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Nacc_logoThe Chicago chapter of the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce (NACC) had it’s first meeting of the new season last night at the Wellington Restaurant in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Members talked and discussed their various summer activities and trips over drinks and hot Hors D’oeuvres. The meeting got underway with the introduced of the new board members who will take office in January 2010 and several announcements.

The speaker for this meeting was Jeff Graber of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Mr. Graber is a Senior International Trade Specialist in Chicago where he oversees the industry sectors of food processing and packaging equipment, agriculture equipment and building products. Prior to his work at the DoC he was the international sales manager for Cummings-Allison. While Jeff is not of Norwegian heritage he has strong ties to Norway and calls Norway his second home. As a Rotary Exchange Student he spent his junior year in Oslo Norway and attended the 1994 Olympics. He spoke fondly of his time in Norway and even make some of his introductions in Norwegian.

Jeff’s work at the U.S. Department of Commerce – U.S Commercial Service is to help U.S. businesses find success in exporting their goods and services to foreign markets. Jeff explained that with decreasing domestic demand and increasing international markets his department helps U.S. companies make connections outside the U.S. by providing service such as; market research, partner searches, creating exporter directories and business services listings, performing company and trade advocacy, organizing trade shows as well as generating news reports. Many of the services are free or are provided to the U.S. company for a small fee. Because of the departments work, small businesses that normally would not think of selling their products or services outside of the U.S. are given additional support and counseling so they can increase sales in these new markets.

Jeff likes to think of himself as a “facilitator” and as an individual that brings people together so they can build relationships. He reminded us that networking is the best way to build success in business. The services his organization provides gives small and large business a worldwide network with friends and contacts around the world. To get additional information about the U.S. Commercial Service go to the following web sites:

http://www.export.gov
http://www.buyusa.gov/illinois

Ken Nordan
Contributing Editor

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