Created on March 18, 2013
OPIC kicked off its 2013 Expanding Horizons series in Cleveland yesterday by educating 100 Ohio small business owners about how OPIC products can help them take advantage of investment opportunities in emerging markets – the very markets where a majority of the world’s economic growth will take place in coming years.
Co-hosted with the Minority Business Development Agency Business Center-Cleveland, the half-day seminar was a hands-on tutorial in the innovative financial tools – among them financing and political risk insurance – that OPIC has used for four decades to help Ohio businesses successfully invest in those markets.
A profile of DLZ Corporation, a Columbus engineering firm that used an OPIC loan for a hydro power project in India as a springboard to subsequent growth.
“Ohio has a long tradition of innovation, particularly as an incubator for small businesses and new technologies. We believed Cleveland was an important place to come to as its SMEs consider engaging in the global marketplace,” said OPIC Director of Outreach and Public Affairs Dr. Larry Spinelli, who led the seminar.
“And our message is this: there are a lot of opportunities in emerging markets, but also challenges. OPIC is here to help Ohio small businesses to take advantage of those opportunities by managing those challenges in an effective way,” Dr. Spinelli said. “We couldn’t ask for a better partner in getting this message across than the MBDA.”
Raland Hatchett, Executive Director of MBDA Business Center-Cleveland, said, “The information provided in the seminar was impactful, insightful and well-received – a fact supported by the number of questions from the minority-owned business owners in the audience. I highly recommend that others use the seminar to disseminate information about OPIC.”
Created on March 18, 2013
Are you interested in exporting to a new market? Need help finding the best overseas business partner?
The U.S. Commercial Service’s Gold Key business matchmaking service does exactly that. The Gold Key Service is a cost-recovery fee based, customized matchmaking service, which enables U.S. companies to find an ideal overseas distributor or business representative. The Gold Key is provided through your local U.S Export Assistance Center which works with the U.S. Embassy in the country of interest.
For larger countries, that require multiple distributors/business partners, the Gold Key Service is offered specifically for the geographic area you would like to target. The service pre-screens and organizes a day or two of meetings with 3-5 potential partners which you then fly out to meet. A Gold Key can take 6-8 weeks to complete so planning ahead is necessary.
Where is the value?
As you can imagine, U.S. companies find this service very valuable because they receive pre-scheduled meetings with pre-qualified distributors vetted by an in-country Commercial Specialist at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate, prior to traveling to the market. Obviously no business partner is absolutely perfect but every effort is made to identify a compatible relationship.
Created on March 8, 2013
In 1970 Abraham S. Venable was appointed by President Richard Nixon to serve as the Minority Business Development Agency’s first African American Director. Under his leadership, President Nixon signed Executive Order 11625 to develop and coordinate a national program for minority enterprise that has now been in existence for over 40 years. After leaving MBDA, Mr. Venable remained dedicated to championing minority-owned firms and spent nearly 20 years working with General Motors Co., to increase its business relationships with minority-owned dealerships, suppliers, insurers and banks. Mr. Venable’s efforts helped to spur the dramatic growth of opportunities for minority-owned businesses in both the public and private sectors in recent decades.
In recognition of Mr. Venable’s estimable record of minority business advocacy, MBDA named a National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week award in his honor, the “Abe Venable Award for Lifetime Achievement,” to acknowledge individuals who have played an integral role in the creative, technical or professional progress of the minority business community. Recent honorees have included Rush Communications LLC Founder Russell Simmons and U.S. Representative Silvestre Reyes. Through this award, MBDA is ensuring that Mr. Venable’s legacy of fostering economic opportunities for minority entrepreneurs will endure.
Created on March 1, 2013
As a business owner you need to understand how taxes are going to affect you and your business. It is important that you file properly, avoid audits, and claim the right tax deductions.
Here are a five tips that may ease the burden of tax preparation and to help you get ready for the April 15, 2013 deadline.
Created on February 28, 2013
Borrowers and lenders of loans backed by the U.S. Small Business Administration will have greater access to capital and less paperwork as a result of a proposed regulation aimed at streamlining the SBA application process, while also strengthening oversight and the integrity of the agency’s loan programs.
“Streamlining and simplifying has been a key focus of our agency over the last few years. The changes are the latest steps to reduce paperwork burden, with our eye on the larger goal of expanding access to capital and giving entrepreneurs and small business owners the financial resources to grow and create jobs,” said SBA Administrator Karen Mills. “Specifically, these proposed regulations will provide greater access to capital through our two largest loan programs, while also reducing risk to taxpayer dollars.”
The SBA proposes the new measures after extensive consultations with lenders and borrowers to identify the greatest challenges they face and find ways to reduce barriers to making and accessing loans, while still maintaining strict oversight.