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Featured photo: Local retailer supports jobs and sustainable development in Guatemala

July 12, 2013

The Guatemala City flagship store of Cemaco, a family-owned business that operates 20 retail stores throughout Guatemala selling hardware, home goods ,toys and baby gear. OPIC, through a loan guaranty to World Business Capital, supported a $9,750,000 loan to help the business expand. The Cemaco retail chain currently has about 1,500 local employees and is committed to sustainable business practices
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OPIC Seminar Takes on Small Businesses in Salt Lake City

July 11, 2013

World Trade Center Utah Executive Vice President & COO Elizabeth Goryunova joins Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) Director of Public Affairs Dr. Larry Spinelli at an Expanding Horizons seminar for Utah’s small businesses. OPIC’s Expanding Horizons seminar met up with small business owners in Salt Lake City on July 10 to help educate them on how to take advantage of
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Tailoring finance tools for impact investors

July 09, 2013

This is the second blog post in an occasional series By Mitchell L. Strauss, Special Advisor, Socially Responsible Finance In my earlier blog post I explored OPIC’s contributions to the evolving impact investing sector, mostly by providing financing and insurance products to help American companies working in emerging markets. In addition to these core products, OPIC continues to innovate and
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Featured video: OPIC-supported business complex prepares to open in Georgia

June 28, 2013

The mountaintop Mtatsminda restaurant and business complex in Tbilisi, Georgia was renovated with the support of a $10 million OPIC loan and will reopen on Saturday, June 29. This clip from a local news program highlights visits this week from U.S. Ambassador to Georgia, Richard Norland, and Kenneth Angel, Managing Director, Project Finance at OPIC.

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Texas newspapers feature OPIC President Elizabeth Littlefield on the role of small businesses in the global economy

June 28, 2013

This week, OPIC held its Expanding Horizons workshop in Fort Worth, Texas with more than 100 U.S. small businesses from over 10 states attending. The events also were highlighted in local media with both The Houston Chronicle and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram publishing op-eds by OPIC President and Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Littlefield on the important role small businesses can
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Sailing the Seven “Cs:” Unlocking bank financing for SMEs in the Middle East

June 25, 2013

By Arun Hsu, Chief of Party, Jordan Loan Guarantee Facility In this guest post, an OPIC partner outlines a system for determining creditworthiness of potential borrowers that lack collateral and a track record of working with banks. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the key to innovation and an engine of economic growth and job creation in the Middle East
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Featured photo: Finca International supports women entrepreneurs in Mexico with microfinance loans

June 21, 2013

Microfinance group members in Tlayacapan, Mexico meet to collect installments on a loan from Finca International, a U.S. microfinance institution with a global footprint in 21 countries.  This all-women group of entrepreneurs who sell food, clothing and crafts in local markets has been a client of Finca Mexico for 10 years.

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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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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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