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OPIC Seminar Offers International Trade Opportunities to Florida Small Businesses

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Dear Friends:

I am pleased to invite you to a major seminar for small businesses next Wednesday, October 26th at the Hilton Miami Airport Hotel. The recent Congressional approval of three free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea, make participation at this event especially important.

The Expanding Horizons seminar will be hosted by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) the major U.S. government agency which supports private-sector investment in developing countries.

Registration and continental breakfast for this international small business event will open at 7:30 am. The program begins at 8:45 am and concludes with pre-arranged one-on-one appointments from 2:45 pm- 4:45 pm. Small businesses interested in attending may register online at www.rgameetings.com/opic. Please direct any questions about registration to RG & Associates at (510) 628-0345.

This seminar will give Florida small businesses the opportunity to learn how the U.S. Government's major development finance institution can help them gain access to lucrative emerging markets throughout the world.

Expanding Horizons will feature the innovative financial tools that OPIC has used for 40 years to help U.S. businesses successfully invest in emerging markets. Experts will speak on such significant challenges to small businesses as financing, renewable energy and sustainable development.

Conference participants can arrange one-on-one meetings with OPIC, the Export Import Bank, the U.S. Department of Commerce -- U.S. Commercial Service, the Minority Business Development Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the U.S. Trade & Development Agency (USTDA).

Since 1971, OPIC has helped U.S. businesses of all sizes expand into more than 150 emerging markets and developing nations around the world. It has supported nearly $200 billion of investments in more than 150 countries, helping developing countries generate more than 275,000 jobs. These OPIC-supported projects have also generated $74 billion in U.S. exports.

Local organizations supporting the seminar include the Miami-Dade County/Office of Economic Development & International Trade, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce/International Business Development, the Broward County Florida/Office of Economic and Small Business Development, the Beacon Council and Enterprise Florida, Inc/International Trade & Business Development.

Sincerely,

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Member of Congress


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