“Doing Business With The United States” Workshop

President Obama’s April 26-27 Summit on Entrepreneurship held in Washington, DC highlighted the critical role entrepreneurship plays in expanding economic opportunity and deepening trade, investment and other economic ties between the United States and countries around the world.  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced in June that the United States would look for ways to support the development of entrepreneurship in the Caribbean.  In fulfillment of that commitment, the United States is supporting the first ever Barbados National Entrepreneurship Summit to take place during the annual Global Entrepreneurship Week with a trade and investment workshop on “Doing Business with the United States.”  The workshop will provide information to local companies about navigating the business start-up process and resources to support entrepreneurship by partnering with U.S. companies, accessing the U.S. market, and gaining investment for alternative energy products.


Each speaker will present for 30 minutes, followed by a 10 minute question and answer session.


Approximately 100-150 government personnel and business entrepreneurs from Barbados and other Caribbean countries.  This workshop is free of charge to the public.


Sandro Murtas is Director of the International Trade Center of the Small Business Development Center in Puerto Rico (SBTDC), an office of the U.S. Small Business Administration.  He will discuss how his office provides technical assistance in starting up a business, counseling and training in running a successful business, and help in securing financing for aspiring entrepreneurs.  The SBTDC is opening offices in Mexico and Colombia, and hopes to do the same in the Caribbean.

James Moran is Managing Director of Investment Development and Coordination, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).  He will discuss OPIC’s role as the U.S. bilateral Development Finance Institution in mobilizing U.S. private investment in support of our foreign and development policy goals, as well as renewable resources and clean technology as they relate to Latin America and the Caribbean region.

Megan Schildgen is Commercial Officer with the Department of Commerce at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  She will discuss Gold Key Services and explain how U.S. businesses can be paired with local firms to fuel new business ventures.  She will also discuss trade missions which bring foreign companies to business conferences in the U.S. to help these companies partner with new customers.

Cynthia Whittenburg is Director of Trade Facilitation and Administration Division at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) office of international trade.  She will discuss import rules and regulations for goods entering the United States with a focus on customs clearance to multiple destinations, importation of agricultural products, and pre-shipment clearance of items being imported to the U.S.

For more information, please contact:

Public Affairs/Diplomacy

Joseph Schaller

Deputy Public Affairs Officer

Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown

Tel: 246-227-4182

Fax: 246-429-5316

E-mail: SchallerJR@state.gov

Website: http://barbados.usembassy.gov

Workshop Content/E-Team Liaison

D.R. Seckinger

Political-Economic Officer

Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown

Tel: 246-227-4224

Fax: 246-246-227-4174

E-mail: SeckingerDR@state.gov