The Role of Southern New Mexico in the Economy

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, El Paso Branch, in partnership with the College of Business at New Mexico State University, presented “the Role of Southern New Mexico in the Economy Conference” More »

Governor Martinez Celebrates the Success of IBA Client, Southwest Steel Coil

On September 19, IBA client and SBA Region Five Exporter of the Year, Southwest Steel Coil (SSC), held an open house for the public to view their latest expansion in Santa Teresa. More »

Roundtable Discussion with Congressman Steve Pearce at Santa Teresa Country Club

On August 19, the IBA assisted in coordinating a roundtable discussion with U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce in Santa Teresa. Homebuilders and developers from the Santa Teresa/Sunland Park region were invited to participate More »

IBA Helps Coordinate Governor Susana Martinez’s Visit to Santa Teresa

On July 25th, the IBA helped coordinate a visit by Governor Susana Martinez and New Mexico Economic Development Department Secretary Jon Barela to Santa Teresa. These officials were in town to announce More »

Governor Susana Martinez Celebrates Opening of Expanded Santa Teresa Port of Entry and Welcomes 15 New Jobs to Border Region

Governor Susana Martinez joined Chihuahua Governor César Duarte and other government officials on May 24th at a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the expanded Santa Teresa Port of Entry. More »


October 2014

One of the best partners the IBA has when assisting clients is the U.S. Department of Commerce (USDOC), of which the International Trade Administration is a branch. The ITA focuses on the competitiveness of American industry, job creation and the promotion of exports. Trade Specialist Robert Queen manages the USDOC’s U.S. Export Assistance Center (USEAC) in El Paso, which covers west Texas and all of New Mexico.

The USEAC assists clients with various services in foreign markets, including making contacts, providing support during foreign visits, and market identification.  The IBA works closely with the USEAC to provide clients with market information and foreign contacts.

Please see this month’s article to find an interview I did with Undersecretary Stefan Selig, who was newly appointed as the head of the ITA.


U.S. Customs and Border Protection to Hire Additional CBP Officers

Release Date:

September 22, 2014

WASHINGTON— U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the agency responsible for securing U.S. ports of entry and international borders will accept applications for CBP officer positions at air, land and sea ports of entry on the Southwest border and other select locations.

To find out what it takes to become a CBP officer, visit and view a video to see how CBP officers protect America 24/7.

“CBP officers play a vital role identifying and intercepting threats, while efficiently processing the lawful trade and travel that are critical to our nation’s economic growth,” said CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske. “In addition to demonstrating dedication and motivation, CBP officers are held to the highest standards of personal and professional integrity.”

September 2014 Monthly Article – Undersecretary Selig Interview

I recently had the opportunity to chat with newly-appointed Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade Stefan Selig, who is in charge of the International Trade Administration (ITA). This is the primary agency within the Department of Commerce that focuses on the competitiveness of American industry, job creation and the promotion of exports. Selig serves directly under Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker.
Q: How does ITA help small businesses?
Selig: ITA has a number of programs to assist SME’s (small- and medium-sized enterprises) entering into foreign markets. We have over a hundred U.S. Export Assistance Centers, including one led by my colleague Bob Queen here in El Paso, which covers west Texas and New Mexico. These centers work to customize export strategies and solutions for individual companies to select markets in line with their requirements. We have a cadre of trade specialists and commercial officers that coordinate with colleagues in over 70 foreign markets to complete that mission every day, and even in those markets where we don’t have personnel we coordinate with colleagues in the State Department to reach an additional 22 markets.
Q: Are there any specific areas in Mexico that ITA sees as being very promising, perhaps what Mexico has been doing from a policy standpoint with its energy industry?