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Dr. Lawrence Spinelli, OPIC's Director of Public Affairs: "The credit crisis is a very real challenge for businesses and OPIC is here to help them."

  How OPIC has made a special effort to work with small businesses As the Director of Public Affairs for OPIC, Dr. Larry Spinelli spearheads the Expanding Horizons seminars and workshops, which help educate American small- and... Read more...

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Expanding small business lending in Afghanistan

OPIC and Afghan Growth Finance (AGF) have agreed to expand an existing partnership and this week signed an agreement to co-finance up to $11.5 million in loans to small businesses in Afghanistan. The new facility will provide small and... Read more...

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Expanding a successful program for small businesses

In 2012, OPIC will expand its popular Expanding Horizons event for small businesses, hosting seminars and workshops in multiple cities around the U.S. to help educate small businesses about the benefits of entering emerging markets abroad, and... Read more...

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U.S. Rep. Ros-Lehtinen urges U.S. businesses to look beyond their borders

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen made introductory remarks at OPIC’s Oct. 26 Expanding Horizons seminar in Miami, where she told a group of small businesses that expanding internationally could be key to their growth and overall success. Ros-... 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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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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Project Snapshot: Opening a door to homeownership in South Africa

Site South Africa Sector Housing Challenge Large numbers of homeless in South Africa needed housing but even with government subsidies in place, local builders were often unable to obtain bank loans for construction projects.... Read more...

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