Committee Hearing: Exports Promoting Growth for Small Biz

By October 6, 2009Trade

Promoting exports for smaller-sized companies has been a theme this week, and it’s one we fully endorse. U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk yesterday announced that the USTR was going to focus more efforts on exporting for small- and medium-sized firms (see also Frank Vargo’s post).

Meanwhile, Baltimore manufacturer Drew Greenblat is showing exactly how it’s done.

The next welcome development comes from the Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation, and Export Promotion, a hearing that starts at 2:30 p.m. Eastern today, “A World of Opportunity: Promoting Export Success for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses.”

Chaired by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), the hearing features the following witnesses:

  • Rochelle Lipsitz, Acting Assistant Secretary for Trade Promotion and Director General of the United States Foreign Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Alice Albright, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, the U.S. Export-Import Bank
  • Tom J. Wollin, Director of International and Government Sales, Mattracks, Inc. of Karlstad, Minn.
  • Liz J. Reilly, Director of TradeRoots, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Brad Pierce, President, Restaurant Equipment World, Orlando, Fla.

Excellent topics, exports and opportunities. The Commerce Committee will be webcasting the hearing at

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