World Trade Center Spotlight: WTC Utah

I recently had the pleasure of driving through Utah and exploring some of its incredibly beautiful landscape.  Utah is such a majestic and diverse state!  I loved walking on the Bonneville Salt Flats, shopping and eating in Moab, gazing on snowcovered mountains and hiking through Arches National Park.  There is still much I want to see there and I can’t wait to go back.  Maybe I will just move there, open an export business and enjoy the beauty of Utah.

The WTCU is quite an active trade center as evidenced by their events for the first half of July: the Oban Japanese Festival on July 9, 2011, the US-China 2011 Conference in Salt Lake City on the 14th and Business Opportunities in the Arab World on the 15th.  With such strategic partners as the Salt Lake Chamber and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, international events, interactive website help and a weekly Global Utah Newsletter, this World Trade Center is an awesome resource for Utah businesses. UTCU is definitely “a first stop trade information hub where a business can receive the information and resources needed to go global”  


WTC Utah News:

Officers: Lew Cramer, President & CEO; Elizabeth Goryunova, Executive Vice President & COO; Shelia Steiner, Vice President Business Development.

Mission: The mission of the World Trade Center Utah is to assist companies into profitable global markets.

Lew Cramer, Director Utah World Trade Center

Background: WTCU opened for business on 9/11/2006. Since that time it has helped over 1,000 companies “go global”.  Lew Cramer brought his experience in international trade to the postion of President and CEO.   Previous experience includes: founding an international consulting firm in Washington, DC., working with U S WEST International in developing telecommunications projects in over thirty countries, serving under Reagan as a WhiteHouse Fellow with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, and directing the activities of 1400 commercial officers at over 150 embassies worldwide and in 65 offices throughout the United States in the Bush I administration. Mr.Cramer was also the Director General of the U.S.Commercial Service, practiced corporate law in Los Angeles and the SanFrancisco Bay area, and taught at the business schools of the University of Southern California and Georgetown University.

WTCU received accreditation in Trade Information, Trade Education, Business Services and Technology form the World Trade Center Association at their 2008 General Assembly in Dubai.

Trade Focus: In Utah, one out of every five manufacturing jobs depends on exports. Increased exports have created over 20-thousand jobs in the past three years. Over 2,000 Utah companies export goods and 85 % of those companies were small or medium sized businesses.

  • Number of Utah Companies Exporting: 2,887
  • Number of Utah Jobs from Exporting: 94,060

Export merchandise:

  •  54.4% Primary Metal MFG
  • 14.6% Computer and Electronic Products
  • 5.2% Chemicals
  • 4.8% Transportation Equipment
  • 21.1% All others

Top Export Destinations (2010)

1. United Kingdom $4,163,990,330
2. Greater China $2,083,716,197
3. Canada $1,264,863,789
4. India $1,124,798,481
5. Switzerland $718,631,508
6. Singapore $524,493,889
7. Mexico $456,407,886
8. Japan $406,157,621
9. Belgium $290,273,833
10. South Korea $273,099,888

Services:  WTCU has the ability to offer Utah businesses Assessment, Education and Connections on line. Utah businesses can begin to expand internationally by filling out an assessment on the WTCU website.  WTCU will then provide training and educational  opportunities and connect the businesses to relevant global partners, services providers, government agencies and contacts.

WTCU offers an Export Expert Series as well as Imports Club Sessions and monthly roundtables in the latest trends in the global markets.


July 14-16, 2011  U.S. & China Trade, Culture & Education Conference.

For other upcoming events focusing on Japan, the Arab World, Australia and Canada and more, please check the WTCU website.

Contact Information:

World Trade Center – Utah
175 East 400 South Suite 609 Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 532.8080
Bonneville Salt Flats. Utah

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