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OPIC's EXPANDING HORIZONS: A Seminar for Small Businesses Entering International Markets

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Event Date and Time: 
10/26/2011 (All day)

EXPANDING HORIZONS: A Seminar for Small Businesses Entering International Markets

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Hilton Miami Airport
5101 Blue Lagoon Drive
Miami, FL 33126

Please register early - last seminar sold out!

Florida small businesses will have an opportunity to learn how the U.S. Government’s development finance institution can help them gain access to lucrative emerging markets worldwide when the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) hosts a seminar in Miami on October 26 – the latest in a highly-successful series that has to date educated more than 1300 SME owners nationwide about OPIC services.

The Expanding Horizons seminar will outline for participants the innovative financial tools that OPIC has used for 40 years to help U.S. businesses successfully invest in emerging markets. OPIC presentations will include the following:

  • OPIC Political Risk Insurance – Mr. James Williams, Director, Insurance

  • OPIC SME Financing – Mr. Iman Tariq Kennerly, Director, Project Finance

  • OPIC Special Support for Renewable Energy & Clean Technology – Ms. Lynn Tabernacki, Managing Director, Renewable Energy & Sustainable Development

  • Getting Started With OPIC – Ms. Alison Germak Gatchev, Director, Corporate Development

The keynote luncheon speaker is Mr. J. Antonio “Tony” Villamil, Dean, School of Business, St. Thomas University, Miami, FL and Principal Economic Advisor, Washington Economics Group (WEG), Coral Gables, FL

Other speakers include:

  • Mr. Ralph MacNamara, South Florida District Export Council Chair; Florida District Export Council, Vice Chair; Kaufman, Rossin & Co. Director of Client Services

  • Ms. Leila Afas, Director of Export Promotion, U.S. Trade & Development Agency

  • Mr. Eduardo Torres, Director, Fort Lauderdale U.S. Export Assistance Center

  • Ms. Sharyn H. Koenig, Director, U.S. Export Import Bank

  • Ms. Mary Hernandez, Regional Director, U.S. Small Business Administration

  • Ms. Marie R. Gill, Operator/Executive Director, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center.

Participants will also benefit from networking sessions and opportunities to meet one-on-one with government officials.

The OPIC seminar will be held October 26, 2011 at the Hilton Miami Airport, Miami, Florida.  Registration and continental breakfast opens at 7:30am.  The program begins at 8:45am and concludes with pre-arranged one-on-one appointments from 2:45pm-4:45pm. Small Businesses interested in attending may register online at

Organizations supporting the seminar are the Miami-Dade County/Office of Economic Development & International Trade; Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce/International Business Development; Broward County Florida/Office of Economic and Small Business Development; The Beacon Council and Enterprise Florida, Inc/International Trade & Business Development.

Since 2006, OPIC has held Expanding Horizons events in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, Houston, San Francisco, Boston, St. Louis, Denver, Philadelphia, and Orange County, CA.


OPIC is the U.S. Government’s development finance institution.  It mobilizes private capital to help solve critical world challenges and in doing so, advances U.S. foreign policy.  Because OPIC works with the U.S. private sector, it helps U.S. businesses gain footholds in emerging markets catalyzing revenues, jobs and growth opportunities both at home and abroad.  OPIC achieves its mission by providing investors with financing, guarantees, political risk insurance, and support for private equity investment funds.

Established as an agency of the U.S. Government in 1971, OPIC operates on a self-sustaining basis at no net cost to American taxpayers. OPIC services are available for new and expanding business enterprises in more than 150 countries worldwide. In addition, OPIC has accomplished its developmental mission by supporting $200 billion worth of investment in nearly 4000 projects in developing countries and emerging markets.


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