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Are you SBA’s Next Winner?

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Are you a small business owner with an amazing success story to tell?  If so, submit your nomination today for the U.S. Small Business Administration's National Small Business Week awards.

National Small Business Week has served as our nation’s salute to small business owners. That’s more than 50 years of celebrating small business owners who create two out of every three new jobs for Americans. Many household names were previous National Small Business Week award winners, including Ben and Jerry’s, Calloway Golf, Chobani, Dogfish Head, Stoneyfield Farm, Pacifica and Tom’s of Maine. And in recognizing the changing face of America, the SBA’s National Small Business Week awards honor individuals and businesses that reflect our nation’s rich diversity.

All nominations must be mailed or hand delivered to the nearest SBA office no later than 3:00 p.m. ET on January 10, 2017.  Winners will be announced during National Small Business Week, April 30-May 6, 2017.

U.S. Businesses in Metro Areas are Tapping into Markets Abroad

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Ken Hyatt is the Acting Under Secretary for the ITA

U.S. Metro Area Goods Exports in 2015Now more than ever, U.S. businesses know how important it is to take advantage of export opportunities around the world. From coast to coast, businesses are selling their world-class goods to the more than 95 percent of potential customers who live outside our borders. The 2015 Metropolitan Area Export Overview  is a clear indicator of this movement, as many cities have increased exports or even set records. And along with the nation’s largest metropolitan areas sending out more American goods, many smaller areas have also set trade records.

Now to the numbers: U.S. metropolitan area goods exports exceeded 1.3 trillion in 2015, and accounted for 89 percent of goods exported from the United States. There were 156 metro areas that exported more than $1 billion of goods to consumers around the world. There were 14 metro areas that exported more than $20 billion of goods in 2015.

Trade Winds: A Special Opportunity for U.S. and Latin American Business

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Arun M. Kumar is the ITA Assistant Secretary
Created on August 25, 2016

The U.S. Commercial Service will head to Latin America in September with about 100 U.S. companies and organizations, to cultivate trade and investment deals between the United States and some of our key regional partners.

The Trade Winds trade mission and business forum is one of our flagship events in the Commercial Service. Trade Winds has taken  more than 800 U.S. companies and organizations to six global regions in the last nine years, facilitating more than $239 million in business deals, with the majority of our attendees being small to medium-sized enterprises.

Discover Global Markets: Building Smart Cities!

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Created on August 23, 2016

Discover Global Markets: Building Smart Cities

Connecting, Innovating, and Sustaining with 21st Century Infrastructure
Chicago, IL • November 1-3, 2016

Impact Investing’s Role in Puerto Rico’s Economic Recovery

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George H. Laws Garcia, MBDA Legislative Affairs Specialist


Created on August 24, 2016

Since approximately 2006 the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico has been mired in a persistent recession which has now escalated into an all-out fiscal, economic and demographic crisis of unprecedented proportions. Although the effects of the crisis are being felt most intensely by the island’s 3.4 million residents, its impact has also reached beyond the island’s shores.  

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