NJ District Export Council

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New Jersey District Export Council – New Jersey’s Voice for Global Trade

The New Jersey District Export Council (DEC) provides local leadership in international trade through its 30+ member council of international trade veterans and experts, all appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

The District Export Council: collaborates with New Jersey businesses, public and private sector groups to stimulate economic growth through trade and investment; advocates for a well-informed public and political dialogue about global business in New Jersey; prepares New Jersey to be a “global ready” State; and supports the New Jersey U.S. Export Assistance Centers (Lawrenceville and Newark), a division of the U.S. Commercial Service.

The New Jersey District Export Council, made up of members from throughout the state, serves as an advocate for international trade issues that impact New Jersey. At the federal level, the New Jersey DEC works in conjunction with congressional and senatorial offices to represent export-oriented New Jersey businesses and their interests. The Council also works with city, county and state partners to address trade issues that are local and regional in nature.

The mission of the District Export Council is supported through activities such as:

  • Counseling and mentoring of local businesses in exporting;
  • Identifying export financing sources for businesses;
  • Creating greater export awareness in the business community locally;
  • Identifying issues affecting export trade and implementation of suggestions for improvement;
  • Advocating trade policy and legislation supporting exporters and the U.S. export sector;
  • Supporting programs and services of the U.S. Export Assistance Centers;
  • Building local export assistance partnerships with other trade-related organizations;
  • Providing export training and education through Export University® programs

NJDEC Profile & Year In Review

NJDEC members are leaders from the local business community whose knowledge of international business provides a source of professional advice for local firms. NJDEC currently has representatives from academic institutions; government offices; law and accounting firms; and the banking, manufacturing, computer, and high-tech industries.

For more information about NJDEC or any questions about international business, please register with our site, or contact the NJDEC Executive Secretaries.

See member profiles…

NJDEC Conference Call Meeting, March 7, 2016               

​The Northern NJ Export Assistance Center Director Susan Widmer organized a conference call about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). The presentation was given by Darla Brown, a U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Specialist in the Office of East Asia and APEC.   

 

Managing International Cosmetic Industry Distributors, March 10, 2016

Sr. Trade Specialist Tricia McLain hosted a U.S. Commercial Service and NJ District Export Council webinar titled “Managing International Cosmetic Industry Distributors.”  This webinar was geared toward cosmetic and personal care industries and featured NJDEC member Leigh Ann Catlin, VP with NeoStrata. The webinar attracted 28 paid attendees from 13 different states. 

 

International Contracts: What Businesses Need to Know!, March 29, 2016

International Trade Specialist Brian Beams hosted a U.S. Commercial Service and NJ District Export Council-hosted webinar titled “International Contracts: What Businesses Need to Know!”  This webinar was geared toward international contracts and featured expert attorney Mr. Steven Richman with Clark Hill PLC.  Steven, a member of the National District Export Council and New Jersey DEC, brought over 25 years of legal experience. The webinar attracted 20 paid attendees from 9 different states.

 

BIS 2-Day Seminar “Complying with US Export Controls” April 5-6, 2016

The Northern NJ USAEC in conjunction with the NJDEC and BIS organized a 2 day “Complying with US Export Controls” seminar in Wood-Ridge, NJ.  The event drew close to 100 attendees and 4 sponsors (OCR, HSBC, M&T Bank and UPS). 

 

NJDEC Plenary Session, East Brunswick, NJ, June 9, 2016             

The New Jersey District Export Council plenary session was hosted at Sobel & Co. in Livingston NJ.   The group discussed past and future events. Brian Beams reported on NJDEC website analytics, Eddy Mayen discussed the STEP grant and Steven Richman did an overview of National DEC topics.

 

NJDEC Networking with International Community, Iselin, June 9, 2016

The Northern NJ Export Assistance Center and the New Jersey District Export Council teamed up with M&T Bank to coordinate our semi-annual, International Business Networking Event.  This 2-hour networking event attracted approximately 50 attendees.  The special guest speaker was Jason Scorza, Vice Provost for Academic and International Affairs, Fairleigh Dickinson University who spoke about the trends of foreign student recruitment. The event was held to bring together the New Jersey international business community, share exporting advice and best practices, build relationships with local colleagues, and connect with local, state, and federal government trade agencies. ​

 

Trade Specialist Brian Beams with the NNJ USEAC, presented Irwin Katsof, President of Katsof Consulting, with an Export Achievement Certificate.  Mr. Katsof has been an International Trade Administration Certified Trade Mission organizer for the financial services sector since 2013 since which time  he has arranged 14 trade missions in 8 countries.  For the remainder of 2016 and the beginning of 2017, Mr. Katsof is planning missions for Singapore, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, and Canada.

 

Partner outreach and Development: Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, October 6, 2016

Susan Widmer, Director NNJUSEAC organized a conference call with Executive Director of the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce NJ, Jazlyn Carvajal, Michel Wouters NJDEC Chair and Steven Richman, NJDEC Member & National DEC Secretary to discuss how we could better work together to assist NJ companies. This is the premier Hispanic organization in NJ and we are all looking forward to growing the relationship and working closer together to assist NJ companies expand their sales overseas. 

 

NJDEC Plenary Session, Sobel & Co., Livingston, NJ, November 30, 2016

The New Jersey District Export Council plenary session was hosted at Sobel & Co.   The group discussed past and future events (e.g. BIS 2-day conference, AES Seminar, webinars, and future events).  Deb Sykes reported on Central-Southern USAEC events, Brian Beams on NJDEC website analytics, Eddy Mayen discussed the STEP grant and Steven Richman did a quick overview of National DEC topics. ​

 

NJDEC International Business Networking Event, Livingston, NJ, November 30, 2016

The Commercial Service, Northern NJ and the New Jersey District Export Council teamed up with Sobel & Co. to coordinate our semi-annual, International Business Networking Event.  This 3-hour networking event in Livingston, NJ attracted approximately 80 attendees.  A record 110 people RSVP’d for the event.  The special guest speaker was Sam Ruda, Port Authority who spoke about Port trends. The event was held to bring together the New Jersey international business community, share exporting advice and best practices, build relationships with local colleagues, and connect with local, state, and federal government trade agencies. ​

 

Trade Specialist Tricia McLain presented an Export Achievement Certificate to PolyGel, LLC, a Whippany NJ based leader in research and development and manufacturing of gel-based consumer and healthcare professional products. Since 2010 PolyGel has sought U.S. Commercial Service assistance with international business development.

 

Building and Managing an International Distributor Network, December 6, 2016

On behalf of the U.S. Commercial Service and NJDEC, Trade Specialist Tricia McLain led a 75 minute webinar titled Building and Managing an International Distributor Network.  NJDEC members Leigh Ann Catlin and Steven Richman were the two featured presenters for this event. The webinar attracted 19 paid attendees. One event attended reported after the events conclusion: “Just a note to let you know that I really valued today’s event.  The presentations were thoughtful, insightful and well targeted.”