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Vivian Powell

Operations Manager

Trade Support

Exports are a significant economic driver for our region. That’s actually putting it mildly: All told they support 90,980 jobs statewide and contribute more than $27.8 billion to North Carolina’s economy.

Trade, logistics and professional organizations and companies support businesses in every aspect of international business and trade. They help local companies export, build global supply chains (and knowledge chains), and grant access to expanding global markets. They help foreign companies locate and do business here.

Specialized chambers and nearly two dozen consulates operate in our region. The North Carolina Department of Commerce connects our region globally with locations in Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, Hong Kong, Japan and Mexico. These representatives work in-country to find business opportunities for companies in our state. They also assist us in recruiting good foreign investment clients to our region.

Specialized educational programs prepare our citizens for success in the global marketplace. Centers for International Business Education and Research at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill promote the competitiveness of United States companies and people through research, education and outreach. Working Languages programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School teach Mandarin, Portuguese and Spanish in a business context for executives who conduct business globally or manage non-English-speaking employees here.

The Confucius Institute at North Carolina State University, Center for International Understanding and International Business Council promote intercultural understanding, cultural awareness and connections for our region.

And Foreign Trade Zone #93 provides three profitable points of entry for foreign companies to the Research Triangle Region marketplace, while at the same time leveling the playing field for companies in our own region to compete against their counterparts on other continents.

Participating – and excelling – in the world of global commerce. That’s how the Triangle does business.