Mission statement: The mission of the Hawaii Pacific Export Council (HPEC) is to promote U.S. exports from Hawaii and the American Pacific Islands by supporting the activities of the US Commercial Service and Hawaii Export Assistance Center, counseling businesses on the exporting process, and conducting trade education programs.
The Hawaii Pacific Export Council, (DEC) is a non-profit organization of local leaders and experienced international business professionals who provide assistance to local businesses expanding in international markets. We work with the U.S. Commercial Service and Hawaii Export Assistance Center as follows:
• Mentor local businesses
• Identify export financing sources
• Sponsor programs to create export awareness in the community
• Identify issues that impact export trade
• Encourage international trade education
• Build local export assistance partnerships
• Work through organizations such as SCORE and SBA
There are 56 councils in the U.S. with over 1,800 volunteers representing businesses, universities, and government. Members are appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce based on their knowledge and professional experience with trade. Activities of individual DEC’s are tailored to address community needs. DEC’s establish committees for specific international trade topics and priority objectives of local business and the Commerce Department. This includes establishing speakers’ bureaus and speakers kits, conducting export seminars and workshops, organizing export promotion programs, and sponsoring trade missions or hosting international buyers’ delegations.