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OPIC celebrates 10th anniversary of Expanding Horizons workshop series in Houston on June 16


May 23, 2016

Expanding Horizons Workshop Attendees Will Learn How the U.S. Government Helps Small Businesses Expand in Emerging Markets Overseas

WASHINGTON – The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. government’s development finance institution, will host the 10th Anniversary of Expanding Horizons workshop in Houston, Texas, on Thursday, June 16 at the Royal Sonesta Houston. 

Expanding Horizons is a unique opportunity to hear directly from U.S. Government officials about programs that support U.S. companies entering developing markets. Regional companies and entrepreneurs will learn about OPIC’s finance and insurance products and how to take advantage of the resources OPIC offers to gain access to emerging markets overseas.

Participants will have the opportunity to arrange one-on-one meetings with OPIC and other government agencies. Joining OPIC will be officials from the Small Business Administration, U.S. Trade and Development Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Export-Import Bank. Since 2006, OPIC’s Expanding Horizons workshops have educated more than 3,000 U.S. small businesses about opportunities in developing markets, presenting a full day’s agenda offering tools to enable business growth. 

Supporting organizations for the event include Houston District Export Council, Women's Business Enterprise Alliance, Houston Intercontinental Chamber of Commerce, Houston West Chamber of Commerce, and the U.S. Global Leadership Council.

Since 1971, OPIC has helped U.S. businesses of all sizes expand in emerging markets, and is open for business in more than 160 countries. OPIC has supported nearly $200 billion of investments and operates on a self-sustaining basis at no cost to American taxpayers. To date, OPIC has provided $7.9 billion in support to Texas businesses investing in emerging markets ranging from agriculture to energy to infrastructure.

Small and medium-sized businesses interested in expanding into developing markets are encouraged to attend, and can register at www.opicevents.com.

WHAT:        OPIC Expanding Horizons Workshop
WHEN:       Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 9:00 AM
WHERE:      Royal Sonesta Houston
                     2222 West Loop South
                     Houston, TX 77027

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OPIC is the U.S. Government’s development finance institution. It mobilizes private capital to help address critical development challenges and in doing so, advances U.S. foreign policy and national security priorities. Because OPIC works with the U.S. private sector, it helps U.S. businesses gain footholds in emerging markets, catalyzing revenues, jobs and growth opportunities both at home and abroad. OPIC achieves its mission by providing investors with financing, political risk insurance, and support for private equity investment funds, when commercial funding cannot be obtained elsewhere. Established as an agency of the U.S. Government in 1971, OPIC operates on a self-sustaining basis at no net cost to American taxpayers. 

All OPIC projects adhere to high environmental and social standards and respect human rights, including worker's rights. By mandating high standards, OPIC helps raise the industry and regional standards of the countries in which its projects operate. OPIC services are available for new and expanding business enterprises in more than 160 countries worldwide.