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Local Businesses Attend Exporter Forum Hosted by Congresswoman Maxine Waters

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Location: Hawthorne, CA

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) hosted an exporter forum for small businesses on Friday, May 3 in Hawthorne, Calif. More than 75 representatives from local companies attended the event, which focused on how American companies can gain a competitive edge when exporting their products overseas. The forum was held in collaboration with Fred P. Hochberg, chairman and president of the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im). Ex-Im Bank is an independent federal agency that helps create and maintain U.S. jobs by filling gaps in private export financing at no cost to American taxpayers. Local small businesses also received one-on-one trade counseling from Ex-Im Bank experts..

"I was pleased to see so many people from the business community gather to hear presentations on how to improve their exports," said Congresswoman Waters. "Exports create and sustain U.S. jobs, and businesses in the 43rd Congressional District have much to gain from such opportunities. I am confident that the forum provided them the necessary resources to sell their great exports around the world."

"Exports help create jobs and boost our nation's economy," said Ex-Im Bank Chairman and President Fred P. Hochberg. "Ex-Im Bank will continue to host Global Access forums throughout the country so we can provide our local business leaders with the tools they need to expand globally."

Chairman Hochberg gave an overview of Ex-Im Bank's Global Access for Small-Business initiative, aimed at increasing the number of small businesses across the United States that export goods and services produced by U.S. workers. This is an integral part of the President Obama's National Export Initiative.

Global Access is supported by a wide variety of business, financial and government partners, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), and the Bank's 60-plus city/state partners located throughout the U.S.

Congresswoman Waters is pictured with speakers from the first panel, "Other Companies are Exporting, Why Aren't You?" From left to right: Nancy Mercolina, President and Owner of Ceilings Plus; Leland Lai, President of Aquafauna Bio-Marine, Inc.; Steve Wilburn, CEO of FirmGreen, Inc.; and Veronica Hendrix, Owner of Bromont Avenue Foods.

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