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Brazoria County
Gulf Coast Economic Development District
News Release
Thursday, May 05, 2011

Upcoming Workshop to Identify Exporting Resources for Businesses and Entrepreneurs 


The Gulf Coast Economic Development District, along with several community partners, is hosting an exporting workshop from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday, June 9, at Brazosport College Corporate Learning Center, 500 College Drive, Lake Jackson, Texas, 77566.


“Export Financing, Marketing and Partnering for Success” is a free workshop providing information to businesses regarding the tools and organizations that can help take businesses to global markets. Business owners will learn about:

  • Marketing
  • The various players in the exporting industry
  • Local and national exporting resources
  • Doing business with the Port of Freeport

The workshop will conclude with Export-Import Bank's John Johnson discussing the various financing services available to businesses wanting to seek out new, international markets. Expert speakers represent Port Freeport; Houston Customhouse Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association; Ozonics, LLC; Houston U.S. Export Assistant Center - a branch of the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce; and Export-Import Bank of the United States.


For more information, please visit or contact Jessica Byerly at 832-681-2552 or


Sponsors along with the Gulf Coast Economic Development District include Brazoria County Council of Chambers of Commerce, Brazosport College, Brazosport College Small Business Development Corporation, Economic Development Alliance for Brazoria County, Houston-Galveston Area Council, Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation, Port Freeport and Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport.


The Gulf Coast Economic Development District is the federally designated economic development planning body for the 13-county Gulf Coast State Planning Region. The District’s primary functions are to coordinate the economic development activities of the planning region, provide technical assistance to economic development organizations of the region, and maintain the region’s eligibility to apply for economic development grants.


The Brazoria County Council of Chambers of Commerce is a coalition of Chambers of Commerce from across the county representing the cities of Alvin, Angleton, Brazosport, Brazoria, Pearland, Sweeny and West Columbia.


Brazosport College is an open door, equal access higher education institution committed to providing the best courses, programs, and activities that can be organized and presented to meet the identified needs of adult learners from varied backgrounds.


Brazosport College Small Business Development (BC SBDC) provides business consulting and training to entrepreneurs of small and emerging companies. SBDC business consultants help clients develop marketing action plans, and receive assistance in evaluating new market opportunities in e-commerce, selling to governments, and to customers outside the United States.


The Economic Development Alliance for Brazoria County is a private, not-for-profit corporation, funded by businesses, cities and Brazoria County, with a mission to promote and diversify the economic base, attract high-wage jobs in target industries, and support and champion the interests of existing businesses in Brazoria County. 


The Houston-Galveston Area Council is a voluntary association of local governments in the 13-county Gulf Coast Planning Region—an area of 12,500 square miles and more than 6 million people. H-GAC works to promote efficient and accountable use of local, state, and federal tax dollars and serves as a problem-solving and information forum for local governments.


The Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation is focused on growing Matagorda County through recruitment of new industries, commercial businesses, tourism infrastructure and through expansion of existing businesses.


Port Freeport, currently ranked 16th among U.S. ports in international cargo tonnage handled, serves its customers and stakeholders through development and marketing of competitive world-class navigational capabilities, technically advanced marine and multimodal terminal services and port-related industrial facilities while creating jobs as a leading economic catalyst for the Texas Gulf Coast.


The Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport is owned and operated by Brazoria County and is classified as a reliever airport and also maintains a FAR 139 operating certificate. This distinction allows charters, airlines and cargo operators the ability to serve the industrial areas and coastal communities south of Houston and the Port of Freeport.

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