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State's Small-Business Exporters, Workers to Benefit from New Ex-Im Partnership with Tennessee SBDC International Trade Center


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Lawton King (202-565-3200)

Washington, D.C. - The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) has signed a City/State Partnership with the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (SBDC) International Trade Center with a view to bolstering Tennessee jobs by stimulating Tennessee exports.

Ex-Im Bank's partnership with the Tennessee SBDC will help keep 'Rocky Top' businesses at the top, said Ex-Im Bank Chairman and President Fred P. Hochberg. The partnership will bring foreign markets within reach of Tennessee businesses and support thousands of local small-business jobs.

The Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) program is headquartered at Middle Tennessee State University and offers 20 locations throughout the state, 14 of which are service centers, five satellite offices, and one an affiliate office. The program is part of the United States Small Business Administration's largest grant funded service network and provides quality customer service to the small-business community. The Trade Center located at Tennessee State University manages the SBDC Export Assistance Program.

The SBDC Program is designed to provide high-quality business and economic developmental assistance to small businesses in order to promote growth, expansion, innovation, increase productivity, and improve management skills.

Commenting on the importance of the State Partnership with Ex-Im Bank, Patrick Geho, State SBDC executive director said, From Ex-Im Bank's Export Credit Insurance to their Global Express Loan, both current Tennessee exporters and new-to-export companies now have the financial keys to access the global marketplace successfully…and we (the SBDC) are committed to helping Tennessee business owners access Ex-Im Bank's financial programs. For more information about the TSBDC, please view our website at www.tsbdc.org

The City/State Partners program seeks to expand access to the Bank's export finance programs to more small and medium-sized business through the help of local, state, and regional economic development and business support organizations.


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. In the past five years (from Fiscal Year 2008), Ex-Im Bank has earned for U.S. taxpayers nearly $1.6 billion above the cost of operations. The Bank provides a variety of financing mechanisms, including working capital guarantees, export-credit insurance and financing to help foreign buyers purchase U.S. goods and services.

Ex-Im Bank approved $35.8 billion in total authorizations in FY 2012 - an all-time Ex-Im record. This total includes more than $6.1 billion directly supporting small-business export sales - also an Ex-Im record. Ex-Im Bank's total authorizations are supporting an estimated $50 billion in U.S. export sales and approximately 255,000 American jobs in communities across the country. For more information, visit www.exim.gov.