Houston Minority Business Development Agency Export Center Recognized as REPP Member of the Year at Export-Import Bank of the United States’ 2024 Annual Conference

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Washington, DC – Today, the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) awarded the Regional Export Promotion Program (REPP) Member of the Year Award to the Houston Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Export Center during its 2024 Annual Conference.

Since joining EXIM’s Regional Export Promotion Program in 2021, the Houston MBDA Export Center has made significant strides in advancing its mission to expand outreach to minority business enterprises nationwide to build capacity through exports and close the gap that exists with minorities in the export industry.

Throughout its membership in the REPP, Houston MBDA Export Center has demonstrated an exemplary level of collaboration – facilitating meaningful connections between businesses and fostering global partnerships. Additionally, the volume of referrals generated by the center underscores its effectiveness in promoting regional exports and strengthening economic ties.

“It is an honor and pleasure to work with the EXIM team to support small businesses expand into global markets,” said Lisa Phillip, Export Center Operator. “They are a great team to work with and their support exemplifies passion and determination to help clients compete and succeed in the global economy.”

“The Houston MBDA Export Center’s dedication to promoting regional exports aligns seamlessly with the objective of the Bank and our commitment to the Biden-Harris Administration,” said EXIM President and Chair Reta Jo Lewis. “This dedication along with its outstanding performance in terms of referral numbers and collaborative efforts make it a standout recipient for REPP Member of the Year.”


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 insuranceworking 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.