United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk held a conference aimed at helping small- and medium-sized businesses create jobs through exports. The event took place at the Peterson Institute for International Economics on Thursday, January 21, 2010. Featured participants at the conference were Administrator Karen G. Mills of the US Small Business Administration, Deputy Secretary of Commerce Dennis Hightower, and Deputy US Trade Representative Miriam Sapiro. Small- and medium-sized business panelists shared their export successes and discussed major policy barriers as well as key issues in export promotion.
Prepared Remarks: Jobs on Main Street, Customers Around the World
A Positive Trade Agenda for US Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises
January 21, 2010
|Welcome and Introductions||C. Fred Bergsten, Director, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Administrator Karen G. Mills, US Small Business Administration
|Keynote Address||Ron Kirk, United States Trade Representative
|Roundtable 1: Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprise Export Successes and Major Policy Barriers
|Moderator||Ron Kirk , United States Trade Representative|
|Panelists||Charles Anderson, President, Data Distributed Services, Inc.
Peter Cairns, Acting CEO, Traffax, Inc.
Todd DeGarmo, CEO, Studios Architecture
Tim Herbert, Vice-President for Research, CompTIA
Chuck Wetherington, President, BTE Technologies
|Roundtable II: Key Issues in Export Promotion
|Moderator||Rochelle Lipsitz, Deputy Director General of the US and Foreign Commerical Service|
|Panelists||Drew Greenblatt, President, Marlin Steel Wire Products
Lester Keizer, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales, XiloCore
Peter Mulroy, Senior Vice President, CIT
Roy Paulson, CEO, Paulson Manufacturing
|Roundtable III: Developing Effective Trade Policy and Promotion for US Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises
|Moderators||Miriam Sapiro, Deputy US Trade Representative
Dennis Hightower, Deputy Secretary of Commerce
C. Fred Bergsten, Director, Peterson Institute for International Economics