NIU-Rockford to host Aug. 18 exporter forum

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk and Fred Hochberg

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk and Fred Hochberg

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk and Chairman Fred Hochberg of the Export-Import Bank of the United States will keynote an event Monday, Aug. 18, at NIU-Rockford.

The Exporter Forum is co-sponsored by NIU and aimed at small and medium-sized businesses in the region. Attendees will learn first-hand how local businesses have grown their international sales.

Among the topics to be covered:

  • finding new markets;
  • extending credit to buyers; and
  • accessing vital working capital.

The Export-Import Bank of the United States is an independent federal agency that creates and maintains U.S. jobs by filling gaps in private export financing. The bank provides a variety of funding mechanisms, including working-capital guarantees, export-credit insurance and financing to help foreign buyers purchase U.S. goods and services.

NIU’s Springboard program connects area businesses with resources, agencies, institutions and services that enhance the economic health of private enterprise. Springboard specializes in helping small-to-medium businesses take advantage of new markets, including those accessed through export programs.

Logo of the Export-Import Bank of the United StatesIn the past year alone, the Export-Import Bank approved more than $27 billion in total authorizations to support an estimated $37.4 billion in U.S. export sales and approximately 205,000 American jobs.

The exporter forum will take place from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at NIU-Rockford, 8500 E. State St. The event is free but registration is required online.

For more information, contact Luanne Mayorga at (815) 753-6972 or lmayorga@niu.edu.

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