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Exports total nearly $5.3B in first half of 2011
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Allen Family Foods bought by S. Korean firm
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British Airways accepting gov't contractors at BWI
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Gov. O'Malley meets China’s Jiangsu Province Secretary Luo Zhijun during his June trade mission to Asia

Jiangsu Province Sec. Luo Zhijun visits NIH

Gov. O’Malley joined officials from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB) and Rockville-based Chinese Biopharmaceutical Association as they welcomed China’s Jiangsu Province Secretary Luo Zhijun to NIH and witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between UMB and China Medical City on July 20. In June, Gov. O’Malley visited Secretary Luo (left) as part of a 10-day Asian mission that included the largest investment of a Chinese company in Maryland and more than $85 million in direct foreign investments in the state. Read more....


Brown Advisory Partner Greg Barnhill (with wife Lisa) receives a citation from Sec. Johansson for assisting British Airways at BWI.
Fed. Contractors Can Now Fly via British Airways, AA, Iberia at BWI
All federal government contractors, including Dept. of Defense contractors, can now use American Airlines codeshare on transatlantic flights to travel via British Airways and Iberia from BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. The airlines received permission from US and European Union authorities to cooperate on flights between the US and EU including Norway and Switzerland. British Airways operates the only daily transatlantic service out of BWI. Learn more. Photo: Brown Adv. Partner Greg Barnhill (with wife Lisa) receives a citation from Sec. Johansson for assisting British Airways at BWI.

Gov. O’Malley meets with Harim Chairman Hong Kuk Kim
Allen Family Foods Bought by S. Korean Firm
South Korean company Harim Holdings is finalizing the purchase of Allen Family Foods, a 92-year-old poultry company that declared bankruptcy in June. Allen employs about 2,400 people at its facilities in Delaware, Maryland and North Carolina and its Cordova facility is the largest private employer in Talbot County. Gov. O’Malley met with Harim Chairman Hong Kuk Kim (left) and executives in Annapolis on August 8 and pledged his support to Maryland's leading agricultural sector. Poultry companies on the Delmarva Peninsula employ 14,700 people.

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Exports Total Nearly $5.3B in First Half of 2011
Maryland’s exports through the first half of 2011 increased to nearly $5.3 billion, more than 8.5% over the same six months of 2010. The growth is led by the state’s sales to its two largest export markets, Canada and China, which saw 13% and 24% hikes, respectively. Gov. O’Malley’s recent business mission to Asia and DBED’s participation in the Paris Air Show are expected to continue to boost Maryland’s exports. In related news, DBED and the German American Chamber of Commerce will host a free export seminar on Oct. 14 in Balt. Learn more.

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State Plans Larger Presence at MEDICA
Just a few spots remain to join the state at MEDICA 2011, the world's largest medical equipment show Nov. 16-19 in Dusseldorf, Germany. Maryland will have a larger presence this year with an expanded 51-square-meter booth in Hall 16 and room for eight Maryland companies. Applicants are encouraged to apply for the Export MD Grant, which could reimburse up to $5,000 in costs for the show. Contact Carey Esslinger at 410-767-0563 to learn more.

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MD Partnering with European Cancer Clusters
Dr. Judy Britz of the Maryland Biotechnology Center and Elise Lyons from the State of Maryland European Office in Paris will be leading a small delegation of Maryland companies to the European Cancer Cluster Partnering Event (ECCP) in Toulouse, France, Sept. 14-16. This is the 3rd annual ECCP event, which is focused on cancer–based business partnering opportunities and gathers oncology clinicians, SMEs, pharmaceutical companies and government officials from over 22 countries. Read more...

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CommerceConnect Streamlines Biz Resources
Launched by U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke in October 2009, CommerceConnect offers a comprehensive portfolio of federal, state, local and nonprofit business assistance resources including more than 70 U.S. Department of Commerce programs under one roof – many at no cost to U.S. entrepreneurs and businesses. The program connects business, resources, and opportunities for industry growth and job creation. To learn more, call 1-888-728-4190 or visit

Featured Event

Global Access Exporter Forum
Sept. 12 | World Trade Center, Baltimore

Learn how to increase your company's foreign sales at this free event featuring Gov. O'Malley and Ex-Im Bank President and Chairman Fred P. Hochberg. Hosted by the State, Ex-Im Bank and the World Trade Center Institute, the forum will feature a panel discussion with successful small biz exporters and one-on-one counseling sessions with federal representatives. Learn more.

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Embassy Night 2011
Sept. 20 | Ronald Reagan Int'l Trade Center
This VIP dinner will honor top 2011 global business country and company connections, provide elite connections between the region’s key decision makers, high level executives, ambassadors and senior embassy representatives. Learn more.
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Southeast Asia NOW! Business Conference
Nov. 9-10 | Hilton BWI Airport Hotel

Interested in growing export sales to Southeast Asia, esp. Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam? This conference organized by the U.S. Commercial Service in Baltimore/U.S. Dept. of Commerce includes country commercial briefings, focused seminars, and interactive working sessions. Learn more.
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+ Greg Barnhill Honored for Preserving Relationship Between British Airways and BWI
+ New Choice Hotels International headquarters in Rockville, MD breaks ground
+ BWI airport posts record first half, 12 months

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