Working for Rhode Island's Exporters

Our Mission

Rhode Island’s District Export Council

The Rhode Island District Export Council is an organization of business leaders from local communities in Rhode Island, appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, whose knowledge of and expertise in international business provides a source of professional advice for their region’s local firms.

Closely affiliated with the U.S. Commerce Department’s Export Assistance Centers and the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, the RI DEC works together with 60 DECs that exist throughout the country to support the U.S. Government’s export promotion efforts to include:

  1. Promoting export opportunities
  2. Advocating trade promotion policies
  3. Supporting businesses in developing export successes

Our members provide practical advice and strategies related to international trade, leveraging their own experience and networks to assist local businesses looking to advance their own trade expansion programs.

Rhode Island Export

Rhode Island’s DEC Members

DEC CHAIRPERSON

Betty Robson

JF Moran

DEC Treasurer

Avi Nevel

Rhode Island-Israel Collaborative

EXECUTIVE SECRETARY

Keith Yatsuhashi

US Commercial Service

Joseph Jansen

Night Vision Technology Solutions

Michael Sigourney

AVTECH

Erin Donovan-Boyle

Newport Chamber of Commerce

Andrew Gelfuso

Chafee Center for International Business 

Ashleigh Crowe

JF Moran 

Julie Janson

NVTS 

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RHODE ISLAND'S DEC MENTORING

Need expert advice on international trade? Just ask us; the DEC offers free mentoring to Rhode Island’s companies. Our members each have special trade knowledge they are eager to share to help businesses in our state develop export sales.

RESOURCES FOR COMPANIES IN RHODE ISLAND

Check out these helpful resources for more information about international business and trade in the state of Rhode Island.

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WHY SHOULD I CONTACT THE RHODE ISLAND DISTRICT EXPORT COUNCIL?

Before you get on a plane and start spending serious money, it’s important to understand the export process. Fortunately, we’re here to help.

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