For the past 25 years, District Export Councils (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. Closely affiliated with the U.S. Commercial Service’s domestic offices, the more than 60 DECs combine the energies of approximately 1,500 exporters, private- and public-sector export service providers, and other export support partners throughout the United States.
SBTDC’s International Business Development team has been an active participant in the North Carolina DEC chapter since our program’s establishment in 2011, with the goal of encouraging exports to strengthen individual companies, stimulate economic growth, and create jobs.
On September 1st, NC DEC held its quarterly meeting at the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce. The meeting included a special presentation by Lyn Doverspike, newly appointed Regional Network Director, U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Service Mid-Atlantic Region, as well as a presentation on Supply Chain Resiliency by Dr. Gary Gereffi, Professor Emeritus Sociology, Duke University. We also heard presentations by NCDEC committee members covering Building the Trade DNA, Legislative Outreach, Export Service Provider Outreach, and an update on National Association of District Export Councils.
Lyn Doverspike, Regional Network Director, U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Service Mid-Atlantic Region
Dr. Gary Gereffi, Professor Emeritus Sociology, Duke University and daughter Emily Gereffi, Senior International Trade Specialist at U.S. Department of Commerce, Greensboro / Winston Salem Office.
Pictured L-R: Lisa Banford, Global Marketing and Business Development, Sciencix, Ginny Vaca, SBTDC International Business Development Counselor, and Bill Harazin, attorney, share good times at NC DEC meeting in Morrisville.