Export-Import Bank of the U.S. Chair Lewis Meets with Local Officials, Arizona Exporters in Phoenix During Small Business Week

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Phoenix, Arizona – Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) President and Chair Reta Jo Lewis traveled to Phoenix, Arizona during Small Business Week to hold a series of meetings with Arizona businesses and local elected officials to highlight how EXIM’s financing tools can help businesses of all sizes grow through exporting.

“Providing financing support to small businesses who are looking to expand through exporting is a critical part of our mandate,” said Chair Lewis. “It was a pleasure to travel to Phoenix during Small Business Week to share our firm commitment to providing financing solutions that can help Arizona businesses, and those across the country, reach their exporting potential.”

Chair Lewis began her visit by meeting with Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, where she discussed EXIM’s strong history of providing financing support to Arizona exporters and underscored the agency’s mandate to support small businesses. She was then joined by U.S. Department of State’s Special Representative for Global Partnerships Dorothy McAuliffe to participate in a game changer roundtable with Arizona businesses, hosted by Global Chamber Phoenix, where she spoke about EXIM’s office dedicated specifically to provide education, outreach, and support to small businesses, including minority, women owned, veteran owned, LGBTQ+, or rural businesses.

Chair Lewis concluded her visit by participating in a fireside chat during the International Economic Forum of the America’s (IEFA) Phoenix Global Forum, attended by IEFA’s CEO Nicholas Rémillard, the event was dedicated to the bringing together of industry decision makers, thought leaders and experts to discuss society’s evolving needs amidst ongoing global challenges, examine solutions and foster innovation through connection and collaboration. Chair Lewis delivered remarks about EXIM’s Make More in America initiative and the role of EXIM’s financing tools in bolstering domestic supply chains.

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About EXIM:

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) is the nation’s official export credit agency with the mission of supporting American jobs by facilitating U.S. exports. To advance American competitiveness and assist U.S. businesses as they compete for global sales, EXIM offers financing including export credit insurance, working capital guarantees, loan guarantees, and direct loans. As an independent federal agency, EXIM contributes to U.S. economic growth by supporting tens of thousands of jobs in exporting businesses and their supply chains across the United States. Learn more at www.exim.gov.