Massachusetts Holds annual Export Expo in Boston

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(Caption: Kevin J. Wolf speaking at the Export Expo in Boston on December 11, 2015)

Over 250 participants attended the Massachusetts Export Center annual Export Expo last week in Boston. Business owners, investors and regulatory officials came to learn the latest news on export control policy trends, recent sanction developments, and views on free trade expansion.

Keynote speaker Kevin J. Wolf, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration, spoke about recent regulatory developments and the outlook for export regulatory policy in the near future.

Paula Murphy, director of the Mass Export Center, presented Wolf with a Citation from Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, in recognition of Wolf’s “leadership of the Export Control Reform Initiative and dedication to enhancing the competitiveness of the Massachusetts export community.”

Ambassador Robert Holleyman, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, spoke about the recent landmark passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and the outlook for free trade.

Other speakers at the Export Expo included Frank Boudra, Sanctions Compliance Officer at the U.S. Department of the Treasury; Gregory Smith, Regional Director of the Export-Import Bank of the U.S.; Kristen Rupert, Executive Director of the AIM International Business Council; and Omari Wooden, Assistant Division Chief, Trade Regulations, at the U.S. Census Bureau. The Expo also featured expert speakers from private industry, including representatives from Massachusetts exporting firms such as Teradyne, Vicor Corporation, H.C. Starck, Avid Technology and Ocean Spray.

Participants also learned details about the STEP (State Trade & Export Promotion) grant, which provides reimbursements to eligible businesses for export-promotion expenses up to $8,500 through a grant provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The STEP grant is administered in Massachusetts by the Massachusetts Office of International Trade & Investment and the Massachusetts Export Center.

The Massachusetts Export Center’s mission is to help companies throughout the Commonwealth achieve success in global markets, thereby contributing to economic growth in the state. It provides a variety of targeted, high-impact services throughout the year.