Thomas J. Benthall
dq46rm79 at COASTALNET.COM
Thu Apr 4 22:55:59 MST 1996
> A>I am wondering if it is customary for the Secretary of Commerce to
> >travel the world, or anywhere else for that matter, in the company of
> >large business executives.
> Ron Brown was the first Pro-Active Sec. of Commerce this country has ever
> had. His several trade missions to South Africa, India, Brazil and Bosnia,
> among other places, was a unique initiative sparked by the National Export
> Strategy developed by Brown and the Clinton Administration. In my opinion,
> this strategy is one of the better (if not only) policies that has succeeded
> and worked well for U.S. businesses. This strategy places emphasis on
> assisting ALL sized companies to begin to look at the global market, that is
> to say EXPORTS. The Commerce Department does not advocate nor support
> companies that are involved with Imports. Imports are generally advocated
> and assisted by the foreign country from which the product has been imported
> Exports are the future of this country and have already created thousands of
> jobs (private sector) by private companies increasing their exports and
> thereby their profits, increasing employment throughout the nation.
> Although Ron Brown was an ardent partisan Democrat, his business views
> regarding Commerce Department activities was a welcome site to all
> businesses throughout this country, and probably will not be replaced.
> The COmmerce Department needs to be downsized drastically, but the
> International Trade functions should be kept, if not increased.
> Small companies have been assisted far more than the larger companies, we
> only see the larger trade missions in the press. The local U.S. Export
> Assistance Centers located in most major cities, work directly with the
> smaller and medium sized companies who are willing and eager to export. The
> larger companies can pretty much take care of themselves, it's the smaller
> companies that really need the guidance which is provided by COmmerce
> Department programs.
> I am personally involved in one of these Commerce Programs and work directly
> with very small companies in the Los ANgeles area who have never exported.
> I have personally assisted several companies in the development of their
> export plan and am pleased to say that a good majority of them are making
> lots of money and hiring additional staff as a result.
> If anyone is interested in a program that has Commerce support, you can
> check out the newest international trade and export assistance web site,
> TradePort, located at http://tradeport.org
> The nationally launching of the TradePort web site on March 8, was the last
> time I spoke with Secretary Brown. THe country has lost a great deal as a
> result of this tragedy.
> Robert A. Ostrea, Jr.
> Hollywood, California
> DODGER COUNTRY
> 1995 NL West Division Champs!
Uh.....................you say that you are personally involved in
these Comerce programs. Sorry, but your reply does not count.
Thomas J. Benthall
dq46rm79 at coastalnet.com
Gen. Matt W. Ransom Camp 861, SCV
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