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Connecticut Trade Mission Finds Success in Israel

April 8, 2010

Jim Cramer is the Deputy Senior Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv.  He and his colleagues promote U.S. exports to the Israeli and Palestinian economies, with particular emphasis on small and medium sized American companies.

First full day of the Trade Mission already generates returns

What a day.  We kept Congressman Joe Courtney and the entire delegation running at full speed.  At 8 a.m. sharp, Joe and a handful of Connecticut defense companies went to the Israeli Ministry of Defense for a meeting to promote their products.  Connecticut’s high tech defense sector is a perfect match for Israel’s security needs.

While Joe and the group were busy at the Ministry, our other delegates started their jam-packed Gold Key schedules.  Getting these schedules organized was a lot of work, but we had great help.  Anne Evans, Melissa Grosso and the entire team from the Middletown U.S. Export Assistance Center were fantastic.  The Commercial Service Israel understands how to do business in Israel, and Anne and Melissa know the needs and challenges facing Connecticut’s exporters.  Working together we really arranged some amazing schedules that targeted in on specific client needs.  Great job Anne & Melissa!

Congressman Courtney kept running all day.  Following his morning meeting he was interviewed for a Connecticut radio show and had lunch with 2 of Israel’s top entrepreneurs.  While Connecticut and Israel may both lack natural resources, each makes up for it through smarts and entrepreneurial spirit, so today’s lunch was a perfect fit.  Joe rejoined many of the delegates after lunch for a briefing on opportunities in Israel’s security and medical sectors put on by our partner, the Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute.

All of these activities were great, but what we are really about is returns.  And today we heard that one of the delegates may have made a multi-container sale to an Israeli distributor.  Some final negotiations are going on tomorrow, and I don’t want to jinx it, but I feel great about accomplishing something like this in such a short period.

I followed up with a lot of the delegates during tonight’s fantastic networking event at the Ambassador’s residence.  One delegate whose schedule was managed by our senior specialist Irit van der Veur couldn’t believe how perfectly tailored his meetings were.  Another thanked me over and over again for the help CS Israel had provided, and a third company couldn’t stop complementing the work Christina Azar in our office did for them.  What a team!

Everyone seemed exhausted and exhilarated from what they were able to accomplish during this first day of meetings.  I can’t wait to see them at dinner tonight to hear about the success they’ll find today!

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Connecticut Trade Mission Hits the Ground Running in Israel

April 7, 2010

Jim Cramer is the Deputy Senior Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv.  He and his colleagues promote U.S. exports to the Israeli and Palestinian economies, with particular emphasis on small and medium sized American companies.

Congressman Joe Courtney and his trade delegation arrived to Israel without a hitch today (April 6).  The entire group got together tonight to review their schedules with our commercial specialist staff and to be briefed on the Israeli economy.  For those companies taking advantage of our Gold Key matchmaking service, our office was able to set up over 70 business-to-business meetings.  Many of the companies saw such a demand for their products that they are meeting with 5 – 7 Israeli companies each day for two days.  What a success!

During tonight’s get together our office’s senior commercial officer, Jonathan Heimer, spoke about the opportunities Israel’s fast moving and innovative market provides American companies.  Our good friend Tamar Guy, Executive Director of the Israel-America Chamber of Commerce & Industry also spoke, and with good humor and grace gave the delegation an inside view of Israeli culture.

And luckily, we were all together to celebrate Congressman Courtney’s birthday.  Happy birthday Joe!  As you said, getting such a great delegation together that will bring jobs to Connecticut is one heck of a gift.

Wednesday is going to be a busy day.  Our Gold Key companies begin their b2b schedules and Congressman Courtney will also be shuttling about the Tel Aviv area for meetings with Israeli business and government leaders.  We have a networking event tonight at our Ambassador’s residence; we are keeping everyone busy!

This mission really exemplifies the power of President Obama’s National Export Initiative.  It brings together the resources of the U.S. government and the private sector to find success and profit via exports.  Thanks to the Connecticut District Export Council for their support and Anne Evans of our Middletown U.S. Export Assistance Center for her help.  What a way to bring the NEI to Israel!

Stay up to date on this trade mission via this blog.  If you would like any further information on the Israeli market, the best place to start is our website, www.buyusa.gov/israel.

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The Strategic Partnership Program Working to Increase Exports and Create Jobs

March 15, 2010

Adam Wilczewski is the Director of Strategic Partnerships in the International Trade Administration’s U.S. Commercial Service.

