Full Committee

U.S. Trade Strategy: What’s Next for Small Business Exporters?
On Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. the Committee on Small Business conducted a hearing titled U.S. Trade Strategy: What’s Next for Small Business Exporters? The hearing was held in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The Committee met to receive testimony concerning the trade policy initiatives of the Administration and their effect on small business exporters. Specifically, the Committee heard from the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) on the status of current trade negotiations and the overall strategy to open new markets for United States goods and services. In addition, the Committee received recommendations directly from small businesses on how to increase their exports and create new local jobs.

Opening Statement:

Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO)

Witnesses and Testimony:

Panel 1

  • Ambassador Miriam Sapiro, Deputy United States Trade Representative, Office of the United States Trade Representative, Washington, DC Panel 2

  • Thomas Crafton, President, Thermcraft, Inc., Winston Salem, NC
  • Robert B. Sinner, Partner and President, SB&B Foods, Inc., Casselton, ND
  • Joshua Meltzer, Ph. D, Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Brookings Institution, Washington DC
  • Mark Luden, CEO, The Guitammer Company, Westerville, OH

    Additional Items:

  • Official Hearing Notice
  • Official Witness List
  • Official Hearing Memo
  • Hearing Video
  • Press Release