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Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce Hosts High-Level Delegation at Department of Commerce - Washington DC

The Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce brought its mission of economic development and inter-communal networking to Washington, following its success at the state level in establishing NJ Economic Development Day, which was introduced by the Chamber and signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy. It hosted a prominent delegation to the Department of Commerce to discuss collaboration. There to represent business interests at the meeting were the presidents of three major chambers of commerce: Duvi Honig of the Orthodox Jewish Chamber, Mark Jaffe of the New York Chamber and James Kim of the Korean Chamber, along with their teams.

After a private dinner at the Capitol, the business community leaders sat down with Department of Commerce officials for a highly productive discussion. Recognizing the high priority of the Chamber’s work, the Department brought together multiple federal agency leaders, including Deputy Assistant Secretary Mark Keam, head of the National Travel and Tourism Office; Keith Roth, Director of the National Trade Administration; John Seo, head of the Office of Multilateral and Strategic Initiatives; and Andrew Rodriguez, Assistant Undersecretary of the Minority Business Development Agency.

The Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce’s role as head of this high-profile delegation is in keeping with its year-round leadership in economic development through building bridges between communities and reflects the organization’s growing influence within the business world. “It was a great honor for the chamber to lead such a delegation together with our partners,” says Mr. Honig. “We’re excited to continue building bridges and relationships with other countries and other communities.”

The Orthodox Jewish Chamber had much to discuss at the meeting. World Trade Month, which is in May, is fast approaching and includes some important dates for the Chamber. NJ Economic Development Day, which the Chamber introduced, is the second Monday in May, and the Chamber is seeking to guide collaboration between federal and state officials for this important day. Then, in the third week of May, is World Trade Week, for which the Chamber will hold an event on the 18th where it will bring together heads of trade from all levels of government, from local to international. 

The discussion also centered on the unique needs of minority communities and how to bring groups such as the Jewish community further into the economic sphere. As the New Millennium Economy continues to change at a rapid clip, theOrthodox Jewish Chamber is keeping its finger on the pulse and responding to new issues as they emerge.

The presence at the meeting of representatives of Korean business interests is highly significant. The Orthodox Jewish Chamber is working diligently with South Korea to strengthen economic ties between South Korea and the Jewish community. The Orthodox Jewish Chamber Founder CEO Duvi Honig will be 
Chairing South Korea’s 21st expo the first being hosted in the United States that will take place in California in October. “Im honored and look forward working together on the highest levels,” says Mr. Honig, “stimulating the South Korean country and  building bridges between their economy and ours.”

Mr. Honig also took the opportunity to advocate with the Tourism Secretary for federal help to protect Ocean County’s 44 miles of ocean coastline a “national treasure” which supports the country’s $4B tourism industry. 

“When the Chamber mentioned to commissioner Joe Vicari that our delegation will be meeting the head of Tourism, The Commissioner asked the chamber to help advocate on behalf of Ocean County on a federal level for help protecting the coastline,” said Mr. Honig. “I was happy to oblige, and they’re going to be helping.”