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Expanding Horizons Workshop comes on the heels of National Small Business Week

June 20, 2013

This week is National Small Business Week, an event organized by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to recognize American entrepreneurs and small business owners. OPIC understands that American small businesses are the heart of the country’s economy and also can play a significant role in the global economy. Last year, 73 percent of the deals OPIC approved were with
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How OPIC extends its impact through partnerships

June 18, 2013

  OPIC has a long tradition of partnering with private sector businesses to catalyze investment in challenging markets around the world. But the agency’s work extends beyond public-private partnerships. In its recently published 2013 annual report, OPIC outlines several of the successful partnerships it has forged with other U.S. Government agencies to address major development challenges such as: –Clean Energy.
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OPIC President Elizabeth Littlefield discusses social impact investing on The White House Blog

June 07, 2013

OPIC President and Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Littlefield attended the UK’s G8 Social Impact Investing Forum in London this week. On The White House Blog, Littlefield, along with Karen G. Mills, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), discuss the National Impact Initiative (NII) launched at the
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OPIC joins global discussions in London around social impact investing

June 06, 2013

This week, OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield traveled to London to participate in two events that focused on impact investing, which has long been a focus at OPIC and is increasingly attracting attention from investors and entrepreneurs. The Development Impact Bond Working Group, formed by the Center of Global Development (CGD) and Social Finance, convened on June 5 to
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Helping SME’s invest in emerging markets: A conversation with James Polan, OPIC’s Vice President of Small and Medium Enterprise Finance

June 05, 2013

OPIC’s Small and Medium-Enterprise (SME) Financing is available for businesses with annual revenues of less than $400 million. In this interview, James Polan, Vice President, Small and Medium Enterprise Finance, explains the work that he and his colleagues do to provide counsel and financial products to these types of businesses looking to do business in emerging markets. Why does OPIC focus so
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Why the world’s poor are a good credit risk

May 28, 2013

By John Aldonas Deputy Vice President, OPIC Small and Medium Enterprise Finance Does it make business sense to invest in the world’s poorest people? Earlier this month, I joined some OPIC clients on a panel at the Society for International Development, where we discussed why private sector investments in some of the poorest and least developed parts of the world
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Africa Day: Reflecting on progress and investing for the future

May 24, 2013

May 25 is Africa Day, which recognizes the founding of the African Union in 1963. This year, the 50th anniversary of African unity provides an opportunity to highlight the great progress the continent has made, and encourages a look toward the future. By almost all accounts, the future is bright. One commonly-cited statistic is that seven of the 10 fastest
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Inc. magazine highlights entrepreneurial opportunities in frontier markets

May 16, 2013

Countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan and Haiti “have a long way to go before earning the optimistic label ‘emerging markets,’” note the authors of a recent Inc. magazine series, Entrepreneurship on the Frontier. Nonetheless, they say that these countries have become entrepreneurial hubs. The series, which explores entrepreneurial activity in some of these highly challenging and highly promising markets,
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OPIC celebrates innovation in 2012 annual report

May 07, 2013

OPIC’s newly-released 2012 annual report showcases several key projects and agency priorities of the past year and highlights the role of innovation in our work. Innovation has long been a guiding principal at OPIC, which has built creative deal structures and partnerships to address the challenges of investing in the developing world and worked with several innovative businesses that found
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Expanding Horizons Workshop heads to South Carolina on May 7

May 06, 2013

OPIC will take its popular Expanding Horizons workshop to Charleston, South Carolina on May 7 in an effort to educate more small businesses from the southeastern United States about the benefits of expanding into emerging markets, and the ways that OPIC finance and insurance tools can support their efforts. OPIC began its Expanding Horizons series in 2006 in recognition of
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