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Opinion: Reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the United States

San Antonio (July 21, 2014) – The International Trade Center, an SBDC at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute of Economic Development, would like to announce our support of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im).

Ex-Im is a critical resource for small and medium sized US businesses that are making deals in international markets. We have been an Ex-Im City/State Partner since 2009, and in 2013 were honored as the City/State Partner of the Year. We value the services and mission of this 80-year old institution and have great expectations for the opportunities that they bring to our clients.

Every 2 years congress has to reauthorize the banks' charter for it to continue to exist, and help American businesses compete in the global market. For 80 years congress has done this with bipartisan support.

We encourage our clients, stakeholders, and partners to support the Ex-Im Bank reauthorization in congress. Please take a moment now to contact your representatives to ask that they support this important tool for small business in the US. http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/.

Ex-Im supports American exporters by helping to level the field for business, in particular those that would not otherwise benefit from private-sector loans and banking services. Moreover, the fees and interest that the bank charges have created a profit generating mechanism for the American taxpayers.

By the numbers it is also clear to us that Ex-Im is creating economic impact that matters. Over the last 5 years, Ex-Im Bank has supported 1.2 million American jobs, generated $2 billion for U.S. taxpayers at zero net cost, and financed exports with a value of more than $188 billion.

The International Trade Center at UTSA is one of the largest and most successful trade assistance organizations in Texas. It helps companies become globally competitive through technical trade consulting, customized market research and innovative training programs. The center is a specialty SBDC program in the South-West Texas Border SBDC Network. Follow them on Twitter (@TexasTrade) and like them on Facebook (Facebook.com/texastrade).

Learn more about the Export-Import Bank of the United States at http://www.exim.gov.

 

SBCD Delegation from Central and South America to Visit UTSA and Washington, DC

International Trade Center to Lead Stakeholder Visits to the U.S.

San Antonio (June 27, 2014) – The International Trade Center, an SBDC at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute of Economic Development, announced today that it will lead a delegation of high-level government officials and business development professionals from several Central and South American countries on a visit to San Antonio to observe first-hand SBDC operations, and then accompany them to Washington D.C. to learn about SBDC network administration, MSME policy creation and program oversight July 7-11, 2014.

Read more: SBCD Delegation from Central and South America to Visit UTSA and Washington, DC

   

SBCD Delegation from the Caribbean to Visit UTSA and Washington, DC

International Trade Center to Lead Stakeholder Visits To the US

San Antonio (June 10, 2014) – The International Trade Center, an SBDC at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute of Economic Development, announced today that it will lead a delegation of high-level government officials and business development professionals from several Caribbean countries on a visit to San Antonio to observe first-hand SBDC operations, and then accompany them to Washington D.C. to learn about network administration, MSME policy creation and program oversight June 16-20, 2014.

Read more: SBCD Delegation from the Caribbean to Visit UTSA and Washington, DC

   

UTSA to begin Certificate Training for Future SBDC Counselors and Directors in Mexico City

San Antonio, May 28, 2014 – The International Trade Center, an SBDC at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute of Economic Development, announced today that it will begin a three-module Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Counselor and Director Certificate Training in Mexico City. This is the 14th SBDC training for the International Trade Center in Mexico, and will bring the total trainees to more than 1,368 people to date.

Read more: UTSA to begin Certificate Training for Future SBDC Counselors and Directors in Mexico City

   

UTSA International Trade Center to Host Business Development Delegation from Guatemala

guat-dip-1San Antonio (May 08, 2014) – The International Trade Center at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute of Economic Development announced today that it will host a delegation of business development professionals from Guatemala, including the Vice Minister for MSME Development from the Ministry of Economy, Sigfrido Lee, to observe the operations of the Institute and SBDCs, May 13-16, 2014.

Read more: UTSA International Trade Center to Host Business Development Delegation from Guatemala

   

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