Meet The Alliance Members

Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development The Business Development Department within the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development has staff that work directly with existing industry to provide guidance, resources and contacts to assist Kentucky businesses to expand their operations. The Cabinet also has offices in Germany, Japan, Mexico and China. Kentucky’s foreign offices are staffed with bilingual experts that can assist Kentucky companies to expand their businesses internationally. The Cabinet’s website, www.ThinkKentucky.com features extensive economic data on Kentucky, as well as a database of thousands of businesses in Kentucky.

Kentucky World Trade Center The Kentucky World Trade Center (KWTC) is a business organization that supports import, export and overseas commercial operations for Kentucky companies. With offices in Lexington and Louisville, KWTC offers services including consultation, market research, translation assistance, cross-cultural training and educational seminars. In addition to acting as a sponsor of international programs and trade missions, KWTC also offers referrals to local international service providers.

U.S. Commercial Service The U.S. Commercial Service (USCS) is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. USCS trade professionals in over 100 U.S. cities and in nearly 80 countries help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets. USCS promotes and protects U.S. commercial interests abroad and delivers customized solutions to ensure that U.S. businesses compete and win in the global marketplace. USCS services for U.S. exporters include: market intelligence to target the right market(s) for products and services; trade counseling to help navigate the export process from beginning to end; business matchmaking services to find the right partners and prospects; trade advocacy to level the international playing field for international procurement.

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has evolved into the premier business association in the state, representing 2,700 member businesses – from family owned shops to Fortune 500 companies – that employ over half of the Commonwealth’s workforce. The Kentucky Chamber's powerful grassroots network, through a partnership with more than 80 local chambers in the state, consists of 25,000 professionals. The Chamber influences policymakers in areas such as business taxation and fiscal policy, environmental and safety issues and workers' compensation, health care and education reform. It provides leadership as a catalyst, consensus-builder and advocate to unite business and advance Kentucky.

Northern Kentucky International Trade Association The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s premier trade association, NKITA is committed to enhancing economic opportunities for those members who are currently, or who want to be, involved in international trade. The association connects members with global businesses and networking opportunities through programs, trade education seminars and special events – including the planning of several international trade visits and trade missions.

TradeRoots TradeRoots, a division of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, specializes in inspiring small and medium-sized companies to export by providing local resources and producing promotional trade materials and stories. TradeRoots also provides assistance for local trade leadership organizations regarding federal and local advocacy, relationships with federal and international organizations, and event planning and promotion. Through its vigorous communications campaign, and partnerships with governors and state leaders, TradeRoots works to promote international business understanding and to communicate the benefits of trade.

Kentucky Association of Manufacturers Established in 1911, the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers is Kentucky’s most effective advocate for manufacturers. KAM's mission is to create and protect a manufacturing-friendly environment in Kentucky. In addition to advocating, KAM educates, connects and provides cost-saving programs and products to members. For more information, visit www.KAM.us.com.

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