July 31, 2013

HIRONO TO HOST WORKSHOP TO HELP HAWAII SMALL BUSINESSES EXPORT GOODS & SERVICES, GROW HAWAII’S ECONOMY

Hirono: “This forum will provide our businesses with information about how to begin new relationships, build new partnerships and pursue opportunities in the global economy”

Honolulu, HI - Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced that she is partnering with the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) of the United States to offer a free workshop for Hawaii’s business community. The Export-Import Bank is a government agency that helps American businesses increase the number of goods and services they export to other countries. The event will be held on Tuesday, August 6 at the Neil Blaisdell Center in Honolulu and will provide small businesses with important resources and information about how the Export-Import Bank can help them increase their international business and break into foreign markets.

“I strongly encourage Hawaii’s small businesses and business leaders to register and take advantage of this special forum,” Hirono said. “Hawaii’s entrepreneurs and businesses know that long-term success is built on quality service, building strong relationships, and being a part of the community. This forum will provide our businesses with information about how to begin new relationships, build new partnerships and pursue opportunities in the global economy. Developing global partnerships and increasing exports to new and emerging markets won’t just create jobs and pump money into our economy – it will help us create long-term, sustainable economic growth across our islands. This event will give Hawaii small businesses information on how to access the Export-Import Bank’s resources that will help our state compete in the global marketplace.”

Hirono will be joined by Ex-Im Bank Director Patricia Loui, founder of Hawaii marketing and consulting firm OmniTrak Group and former East West Center Association and Bank of Hawaii executive. The Hawaii Chamber of Commerce, Hawaii Pacific Export Council, High Tech Development Corporation, Small Business Administration and the Small Business Development Centers are also encouraging their members in the business community to take part in this informative workshop.

The Export-Import Bank’s mission is to support U.S. jobs and small businesses through exports. The Export-Import Bank offers low-cost insurance to small businesses so they can safely extend credit to foreign buyers that help small businesses reduce their risks when they enter foreign markets. They also provide small businesses loans that provide working capital that facilitate the export of goods and services. For insurance brokers and banks, the Ex-Im Bank provides a number of programs that help them insure and lend to American small businesses who need help exporting their products.

Forum agenda and details:
http://www.hirono.senate.gov/download/ex-im-invitation

Forum registration:
http://www.exim.gov/smallbusiness/global-access-forum-registration.cfm