Press Release

Ribbon-Cutting and Grand Opening Ceremony of U.S. Commercial Service Office at Shaw University Campus

Wednesday, September 6, 2023
Contact: Office of Public Affairs
Phone: 202-482-3809

WASHINGTON - On Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023, the International Trade Administration’s (ITA) U.S. Commercial Service, Shaw University, and the North Carolina District Export Council will host a ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony as the U.S. Commercial Service office in Raleigh, North Carolina, officially moves to its new location on Shaw University’s campus.

Strategically located inside the Shaw University campus, America’s oldest historically Black college in the South, the new location for the U.S. Commercial Service office in Raleigh will allow for collaboration with the university and the North Carolina District Export Council to identify small and medium-sized enterprises from underrepresented communities in order to provide services and export assistance to businesses looking to expand their sales into international markets.

Kendee Yamaguchi, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Field, Shaw University President Paulette R. Dillard, and representatives from the North Carolina District Export Council and local, state and federal governments, as well as representatives from the nonprofit and private sectors will be in attendance. The ceremony and grand opening of the office are open to both the public and the press. 

“Across the globe, there is a strong and consistent demand for U.S. products and services,” said Kendee Yamaguchi, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Field. “Our job at the U.S. Commercial Service is to help your business find success abroad through exports. Equitable and sustainable growth is the heart of the Biden-Harris Administration, and this partnership with Shaw University and the North Carolina District Export Council will help ensure that we increase our nation’s pool of exporters while enhancing the global competitiveness of U.S. businesses.” 

ITA’s U.S. Commercial Service is dedicated to helping American businesses, large and small, succeed internationally through exports and is comprised of a global network of experienced trade professionals located in more than 100 locations throughout the United States, including now, two historically Black colleges and universities, and more than 80 U.S. embassies and consulates abroad.


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

About Shaw University 
Shaw University, located in Raleigh, North Carolina, is the first historically Black institution of higher education founded in North Carolina and is among the oldest in the nation. The University was founded in 1865 by Henry Martin Tupper. Dr. Paulette Dillard currently serves as the University’s 18th President. For more information, visit: 

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