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  • Submitted on 29 November 2016

    As you look to grow your small business, you might want to consider opportunities with our neighbor to the south, the largest market for U.S. small business exports: Mexico.

    In October of this year, SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet visited Mexico to discuss opportunities for expanding trade with Mexico. She forcefully advocated for encouraging women entrepreneurship, advanced innovation, and business partnerships; increasing access to capital; and improving bilateral regulatory cooperation.

  • Submitted on 01 November 2016

    From left to right: Executive Vice President Marta Burguera and her father Orlando Burguera who is President of B & B Manufacturing, and Marta’s brother.B & B Manufacturing, of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, manufactures wiring and electronic equipment for motor vehicles. B&B Manufacturing has maintained its leadership in a changing industry through supplying its clients with an extensive O.E.M. type product line, which provides reliability and improved performance to its end user. Established in 1985, this family-owned small business relies on exports for 68 percent of its sales. It has customers in Latin and Central America as well as the Caribbean. 

    For more than 15 years, the company has been using a small business multi-buyer insurance policy to extend credit to its international buyers. The policy has covered nearly 16 buyers. Through the support of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM Bank), B & B manufacturing has successfully exported over 4.6 million dollars in goods to their customers abroad within the past three to four years alone. The company was also able to create five new jobs as a result.

  • Submitted on 18 October 2016

    Join the U.S. Commercial Service and the Illinois District Export Council for Discover Global Markets: Building Smart Cities. This conference for U.S. exporters brings together trade experts, industry professionals, and U.S. commercial diplomats via panels and executive meetings to address opportunities and demand for new technologies to make cities more sustainable. Your firm will leave this conference with the critical next steps needed to transform market potential to market success in markets of interest across the world.

  • Submitted on 27 September 2016

    The Business Opportunities in Central America Webinar Series will provide valuable insight to new and experienced exporters who will gain knowledge of export opportunities in this dynamic region. Companies will learn about best prospects, legal considerations, global logistics, export financing, eCommerce, leveraging CATA-DR, and export tax incentives in 7 countries in Central America. Participants will also understand and appreciate the cultural differences, economic conditions, and technological capabilities of potential partners.

  • Submitted on 18 August 2016

    Created on August 18, 2016
     

    Small business exporters can learn how EXIM products can empower them to increase foreign sales by clicking here or visiting the homepage at www.exim.gov.

  • Submitted on 15 August 2016

    Created on August 15, 2016
     

    Gabriel Ojeda runs a small concrete additive business called Fritz-Pak out of a modest warehouse just east of Dallas with his wife and son. Gabriel Ojeda runs a small concrete additive business called Fritz-Pak out of a modest warehouse just east of Dallas with his wife and son. They manufacture 40 different specialty products, including plasters you’d find in swimming pools or sports stadiums. Sales were steady—until the 2008 recession hit. Gabriel had to lay off three of his 14 employees, and was nearly forced to sell off the business. When Gabriel’s family came up with the idea of pursuing sales in global markets, they sought out private financing—but when a typical export sale is only 10 or 12 thousand dollars, a local bank isn’t always interested in financing. So when private financing proved unavailable, the company turned to the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM Bank) for a reliable insurance package to protect their overseas sales. 

    In 2011, EXIM Bank approved a $200,000 insurance policy which helped Fritz-Pak expand to Russia, Taiwan, China, and South Africa. With EXIM’s insurance the Ojedas were able to offer their new foreign buyers credit terms while protecting against the risk of not being paid.

  • Submitted on 06 July 2016

    Created on July 6, 2016
     

    Kusum Kavia, President of CAIOver the last 9 years, minority-and woman-owned business Combustion Associates Inc. (CAI) has significantly grown their business from a small domestic operation to one that generates the majority of its revenue from exports to sub-Saharan Africa, using financing from the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM).

    Established in 1989, the California-based company manufactures and customizes gas turbine power generation systems, bringing dependable electricity to customers from Western Africa to Eastern Asia to South America. CAI's generators and power plants provide a reliable supply of electricity to governments, businesses, schools, and communities where spotty access to power has often hamstrung economic growth.

    “We are part of the American dream of owning a business, being entrepreneurial and creating American jobs,” said Kusum Kavia, President of CAI.

    Kusum and her husband Mukund were born in Kenya, raised in England, and immigrated to the United States, founding CAI in Corona, California 26 years ago. Beginning as environmental consultants, they moved on to engineering, manufacturing and installing their electrical power equipment and auxiliary systems.

  • Submitted on 24 June 2016

    Created on June 24, 2016
     

    Zaheer FaruqiFounded more than 15 years ago, a fast-growing supply company seated in the suburbs of Atlanta, Ga., started selling aircraft parts to commercial airlines and military air forces. The small company of only 35 is now considered one of the best spare parts providers in the world.

    Aventure Aviation, nicknamed the ‘AutoZone for airplane supplies’ by its founder and president Zaheer Faruqi, found its humble beginnings in the basement of Zaheer’s home in Peachtree City, Atlanta.

    The concept of providing a "customer driven first rate" aviation parts supplier service was the goal for this business venture. The idea originated from Zaheer’s previous work experience with a local part supplier company when he started noticing that similar companies lacked customer service and were solely profit oriented.

    Zaheer visualized something greater and wanted to provide a service tailored to its individual customers overseas.

  • Submitted on 18 April 2016

    Created on April 18, 2016
     

    Tariff ToolWith the launch of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Tariff Tool in 2011, the International Trade Administration (ITA) provided a first-of-its-kind way for U.S. businesses to calculate the tariff benefits for their products in U.S. free trade agreement partner countries. ITA has now expanded that tool to include tariff information for the 11 countries that recently signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

    For any exporter, especially an SME, researching the tariff rate for their product in an FTA partner market can be costly and time consuming.  The tariff schedules among our 11 TPP partners account for thousands of pages in the agreement.  If an exporter is lucky enough to find out where their specific product is in the tariff schedule, they may still have challenges determining what that tariff will be next year, or in five years, or in 10 years. Businesses – especially smaller companies – need this information for sound business planning in the medium and long term.

  • Submitted on 10 March 2016

    Created on March 10, 2016
     

    Join the U.S. Commercial Service and the South Florida District Export Council for Discover Global Markets: The Americas. This conference brings together trade experts, economists, industry professionals, and U.S. commercial diplomats via panels and executive meetings to address opportunities, challenges, and winning strategies across the region. Your firm will leave this conference with the critical next steps needed to transform market potential to market success in markets of interest across the Western Hemisphere.

    Meet One-on-One with U.S. Commercial Diplomats:

    Whether to explore market opportunities or receive help in overcoming challenges, meet with U.S. commercial diplomats from throughout the Western Hemisphere to get your questions answered.

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