National District Export Council

Working for America's Exporters™

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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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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.

Boehner Squeezed by Home-State Exporters Over Ex-Im Bank

By Laura Litvan and Brian Wingfield
Bloomberg News
Published: July 23, 2014 10:43 AM
House Speaker John Boehner is getting pressure to reauthorize the U.S. Export-Import Bank from a lobby that’s hard to ignore: manufacturers in and around his southwestern Ohio district that rely on the bank to finance overseas sales. About 200 Ohio companies have been urged to contact Boehner, and a General Electric Co. (GE) aviation subsidiary with 1,000 employees living in his district is lobbying him, all pushing him to oppose members of his party who want to shut the bank when its charter expires Sept. 30.
“We think it’s an issue that deserves to be voted on, and the efforts to block it are very disturbing to us,” said Thomas Norwalk, vice chairman of the Southern Ohio District Export Council in Dayton, which is coordinating a last-ditch letter-writing campaign to Boehner from small exporters.

The Congress has 17 scheduled work days before the bank’s lending ability runs out.
The Republican speaker has supported the bank in the past and hasn’t committed either way this year, even as other top Republicans including Majority Leader-elect Kevin McCarthy of California have joined the effort to end it. If a compromise is struck to save the bank, Boehner’s support will be necessary to guide it through the chamber.

DEC Member Speaks Out Regarding U.S. Export-Import Bank

Critics Wrong that Ex-Im Bank Only Benefits Big Companies
By David Ickert
The Dallas Morning News
Published: June 8, 2014
The Dallas Morning News recently editorialized about the increasingly fierce debate about the Export-Import Bank, which encourages U.S. exports by facilitating financing for foreign buyers of American-made products. The fight against the bank has been focused on big companies, and among those leading the charge is Dallas Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling, who is making headlines by working to eliminate one of the nation’s most productive tools for generating exports.
The conflict as cast misses the point: Critics of the Ex-Im Bank who suggest it benefits only large corporations are just flat-out wrong. Our company, Air Tractor, has manufactured agriculture aircraft in the West Texas town of Olney for more than 40 years, and we export our products to scores of countries on six continents. The Ex-Im Bank is critical to our business and our ability to create and sustain jobs. Air Tractor is owned by its 265 employees, who would suffer dramatically if Congress fails to re-authorize the Ex-Im Bank.
Air Tractor is one of more than 1,000 companies of all sizes in Texas that benefit from the Ex-Im Bank, which bolsters domestic exports without costing taxpayers a dime. Last year the bank set a new record by approving more than 3,400 small business transactions, which amounted to 90 percent of the bank’s total transactions.

North Texas DEC Member is Presented the President's E Star Award

North Texas DEC Member Nate Muncaster, on behalf of Polyguard Products, was presented the President's E Star Award by Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. This award was given to Polyguard Products in recognition of its noteworthy export promotion efforts. E Star Awards are only given to previous recipients of the President's E Award and E Star Award applicants must show at least four years of successive export growth since winning the “E” Award. For more information on the E Star Award, please visit

California DECs Meet in Sacramento

Members of the four California DECs recently met in Sacramento on May 20, 2014, to welcome Roy Paulson, National DEC Chair, for several international trade-related activities and events.​ Attendees included National DEC Member Susanne Stirling, National DEC Associate Member Deep SenGupta, Northern Califonia DEC Chair Janice Cooper, Southern California DEC Vice Chair Donald Sovie, San Diego/Imperial Valley DEC Chair Bo Reed, and California Inland Empire DEC Chair Rick Gibbs