For Immediate Release –
May 22, 2017
Media Contact: Suzanne Schwab, Office of Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno
TRENTON — U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross today presented the New Jersey Office of International Business Development & Protocol with the President’s “E Star” Award for Export Service at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The Office has been selected to receive the award for its work with New Jersey companies in making significant contributions to an increase in U.S. exports.
In 1961 President Kennedy issued Executive Order #10978 to establish the “E” Award Program. Subsequently, in 1969, the “E Star” Award was authorized and recognizes “E” Award winners for continued efforts in export expansion.
The Office of International Business Development & Protocol works with New Jersey businesses to provide a range of Export Promotion services such as identifying overseas buyers and researching new international markets for New Jersey-made products or services. The Office is part of the New Jersey Business Action Center housed within the Department of State and reports to Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno.
“The exporting success of the companies we work with is crucial because it compounds throughout the network of firms and organizations supporting them,” said Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno. “As a result, every day we see increased growth of New Jersey’s international businesses as they add jobs and support their local communities.”
Further noted by Secretary Ross in his congratulatory letter, “The State of New Jersey Office of International Business Development and Protocol has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion.”
Business Action Center
Led by Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, the Business Action Center provides the business community with a single point of contact, applying a proactive and customer-service approach to businesses’ interactions with State government. Created within the Department of State’s Business Action Center (BAC) in 2012, The Office of International Business Development and Protocol’s mission is to assist New Jersey companies with export opportunities. It is also responsible for managing all aspects of export promotion activities, and establishing and maintaining positive working relationships with the foreign business investment community. Businesses interested in applying for NJ STEP or in need of assistance are encouraged to call New Jersey’s Business Action Center at 866.534.7789 or visit the State’s Business Portal at www.newjerseybusiness.gov