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Two OPIC partners to participate in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit

QuantumID developed a cloud-based technology to make cargo transport more affordable and efficient.   The 7th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit this week in Silicon Valley will feature two OPIC partners on a panel that... Read more...

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Celebrating the tenth anniversary of Expanding Horizons

This year marks the tenth anniversary of OPIC’s working with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) at our Expanding Horizons workshops. Expanding Horizons gives these small businesses valuable information about the finance and... Read more...

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OPIC’s Dia Martin speaks at conference for African entrepreneurs

Photo Credit: Alex Kamweru Dia Martin, Director of OPIC Social Enterprise Finance, spoke at a panel, Building the Glocal Ecosystem: Bridging the Divide, at the Sankalp Africa Summit February 26th in Nairobi. Sankalp is a gathering... Read more...

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Featured Photo: Empowering female farmers

A worker in Ghana prepares shea nuts for sale at a farm supported by OPIC partner Root Capital. Root is a Cambridge, Mass. nonprofit social investment fund that provides loans to rural farms in Latin America and Africa who cannot access... Read more...

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Featured Photo: Supporting small business in India with microloans

(Photo Credit: Charles Stadtlander)   Entrepreneur Neelam Devi, pictured with her husband, holds a sheet of silkscreened tags created in her small screen-printing business in Patna, India. Once only contracted with clients in... Read more...

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Featured Photo: Supporting entrepreneurs in India

A woman named Manjula, who owns a small dressmaking business in Bangalore, sends fabric to her shop. Manjula is one of the many entrepreneurs and small businesses that OPIC has supported through financing to the Indian microfinance institution... Read more...

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Partnering with business as a force for good in the world: A conversation with Elizabeth L. Littlefield

Littlefield meets with African entrepreneurs during the Global Entrepreneurs Summit in Nairobi   The year 2015 has been a banner year for OPIC with the Agency’s total portfolio reaching a record-high of almost $20 billion... 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... Read more...

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Featured photo: Malian woman supports family with restaurant business

In honor of Women’s Small Business Month, we’re featuring women in developing countries who have been able to start or grow a small business with the support of OPIC financing. The photo shows a mother of six in Mali preparing food to sell... 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.... Read more...

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