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OPIC by the numbers: 2017

OPIC committed to multiple projects in 2017 to increase support for women in the developing world and unlock the multi-trillion dollar investment opportunity they represent.       As 2017 comes to... Read more...

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Featured Photo: Major infrastructure project is increasing tourism and boosting commerce

  In Quito, Ecuador, a traveler shops for Ecuadorian chocolate at the locally-owned República del Cacao shop at the Mariscal Sucre International Airport. República del Cacao began as a tiny kiosk selling fine locally-produced chocolate... Read more...

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Continuing support for both women-owned and SME businesses

  Female entrepreneurs, along with small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), are a leading driver of economic growth in India. On July 13, OPIC reaffirmed its commitment to these sectors of the economy by agreeing to increase lending... Read more...

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Investing "over there" can pay dividends here at home: OPIC small business workshops featured in the Cincinnati Enquirer

“There are many ways that the U.S. economy benefits when American businesses expand their horizons overseas,” OPIC Outreach Director Lawrence Spinelli wrote last weekend in the Cincinnati Enquirer. “By growing their revenue, they can often hire more... Read more...

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OPIC's small business workshop is headed to Cincinnati

OPIC Outreach Director Larry Spinelli speaking to attendees at Expanding Horizons   OPIC will be traveling to Cincinnati next month to host its third Expanding Horizons small business workshop of the year. On August 18, small... Read more...

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OPIC workshop in New York attracts more than 180 American small businesses

Small businesses and entrepreneurs attend OPIC's Expanding Horizons workshop in New York City   Last week in New York City, OPIC hosted another successful workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs to discuss the... Read more...

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Six things to know if you’re exploring emerging markets: OPIC featured in Entrepreneur

Image credit: John Lund | Getty Images   Looking for your next customer? It may pay to look far from home. Today, the vast majority of the world’s consumers live outside the United States, and a growing share of those people... Read more...

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OPIC partner Big Tree Farms featured in Portland Business Journal

This account of a small American business expanding into a developing market, by Ben Ripple, co-founder and co-CEO of OPIC partner Big Tree Farms, ran last week in The Portland Business Journal.   Big Tree Farms didn¹t have a formal... Read more...

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Women supporting women: Insights from a woman-owned business investing in African agriculture

As we get ready to kick off our Expanding Horizons workshop series for American small businesses next month, we’ve been featuring several of our successful small business partners. Here, we look at Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Aventura Investment... Read more...

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Featured photo: Supporting American manufacturers in the global economy

(Photo by David Bohrer, National Association of Manufacturers) ​​​​​​​   ​​​​​​​A worker at Ellicott Dredges’ Maryland manufacturing facility assembles the dredging equipment used around the world to help control flooding and make... Read more...

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