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Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Receives President's 'E Star' Award for International Trade Efforts

May 17, 2012 9:00 am

LOS ANGELES, CA — The LosAngeles Area Chamber of Commerce was awarded the President’s “E Star” Award today for export service in recognition of the Chamber’s continued achievement in making significant contributions to the increase of U.S. exports.

L.A. Area Chamber Senior Vice President Carlos Valderrama received the award on behalf of the Chamber during a special ceremony at the White House. The award was presented by U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary John Bryson.

“This is the highest recognition any group can receive for work in international trade, which is why we are proud to be here to today to receive the honor,” Valderrama said. “Exporting has been and will continue to be one of the Chamber’s top priorities because we understand the positive gains that result from increased trade.”

The L.A. Area Chamber recognizes that the future of our economy is tied to international trade. The Chamber's Global Initiatives Committee fosters the development and access to foreign markets for local companies and provides global matchmaking services to foreign entities seeking U.S. joint venture partners, distributors and retailers.

“I am pleased to recognize the L.A. Area Chamber for receiving the President’s “E Star” Award, which honors organizations that make significant contributions toward increasing U.S. exports,” Secretary Bryson said. “This Administration is committed to leveling the playing field for American businesses and workers to help U.S. companies build things here and sell them around the world. It is organizations like the L.A. Area Chamber that are helping to grow our economy and put more Americans back to work.”

U.S. organizations are nominated for the “E Star” Awards through the U.S. Commercial Service office network in 108 U.S. cities and more than 75 countries. The primary criterion for the “E Star” Award is four years of successive export growth or of supporting the export growth of others. “E Star” Awards are awarded to applicants that can demonstrate a significant contribution to U.S. export expansion that is measurable, innovative, sustainable and has broad impact.

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The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit www.lachamber.com.


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