Press Release

Deputy Assistant Secretary Yamaguchi to Promote Global Export Opportunities for Small Businesses in Kansas City

Tuesday, September 12, 2023
Contact: Office of Public Affairs
Phone: 202-482-3809

WASHINGTON - Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for the U.S. Field Kendee Yamaguchi will provide keynote remarks at a Building Bridges to Global Markets event in Kansas City, Missouri, on Wednesday, September 13. 

Part of the International Trade Administration’s (ITA) Global Diversity Export Initiative, Building Bridges to Global Markets is a no-cost export promotion workshop geared towards small- and medium-sized diverse businesses and hosted by ITA’s U.S. Commercial Service. The workshop will bring local trade resources to the business community, including information about the essentials of exporting; identifying qualified, vetted buyers and partners; and addressing common challenges faced by diverse businesses as they look to expand their sales internationally, such as trade finance and access to capital. 

Additionally, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Deputy Assistant Secretary Yamaguchi will present an Export Achievement Award to Bhatt International, a local, minority-owned business. She will also present a Certificate of Appreciation to the World Trade Center – Kansas City, a key economic development partner in the region, respectively. 

“Our local U.S. Commercial Service office is part of a global network of experienced trade professionals for businesses that want to expand their client base and sales,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary Yamaguchi. “I look forward to meeting with Kansas City’s diverse business community as they look to grow in new, international markets.”


About the International Trade Administration
The International Trade Administration (ITA) at the U.S. Department of Commerce is the premier resource for American companies competing in the global marketplace. Operating in more than 100 U.S. locations and 80 markets worldwide, ITA promotes trade and investment, assists U.S. businesses and workers to export and expand globally, and ensures fair trade and compliance by enforcing U.S. trade laws and agreements. For more information on ITA, visit

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