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County Executive Baker Connects Local Companies with China Business Leaders

Largo, MD - Today, County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III and the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation welcomed a 20-member delegation from Xiamen, China led by Xiamen Vice Mayor Li Dongliang, a top official from one of the most vibrant cities in China.  More than 75 local businesses came out to participate in a special business matchmaking session organized by the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation.  The event connected Xiamen business owners with Prince George's County and other regional business owners; each looking for the opportunity to expand their business into a global market.
 
"It was an honor for us to have the Xiamen Delegation in Prince George's County today.  We found great success during our mission trips to Xiamen over the last two years in terms of the business relationships," said County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III.  "Today, the Xiamen delegation is meeting businesses right here in Prince George's County who are talking about their products and services.  They will be able to see all the great things we are doing here, which will make our relationship with Xiamen even stronger."
 
Front Row l. to r. Xiamen Vice Mayor Li DongLiang; CE Rushern L. Baker, III; EDC Pres. Jim Coleman; Lisa Liu, Asia Bus. Cmte ChairMatchmaking events of this type were a focal point of the last two business missions to China that County Executive Baker led.  During the last business mission in September, one of the mission delegates, Robert Bruce, President and CEO of MedTech Enginuity Corporation connected with Xiamen tech company, AiTouch and formed a strategic alliance for the distribution of AiTouch's portable charger in the United States.  The anticipated revenue from this alliance is expected to gross more than $5 million in revenue for MedTech before the end of 2015.
 
"Having the opportunity to connect companies from one continent to another paves the way for monumental success for everyone.  Our friends from Xiamen heard the good news about the opportunities in Prince George's County and insisted on seeing it for themselves," said Jim Coleman, President and CEO of the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation.  "County Executive Baker laid a blueprint of success before us when he stated that Prince George's County is the "Gateway to the U.S".  Companies that have the capacity to do business internationally increase their earning potential exponentially; which translates into more workers, which translates into fewer unemployed County residents.  We are delighted at the turnout and the enthusiasm we saw in the room today.  The Prince George's County "Gateway" is growing stronger every day."
 
Adeniyi Adeyiga, President of A3 Consulting in College Park, MD was one of the business owners who participated in the event.  Mr. Adeyiga met a Xiamen company called Curtain Wall Technology Co., Ltd and as a result of today's event, is now planning to import and distribute windows that are manufactured in Xiamen. 
 
"Today was a very good gathering of manufacturers, investors and businessmen who were able to exchange ideas about their products and services.  The interaction with the China delegation was well organized and coordination of the event was very good," said Mr. Adeyiga.  "I was able to interact with several companies and there is a high possibility of us doing business together in Prince George's County. Ideally, this partnership with Curtain Wall Technology will lead to the establishment of a factory in Prince George's County, which will exchange new technology and more job creation for County residents."
 
Another participant in the matchmaking session, Crystal Faison, President of Shepherd Energy also connected with a Xiamen company and is in negotiations with them to import LED light bulbs.  Additionally, Ms. Faison was able to connect with another Prince George's County company and will be working with them to provide energy efficiency services. 
 
"Today provided a lot of opportunity to grow my business.  I sat next to local companies, which initially I thought wouldn't be a good fit, but there was something in that person's business that triggered a mutual connection," said Ms. Faison.  "Being able to connect with a business from China has been wonderful, but to be able to connect with a business right here in Prince George's County really resonated with me and speaks volumes to the impact of this event. It was impressive to me."
 
For more information on connecting your business with international companies or on the EDC's China Business Center contact Pradeep Ganguly (pganguly@co.pg.md.us) at 301-583-4650 or visit the EDC website at www.pgcedc.com.
 
 
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