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As an international student from China who studied at a university in the United States, I have always seen myself as a type of import to the states. This is easy to see since I am here in the States, which corresponds to the definition of an export in my mind – transport outside the origin country. My internship at the Global Opportunities (GO) Center consists of conducting research on exports in the Piedmont Triad Region. The concept of import and export that I cognize from my current research has overturned the original concept I had on the subject. I started to realize that being an international student in the United States makes me the receiver of an educational service, which is exported by the region where the educational institution is located (in my case, Greensboro, NC). In a post by the International Trade Administration in the September 4th, 2012 issue ‘Education as a Top Service Export’, it is written that Education Service ranked high in the top ten service exports.
The consideration of international programs being a form of export seemed odd at first, however, it is also a fact that I pay to get educated and receive services provided by hired faculty. Although the service provided to me remains in the United States along with the institution, I am still a carrier of the aquired skills and knowledge. These skills and my knowledge would be exported out of the States at the point that I return home to China. I am proud of being an international student because I am both learning the culture of Americans in the States, and also bring my unique culture to the environment. November 13-17, 2017 is identified throughout the nation as International Education Week – an entire week created to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange. It is most valuable to me that I have the opportunity to learn and experience multiple cultures while studying abroad in a country so different from mine.
"To help increase its reach, Network Kansas has launched a network of qualified entrepreneurship communities. The 'E-Community' initiative is a partnership that allows a town, a cluster of towns or a county to raise a local loan fund based on the Startup Kansas model through donations from individuals or community businesses."
NC has been involved with a number of centers to aid small businesses including the N.C. Community College Small Business Center Network and the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship. For small business to flourish around the state, it would be beneficial for NC to learn from what Kansas has been doing with their small business economy.
BMW has invested 600 million dollars, creating 1,000 jobs in SC. BMW has followed suit to another well known automotive company Mercedes-Benz who last July invested 500 million dollars for their Sprinter Vans plant near Charleston. During the next 4 years, BMW's investment will increase exports from Charleston Port contributing to employment and economic growth in South Carolina. "The company touts the South Carolina plant as its largest worldwide, producing more than 411,000 X models last year. About 70 percent of BMWs made there are exported. Last year, the automaker reached a milestone when its 2 millionth BMW was exported from the Charleston port."
Asheville is the third best small town to visit in the USA: "U.S. News narrowed it down to places with a population of fewer than 100,000 that offer plenty of restaurants and attractions, plus have a unique character all their own."