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STRATUS is one of about 100 U.S. companies and organizations heading to Southeast Europe for the U.S. Department of Commerce-led Trade Winds trade mission and business forum October 16-20.

Trade Winds—Southeast Europe features a three-day business forum in Bucharest, Romania, plus optional trade mission stops in Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, and Serbia.

At each mission stop, attending companies will meet directly with government leaders, market experts, and pre-vetted potential business partners in the region.

“It is great to see such a strong delegation of companies and organizations targeting Southeast Europe,” said U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service Erin Walsh. “The companies joining Trade Winds are truly ahead of the business curve, targeting a region that is poised for rapid growth and expansion.”

Michelle Hundley, President/CEO of STRATUS will be traveling and participating in the Business Forum in Romania and Mission Stop in Greece.

"Europe presents a great opportunity and unique challenge for us," she said. "We are excited about joining this mission and finding inroads to success and developing partnerships for future business."

This is the tenth year the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service has led Trade Winds, and the program has directly supported more than $240 million in U.S. exports in six global regions.

** The opportunity for our President/CEO to participate in this conference was made possible by partial funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Grant Initiative as administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture.

The State Trade and Export Promotion Grant Program (STEP) is a 3-year pilot trade and export initiative to make matching-fund grants for states to assist “eligible small business concerns,” enter and succeed in the international marketplace. Services under the STEP Program are funded in part by SBA, but are provided to eligible small business concerns – or “STEP Clients” - by STEP grant recipients located in most states and territories, and the District of Columbia.

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