State hires consultant in Israel to raise exports

Maryland Watch

November 30, 1996

The state spent $35,000 to hire a trade consultant in Israel who will work to boost export deals and other opportunities for Maryland businesses in that country.

The investment takes the form of a grant from the state Department of Business and Economic Development to the Maryland/Israel Development Center, a public-private partnership based here. The center contracted with Trendlines International Inc., a business development firm based in Galilee, in northern Israel, that will act as Maryland's Israeli trade office.

"Our mission is to stimulate economic activity and job growth between Maryland and Israel," said Hanan Sibel, chairman of the Maryland/Israel Development Center. "Having our own people on the ground in Israel will increase our ability to help Maryland businesses into the Israeli market."

The center is a partnership of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, the Israeli Ministry of Industry and Trade and Maryland's Department of Business and Economic Development.

Trendlines was founded by two American businessmen who emigrated to Israel several years ago.

Pub Date: 11/30/96

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