Episode #38: Joan Laureano - Puerto Rico's Creative Jewelry Designer and Exporter
Here we are at our 2nd episode of Export Stories 2023. Prepare to be wowed by today’s guest!
Our theme for this year is the 50 States, but we haven’t stopped there. Some of our most important and interesting exports come from the U.S. territories.
Today’s episode focuses on Puerto Rico and a very successful entrepreneur, jewelry fashion designer, manufacturer, and exporter. Her name is Joan Laureano, the creator & owner of the fashion jewelry and accessories brand, KRYSTALOS, and the international Catholic brand sensation, DEVOZIONI.
Her stories of developing her business from scratch and her expansion into export markets are ones you will want to hear. And here is the link to where you can listen:
For more information about Joan's company, here is a link to the website:
We hope you will join the conversation and share your thoughts below!
Thank you very much for listening!
Jeff Ostroff asked me to be this week's guest on his 'Looking Forward' podcast.
You can find a link to the podcast here:
Here are his notes:
Do you have a product or service you think might interest businesses or consumers who live in another country? Perhaps you’re looking to invest in such a product or service? Or maybe you’re looking for a job or career opportunity in serving different global markets?
If any of these are of interest to you, you’ll want to hear what my guest expert, Betsy Olim, has to say on this episode of Looking Forward. Betsy’s spent over 40 years in the exporting and international trade world, so she knows quite a bit about all this.
Among other things, Betsy talks about (1) how exporting and global trade have been affected by COVID, (2) how some countries differ when it comes to their import/export business, (3) important trading regulations to know about, and (4) the best resources for beginning or growing your export business.
In true Looking Forward fashion, you'll also learn about the wide array of opportunities the business of exporting and international trade offer anyone from an entrepreneur, to a small business or medium-sized business, to an investor, to a job or career seeker. And, of course, you'll get some great tips from Betsy on how to successfully begin or expand your journey into the large and growing business of exporting and global trade!
Now a little more about Betsy: Elizabeth (Betsy) Olim is President of Olim International, Inc. For over 40 years, she has been providing solutions in international trade, distribution, business development, and risk management.
Betsy founded Olim International, Inc. in 1997 to bring world-class export management and international distribution services to small-and medium-sized U.S. companies. On behalf of her clients, Betsy’s company has opened markets on all continents except for Antarctica.
In 2019, Betsy created "Export Stories Podcast," a podcast of one-on-one interviews dedicated to first person, experiential stories from the wide—sometimes wild— world of U.S. exporting. The mission of the podcast is to encourage U.S. exports and educate and inspire U.S. exporters/potential U.S. exporters through storytelling and discussions with experts in all aspects of international trade.
Betsy is a recipient of the Export Achievement Certificate from the U. S. Department of Commerce. In 2013 she was appointed to the West Tennessee District Export Council by the Secretary of Commerce, and has served on a number of boards for many years, including the Ira Samelson Boys & Girls Club, and Indie Memphis.
You can find out more about Betsy via her website, http://www.oliminternational.com/
She is also on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabeth-betsy-olim-a02b5
Hear her podcast at https://www.exportstoriespodcast.com/
You’ll find more information about my business, Jeff Ostroff & Associates, LLC, in the middle of this episode and by visiting https://www.jeff-ostroff.com/
On the website, you can also contact us about the various marketing and communications services we offer, such as (1) podcast hosting, creation, consulting, and column writing, (2) professional voice overs, (3) B2B/B2C interviewing for individuals and businesses looking to promote themselves or better understand their customers and prospects, (4) consulting/training on how to excel behind or in front of the microphone as an interviewer or guest, and (5) senior marketing assistance. (Hey, I've actually written a book about that!) You can also reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Export Stories Podcast is finally back for 2023, and I am busting with excitement for this year’s line-up!
Our theme for this year is the 50 States. While we won’t be able to cover all of them this year, our guests will be exporters and service providers, large and small, from states all over the U.S. that we will highlight. They are going to share success stories – surprising stories – inspiring stories – all through the lens of what’s happening in the world today.
Our first guest of 2023 is Jonathan Szucs, President of Advanced Superabrasives Inc., a very large, influential U.S. manufacturer that quietly contributes to so many products that we use in our everyday life.
Jonathan has lots of great export stories to share, which is why I am so happy to introduce him to you.
Here is the link to listen:
For more information about Advanced Superabrasives Inc., you can visit their website at:
After you’ve listened, we would love for you to share your thoughts and comments, on this page below, or on our Facebook or LinkedIn pages. We really want to hear from you!!
Thank you very much for listening!
I want to thank our wonderful sponsor of today’s podcast, the North Carolina District Export Council. They are doing the everyday work of supporting U.S. exports.
Your Host - Betsy Olim
Betsy is President of Olim International, a U.S. based export management company.