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Danbury businessman participates in White House meeting on exports

A Danbury businessman has attended a White House roundtable discussion about boosting U.S. exports.  Dr. Robert Bedoukian was a guest of 5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty for the event hosted by the Secretary of Commerce and United States Trade Representative Ambassador.  Only three other Representatives and one Senator were invited to participate in the event.

 

Bedoukian Research, founded in 1972, is a supplier of specialty aroma and flavor ingredients to the pharmaceutical, agrochemical, and specialty chemical industries.

 

Esty says the Secretary of Commerce and others heard about the importance of intellectual property rights.  Currently, 55-percent of Bedoukian Research's sales are exports.  Federal officials discussed best practices and available federal tools for businesses looking to expand their exports. 

 

Esty says they heard the real world experience of the business owners challenges and opportunity for selling to the 95 percent of customers who don't live in the United States.  Esty is looking to bring some of those experts and resources back to the district and host an event for local businesses to learn about opportunities they have to get their products and services more easily exported around the world.

 

Last year, Connecticut set a record $16.4 billion worth of exports.  In 2011, a little more than 27-percent of all manufacturing workers in Connecticut depended on exports for their jobs.