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Former U.S. international trade official promotes export opportunities


By Bill Poovey
bpoovey@scbiznews.com
Published Feb. 10, 2014

A former U.S. International Trade Administration official told a group of Greenville business executives, bankers and economic development strategists that startup firms need to take advantage of export opportunities. Adam Wilczewski said there are people “outside our markets” who have money and want to buy our goods and services.

Former U.S. international trade official Adam Wilczewski speaks in Greenville. (Photo by Bill Poovey)
Former U.S. international trade official Adam Wilczewski speaks in Greenville. (Photo by Bill Poovey)

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Wilczewski, who in January left his job as chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration, said Monday at the Next Innovation Center that projections show “90% of all growth is going to be outside our markets” in the next five years.

Wilczewski said the Greenville area “being the 27th largest metropolitan area exporter in the country has a lot of opportunity abroad. More startup firms need to be thinking immediately about nine out of 10 customers that are overseas.”

Wilczewski is now a partner in Busch Global Ventures, based in St. Louis, and he said they are looking to assist companies that want to develop a “global strategy.”

Upstate SC Alliance Marketing Research Manager Elizabeth Feather told the group the alliance is about to start an assessment of Upstate businesses about their export activities and needs as part of a Brookings Institution Global Cities Exchange program. The four-year program is aimed at boosting international export opportunities.

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