Philadelphia 2010 Trade Finance Conference

The U.S. Department of Commerce, in cooperation with a number of commercial banks and specialized finance firms as well as other federal agencies will host a full-day trade finance conference in Pennsylvania for Mid-Atlantic region exporters.

This event scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010 in Philadelphia, PA for Eastern Mid-Atlantic area exporters in Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Southern New Jersey. As part of the Department’s regional trade finance conference initiative, the event will bring together trade finance experts from both the public and private sectors, including officials from the U.S. Export-Import Bank, the Small Business Administration (SBA), and the U.S. Agricultural Department’s Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA) to discuss the resources available to U.S. exporters, especially SMEs, for their financing needs and will be followed by one-on-one matchmaking sessions. 

Keynote speakers include: Ex-Im Bank Board Member Diane Farrell; World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia President Linda Conlin; and U.S. Commerce Department Senior Director for Services Carlos Montoulieu. 

This full-day conference, which places emphasis on the role of the private sector in providing financing for U.S. exports, is great opportunities for local exporters to meet one-on-one with these commercial lenders and U.S. government export assistance agencies. The past few conferences with a similar full-day program attracted more than 200 participants in Miami, Florida last year and over 100 in Cleveland, Ohio last summer. 

In cooperation with Ex-Im Bank and SBA, the U.S. Commercial Service also offers a number of half-day export finance seminars annually across the county with a particular focus on new-to-export SMEs and those who face challenges in accessing capital and financing for their export transactions. 

The goal of these Commerce Department sponsored trade finance events is to help increase access to capital and financing for U.S. exporters and their foreign buyers—one of the priorities under the President’s National Export Initiative, a U.S. government-wide effort to double U.S. exports and support several million new jobs over five years.

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