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For Immediate Release: November 20, 2009
Contact: Valeisha Butterfield  (202) 482-3809

International Trade Administration and Columbia Mayor Join USC's Darla Moore School of Business for International Education Week

WASHINGTON –Columbia, South Carolina Mayor Bob Cole, and Rodney Emery, Director of Legislative Affairs for the International Trade Administration today joined the Columbia U.S. Export Assistance Center (USEAC) and the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business in celebrating International Education Week and the USEAC’s move into the Darla Moore School.

The USEAC relocated its offices to USC’s Darla Moore School of Business in July 2009.  The move provides the Columbia USEAC an opportunity to re-establish a presence in downtown Columbia, allowing for greater access to economic development and statewide trade, and congressional partners.  The Darla Moore School of Business enjoys an established reputation as one of the nation’s premier international business schools. 

“I am pleased the U.S. Department of Commerce has enhanced its presence in South Carolina and the Sixth Congressional District with its Export Assistance Center office move to the Moore School of Business,” Congressman Clyburn said.  “This is a great partnership for The University of South Carolina’s outstanding International Business program, and will benefit our entire state and the country.” 

Eighty percent of South Carolina’s exporters are small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with fewer than 500 employees, generating 12 percent of the state’s total exports of merchandise in 2007.  The Columbia USEAC is charged with helping SMEs export their goods and services by providing comprehensive counseling and advice, finding qualified international buyers, and providing market intelligence to firms interested in entering new markets.  The relocation will allow for increased access for SMEs to walk-in for client services.  

“Collaborating with the prestigious Darla Moore School of Business will further promote the USEAC’s profile, strengthening its relationship with elected officials and local businesses.  This partnership is one of many steps we are taking to promote trade and help create jobs in the state of South Carolina,” Emery said.

The International Trade Administration presented Export Achievement Certificates to Innovative Global Supply and Carolina First Bank at the event.

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