HAYWARD (PR Web Wire) -- A recent U.S. Commercial Service event -- the 4th Annual "Make it in America; Sell it to the World" seminar, honored two members of Cal State East Bay's administration, as well as other Bay Area civic leaders. The event, sponsored by the U.S. Commercial Service's Oakland Export Assistance Center, was hosted by the Hayward Chamber of Commerce. The commercial service is a branch of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
The event was highlighted by several San Francisco Bay Area Companies receiving awards for their export achievements.
Those honored included Cal State East Bay's Ray Wallace, executive director of International Programs, and Brian Cook, associate vice president for University Extension. Others honored were Mr. Robert Lundy, President & CEO of Glimmerglass; and Mr. Vernon Olson, General Manager of MDC Vacuum Products of Hayward, CA. Bernard Mbochi, Engineering, Product and Technology Lead of Talesun Solar Company was also given an award. Mr. Mbochi took part in the Power Africa Initiative for alternate fuels in Africa. Also at the event were Michael Sweeney, Mayor of Hayward, Todd Acker, FedEX, and Tom Neff, RINA Accountancy Corp.
Presenting at the event were Rod Hirsch, "Global Markets," Mr. Hirsch described how the US Commercial Services can help open new global markets for your products. Jeff Deiss, Regional Export Finance manager U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA); David Josephson, U.S. Export-Import Bank (ExIm Bank), and Dr. Lawrence Spinelli, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) also gave presentations. Dr. Spinelli noted that OPIC doesn't produce oil, isn't private nor is it a corporation.
John Andersen, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce, spoke about, "What can global markets do for you." Nand Ramchandani, Government Affairs, of OSISoft company of San Leandro spoke of the success OSIsoft had on a recent trade mission to Africa. Attendees learned that whether you have a big or small budget, can travel or not, the US Department of Commerce can assist you in a number of ways to help you bring your products to the world.