SBA Joins State and Local Officials To Recognize Chicagoland Small Business Exporters

Mar 25, 2013, 12:09 ET from U.S. Small Business Administration

Local Small Business Exporters Received SBA Assistance to Expand Their Global Network

CHICAGO, March 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Last Friday, Marianne Markowitz, Regional Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration wrapped up a two-day tour (March 21-22) of Chicagoland small business exporters.  The companies on the tour included Chicago Export Packing Company (Chicago), Automated Design Corporation (Romeoville), PARC Corporation (Romeoville), and Pactrans Air & Sea (Bensenville).  These companies have benefited from SBA's export assistance programs which have enabled them to grow and create jobs.


"These companies are an inspiration to everything we support.  We are also pleased to see federal, state and local partners providing resources to these thriving Chicagoland small business exporters," says Markowitz. "These companies are utilizing finance and counseling incentives under the Obama Administration's Small Business Jobs Act to fuel employment growth in communities across Illinois".

During the tours, Markowitz was joined by federal, state and local officials including district directors from the U.S. Congressional Offices of Bobby Rush, Danny Davis and Tammy Duckworth; Romeoville Mayor John Noak; Daniel Goff, Deputy Director of the Office of Trade and Investment for Illinois, Mark Petrilli, State Director Illinois Small Business Development Center and Hongxia (Mary) Ma Director of Illinois SBDC International Trade Center at Governors State University,

Each of these companies participated in a Chinese Trade Mission last summer which lead to incredible growth opportunities for each company.

"As Illinois companies compete on a global stage, we are committed to helping them increase their sales overseas and fuel job growth at home," said Daniel Goff, Deputy Director of the Office of Trade and Investment for Illinois."

SBA provides counseling, training and financing to support small business export opportunities. SBA offers loan programs such as Export Express, Export Working Capital and International Trade loans to help business exporters gain the access to the capital they need and encourage lenders to provide support for small businesses to see market potential abroad.

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