Friday, May 31, 2013

Fact Friday: A little bit of History

Fact Friday:  A little bit of History from the Journal of Commerce

It was early October 1830, and the young man climbing onto the anchored ship was a reporter for The Journal of Commerce. He was after the latest news from the Continent and the vessel’s cargo manifests. If he could get them back into port before any other reporter could reach the French ship, his paper would have another exclusive on the latest news from Europe.

And the New York businessmen who would be eagerly reading the paper would get an early look at the kind of cargo the ship would be bringing in for auction to the highest bidders on the waterfront.

The schooner that pulled alongside the French vessel, inbound from Le Havre, was called the Evening Edition, the newest of two so-called news boats owned by the newspaper. Their shallow draft and speed enabled them to skim over the shoals that ringed the harbor and easily beat the rowboats maintained by rival newspapers back into Lower Manhattan.

When the Evening Edition slid into its berth near the foot of Manhattan that afternoon, the reporter raced up the gangplank and back to his paper’s editorial offices at 91 Wall Street, just off Water Street.

The story he had scribbled on his notepad would give New Yorkers their first news of the astounding coup in France. King Charles X had abdicated in the wake of street riots in Paris that marked the Revolution of 1830. The story reported that Louis-Phillippe, the “citizen king,” had assumed the throne.

The “scoop” published by The Journal of Commerce in its special “extra” edition that day in 1830 was one of many the paper gained through its fleet of news boats. The boats characterized the paper’s commitment to being the fastest and most accurate of New York’s many papers. Over the coming years, the JoC would adapt its methods of news-gathering to the continuing revolutions in technology that would transform the way papers gathered the news.

Willingness to embrace change has enabled The Journal of Commerce, which is 175 years old this year, to survive while countless other publications have failed. Change is the very nature of the world The Journal of Commerce has covered since the day it was born on Sept. 1, 1827.

Over the years The Journal of Commerce has been a respected voice on subjects as diverse as banking, commodities, insurance, energy and transportation. Today the emphasis of the weekly Journal of Commerce newsmagazine and its breaking-news website, The Journal of Commerce Online, is on international trade, transportation and logistics — subjects that descend directly from the paper’s coverage early in its history.

International trade has been at the heart of the JoC’s coverage since the publication was launched by a group of upright New York businessmen as part of a war on sin. In fact, it was the unbending religious convictions of its founders that steered the paper into becoming the young nation’s leading maritime and business journal.
in New York, NY.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Governor's Small Business Forum -- May 30th

Governor’s Small Business Forum: Business Without Borders Marketing in Today’s World, May 30, Galveston, TX. Learn the latest techniques for internet marketing, discover U.S. and state incentives for exporting and how to finance international transactions. Cost: $25. Register: .

Monday, May 20, 2013

OWIT Houston Networking Event -- Happy Hour


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Join us at Happy Hour for networking and fun!

Not a member? Come meet our OWIT members and find out what OWIT Houston is about.
Already a member? Come out to reconnect with your OWIT contact and meet our newest members.

For more details and to register for the OWIT Networking Event you can click HERE.  

·         Date:  Wednesday, May 29, 2013

·         Location:   El Real Tex-Mex Cafe
                      1201 Westheimer Rd.
                      Houston, TX 77006

·         Time: 5:00 PM - 8:00PM
Cost:  Members: $5.00; Guests $10.00

Make sure to register for your OWIT Houston wristband!

Questions or Comments? Please email


Friday, May 17, 2013

Fact Friday: Truck /private vehicle accidents

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In a recent study by the American Trucking Association, they found that smaller vehicles are responsible for most car/truck accidents in the country.  In fact,  the survey revealed that 81% of accidents were the fault of smaller vehicles, and truck drivers were at fault only 27% of the time.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Fact Friday: The Port of Houston


Fact Friday:

The Port of Houston Authority
The Port of Houston is a 25-mile-long complex of diversified public and private facilities located just a few hours' sailing time from the Gulf of Mexico. The port is ranked first in the United States in foreign waterborne tonnage (14 consecutive years); first in U.S. imports (20 consecutive years); second in U.S. export tonnage and second in the U.S. in total tonnage (20 consecutive years)

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Credit Insurance Webinar from Roanoke Trade


Join Us!
Credit Insurance
Date: May 15, 2013
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Location: Online
   Members: $50
   Non-Members: $75
   1 CCS or 1 CES point

Scheduled Events presented by Roanoke Trade

Registration Deadline
& Event Access Information
Webinar registration closes promptly at midnight, 12 hours prior to the event. Those registering between noon and midnight will be notified the morning of the event at the email address provided during registration.
Questions? Please contact the NCBFAA Educational Institute by e-mailing

About The Webinar
This webinar outlines how credit insurance can protect against non-payment, late payment and political risks. An introduction of how credit insurance can help your clients and some proven client retention strategies will be provided. We will also discuss how credit insurance can be made part of an effective sales growth strategy through Safe Sales Expansion. The Credit Insurance marketplace is much different today than it was five years ago with more competition, competitive rates and various types of coverage. Various options will be outlined that may benefit you and your clients.

We look forward to your attendance!
Roanoke Trade, a division of Roanoke Insurance Group Inc.

About Your Presenters

Rick Bridges, Vice President 
Rick Bridges, Vice President of Roanoke Trade, joined Roanoke Insurance Group Inc. in 1998. He resides in Massachusetts and his scope of responsibilities includes service and sales in the New England Region. With over 14 years of international trade and insurance experience, Rick is a well-respected advisor on insurance and risk management matters involving the trade and transportation of freight. In addition to his experience in transportation insurance and bonds, Rick is a skilled multi-lines commercial insurance agent licensed in several states. He has delivered cargo insurance work shops and seminars to clients nationwide, and is a frequent speaker at local and national transportation association conferences. Rick is President of CONECT (the Coalition of New England Companies for Trade), and is a regular contributor to various industry publications. He has assisted Rotary International in transporting much needed medical supplies and equipment to various third world countries. Rick's education includes a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Rhode Island with a Marine Affairs major and several graduate level maritime courses. In the United Kingdom at the University of Plymouth, honors courses in Maritime Business and Law rounded out his education.  

Valerie Serrani, Partner 
Valerie Serrani is a partner at International Risk Consultants Inc., and has been with the company for over four years. IRC is the largest specialty broker of trade credit and political risk insurance in the world, and maintains partner-owned and operated offices in eight US cities, Brazil, Hong Kong, mainland China, India and are fully licensed to operate in Switzerland. IRS also maintains an alliance of 45 offices in 27 countries around the world via the International Credit Brokers Alliance. Valerie's focus at IRC is in structuring short-term multi- or single-buyer policies. Her portfolio ranges from large multinational companies small exporters in various industries. Prior to IRC, Valerie worked in the Claims Recoveries Department at  Coface North America and later for Coface Collections. Valerie holds a Bachelor degree in Business Marketing from Ohio University and is a Registered Global Credit Professional through Thunderbird. 

About Roanoke Trade
Roanoke has been a leader in transportation-related and surety services since 1935. As part of its commitment to the NCBFAA as well as the NEI, Roanoke Trade invests in educational resources to teach the ins-and-outs of topics of interest impacting their regular members with webinars to provide skills and tips to positively impact your company's profitability and enhance your customer service level.