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ABOUT

Our Mission:

The North Carolina District Export Council (NC DEC) contributes its leadership and international trade expertise to complement the U.S. Commercial Service's export promotion efforts by counseling businesses on the exporting process and conducting trade education.

For the past 25 years, DECs have served the United States by helping companies in their local communities to export, thus promoting our country's economic growth and creating new and higher paying jobs for their communities. Closely affiliated with the U.S. Commercial Service's domestic offices, the 56 DECs combine the energies of more than 1,700 exporters and private and public sector export service providers throughout the United States and other export support partners to assure the quality of their services.

The North Carolina District Export Council:

  • Encourages exports to strengthen individual companies, stimulate economic growth, and create jobs. 

  • Coordinates activities with the U.S. Commercial Service offices in North Carolina and numerous other trade assistance partners.

  • Volunteers its time and expertise to educate and promote awareness of export trade opportunities.

  • Seeks opportunities to promote greater export activity at the local level.

  • Plans and hosts NC DEC programs & activities.

  • Helps exporters in their local communities.

  • Advocates for small & medium-sized exporters.

NC DEC PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES 
HELPING EXPORTERS IN THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITIES:

  • Sponsors/participates in trade activities and export education events

  • Provides expertise to small- and medium-sized businesses interested in exporting

  • Provides mentoring programs and tools to help firms access trade opportunities

  • Supports export recognition awards

  • Assists international buyer delegations

  • Educates non-trade community about the benefits of international trade to the U.S. and local economy

 

BUILDING THE TRADE DNA:

  • Speaks to students at all levels about the benefits of exporting to their local communities

  • Provides DEC members to judge student international marketing competitions

WORKING WITH U.S. COMMERCIAL SERVICE'S LOCAL NC OFFICES:

  • Aides U.S. Commercial Service Offices by providing guidance on international programs to better serve the local business community

  • Hosts outreach meetings to assess local exporter needs

  • Supports national export initiatives

 

ADVOCATING FOR SMALL- & MEDIUM-SIZED EXPORTERS:

  • Identifies and evaluates national and international issues that effect trade and offers constructive suggestions

  • Provides forums for export community feedback on national trade issues such as USMCA (NAFTA), other Free Trade Agreements, Ex-Im Bank, non-tariff barriers to trade, etc

  • Addresses national trade policy issues and educates the political and business communities on these issues

NC DEC was Honored as the 2010 DEC of the Year!

In 2010, the U.S. Department of Commerce awarded the North Carolina District Export Council with the inaugural "DEC of the Year" award. Wayne Cooper, Chair, NC DEC, received the award on October 25th, 2010 in Detroit at the annual National District Export Council Conference. In selecting North Carolina from among the 60 DECs, the U.S. Department of Commerce sited the council's "outstanding record of mentoring local new-to-export and new-to-market companies on exporting, and supporting President Obama's National Export Initiative". The federal agency said the group's work with the local U.S. Commercial Service offices is "critical to expanding U.S. exports and supporting American jobs."  Since 2010, the NC DEC has continued to build on these accomplishments and further expand their assistance to NC exporters.

 

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