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Welcome to the new National DEC Web Site!

The National DEC has a new web site! The changes we have made will make it easier for you to find the information you need about us and our activities including our members, committees, events, and other important information. We will also include a listing of local DEC events from around the country and a myriad of links to other trade information resources. Take a moment to look around and explore our web site, including our About page if you are a first time visitor. You can also click on the DEC Locator to find the District Export Council in your area. The mission of the National DEC includes Working for America's Exporters. Our web site is a critical part of that mission.

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California Inland Empire DEC Member Receives Presidential Recognition of her Company for Using Export-Import Bank Financing

Kusum Kavia, a member of the California Inland Empire DEC, recently received a Presidential recognition of her company, Combustion Associates, Inc., for using the U.S. Export-Import Bank financing in support of a major export sale. To view the video where this recognition was made, please click CAI Video.

2014 DEC National Conference

The National DEC will host the annual National Conference of the DECs in Washington, D.C. on October 2-3, 2014. The annual Conference will consist of two events - the 2014 National DEC Forum on October 2 and the Second Annual International Trade Symposium on October 3.
The title of the 2014 National DEC Forum is "Roadmap for Success". The Forum will consist of three broad themes- 1. DEC Mission Statements and Goal Setting; 2. DEC Website and Social Media Utilization; and 3. Driving Results – Utilizing DEC Committees. These themes were chosen based upon a nationwide survey conducted of DEC Chairs in which DEC Chairs were asked to select the topics they considered to be most important for the success of their DECs. The Forum will include a general overview of these themes and then will break into three individual tracks in which all attendees will participate. As in years past, the Forum has also been designed to engender substantial attendee participation. The Forum is open only to DEC members and associates and is also closed to the media. Following the conclusion of the Forum an evening reception will be held which can be used for networking and which will also be open to invited guests of DEC members. For more information and to register or view the agenda, see 2014 National DEC Forum.

Boehner Squeezed by Home-State Exporters Over Ex-Im Bank

By Laura Litvan and Brian Wingfield
Bloomberg News
Published: July 23, 2014 10:43 AM
House Speaker John Boehner is getting pressure to reauthorize the U.S. Export-Import Bank from a lobby that’s hard to ignore: manufacturers in and around his southwestern Ohio district that rely on the bank to finance overseas sales. About 200 Ohio companies have been urged to contact Boehner, and a General Electric Co. (GE) aviation subsidiary with 1,000 employees living in his district is lobbying him, all pushing him to oppose members of his party who want to shut the bank when its charter expires Sept. 30.
“We think it’s an issue that deserves to be voted on, and the efforts to block it are very disturbing to us,” said Thomas Norwalk, vice chairman of the Southern Ohio District Export Council in Dayton, which is coordinating a last-ditch letter-writing campaign to Boehner from small exporters.

The Congress has 17 scheduled work days before the bank’s lending ability runs out.
The Republican speaker has supported the bank in the past and hasn’t committed either way this year, even as other top Republicans including Majority Leader-elect Kevin McCarthy of California have joined the effort to end it. If a compromise is struck to save the bank, Boehner’s support will be necessary to guide it through the chamber.

DEC Member Speaks Out Regarding U.S. Export-Import Bank

Critics Wrong that Ex-Im Bank Only Benefits Big Companies
By David Ickert
The Dallas Morning News
Published: June 8, 2014
The Dallas Morning News recently editorialized about the increasingly fierce debate about the Export-Import Bank, which encourages U.S. exports by facilitating financing for foreign buyers of American-made products. The fight against the bank has been focused on big companies, and among those leading the charge is Dallas Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling, who is making headlines by working to eliminate one of the nation’s most productive tools for generating exports.
The conflict as cast misses the point: Critics of the Ex-Im Bank who suggest it benefits only large corporations are just flat-out wrong. Our company, Air Tractor, has manufactured agriculture aircraft in the West Texas town of Olney for more than 40 years, and we export our products to scores of countries on six continents. The Ex-Im Bank is critical to our business and our ability to create and sustain jobs. Air Tractor is owned by its 265 employees, who would suffer dramatically if Congress fails to re-authorize the Ex-Im Bank.
Air Tractor is one of more than 1,000 companies of all sizes in Texas that benefit from the Ex-Im Bank, which bolsters domestic exports without costing taxpayers a dime. Last year the bank set a new record by approving more than 3,400 small business transactions, which amounted to 90 percent of the bank’s total transactions.

