Bill Burwell, director of the U.S. Commercial Service in Baltimore, MD and Blair Woodring of Custom Alloys were guests on Connect and Collaborate with ICOSA radio. Together they shared the robust opportunities of participating in the Trade Winds program offered by the U.S. Commercial Service. The Trade Winds Forum connects business to exporting opportunities. For information on the Trade Winds program, visit: http://export.gov/pennsylvania/tradewinds. The program is geared towards senior executives such as CEOs and vice presidents. Up to 300 people are present at Trade Winds conferences making networking with both U.S. and foreign companies possible and are held in the exporting region.
Gold Key services are available at Trade Wind conferences. Starting at $700 for small to medium sized companies the USCS will screen, verify and arrange meetings with qualified companies. Even though only one in 100 U.S. companies export this federally funded program results in 100 million in sales overall for companies who have been part of Trade Winds.
Blair Woodring of Customs Alloys sees value in exporting with the U.S. Commercial Service due to the competitiveness and the U.S. Commercial Service brand. He recommends the Trade Wind program for not being a typical government service but one with extreme customer service and commitment to success.