Jobs on Main Street, Customers Around the World Conference

USTR Ambassador Ron Kirk wrote: “Dr. Malichi, I want to extend my deep appreciation to you for being a panelist at our January 21, 2010 conference, Jobs on Main Street, Customers Around the World Conference. The response to the conference has been excellent, and the credit for that goes to you and other business leaders who took the time to travel to Washington, D.C. and share your insights on the opportunities and challenges of expanding small-business exports.”

The conference was hosted by Ambassador Ron Kirk, Excecutive Office of the President, The United States Trade Representative (USTR) in coordination with the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Small Business Administration, the Export-Import Bank, and other U.S. trade-promotion institutions so that trade policy and promotion can better reinforce each other and better tap the vast exporting potential of U.S. small business. As we look forward to staying in touch so that your perspectives might continue to guide USTR’s ongoing efforts.

Ambassador Ron Kirk went on to write: It was a pleasure to make your acquaintance, and I wish Malichi Group Worldwide (the firm I founded, January 1, 1982; the very best success.

The conference on exports and jobs was so well attended by business and government and NGO leaders from through-out the U.S., that extra seating had to be bought in to handle the over-flow capacity.

Ambassador Kirk and other USTR officials assured me that they would keep me involved to advise and assist on (President Obama’s National Trade Initiative and the upcoming Trans Asia-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TAPP) on how to meet the export needs of small-and-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Thus far, USTR has kept their word. Please stay tuned for my next post.

As always, I welcome your input.

Have a successful day!

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