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Featured Photo: OPIC hosts hundreds of small businesses at its Expanding Horizons workshop in Houston

Nearly 250 small-businesses and entrepreneurs, representing eighteen states and seven countries – from Mexico to Nigeria and Burma — attended the Expanding Horizons workshop in Houston to learn about the ways OPIC and other government agencies can help them expand into emerging markets. The workshop was one of the largest in in Expanding Horizons’ 10-year history. OPIC helps businesses of Read more…

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How OPIC supports American small businesses from coast to coast

When OPIC kicks off its 2016 Expanding Horizons workshop series May 3 in Atlanta, it will mark the tenth anniversary of the program, which has traveled to New York, Miami, Seattle, Los Angeles and many more U.S. cities to educate American small businesses about the benefits of expanding into emerging markets. OPIC understands that small businesses can make important contributions Read more…

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Celebrating the tenth anniversary of Expanding Horizons

This year marks the tenth anniversary of OPIC’s working with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) at our Expanding Horizons workshops. Expanding Horizons gives these small businesses valuable information about the finance and insurance tools we offer to help them expand into emerging markets. By partnering with OPIC, SMEs are better prepared to make a difference in the global market through Read more…

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10 years of small business outreach: A conversation with Dr. Lawrence Spinelli

One of OPIC’s longest running programs is the Expanding Horizons Workshop series to educate American small businesses about the ways OPIC and other U.S. Government Agencies can help them invest in emerging markets. The majority of development projects that OPIC supports are with American small and medium enterprises and Expanding Horizons has been a critical outreach tool. Since 2006, Expanding Read more…

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OPIC provides advice to diaspora investors at outreach workshop

OPIC hosted its last Expanding Horizons workshop last month in Boston in partnership with The Aspen Institute’s Diaspora Investment Alliance, which works to help channel investment from diaspora communities in the U.S. into their countries of origin to support positive developmental impacts. This follow-up post from Aspen details how successful the event was in bringing together a large group of Read more…

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Partner spotlight: How OPIC outreach workshops connect small businesses with the global market

In 2010 Milind Tavshikar (pictured) was a recent graduate of MIT’s Sloan School of Business with a winning business plan built around a technology he’d developed to lower the cost and improve the efficiency of shipping cargo. SmartKargo is a cloud-based RFID technology that uses handheld devices to scan cargo before it is loaded onto aircraft. Because it is cloud-based, Read more…

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Strong turnout from diaspora investors at OPIC’s Expanding Horizons workshop in Boston

OPIC has long recognized diaspora investors as valuable partners in global development and the latest Expanding Horizons workshop in Boston on October 14 drew large numbers of diaspora business owners and entrepreneurs from Sub-Saharan Africa. OPIC hosted the workshop in partnership with The Aspen Institute’s DIAspora Investment Alliance, which works to help channel investments from diaspora communities in the U.S. Read more…

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From introducing advanced technology to providing support for small farmers: How OPIC has helped some Massachusetts enterprises have a positive impact in the world

OPIC’s popular Expanding Horizons workshop for small businesses travels later this month to Massachusetts, a state that has produced many strong OPIC supported projects that are having a positive impact in the developing world. Expanding Horizons is a nine-year-old OPIC workshop series that seeks to educate small businesses about the opportunities of expanding into developing markets and the way OPIC Read more…

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How OPIC supports American small businesses and American jobs

National Small Business Week recognizes the important contributions of America’s small businesses and entrepreneurs. At OPIC, it’s an occasion to remind small businesses that they can benefit from engaging in the global economy. OPIC recognizes that small businesses have a lot to gain from expanding into developing markets and they are often the ones most in need of financing or Read more…

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Jobs, local procurement and support for local enterprises: How OPIC supports small businesses in Michigan

OPIC kicks off its 2015 Expanding Horizons workshop series next week with a May 7 workshop in Detroit, where small businesses can learn about some of the opportunities of expanding into emerging markets and the OPIC finance and political risk insurance tools that can help support them. Because many of the world’s fastest-growing markets are in developing countries, expanding abroad Read more…

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