Massachusetts Export Center Hosts Annual Export Expo

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Featured speakers Richard Ashooh and Christina Sevilla at Export Expo. Photo Courtesy of Mass Export Center.

Trade experts, government officials and business leaders gathered in Boston last week for the Massachusetts Export Center’s annual Export Expo to discuss the uncertainty in the current global trade landscape and possible shifts in U.S trade policy.

Keynote speakers included Richard Ashooh, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration, Christina Sevilla, Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and Peter Cazamias, Associate Administrator for International Trade at U.S. Small Business Administration.

The all-day forum, held at the State Transportation Building, drew over 300 participants.

Massachusetts Export Center Director Paula L. Murphy said, “2017 has been an important year for U.S. trade policy, and we were fortunate to host high level regulatory policy officials and leading private sector global trade practitioners to address current and critical issues, such as the NAFTA renegotiation, export controls policy, sanctions developments and more.”

Assistant Secretary of Business Development + International Trade Nam Pham, who led a panel on Free Trade Partners, said, “As the Commonwealth continues to expand its international market for products made in Massachusetts, the Export Expo is an important forum for our smaller companies to learn the latest trends in trade policies, technology and regulations affecting their business.”

A number of local officials and business leaders participated in a series of panels throughout the day, including Consul General of Canada in Boston David Alward; New England Council President & CEO James Brett; State Senator and Chair of the Joint Committee on Export Development Eileen Donoghue; Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) Executive Director Kristen Rupert and Mark Sullivan Executive Director of Massachusetts Office of International Trade & Investment.

In addition to the panels, participants got to meet with 34 exhibitors whose companies ranged from banks and law firms to government agencies and service providers.

The Massachusetts Export Center is a one-stop online resource for accessing a wide range of instructional and practical information on exporting to help your business grow and take advantage of international opportunities.

Massachusetts Export Center, is part of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network (MSBDC), which fosters the start, growth and sustainability of small business by providing high-quality, in-depth advising, training and capital access.