North Texas DEC Member is Presented the President's E Star Award

North Texas DEC Member Nate Muncaster, on behalf of Polyguard Products, was presented the President's E Star Award by Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. This award was given to Polyguard Products in recognition of its noteworthy export promotion efforts. E Star Awards are only given to previous recipients of the President's E Award and E Star Award applicants must show at least four years of successive export growth since winning the “E” Award. For more information on the E Star Award, please visit

California DECs Meet in Sacramento

Members of the four California DECs recently met in Sacramento on May 20, 2014, to welcome Roy Paulson, National DEC Chair, for several international trade-related activities and events.​ Attendees included National DEC Member Susanne Stirling, National DEC Associate Member Deep SenGupta, Northern Califonia DEC Chair Janice Cooper, Southern California DEC Vice Chair Donald Sovie, San Diego/Imperial Valley DEC Chair Bo Reed, and California Inland Empire DEC Chair Rick Gibbs

Reagan’s Ex-Im Bank Reforms Still Paying Dividends: The Lender That Reaped $1 billion in 2013 Deserves Reauthorization

The Washington Times
By George Allen
Published: Thursday, May 22, 2014

President Reagan was one of our country’s greatest leaders because he valued fair opportunities for the American people over political manipulations that waste taxpayer money.
The “Great Communicator” listened and connected with Americans and then acted in the best interest of our nation. This is why Reagan and presidents from both parties have shown strong support for the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank. The Ex-Im Bank’s charter has been reauthorized every term since its inception in 1934.
However, I won’t claim that the Ex-Im Bank has always been a flawless federal agency. In fact, Reagan was a scrutinizing supporter. From the start, he called for major reforms and instilled discipline and budget transparency. Limits were imposed upon the Ex-Im Bank, and subsidies were significantly cut. Those changes have helped to make the Ex-Im Bank self-sustaining today. The Ex-Im Bank not only does not receive or need taxpayer subsidies, but it also turned a $1 billion profit in 2013.
Working with Congress, Reagan fought for structural changes that eventually made the Ex-Im Bank a stronger and more fiscally sound institution. Years later, he reaffirmed his support for its mission to help American workers and families, small businesses and manufacturers and taxpayers, while growing and strengthening the U.S. economy.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Thanks DECs and Discusses NEI/Next

The U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, recently commended the District Export Councils for their partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service and for the role they are playing in increasing U.S. exports. As the Secretary notes, "DEC members embody the spirit of civic engagement", and that the Department of Commerce, in its efforts to increase U.S. exports, "can rely on the support of a trusted and valued group of private sector leaders such as the DEC members."  To read the letter, click letter
Additionally, the Secretary also recently discussed the launch of the NEI/Next Initiative. To watch a video of her discussion, click video.

National DEC Members Meet With Congressional TPP Caucus

In conjunction with the National DEC Legislative Summit held in Washington, D.C. on April 27-28, National DEC members had the opportunity to meet with the congressional Trans-Pacific Partnership Caucus to discuss the potential impact of the TPP on their business. Pictured are National DEC members Roy Paulson, President of Paulson Manufacturing Corporation, a manufacturer and exporter of personal safety equipment; Richard Grana, President of Impex, a provider of export management services to conveyor accessories and bulk material equipment manufacturers; and Philip Pittsford, International Sales Manager of NOW International, a manufacturer and exporter of dietary supplement products.

First Ever Southwest DEC Regional Forum Held in San Antonio

For the first time ever, the District Export Councils of the Southwest Region held a DEC Regional Forum on April 30 in San Antonio, Texas. The Forum was held just prior to the DISCOVER GLOBAL MARKETS conference being held the following two days. The DECs represented included the Arizona, Camino Real, Houston. Louisiana, North Texas, Rocky Mountain and West Texas DECs. Over 60 DEC members and U.S. Commercial Service personnel were in attendance. The day-long Forum focused on DEC Best Practices as panelists from various DECs shared the successes and challenges their DECs have enjoyed and faced. Following the Best Practices panels, the Southwest Region DECs hosted a reception that included attendees from the DISCOVER GLOBAL MARKETS San Antonio conference. This Regional DEC Forum will provide a template for future Regional DEC Forums in 2014 that will be held in conjunction with upcoming DISCOVER GLOBAL MARKETS events.