50 States, 50 Stories

The relationship between the world two largest economies can sometimes feel divorced from everyday life, but the US-China relationship has a real, tangible impact on millions of Americans every day. The two countries' trading relationship supports US jobs, as US companies export billions in goods and services to China every year. Underneath the topline data of how much the United States as a whole exports to China are a trove of stories of the individuals whose lives depend on the relationship. From folks who work for Fortune 500 companies to small companies that specialize in things like paint or caskets, about more than a million US jobs are dependent on US-China trade. To dig into the more granular level, click on a state below to see what that area exports most to China and how many jobs are supported by those exports:

USCBC is actively working to highlight more voices from state and local stakeholders on the value of trade and economic engagement with China. If you are interested in collaborating with us on 50 States, 50 Stories, please contact USCBC Director of Subnational Initiatives Elizabeth Rowland.

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01/03/2023

By Doug Barry

If you work around hazardous chemicals, there are badges that you’ll want to wear because they will save your life. The very smart badges are made by Morphix Technologies, a small company in Virginia Beach, VA, and they have big sales in China, Europe, and elsewhere. 

Kimberly Chapman, vice president of sales and marketing, is one of the employee-owners. She’s been on the job since 1993, when the...

12/05/2022

By Doug Barry

 

George Wang has product and business ideas daily. Most remain in his head, and a few have launched but didn’t last long. One got traction, and today is E-BI International, a contract engineering and manufacturing company whose clients range from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies.

Wang’s story begins in Beijing where he grew up. He earned a PhD in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University. Enamored with the United States, he arrived in Seattle on August...

11/03/2022

By Doug Barry

It’s a long way from Russia to South Carolina, but Inna Prikhodko made the journey as a child so she and her family could escape religious repression rampant in the Soviet Union at the time. “My grandfather was a Christian and got sent to Siberia for his beliefs,” she said.  

After he was released, he wrote letters to the United...

06/09/2022
By Doug Barry Like many entrepreneurs, Dr. Penelope Prime saw a need and filled it. She observed in the 1980s that Atlanta didn...
06/08/2022
By Doug Barry “If you have a business plan in the United States and China is not part of that plan, then you don’t have a...
05/17/2022
By Doug Barry Many people never tire of hearing stories about small businesses succeeding in an increasingly consolidated...
05/10/2022
By Doug Barry In China's business and community circles, William D. Frazier is a visionary with a purpose in Shanghai. He’s a...
05/05/2022
By Doug Barry US and other brands want an online presence in China. They’ve heard about “netizens,” the army-sized community of...
05/02/2022
By Doug Barry At Houston rodeo, Jacob Cluver leaves a dusty cattle pen to take a reporter’s phone call. Cluver explains he is...
04/29/2022
By Doug Barry Derrick Porter has a knack for looking at situations and seeing opportunities. Twenty years ago, he marveled at...
04/12/2022
By Doug Barry The first dollop of Bassetts Ice Cream was served in Salem, New Jersey during the first year of the Civil War....
04/11/2022
By Doug Barry As we hear more stories about Americans doing business in China, one common element is the number of people who...
03/31/2022
By Doug Barry Jim Wu arrived in Houston from China not long after the 9/11 terror attacks. He was a stranger in a strange land...
03/22/2022
By Doug Barry How do you clean a printed circuit card or semiconductor? Hint: It’s not with a simple green liquid and it doesn’...
03/04/2022
By Doug Barry $250. Mitch Thomson’s dad bet him that sum for every semester he took and passed Chinese language in high school...
02/24/2022
By Doug Barry Many state governments participate in trade with China by providing technical assistance to smaller companies and...
02/15/2022
By Doug Barry Su Ye is a numbers person. As chief economist for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, she keeps track of...
02/07/2022
By Doug Barry   Successful business with China often takes a village, especially if you own a small or midsize company. If you...
01/31/2022
Jeff Ji, president of U-Combination Technology, an IT service provider, is an entrepreneurial dynamo who wakes up most mornings...
01/18/2022
Public universities are often a bellwether for the state of the US-China relationship. When times are good, universities see...
01/10/2022
By Doug Barry Like many industries, the supply chains for businesses involved in printing and packaging are global. It’s no...
01/05/2022
By Doug Barry Times are tough but Washington companies want trade with China to expand. Hundreds of companies in the state work...
01/03/2022
By Doug Barry     Dan Digre is so frustrated with US trade policy towards China that he might as well use the loudspeakers he...

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