Grant funds for Paris Air Show attendees

Are you in the aerospace sector or involved in serving customers who work in it? The Oklahoma Department of Commerce has STEP Grant Funds available that may help offset costs of participation at the Paris Air Show on June 19-22, 2017. But you must apply ASAP. Here is the registration form for the STEP Grants. As noted on ODOC’s website, “The Oklahoma STEP Forward Enhancement Fund is part of the…

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Mills Machine Co. of Shawnee shows how export markets help Oklahoma manufacturers

An excellent article by The Journal Record’s Brian Brus on OKGIT member and past chair, Chuck Mills’ family owned firm, Mills Machine Co. The Oklahoma manufacturer, based out of Shawnee, Oklahoma, specializes in earth drilling tools, bits and related accessories for the water well, environmental, construction, geothermal and blast hole mining industries. Mills has focused on developing international customers for his company, something that was necessary for the Oklahoma manufacturer…

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Oklahoma World Trade Conference 2017

OKGIT members and partners from across Oklahoma’s manufacturing and commercial sectors filled the room at Oklahoma City University’s Meinders School of Business in mid-April for the Oklahoma World Trade Conference. Congratulations to those in attendance and those who were honored for the work in furthering Oklahoma’s trade ties.

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Meeting roundup: March 2017

In an effort to better connect our members, we wanted to send out a brief, unofficial report on today’s meeting. This does not supplant nor replace the minutes, which will be distributed closer to our May meeting. We had guest presentations from Dirk Spiers, of Spiers New Technologies, who gave a lively briefing of his firm’s work in Oklahoma and his take on our current state of affairs. Here’s a…

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Lopez named Oklahoma Secretary of State

Oklahoma has a new secretary of state after a short stint by Mike Hunter, who was recently appointed attorney general. Mike Lopez, a former interim superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools and former Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce was named by Governor Mary Fallin as the newest Secretary of State. The governor issued a brief statement concerning the appointment, saying: “Dave Lopez has been a successful businessman and tremendous civic leader…

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Guide to exporting for Oklahoma-based companies

The Export-Import Bank of the United States and the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service are out with their basic guide to exporting book, a fantastic tool for Oklahoma exporters or those businesses interested in developing international markets. Check it out here: https://tinyurl.com/GtExpt

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Tips to consider before Oklahoma firms expand internationally

Oklahoma firms, are you considering an expansion internationally? Velocity Global has a few tips on what you need to consider before you do. According to Velocity Global, if you’ve decided to pursue business opportunities abroad, “there are a few key pointers to remember when thinking about taking your business overseas. All of these tips will help you avoid wasted costs, achieve growth quickly and efficiently, and diminish risks.” Take your…

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OKGIT 2017 Gavel Ceremony at the Oklahoma State Capitol

Members of the Oklahoma Governor’s International Team and the Oklahoma Governor’s Economic Development Marketing Team joined at the state capitol on February 16 in the annual gavel ceremony inside the Blue Room. Governor Mary Fallin helped conduct the ceremony, first honoring incoming Chair John Curzon and presenting him with the chair’s gavel, made by the woodworking class at Mustang High School. Curzon, partner at CCK Strategies,PLLC in Tulsa, Oklahoma, steps…

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How STEP Funding Services Help Local Companies Expand

The below interview originally ran in the January 2017 edition of The New Pioneer magazine. It is reproduced here with the express written permission of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. Q&A with Charles D. Mills, President of Mills Machine Company, on his company’s use of the State Trade Expansion Grant Program offered through the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. What initially made you decided to apply for the STEP grant? “Since…

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Trade opportunities with Chile for Oklahoma businesses

Pulling from our friends at the Federation of International Trade Associations, there are opportunities for Oklahoma businesses to boost their bottom line by trading with partners in Chile. According to U.S. Census data, trade between the United States and Chile totaled $24.1 billion in 2015, with the U.S. exporting a total value of $15.4 billion and importing $8.7 billion worth of goods. The main goods exported by the United States…

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