U.S. Embassy Welcomes Trade Mission from Tampa Bay, Florida

Regional delegation from Tampa Bay, Florida, visits the Dominican Republic to increase commercial linkages between Tampa Bay and Dominican businesses.

Santo Domingo, DR. – (Dec. 5, 2016) – This morning, a group of 36 local business leaders from Tampa Bay, Florida, flew to the Dominican Republic to participate in a trade mission hosted and organized by the United States Embassy’s Commercial Service.  The Tampa Bay Export Alliance is a regional private-public alliance focused on building commercial linkages abroad for Tampa Bay.

The delegates will arrive in the capital city of Santo Domingo and begin a busy schedule of activities that includes a country commercial briefing by the U.S. Embassy’s Commercial Service, a welcome reception hosted by U.S. Ambassador James “Wally” Brewster, and a “Doing Business in the Caribbean” briefing at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo. Thirteen companies forming part of the mission will be participating in a match-making program, facilitated by the U.S. Commercial Service, providing them with over 150 individual and customized one-on-one meetings with Dominican companies.

“Companies using the U.S. Commercial Service have the best opportunity to get their products and services in front of businesses that are likely to purchase from them,” says Lorrie Belovich, Director, International Business Development, for the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation. “Local companies that have participated in this program have enjoyed great success in entering new foreign markets, and received the kind of on-the-ground support and introductions that are difficult for most businesses to get on their own.”

Ambassador Brewster, highlighting the positive impact of trade noted that “U.S. and Dominican businesses getting to know each other and forming business partnerships is and will always be the best way to forge lasting ties between our two nations.

About The U.S. Commercial Service 

The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. U.S. Commercial Service trade professionals in over 100 U.S. cities and in more than 75 countries help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets.  The U.S. Commercial Service is an important part of the U.S. Embassy mission in Santo Domingo.  Visit www.export.gov/caribbean.