More than three million readers this morning in USA TODAY got hard evidence of the kind of private-public cooperation that will make the difference for the country as exports become a larger share of the economy. At the bottom of the front page, FedEx ran a banner ad calling on the general public to work with them and the U.S. Commercial Service of the International Trade Administration to locate new global business opportunities. The ad was the culmination of a reinvigorated initiative spearheaded by the Strategic Partnership Office to engage the power of private business entities involved in the global economy with the readily available resources of government.

The cooperation between FedEx and U.S. Commercial Service is a prime example of the nuts-and-bolts work the Department of Commerce is doing to make President Obama’s National Export Initiative a success by doubling exports in five years and supporting two million more jobs. FedEx’s newspaper ad in USA Today is the first of many steps the company and ITA will take together in the future, and it serves as example of how other businesses can work with the Strategic Partnership Program to increase exports and create jobs.

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U.S. Postal Service Expands Partnership to Support the National Export Initiative

February 26, 2010

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Adam Wilczewski is the Director of Strategic Partnerships in the International Trade Administration’s U.S. Commercial Service.

We are proud to announce that the U.S. Postal Service has released a statement in support of President Obama’s National Export Initiative.  The U.S. Postal Service has been a valued strategic partner of the U.S. Commercial Service since 2007 and by expanding our partnership, we seek to encourage and support small- and medium-sized businesses interested in establishing or expanding exports of their products to markets worldwide.  Strategic Partnership Manager, Stephanie Smedile, has been working tirelessly with U.S. Postal Service staff to enhance this partnership.  We know that with strong partners like the U.S. Postal Service, we will be able to get America back to work.

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Strategic Partnerships and the National Export Initiative

February 22, 2010

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Adam Wilczewski is the Director of Strategic Partnerships in the International Trade Administration’s U.S. Commercial Service.

Friday afternoon I got a heads-up from one of our Strategic Partnership managers, Bob McEntire, about a news report on an Atlanta television station about Secretary Locke’s visit to the UPS operations center in Doraville, Georgia.  In addition to a synopsis of the visit, the report embodies the Administration’s push to promote its National Export Initiative and the benefits of the work we can do with our public-private partners.  It’s good to see the private sector working progressively with the Department of Commerce to help increase exports and to create more jobs.

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A Blue Print for Export-Driven Jobs Growth

February 4, 2010

Mary Trupo is the International Trade Administration’s Director of the Office of Public Affairs.

The National Press Club is abuzz with excitement as Secretary Gary Locke prepares to roll out the National Export Initiative (NEI), unveiled during President Obama’s State of the Union Address.  During last week’s speech, the president announced a goal of doubling exports over the next five years to support 2 million jobs in America. The NEI, the first of its kind, represents a government-wide export-promotion strategy in the U.S. with focused attention from the president and his cabinet.

As I sit here in the throng of reporters, members of Congress and invited guests, I am struck by how much work, collaboration and passion has gone into creating this historic initiative. Much more work is ahead as we promote and engage American businesses to take advantage of the expanded programs that the Secretary just announced.

I am excited to be part of this moment and know that through the efforts of the talented and dedicated global staff within ITA, we will reach the goal of increasing exports and assisting more U.S. companies who are either new to exporting or export ready, to expand into new markets.

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State of the Union Spotlights Importance of Export Promotion

January 28, 2010

Michelle O’Neil is the Acting Under Secretary of the International Trade Administration.

We have always known the importance of exports to the American economy here at the International Trade Administration and we are thrilled that President Obama recognized exports and the National Export Initiative in yesterday’s State of the Union Address.

If we needed any more confirmation of the importance of our role at ITA, we heard it last night.  One of the pillars of the new foundation of economic growth rests on exporting more American goods and services – a message the nation heard loud and clear directly from President Obama.

There is no time for us to waste and no reason for the country to have to wait to see the results of the challenge the President laid at our feet:  To double exports by the end of the next five years and support new jobs in America.

The President mentioned just about everything that we do here at ITA – but now we are going to step it up a notch to help create the two million jobs that doubling exports will generate.

We must help more farmers and small businesses expand their exports; seek new markets for American products; continue to pursue free trade agreements and find ways to enforce them; continue to push for concluding the Doha round; expand our trading relationships with Asia and other key trading partners; and, above all, work together.

In doing our jobs and doing them well, we will have confirmed the faith the President has in us.

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