In partnership with the University of Central Florida (“UCF”), the District Export Council is proud to offer an on-going certificate program for working professionals on Global Business Management and Exporting. The certificate program will have two sections, all being completed in the same calendar year and will be in the form of web based seminars (webinars) and in-person seminars in one of the major hub locations throughout Central, North and West Florida. Program curriculum will follow and contain the domains and topics that are also required for NASBITE‘s Certified Global Business Professional (“CGBP”) designation. This training program will prepare you for the NASBITE’s CGBP examination that is often requested qualification throughout the U.S. by businesses that are starting or growing their international presence as well as by trade promotion agencies. For further information on NASBITE’s CGBP program, click here.  DEC will be offering up to 35-40% discounts on CGBP exam and study pack fees to those who demonstrate their business is working toward to be an outstanding exporter.

All participants who complete the program by passing the written course exams will receive a completion certificates from both University of Central Florida and Central-North Florida District Export Council.

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On behalf of Genicon, our District Export Council members and exporting experts Gary Haberland, CEO, and Olga Haberland, Business Dev. & Marketing Officer of Genicon, accepted the prestigious President’s E-Star Award for exporting.

In total, this year Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross honored only 6 U.S. companies with the President’s “E-Star” Award, the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.

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National Association of District Export Councils (NADEC) board annually elects its new executive committee members. Central-North Florida District Export Council (DEC) chair Dr. Oz Erdem is elected as the new Chairman of the National Association of District Export Councils (NADEC) at the annual meeting in Washington, DC for 2018-19.  In his opening remarks at the Annual Export Symposium and DEC Forum which was held on October 2-3, Mr. Erdem reiterated the NADEC’s role in supporting the District Export Councils throughout the U.S. NADEC strives for increasing the awareness and understanding of the importance of exports to the U.S. economy through education, legislative outreach, and engagement with all relevant stakeholders.

               NADEC Chair Oz Erdem with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross

Our District Export Council member and exporting expert Mr. Carlton Smith, Chief Operating Officer of HERO, accepted the 2018 President’s “E” Star Award for exporting, on behalf of Heavy Equipment Resources of Florida, Inc. (HERO).

Jacksonville-based Heavy Equipment Resources of Florida was one of nine companies nationwide to receive an “E” Star Award, a presidential recognition of excellence in exports, presented by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on May 21.

The “E” Star Award for Exports recognizes previous “E” Awardees who have reported four years of additional export growth.

We thank Carlton Smith and HERO FL for assisting the economy of our region and Florida through their sustained success in exporting!

Over 90 District Export Council members, Department of Commerce officers, as well as Industry representatives attended 2018 NADEC Legislative Summit to share the recent developments and work on the pressing issues on U.S. foreign trade and exporting. This year’s NADEC Legislative Summit focused on the perspective from the new administration on trade policies as well as outlook on legislative trade policy issues.

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross with NADEC Chair Robert Brown and Vice Chair Oz Erdem