The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and Orissa International PTE LTD have compiled a list of the largest upcoming Food and Beverage Trade Shows in Southeast Asia.
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Chairman Reed Addresses U.S. Conference of Mayors to Discuss How EXIM Can Empower U.S. Businesses to Increase Exports
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 24, 2020
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Washington, D.C. – President and Chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) Kimberly A. Reed addressed mayors from across the country today at the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ (USCM) 88th Winter Meeting, outlining how EXIM can support American jobs by facilitating U.S. exports and empowering businesses in their communities. More than 280 mayors are attending the annual USCM event held in Washington.
In her comments, Chairman Reed highlighted how EXIM partners with private-sector commercial lenders and insurance brokers nationwide to deliver financial products and services that can help U.S. companies of all sizes successfully compete around the world.
Chairman Reed also updated the mayors on EXIM’s historic seven-year reauthorization, which passed Congress with bipartisan support and was signed into law last month by President Donald J. Trump. This reauthorization provides certainty and stability to American workers and businesses that EXIM is fully open for business, and it gives clear direction to focus on economic and national security challenges from China.
“EXIM is focused entirely on the American worker and on finding ways we can support businesses in communities seeking to export their ‘Made in the U.S.A.’ products in an increasingly competitive global marketplace,” said Chairman Reed. “To fulfill this mission, I am committed to reforming EXIM and protecting the American taxpayer as we work to keep America strong. In addition, we also received clear direction from Congress to compete with China, which I take very seriously.”
Chairman Reed was joined in the discussion by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Joe Semsar and Atlantic Council Adrienne Arsht Latin American Center Director Jason Marczak.
The three-day conference was presided over by USMC President Bryan Barnett, mayor of Rochester Hills, Michigan. With more than 85 percent of Americans living in U.S. metropolitan areas, the USCM is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are more than 1,400 such cities in the country today.
Chairman Reed’s prepared remarks can be accessed here on EXIM’s website.
ABOUT EXIM BANK:
EXIM is an independent federal agency that promotes and supports American jobs by providing competitive and necessary export credit to overseas purchasers of U.S. goods and services. A robust EXIM can level the global playing field for U.S. exporters when they compete against foreign companies that receive support from their governments. EXIM also contributes to U.S. economic growth by helping to create and sustain hundreds of thousands of jobs in exporting businesses and their supply chains across the United States. In recent years, approximately 90 percent of the total number of the agency’s authorizations has directly supported small businesses. Since 1992, EXIM has generated more than $9 billion for the U.S. Treasury for repayment of U.S. debt.
For more information about EXIM, please visit www.exim.gov.
Theophilus R. Nix, Jr., Esq., of Drone Workforce Solutions, LLC elected to serve on the Board of Trustees for the National Small Business Association (NSBA)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 25, 2020
Theophilus R. Nix, Jr., Esq.
Local Business Owner Joins 2020 NSBA Board Leadership
Wilmington, Delaware. Theophilus R. Nix, Jr., Esq., of Drone Workforce Solutions, LLC
(DWS), and DWS Drone School, in Wilmington, Delaware, was recently elected to serve on the
Board of Trustees for the National Small Business Association (NSBA). He was previously elected
to its Leadership Council in 2019. NSBA is the nation’s oldest small-business advocacy
organization and operates on a staunchly nonpartisan basis. Attorney Nix, a recognized leader in
the small-business community, joins other small-business advocates from across the country as
they work to promote the interests of small business to policymakers in Washington, D.C.
“As small-business owners, we face many significant challenges,” stated Attorney Nix, “But there
is no other place I’d rather be. I look forward to continue working with NSBA as we urge
Congress and the administration to ease the small-business burden and support pro-small-business
Theo, an attorney for over 35 years, is currently Founder, President and CEO of Drone Workforce
Solutions, LLC, a global staffing and employment company for Drone operators, and DWS Drone
School, a training technology school for Drones, Virtual Reality 3D modeling and various
application technologies. He is a big proponent of Workforce Development and the need to retrain
and employ Americans, and especially our Veterans, at all levels for a new global world.
Mr. Nix has worked in the international corporate arena, including for a Fortune 100 company,
where he has negotiated mega business deals and will use those international relationships to
collaborate with Businesses around the country to employ Americans as drone and virtual reality
operators in the field of drone technology and its various applications.
Mr. Nix has been active with NSBA for several years and has been an exemplary representative of
small business issues in the city of Wilmington. In addition to the leadership role with NSBA, Mr.
Nix is active in various local, regional and international organizations and has been an outspoken
advocate for small-business issues with his elected officials.
Mr. Nix joins a diverse group of small-business leaders on the NSBA 2020 Board, led by long-time
advocate Marc Amato of Walco Electric Company in Providence, Rhode Island.
“I am proud to work with such an exemplary group of leaders who have made small-business
advocacy a top priority,” stated NSBA Chair Marc Amato. “Theophilus R. Nix, Jr., Esq. came to
us highly recommended and I look forward to his activism and leadership for years to come.”
