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OPIC to Hold Seminar for Florida Small Businesses

October 20, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Florida small businesses will have an opportunity to learn how the U.S. Government’s development finance institution can help them gain access to lucrative emerging markets worldwide when the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) hosts a seminar in Miami on October 26 – the latest in a highly-successful series that has to date educated more than 1,300 SME owners nationwide about OPIC services.

The Expanding Horizons seminar will outline for participants the innovative financial tools – among them financing and political risk insurance – that OPIC has used for 40 years to help U.S. businesses successfully invest in emerging markets.  In addition, the seminar will feature a special session on OPIC support for renewable energy and clean energy technology projects, a priority for the agency.  Participants will also benefit from networking sessions and opportunities to meet one-on-one with government officials.

The OPIC seminar will be held Wednesday, October 26, at the Hilton Miami Airport. Companies interested in attending should register online at

The keynote speaker is Antonio Villamil, Principal Advisor to the Washington Economic Group, Inc., a Florida-based economic and business consulting service, and Dean of the School of Business at St. Thomas University in Miami.

Other speakers include Ralph MacNamara, Vice Chair of the Florida District Export Council and Chair of the South Florida District Export Council; Leila Afas, Director of Export Promotion for the U.S. Trade & Development Agency; Marie Gill, Executive Director of the Minority Business Development Association’s Business Center in Florida; Mary Hernandez, Regional Manager of the U.S. Small Business Administration; Sharyn Koenig, Director of the Southeast Regional Office of the Export-Import Bank of the U.S.; and Eduardo Torres, Director of the South Florida U.S. Export Assistance Center; as well as senior OPIC staff members.

Organizations supporting the seminar are The Beacon Council, Enterprise Florida, Inc., Florida Small Business Development Center Network, Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, The Office of Economic and Small Business Development in Broward County, and The Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) in Miami-Dade County.

Since 2006, OPIC has held Expanding Horizons workshops in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, Houston, San Francisco, Boston, St. Louis, Denver, Philadelphia, and Orange, California.