Are You Ready to Export? Meet the Washington State Dept of Agriculture
April 26 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Are You Ready to Export?
Join us this week for a conversation with Julie Johnson, International Trade Specialist for the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA). The WSDA’s International Marketing Program supports the health and viability of Washington’s food and agricultural businesses. The program facilitates buyer-seller connections, delivers resources and continually advocates for global market access. The team is uniquely positioned to promote communication and collaboration, so WSDA consistently serves industry needs.
The WSDA Export Development and Outreach Specialist in Olympia works to assist companies with the resources needed to become export ready. Trade specialists in Seattle, Othello and Kennewick directly assist individual companies and conduct trade activities. The WSDA International Marketing Program also has in-market representatives covering Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Mexico and Central America who are experts in exporting and marketing food and agricultural products to these markets.
Wednesday Webinars with SBA Seattle is an ongoing series of free, virtual, webinars covering a variety of topics to benefit small business owners. On the fourth Wednesday of each month, we will be focusing on export assistance, featuring conversations with different members of the Washington Export Outreach Team (WEOT). Established in 2013 following a national mandate to do more to support international trade, WEOT is a collaborative team of local, state, regional, and federal export assistance agencies who provide you the tools and resources you need to sell internationally.
About the Host
John Brislin is SBA’s International Trade & Finance Specialist (Export Finance Manager) for Washington State, Northern Idaho and Alaska. He has over 23 years of private-sector international banking and trade finance experience working at Bank of Boston (Bank of America) and Bank of California (U.S. Bank). John has over 12 years of public-sector export trade finance and risk mitigation experience working at Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington (EFACW), Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM Bank) and SBA Office of International Trade (SBA OIT). He looks forward to working with Small Businesses so they can turn their export opportunities into actual sales and to achieve the ultimate goal of getting paid—especially on time—for those sales.