World Trade Week: Spotlight New York City

The World Trade Week celebration in New York City is always top drawer.  If your located in or near there and are seeking answers to questions on how to grow globally, take a look at this calendar of events, sign up, and go. My vote for the most informative, interesting session is “The Venetian Variety – From Tourism to Nanotechnology”, exploring possibilities in and around Venice.

For a great perspective from Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, visit the Department of Commerce’s website here. More here: http://www.trade.gov/worldtrademonth/

Exporting your company’s goods and services is the best way to boost your overall revenues and stake claim as leader in your industry.

Welcome to World Trade Week: Spotlight Oregon

My home state is one of the hot-spots during the upcoming World Trade Week.  A team of international business pros is hosting an impressive round of events, statewide and online.  If you’re in Portland or Eugene, or points between, take advantage of this great lineup. More here: http://www.oregon4biz.com/Grow-Your-Business/Export-assistance/tradeweek/

For a great perspective from Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, visit the Department of Commerce’s website here: http://www.trade.gov/worldtrademonth/

Exporting your company’s goods and services is the best way to boost your overall revenues and stake claim as leader in your industry.

Welcome to World Trade Week: Spotlight San Diego

What makes Cali Baja hum? San Diego’s loaded with export pros, and they’re contributing to the success of this year’s World Trade Week. Southwestern College Center for International Trade Development’s National City campus hosts an info session on “How to Enter into the European Market”. Register to attend here. The speaker lineup includes teams from Baker & McKenzie, a group that’s always worth listening to when it comes to global trade. There will also be representatives from the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency.

At the border, the annual MEXPORT trade show is the area’s best gathering place for all things supply chain. This San Diego event’s a stone’s throw from the Tijuana city limits, so it’s a great chance to mingle with friends from over the fence, too. At last year’s MEXPORT event, I learned a lot about two industries that make our cross-border trade hum: logistics and security services. Sign up here. It’s free to visitors, and they’re running shuttles across the border to simplify parking and transport!

Read more about MEXPORT in a previous post here.

For a great perspective from Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, visit the Department of Commerce’s website here: http://www.trade.gov/worldtrademonth/

Exporting your company’s goods and services is the best way to boost your overall revenues and stake claim as leader in your industry.

U.S. Census Bureau Delivers the Goods

The U.S. Census Bureau released population totals and demographic statistics for all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia … ahead of schedule and well under budget. Under-promise and over-deliver… they think like a sales guy!

Next up, in April, a more thinly sliced data on metropolitan area and regional characteristics, and Native American (Alaskan and Hawaiian, too) areas. Legislative realignment then follows.

The five most populous counties are Los Angeles, Cook (Chicago), Harris (Houston), Maricopa (Phoenix) and San Diego. And the 5 top cities? New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia. (Chicago’s population has shrunk by 7% since 2000, Philadelphia’s leveled out, while others have all grown)

Find fast facts here, and plot your business’ US expansion.

White House Hosts National Export Initiative Event

A fellow member of the San Diego & Imperial District Export Council participated in the July 7 event hosted by President Obama, held to promote our National Export Initiative . Kim Benson is an international business leader based in San Diego and is also appointed to the Industry Trade Advisory Center, a unique private-public partnership that plays a vital advisory role in shaping our nation’s foreign trade policy.

President Obama and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke acknowledged the gathered guests’ contributions to expanding trade, and announced re-launch of the President’s Export Council. As I’ve stated previously on this blog site, this is a commendable and challenging step.

Ms. Benson, who is vice president of Cange International, an international business consultancy observes “a shift in the government taking place now, in terms of the degree of communication among positions and agencies related to trade.” President Obama has also deemed specific members of his cabinet to be Export Promotion Cabinet Members, she notes. “He meets with them regularly and expects cooperation to reach the objectives of the NEI specifically. These efforts will now be supplemented by input provided to President Obama by the President’s Export Council. Having the National Export Initiative clearly set forth is obviously creating unprecedented cooperation among positions and agencies. I see this as something very positive, and I must say that in 20 years I have not seen this level of cooperation.”

The president’s very public and direct pledges since his State of the Union address in January are the best way to hold lenders and government export agencies accountable. Since February of this year, the Department of Commerce has coordinated 18 trade missions with over 160 companies participating in 24 countries. Further, there are eight more trade missions scheduled over the next three months, which can be tracked via Tradeology, the International Trade Administration’s blog. Secretary Locke reminded those gathered in the East Room that in March, the US reached an agreement with China to reopen the Chinese market to pork and pork products. And in June, the US agreed with Russia to reopen the Russian market to US poultry exports. These steps together are worth more than $1 billion. (That’s a start toward reaching $2 trillion in exports in five years, a key goal of the NEI!)

Watch for the Export Promotion Cabinet’s 180-day report to the president, due on September 1.

More About Industry Trade Advisory Center
ITAC is primarily comprised of leaders from small-to-midsized businesses with proven success in global trade. Formed in 1974 and jointly run by the Department of Commerce and the US Trade Representative Office, ITAC ensures that trade negotiators consult with representatives from the private sector during trade negotiations.

Read more about the July 7 White House event here, including a link to a National Export Initiative Progress Report.

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