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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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North Texas DEC Member Discusses the Little-Noticed Role of Trade in Small Business Success

As a new Congress settles in, members of both parties have identified trade as a prime area for bipartisan cooperation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), House Speaker John Boehner (-Ohio), and President Obama—in his State of the Union address last night—have all called for renewal of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which gives Congress a stronger role in U.S. trade negotiations.
While many think trade is the domain of big business, 98 percent of the 300,000 American companies that export are small and medium-sized businesses. These firms account for one-third of U.S. merchandise exports, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. The number of small and mid-sized companies that export has nearly tripled over the past two decades.
Consider Dallas-based Chem-Crete International. Founded in 1969, it manufactures a permanent, environmentally safe, user-friendly and economical liquid waterproofing material for the concrete industry. Why does trade matter to Chem-Crete or to our country?
“In a word,” said Chem-Crete President and CEO Radi Al-Rashed, “it comes down to jobs.” Chem-Crete has expanded its global reach to the point that it now exports its products to more than 85 countries, and it now employs 20 workers.
However, small businesses often find the playing field for trade isn’t level. While the U.S. market is generally open, exports face foreign tariffs that often soar into double digits as well as a thicket of non-tariff barriers.

2015 Exporters for Ex-Im Fly-In

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a 2015 Exporters for Ex-Im Fly-In on February 24-25, 2015. Your help is needed to secure a long-term reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. Ex-Im Bank is operating on a short-term extension of its charter which expires on June 30, 2015. Given the fast approaching deadline, we invite you to join us in Washington, DC, to meet with Members of Congress to share your personal stories about the integral role the Ex-Im Bank plays in growing and supporting jobs in your local community. 
Please join other companies to meet with Members of Congress and advocate for reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. This will be a critical time for Members of Congress to hear your personal stories about the integral role the Bank plays in growing and supporting jobs in your local community. Highlighting the Bank's immediate impact on your company’s bottom line and employees will be essential to any discussion with your legislator

White House Business Council–Trade Fly-in Briefing

Roy Paulson, President of Paulson Manufacturing and Chair of the National DEC (California Inland Empire DEC member), and Philip Pittsford of NOW International and Secretary/Treasurer and Legislative Affairs Chair of the National DEC (Illinois DEC member), were invited to the White House Business Council–Trade Fly-in Briefing. In total, 9 DEC members were in attendance, from the Arizona, San Diego Imperial, Illinois and Texas DECs along with companies from around the nation present. The briefing was held in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building from 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

The purpose of this briefing was to update the attendees about international trade trends and the White House's position on several key trade issues, among them: Trade Promotion Authority (TPA); Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP); Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP); and the Reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im). 
Several senior members of the White House staff from the National Economic Council as well as the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) office briefed the invited guests on trade issues. The status of several current trade negotiations were discussed along with the benefits of improved trade agreements. 
Fred Hochberg, Chairman of Ex-Im Bank, and Maria-Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the SBA, spoke about their programs and how they support small businesses with loans and other financing. Chairman Hochberg also discussed Ex-Im Reauthorization and his outlook on whether it will pass. While he was upbeat, he did say there was a vocal opposition.

National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce High Tech Road Show

The National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a High Tech Road Show in Las Vegas, Dallas, Houston and Austin. The High Tech Road Show (HTRS) is the only platform of its kind that brings together thought leaders and industry innovators from the United States and the Arab world. Now in its eighth year, HTRS promotes the two-way transfer of technology and knowledge and explores cutting-edge innovation across multiple sectors. The High Tech Road Show has a seven-year track record of providing invaluable connections and strategies to find high tech solutions for every business sector, and long-lasting partnerships for maximizing trade relations between the U.S. and the Arab world.
Following four days of exploration at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on January 6-9, delegates will head South to Texas on January 12-16 for the first time in the history of the High Tech Road Show. This is a reflection of the rise of the Lone Star State as a hub for high tech innovation in all its parts. Be part of the excitement, and gain insights into trends and technologies that are years ahead of their time. In the world of technology, knowledge is power, and the High Tech Road Show keeps you at the forefront of technological innovation!
Registration is for the Texas Road Shows is at no charge. To register, go to Houston Road Show, Austin Road Show or Dallas Road Show

2015 National DEC Legislative Summit

The 2015 National DEC Legislative Summit will be held in Washington, D.C. on April 22, 2015, with the focus on the reauthorization of the U.S. Export-Import Bank. The Summitt will at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in the morning with the afternoon being devoted to Capitol Hill visits. All DEC members are invited and particularly DEC leaders.

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Big Opportunities for Small Business

Roy Paulson, National DEC Chair, will be one of the featured panelists at a Atlantic Council forum on The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership on November 14, 2014,  in Washington, D.C. For more information and how to attend either in person or via web streamIng, go to

Discover Global Markets – Greater China

October 17th, New York City – The Discover Global Markets road-show made it latest stop in New York City on October 7th and 8th at the New York Athletic Club. The DGMs are a creation of the U.S. Department of Commerce and feature the participation of the District Export Councils from around the country.
At the conference, nearly 300 participants spent two days hearing from over 60 experts on the intricacies of selling in China and several other markets contiguous to China. Many of these experts included key staff members of the Commerce Department from the Far East who travelled to New York to address the attendees on the latest details on selling their products in China. In addition, 4 members of the New York District Export Council also participated as speakers.
Featured speakers at the conference on the first day included, Stefan Selig, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney of New York. On the second day the featured speaker was Andy Bird, Chairman of Walt Disney International.

TTIP and the SME Sector

BRUSSELS (September 11, 2014)
Parliamentarians, advisors and stakeholders throughout the trans-Atlantic community delved into the potential impact of a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on small- and medium-sized businesses at a gathering at the European Parliament (EP). The event, "Business of All Shapes and Sizes", was hosted by the Bertelsmann Foundation and the US mission to the EU.
Business Europe's Luisa Santos and National District Export Council's Daniel Ogden speak of export opportunities for small businesses at a panel discussion in the European Parliament.
Speakers were US and European experts on the small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) sector. National District Export Council Chairman Emeritus Daniel Ogden, Kentucky Department of Agriculture Export Advisor Jonathan Van Balen and US diplomat Tom Roett gave the American point of view. BusinessEurope Director of International Affairs Luisa Santos and European Association of Craft, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Director of External Relations Luc Hendrickx provided the European perspective. MEP Andreas Schwab from the committee on internal markets and consumer protection opened the discussion. Henning vom Stein, head of the Foundation's Brussels office, moderated the discussion.

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.