SLCC Global Business Center Receives Presidential Award

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SLCC Center at College's Sandy Campus provides classes, seminars and conferences teaching export services for small and medium-sized U.S. businesses.

Salt Lake Community College's Global Business Center Director Stan Rees (left) and SLCC Miller Business Resource Center Executive Director Beth Colosimo.

Salt Lake Community College's Global Business Center Director Stan Rees (left) and SLCC Miller Business Resource Center Executive Director Beth Colosimo.

The “E” Award Committee was very impressed with the Global Business Center’s dedication to helping first-time exporters understand the export process and enter new international markets.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today presented Salt Lake Community College’s Global Business Center with the President’s “E” Award for Export Service at a ceremony in Washington, DC. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.

“The “E” Award Committee was very impressed with the Global Business Center’s dedication to helping first-time exporters understand the export process and enter new international markets,” said Secretary Pritzker in her congratulatory letter to the company announcing its selection as an award recipient. “The Global Business Center’s achievement has undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs.”

SLCC’s Miller Business Resource Center (MBRC) on its campus in Sandy, home to Global Business Center, is a provider of classes, seminars and conferences teaching export services for small and medium-sized U.S. businesses, including freight forwarding, export counseling, exporting financing, strategic planning, and more.

“Exporting is crucial to the success of many of the businesses we work with,” said Beth Colosimo, executive director for the MBRC. “Every day we see the growth of our clients’ businesses, due in large part to exporting. This growth has enabled our clients to add jobs and support their local communities as they expand their bottom line.”

In 1961, President Kennedy signed an executive order reviving the World War II “E” symbol of excellence to honor and provide recognition to America's exporters. Today, Secretary Pritzker honored 123 U.S. companies with the President’s “E” Award for their outstanding work to reduce barriers to foreign markets and to open the door to more trade around the world. In 2015, U.S. exports totaled $2.23 trillion, accounting for nearly 13 percent of U.S. GDP. Nationally, exports contributed to the U.S. economy, supporting an estimated 11.5 million jobs.

U.S. companies are nominated for the “E” Awards through the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service office network, located within the Department’s International Trade Administration, with offices in 108 U.S. cities and more than 70 countries. Criteria for the award is based on four years of successive export growth and case studies which demonstrate valuable support to exporters resulting in increased exports for the company’s clients. For more information about the “E” Awards and the benefits of exporting, visit http://www.export.gov.

Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, student-focused, comprehensive community college meeting the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. Home to more than 60,000 students each year, the College is Utah’s leading provider of workforce development programs. SLCC is also the largest supplier of transfer students to Utah’s four-year institutions and a perennial Top 10 college nationally for total associate degrees awarded. The College is the sole provider of applied technology courses in the Salt Lake area, with multiple locations, an eCampus, and nearly 1,000 continuing education sites located throughout the Salt Lake Valley. Personal attention from an excellent faculty is paramount at the College, which maintains an average class size of 20.

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