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July 16, 2004
  Contact: Meredith Williams
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Bush Administration Official Honors
Local College for Export Achievement

Neal Burnham, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service today presented the Commerce Department’s Export Achievement Certificate to Clark Community College. The award recognizes companies and organizations that have used the export services of the U.S. Commercial Service to make their first export sale or open new foreign markets.

“Most of the jobs in America are created by small businesses,” Burnham said. “Small and medium-sized companies comprise almost 97 percent of U.S. exporters. The Bush administration will continue to work hard to help U.S. companies increase their exports and generate high-paying jobs for the working people of Washington.”

Clark Community College is a member of the Study Washington education consortium. Ms. Kay DeMooy, Director of the College’s International and Extended programs, contacted the Commercial Service to help address the sharp drop in registration of foreign students coming from their traditional markets in Korea and Japan. The Portland, OR U.S. Export Assistance Center assisted the school in revising its marketing and outreach strategy for these traditional Asian markets, which has led to a new interest in students from Japan, Korea, and other Asian countries.

The U.S. Commercial Service is a U.S. Commerce Department agency that helps small and midsize U.S. businesses sell their products and services globally. The Portland, Oregon U.S. Export Assistance Center is part of the agency’s worldwide network, which includes 107 U.S. Export Assistance Centers throughout the United States and more than 150 international offices.

For more information on the U.S. Commercial Service, please visit www.export.gov or call the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Portland, Oregon, at 503-326-3001.

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