Expanding Through Exports with the Chafee Center and Rhode Island Commerce

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Start Date

November 30, 2022 02:00 pm

End Date

November 30, 2022 03:00 pm




Polaris MEP



Learn about the world-class resources here in the Ocean State that can help you expand your manufacturing business through exports.

Exports are critical to Rhode Island’s economy – they stimulate economic growth and create jobs. For manufacturers, exports open up new markets. 95% of the world’s consumers live outside of the United States and exports can help manufacturers increase sales.


In this webinar, Polaris MEP connects manufacturers to resources for selling internationally that they may not have fully understood were available. You’ll

  • Meet Andrew Gelfuso, who joined the John H. Chafee Center for International Business as Director in July of 2022
  • Learn about the STEP Grant program and how it can support expansion and international marketing
  • Discover programs and people at Rhode Island Commerce committed to your export growth


RI manufacturers looking for new sales channels / international market growth

  • Owners, Founders & CEOs of smaller manufacturing companies
  • Sales & Marketing leads at RI Manufacturing companies
  • Finance leads


Andrew Gelfuso was appointed Director of the Chafee Center for International Business at Bryant University in June of 2022. Gelfuso will help to advance Bryant’s Vision 2030 Strategic Plan by expanding the activities of the Chafee Center into new markets, elevating its influence and impact in the region, and further developing experiential learning opportunities for Bryant’s nationally recognized international business and educational programs.

Gelfuso is an accomplished leader with more than 20 years of experience driving top-line growth initiatives through executive management, trade missions, international expansion, and global public/private trade deals in Washington, D.C. He is widely known for his ability to develop strategic global relationships at the highest levels of government, business, and nonprofit sectors.

US Commercial Service logo featuring 3 white stars with red swirl over a dark blue background.Keith Yatsuhashi graduated from Northeastern University in 1989 and is currently the Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce Export Assistance Center in Providence, Rhode Island. He also serves as the Executive Secretary of the Rhode Island District Export Council, an organization comprised of international trade experts from the local business community whose knowledge and experience provide a key resource for Ocean State firms interested in boosting their exports.

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