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Feb 23, 2011 4:42 PM by Jenise Fernandez

Export-Import Bank Hosts Global Access Forum

Export-Import Bank hosted a forum to help small and medium businesses expand their global reach.

"We're a small business and we strive for steady long term growth,"said Bonnie Blue Maillet.

Maillet's company Boysenblue/Celtec manufactures and sells drilling additives to oil and gas companies. She's proud of her reputation with domestic and international companies, but she's looking for help to grow her 32-year-old business.


"We're a small business and we've never explored financing for our ventures, we've always done it the entrepreneurial way,"said Maillet.

About 80 small and medium business owners attended. Maillet was particularly interested in learning about Ex-Im bank. Global Access for small business is Ex-Im bank's new initiative to help more than 5,000 small companies across the united states grow through exporting more goods and services produced by U.S. workers.

"We want to make sure we can link up small and medium businesses in the oil or gas fields, or any field, with buyers overseas and thereby create more jobs for Americans,"said Fred P. Hochberg.

Export-Import Bank Chairman and President Fred. P. Hochberg was the speaker.
He says business owners need to learn how to get their hands on useful marketing information, how to find new buyers and how to network.

"We can't re-boot our economy without rebooting our exporting. We can't reboot exporting without small businesses," he said.
"Small business is the backbone of this nation,"added Maillet.

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