Exports Expand Opportunities: The New African Marketplace Energizes American Businesses

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, February 5, 2019

“Ubuntu” is an African word emphasizing connectedness between people of the world. A philosophy embraced by Nelson Mandela, it stresses actions benefiting the greater good. America and Africa’s growing trade relationship is an excellent example of “ubuntu.” Imports from Africa and exports from America boost both economies in powerful ways. In 2017, the US had a $39 billion two-way goods trade with Sub-Saharan Africa — and revenues for both economies are on the rise.

Whether American businesses are exporting electrical machinery or business expertise, they’re bettering world communities while improving their bottom lines. On March 14, Charles County Economic Development’s International Trade Seminar will help area companies explore opportunities in new African markets. Speakers and sessions will pave the way for market entry and success.

The export market isn’t simply for global giants; companies at any size and stage are encouraged to get in the game. The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), a trade program encouraging US-African trade and investment, expands exports to the US and fosters favorable business conditions in Sub-Saharan Africa. The International Trade Seminar will school attendees on guidelines, conditions on the ground, and provide success strategies within the new African marketplace.

Headlining speakers Ian Oliver and Ross Ensor hail from ISI Consultants, which assists US companies with entry and expansion in African markets. Their relationships within these markets and expertise in strategy, marketing, and operations will position local companies for lift-off. Representatives from US government trade agencies and small businesses active in or considering African markets will lend ideas and expertise.

If you’re a small business hoping to invest in a worthy international marketplace, please join us at the Waldorf Hilton Garden Inn, 10385 O’Donnell Place, from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm on March 14. Register today!

Views from Charles

#MyCharlesCounty and other ways to make a difference

Published: Thursday, September 5, 2019

For those who work in economic development, pointing out a community’s assets is part of the job.  But sometimes, it’s what its citizens say that makes a difference.  This is a true story told by a local businessman who’s now in Southern Maryland but moved here from another state. 

“Charles County is a great central location for us to have access to all of our customers. We do business with NSWC Carderock, Naval Research Laboratory, NAWCAD Patuxent River, NSWC Dahlgren, and Indian Head Naval Support Facility, to name a few.”

Scott Decker
Director of Operations

Cardinal Scientific

“We are proud to be a key part of Charles County’s future and we heartily encourage other, cutting-edge companies to join us.”

Doug Egan
Chief Executive Officer
Competitive Power Ventures

“Charles County is where we started our company and where we grew and expanded. We now operate our managed print and managed IT solutions in five states and provide custom apps all around the globe. Our headquarters is still in Charles County, an excellent place to conduct business and recruit highly skilled individuals for our ever growing team!"

Joshua Justice
President

Just Tech

 

“We are proud to be a key part of Charles County’s future and we heartily encourage other, cutting-edge companies to join us.”

Katharine Tate
 Executive Director of Provider Engagement and Community Relations

Righttime Medical Care

“Charles County is a great place for businesses to start, grow, and thrive! We've worked with over 100 businesses since we opened our doors in Charles County, and I've witnessed the majority of these businesses achieve all three.”

Darlene M. Breck

Owner

Southern Maryland Business Center

“Charles County is a great place to do business because of the passion of the business community and the residents who strive to make it the best that it can be."

Andrew W. Welburn

President

The Welburn Organization