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The Ohio Aerospace Institute wins MDCP Funding

December 1, 2021
JobsOhio Booth at Farnborough Airshow 2022

The Ohio Aerospace Institute wins MDCP Funding (CLEVELAND, October 29) – COMMERCE SECRETARY AWARDS THE OHIO AEROSPACE INSTITUTE $300,000 TO…

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US Commercial Service Cleveland is Hiring!

November 17, 2021
Minority Business Focused Business Trade Mission to Southwest Europe

US Commercial Service Cleveland is hiring! Join the team at the US Commercial Service in Cleveland, Ohio. As part of…

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DEC Overview

DEC members with Congressional

District Export Councils are organizations of business leaders from local communities, appointed by various U.S. Secretaries of Commerce, whose knowledge of and expertise in international business provides a source of professional advice for their region's local firms. Closely affiliated with the U.S. Commerce Department’s Export Assistance Centers and the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, the 59 DECs that exist throughout the country support the U.S. Government’s export promotion efforts. The two Ohio DECs are responsible for the creation of this website.

Currently there are approximately 1,500 DEC members who volunteer their time and specialized expertise to assist small and medium-sized businesses in their local communities establish or increase export sales, thus promoting our country’s economic growth and creating new and higher-paying jobs for their communities. DEC members also sponsor and participate in numerous trade promotion activities, as well as advocate for effective trade policy positions.

DEC ACTIVITIES

The Ohio DEC focuses on promoting other non-profit organizations. One of the resources the Ohio DEC provides is a calendar for all surrounding non-profit events and/or conferences.

In 1960, the President asked the Secretary of Commerce to enlist the efforts of the U.S. business community in enlarging export opportunities for American firms. Responding to this challenge, the National Export Expansion Council was formed.

Meet Our Board of Directors

D Bowen

David Bowen

Co-Chair of NODEC
Kim Smith

Kimberly Smith

Co-Chair of NODEC
G Ellerhorst

Gary Ellerhorst

Chair of SODEC
Tom Norwalk

Tom Norwalk

Vice Chair of SODEC

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