Department of Commerce Partnership

A new partnership between Dominican University of California and the U.S. Commercial Service (USCS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce will give Dominican students hands-on exposure to international business and trade.

USCS has relocated its North Bay Export Assistance Center to Dominican's San Rafael campus. The partners will work together to develop and implement events and programs designed to benefit the local international trade community.

Dominican students will participate in events and seminars promoting international trade. Students also will engage with officials from Commerce Department offices around the world. Through its School of Business, Education, and Leadership, Dominican offers MBA degrees in strategic leadership (MBA-SL) and global strategic management (MBA-GSM). The University also offers undergraduate degrees in business administration, international studies, and politics.

The Dominican/USCS partnership will include the development of a "Think Tank" on Dominican's campus that will meet monthly with selected faculty and students to exchange ideas on real problems for real companies who are clients of USCS. The partners also are developing student internships with North Bay businesses. Meanwhile, Dominican faculty will serve as resources on issues of international trade.

The U.S. Commercial Service is a federal government agency that helps small and medium-sized companies export goods and services. The USCS provides export counseling, advocacy, market research, and trade leads and assists U.S. firms in locating international partners. It also helps U.S. businesses set up overseas sales offices. The San Rafael office serves about 150 businesses located in Marin, Napa, Solano, Sonoma, Mendocino, and Humboldt counties and has helped local businesses export a variety of goods and services, including telecommunications products and services, software, wine, water treatment products and services, skin care products, and processed food.

The Dominican/USCS partnership will be managed by Elizabeth Krauth, director of the U.S. Commercial Service North Bay office, and Dr. Francoise Lepage, assistant to the president for special projects at Dominican University.

The first co-sponsored event will be held on Thursday, January 12, when Cameron Werker, who heads the U.S. Commercial Service office in Beijing, China, will lead a seminar on China's information technology sector. Topics covered will include: technology and environmental standards in China; encryption regulations; telecom infrastructure/service market; opportunities in the software market; compulsory licensing; getting paid by Chinese companies; and protecting intellectual property. The seminar, which is open to the public, will take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon in Dominican University's Creekside Room.

USCS consists of 1,800 trade specialists located in more than 260 cities in the U.S. and around the globe. It has some of the most comprehensive and up-to-date information about international markets and export potential of American products and services.