The OPIC Blog

U.S., Jordan commit to work together to support SMEs

On Oct. 25, OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield joined U.S. Ambassador to Jordan Stuart Jones, and Acting USAID Mission Director Kevin Rushing and Dr. Saleh Kharabsheh, Secretary General of the Ministry of Planning and... Read more...

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Project profile: Brazilian plant supports growth of U.S. juice maker

Sambazon Inc. of San Clemente, Calif. was formed in 2000 when a couple of friends traveling in Brazil noticed the local popularity of the antioxidant-rich açai berry and saw an opportunity to introduce it into the U.S. They started by purchasing a... Read more...

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Project profile: Mexican food project in Russia fuels sales of American-made equipment

American entrepreneurs build a Mexican food business in Russia using an OPIC loan to fund its expansion, ultimately driving sales of equipment from a supplier in  southern California. That’s the short story behind ZAO Solntse Mexico, a... Read more...

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For small businesses, adapting to tough times often means expanding their horizons

Ricardo Tejada, Founder and Managing Director of Vnesto Capital, delivered the keynote address at the Expanding Horizons seminar in Orange County, CA, where he shared his story of adapting to the recession by expanding his business into South... Read more...

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Small firms also have a role in the global economy

OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield recently published a piece in the Miami Herald about the economic benefits of small businesses expanding into developing markets overseas. Attached is the full text of the piece, which can also be... Read more...

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"OPIC can transform the way we think about the business community and its relationship with international development."

OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield is featured this month in Forbes, where she discusses OPIC’s work supporting U.S. businesses investing in emerging markets, the agency’s increased focus on renewable resources and its quick response... Read more...

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Photos: In India, telecom sector taps solar power

OPIC’s board recently approved $150 million in financing to expand the use of solar energy to power telecommunications towers in India. Applied Solar Technologies plans to use the financing to supplement the diesel-powered generators on the... Read more...

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Expanding Horizons: "We have to change our perspective of where our next customers are coming from."

“A big business can walk into a bank, get in the door and probably even end up with financing for an overseas investment. But for a small business, it is particularly challenging,” Lawrence Spinelli, OPIC’s Director of Public Affairs, (pictured)... Read more...

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