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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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OPIC at a glance

From a growing commitment to renewable resources to support for American small businesses, learn more about some of our major accomplishments in this cheat sheet.

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OPIC In New Jersey: A Look At How OPIC Investments Support Multiple Businesses

OPIC hosts its final Expanding Horizons workshop of the year September 23 in Trenton, New Jersey, where small businesses will gather to learn more about the benefits of expanding into developing markets overseas. OPIC has been hosting these events around the country for several years, as part of its effort to educate small businesses about the finance and insurance tools Read more…

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Featured photo: Collaborating to support American businesses

OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield and U.S. Small Business Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet met July 2 to discuss ways the two agencies can work together to support U.S. small businesses. OPIC works closely with SBA’s Office of International Trade to educate small businesses about the OPIC finance and insurance tools that can help them expand into emerging markets. SBA also Read more…

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#SheBuilds: Investing in women is an investment in global development

By Judith Pryor Vice President, Office of External Affairs, Overseas Private Investment Corporation On April 10, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, Devex and Vital Voices held the #SheBuilds Twitter chat, aimed at engaging development practitioners, stakeholders and the public on the many reasons why gender integration and investing in women and girls is absolutely crucial to development. As Vital Voices pointed Read more…

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