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Sen. McCaskill, Ex-Im Bank Chairman Hochberg To Address Kansas City ‘Global Access Small Business Forum’ Feb. 25

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Kansas City-area small businesses will learn how to grow their sales by competing in global markets with the help of government and private sector leaders at the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) Global Access Small Business Forum Feb. 25 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Hosting the free event are U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Ex-Im Bank, The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, and the International Trade Council of Greater Kansas City.

Sen. McCaskill and Ex-Im Bank Chairman and President Fred P. Hochberg will deliver opening remarks at the forum.  Government representatives from Ex-Im Bank, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Small Business Administration, and the Missouri Department of Economic Development will explain how they can help local companies grow sales of U.S. goods and services by exporting.  Local small-business owners also will share their export success stories.  The panels will be followed by no-cost, one-on-one trade counseling sessions for forum attendees.

When: Friday, Feb. 25, 2011
11:30 a.m. Registration
12:00 p.m. Opening remarks
12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Panels
2:30 p.m. Closing remarks
2:40 p.m. One-on-one trade counseling sessions for attendees
Where: Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, 30 W. Pershing Road, Suite 301

Kansas City, Mo.

To Register:  go to http://mccaskill.senate.gov/?p=form&id=35

Ex-Im Bank, an independent, self-sustaining federal agency, helps create and maintain American jobs by filling gaps in export financing and strengthening U.S. export competitiveness.

During the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2011, the Bank approved $8 billion in total financing authorizations, supporting nearly $9.3 billion in export sales. The sales in the first quarter in turn support approximately 66,000 American jobs in communities across the country. During the FY2011 first quarter small business authorizations rose over 22 percent.

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