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September 8, 2009
Peggy Houlihan Named SBEA President
NSBA and the Small Business Exporters Association, a council of NSBA, today announced Peggy Houlihan’s selection as the new SBEA president. Houlihan’s appointment comes on the heels of the departure of James Morrison, who helmed SBEA since 2001 and recently left the organization to handle legislative issues for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). Houlihan [Read More]
September 1, 2009
SBEA Partners with Ex-Im Bank on Eight-City Seminar Series
The Small Business Exporters Association, a Trade Association Partner of the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. (Ex-Im Bank), is helping promote a series of upcoming national seminars, “Exports Live!: Real Deals, Real Profits,” focused on small and mid-sized exporters. Created by six federal agencies, the half-day, interactive seminars are designed to demonstrate how local businesses [Read More]
June 19, 2009
New legislation aims to strengthen SBA’s support for exports
Small business exporters would have access to more international trade specialists and larger exporting loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), under legislation recently introduced in the Congress. Two bills are currently under consideration in the U.S. Senate – the Small Business International Trade Enhancements Act of 2009 (S. 1196), introduced by Sen. Mary [Read More]
April 5, 2009
World Leaders Act to Stimulate Economic Growth Through Trade
Leaders of countries with twenty largest economies pledged to strengthen international trade at an important meeting in London last week. Their actions could prove beneficial for smaller companies. The so-called “G-20” (group of twenty) — meeting amid the world economic downturn — agreed on a series of joint actions to revive growth. The group, which [Read More]
April 1, 2009
Senators Call for Assistant Trade Representative for Small Business
Three senior Senators have called on Ron Kirk, the new United States Trade Representative, to appoint an Assistant for Small Business. Senators Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), the Chair and the Ranking Republican member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, along with Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Vice-Chairman of the Congressional Joint Economic [Read More]
March 26, 2009
New Export Financing Option Available
There is good news for small U.S. exporters whose customers need loans to buy their products. An attractive new federally-guaranteed financing option is available. A select group of commercial banks now will be able to offer terms of 180 days to five years on federally-guaranteed loans to the foreign buyers of U.S. exports without having [Read More]
March 20, 2009
SBEA Calls for Strengthened Export Promotion Programs
While Congress focuses on stimulating the U.S. economy, a key ingredient of U.S. economic success–exporting–looks like it will be weakened. The U.S. Commercial Service (USCS), which has been indispensable in helping small exporters find overseas buyers and distributors, is slated to be reduced in size. The USCS is a part of the U.S. Department of [Read More]
January 18, 2009
Commerce Department Lowers Fees for Small Business Export Services
There’s good news for small business exporters who plan to use the valuable services of the U.S. Commerce Department to help find overseas customers and distributors. Some prices are actually going down! After several years of negotiation between the exporter community, the Commerce Department, and the White House Office of Management and Budget, the Commerce [Read More]
October 1, 2008
Congress Restores Operating Authority for Key Small Business International Trade Agency
Small-business transactions will resume at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), after many months of delay. On Sept. 27, Congress approved an extension of the agency’s operating authority. All new transactions at OPIC had been on hold since April 2008, when the agency’s operating authority had expired. OPIC’s Small- and Mid-Sized Enterprise Finance (SMEF) Division, [Read More]
September 17, 2008
SBEA Founder Marty Duggan Passes Away
Edward “Marty” Duggan, who founded the Small Business Exporters Association in 1989, passed away on Sunday September 14th after a long illness. He was 79. Marty was born in Buffalo, NY, the oldest of seventeen children. He is survived by his wife Mary Lou, as well as three children, four step-children, fourteen siblings, and nineteen [Read More]

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