The Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce recently announced a new partnership with the International Trade Administration (ITA) U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service. Both entities have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to collaborate on increasing awareness of the economic benefits of exporting. The partnership also aims to educate businesses on how exporting can help increase the region’s trade capacity and economic viability, and create jobs.

“The growth in Michigan export numbers help demonstrate that there’s every incentive for U.S. companies to pursue export opportunities,” said Richard Corson, Director of the U.S. Commercial Service in Pontiac. “Foreign buyers have a high appreciation for U.S.-based products and services, and there’s no better time than now to start exporting. We can help companies with their exporting efforts.”

While exports have increased in Michigan, there’s still tremendous opportunity to do more. The intent of the MOA is to work jointly and focus primarily on small- and medium-sized business support. The goal also is to help coordinate companies’ export promotion activities, and inform businesses of available trade and export assistance programs.

View the entire announcement here.

For more information about how the Regional Chamber Economic Development team can assist your business with export and other growth opportunities contact Janice Karcher at (810) 600-1429 or