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Drone Workforce Solutions (DWS) is a global technology and Strategic Business Solutions
company that provides solutions to help solve the most pressing challenges faced by corporations,
business, organizations and governments, through the use and integration of Unmanned Aircraft
Systems (s/UAS), A/K/A Drones, and its various applications, including Virtual Reality
technology. DWS has been recently approved to educate and train veterans through the GI bill.
Employing thousands of veterans in this technology is a major mission of the company.
By Graziella DiNuzzo
Taiwan has now joined the growing list of countries who have fallen in love with Philly’s own Bassetts Ice Cream. “One of their top executives had tasted Bassetts Ice Cream while traveling and had been trying to get it ever since,” says Michael Strange, President, Bassetts Ice Cream, referring to an executive at Hi-Lai Foods, the parent company of Harbour Buffet Restaurants.
Harbour Buffet Restaurant, Taiwan’s all-you-can-eat restaurant chain will now include Bassetts Ice Cream on their menu at seven locations starting January 2020.
Strange explains that Bassetts has been pursuing Hi-Lai foods since 2011, “thanks in a large part to Pennsylvania’s Authorized Trade Representative in Taiwan, Irene Tsai, we were able to navigate our way through it all finally and find a way to get our ice cream to Taiwan.”
Quoted in a recent article in Taiwan’s Savor Life Style Magazine, Tsai says, “The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is the US state with the most representatives in the world, and has established their presence in Taipei for 15 years. I have had the good fortune of having tasted Bassetts every time I go back to Pennsylvania for meetings.”
In 1861, using a mule-turned churn on his farm in Salem New Jersey, Lewis Dubois Bassett invented what would become America’s oldest ice cream – Bassetts.
By 1885, Bassetts Ice Cream was sold at fifth and Market Street in Philadelphia and by 1892 moved to its current location inside Reading Terminal. Ice Cream production was also moved into the basement of the Reading Terminal location.
“I am certain that my great, great grandfather would be both amazed and proud that Bassetts Ice Cream is now available on the opposite side of the world,” said Strange.
Exporting Ice Cream takes some strategic logistics planning. “When we were first approached by them we needed to make sure that our product would be handled correctly and that we wouldn’t be limiting our brand’s potential growth within the market. About four years ago, we were very close to agreeing on a sale, but could not quite get to the final step. Since then Hi-Lai’s distributor for meats, Mayfull Foods Corporation, added a huge, brand new storage freezer that would make for the perfect environment for our ice cream and the capabilities of delivering to a broad array of clients all while maintaining the cold temperatures needed to maintain the quality of our ice cream door to door. All of that being said, what kept the conversations alive was the superior taste and quality of Bassetts Ice Cream.
One of the reasons for our success in Asia is that our ice cream is less sweet than many of our competitors,” says Brian Bebee, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Bassetts. “From our experience it seems it’s something the Asian palate prefers. “
Bassetts manfuctures its Ice cream in Pennsylvania using the highest quality ingredients including fresh butter, non-fat milk, and fresh and dried fruits.
Tourists and Philly-area locals traditionally line-up at Bassetts’ only brick and mortar store at Reading Terminal on North 12th Street in Philadelphia. President Barack Obama is said to have enjoyed a cone.
With the help of the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia (WTCGP) international trade specialist, Dale Foote, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Office of International Business Development, Bassetts began exporting to China in 2008 and on June 7, 2017, opened its first store in South Korea.
Today, consumers in South Korea can get their scoop at one of over 31 Bassetts stores, called Bassetts Ice Cream Café. The cafes also serve sandwiches, beverages, coffee and ice cream cakes.
Bassetts Ice Cream is planning to export to additional countries “we are in the early stages of conversations with prospects in Malaysia, Chile, Bermuda and the Middle East,” says Strange.
It may not be long before everyone on the planet gets to fall in love with America’s oldest ice cream.
"I am happy to share USTDA’s 2019 Annual Report, which highlights a record-setting year for the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). In 2019, USTDA reached new heights as our export multiplier grew to $111, meaning that every $1 invested by USTDA delivers $111 in exports. With $6.7 billion in new exports identified, 2019 was a banner year for business. Activities in 2019 included 23 reverse trade missions traveling through 81 cities with almost 2,000 participants from 1,459 companies. USTDA has numerous opportunities in 2020 to build upon our continued success, as noted with the activities below.
Please visit USTDA’s website to find open opportunities for U.S. companies to bid on overseas projects. U.S. companies can work on USTDA-funded opportunities overseas by submitting proposals to our host country grant recipients. These opportunities include feasibility studies, early investment analyses, technical assistance or training. For clarification, the point of contact for submitting any proposals is the USTDA grant recipient identified in the Request for Proposal, not USTDA. There are currently seven overseas projects available for bid in East Africa, Egypt, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Nigeria, Brazil and Colombia.
U.S. Embassy Democratic Republic of Congo will host a Direct Line webinar for U.S. companies to explore the Congolese market and the new opportunities offered by a U.S. – friendly government on January 22 at 11:00am EST. The webinar is free, open to all U.S. businesses, and will be hosted by U.S. Ambassador to the DRC Michael Hammer. Please register before Jan. 21 if you are planning to participate."
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