Small Business Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh Awarded REPP Member of the Year at Export-Import Bank of the United States 2022 Annual Conference

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WASHINGTON, DC – The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) today awarded the Regional Export Promotion Program (REPP) Member of the Year Award to the Small Business Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh (SBDC) during its 2022 Annual Conference.

Recognized as both a Center of Excellence in Digital Services and Center of Excellence in the Supply Chain, the SBDC was established in 1979 with a mission to grow the economy of Western Pennsylvania by providing entrepreneurs with the education, information and tools necessary to build successful businesses.

The SBDC has served as a resource for small business owners, providing consulting services, workshops and other support at all stages of the business lifecycle.

“The knowledge that local resources have of their markets is invaluable to our mission at EXIM,” said EXIM President and Chair Reta Jo Lewis. “We look forward to continuing our work with the Small Business Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh as we advance the global competitiveness of small business exporters.”

“EXIM has been a valid option for small business exporters who would like to protect their export sales against international non-payment, qualify country credit and get export financing,” said Brent Rondon, Senior Management Consultant for International Trade, University of Pittsburgh SBDC.


EXIM Bank an independent federal agency that provides competitive and necessary export credit to overseas purchasers of U.S. exports to promote and support American jobs. A robust and fully functioning EXIM Bank can assist the United States in leveling the global playing field for U.S. exporters when they compete against foreign companies that receive the support of their national export credit agencies. EXIM also contributes to U.S. economic growth and the support of more than a million jobs through the support of thousands of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) around the country. Since 2000, EXIM Bank has provided $14.6 billion to the U.S. Treasury after paying for all of its administrative and program expenses.

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