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National Association of Credit Management's 118th Credit Congress and Exposition is Underway in Orlando

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The educational portion of NACM’s annual Credit Congress opened today with a keynote speech from “You Say More Than You Think” author, Janine Driver, and will continue through Wednesday. Sessions include the findings and potential recommendations of the American Bankruptcy Institute Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 and, separately, the Federal Reserve’s research on the perceived problems regarding electronic and other payment systems. Many other educational sessions and networking events fill the three days.

Columbia, MD: June 9, 2014—The premier event for commercial credit management opened its educational portion of the its annual conference this morning in Orlando, Florida. Held this year from June 8-11, the National Association of Credit Management’s (NACM’s) 118th Credit Congress and Exposition is an annual treasure trove of educational sessions and networking opportunities expertly designed to enhance the skills, abilities and careers of trade credit and finance professionals who extend business-to-business credit. The conference’s expo, which opened Sunday evening, features dozens of vendors and providers, the only place nationwide where trade credit and finance professionals can meet all of the industry’s biggest leaders and service providers in one place.

“The role of the commercial credit and finance professional is changing, but their core responsibility remains guarding their companies’ assets while leveraging risk as profitably as possible, both domestically and in the ever-growing international arena,” said NACM President Robin Schauseil, CAE. “NACM’s Credit Congress gives credit and finance professionals the tools they need to adjust their professional roles, while still mitigating risk and helping to grow their companies’ and their own valuable network of colleagues and business contacts.”

The Finance, Credit and International Business Association to Hold International Credit Executives Conference at NACM’s 118th Credit Congress & Exposition

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Columbia, MD: June 6, 2014The Finance, Credit and International Business Association (FCIB), for the second year, will hold its International Credit Executives (ICE) Conference in conjunction with the National Association of Credit Management’s (NACM’s) 118th Credit Congress & Exposition on June 8-11, 2013 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida. NACM’s Credit Congress provides a venue for both domestic and international credit professionals who extend business-to-business credit. Integrated into the larger Credit Congress schedule of events, this year’s international sessions cover the unique features of international credit, supplier risk management, export compliance and fraud detection, and Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Eastern Europe from the international credit perspective.

“The purpose of FCIB’s ICE Conference is to expand the knowledge base for U.S. companies that are starting to export, and to further educate and provide tools for the advanced international credit management executive,” said Marta Chacon, CICP, FCIB Director - The Americas. “The specially-designed sessions will address the pressing issues facing international trade professionals around the world, and provide the solutions that work in various international markets that will allow them to access the growing opportunities in global trade.”

The ICE Conference comes on the heels of FCIB’s annual International Credit and Risk Management Summit in Munich, Germany, held from May 11-13, and promotion of World Trade Month and World Trade Week events through its partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service. The partnership aims to make it easier for all U.S. companies to take advantage of exporting opportunities offered around the globe, with FCIB acting as a portal through which exporters can find the tools and resources they need. Under the partnership, FCIB has already played a role in the development of the third edition of the International Trade Agency’s Trade Finance Guide, and the first Spanish-language version of the guide.

May Credit Managers' Index Increases, Signals Continued Recovery

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After accurately predicting economic weakness in the first quarter of 2014, the National Association of Credit Management's monthly economic report improved in May, suggesting further recovery and stronger GDP figures in the second quarter, barring any unforeseen shocks.

Columbia, Maryland: May 30, 2014—The Credit Managers' Index (CMI), issued by the National Association of Credit Management (NACM), improved from 56 to 56.8 in May. This marks the second consecutive month of improvement for the index, further signaling the end of the first quarter's economic turmoil that appears to have been primarily caused by bad weather. Elsewhere in the May CMI report, the favorable factors index rose from 60.7 to 62.7, buoyed by a strong increase in sales, and the unfavorable factors index remained unchanged at 52.8, held back by a perplexing increase in disputes.

Earlier in the 2014 the CMI predicted poor economic performance in the first quarter with a short series of declines that was eventually reflected in the US Commerce Department's recent revision of the US gross domestic product (GDP) figures, which indicated that the economy had endured negative growth at a rate of 1% for the first three months of the year. Recent CMI readings, however, have supported the hypothesis that analysts can expect the second quarter data to be much more positive.

Small Businesses Get More Choices, Better Access to Data as NACM Preferred Partner Program Grows

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With 10 companies now integrating the data contained in NACM’s National Trade Credit Report into their receivables management platforms, it’s easier than ever for small businesses to find the right partner that helps them make smarter credit decisions. 

Columbia, MD: May 15, 2014—The National Association of Credit Management (NACM) announced today that its Preferred Partner Program has grown to include a total of 10 companies. Each of these providers of receivables management software has integrated NACM's National Trade Credit Report (NTCR) into their systems, making it easier than ever for companies, especially small businesses, to use and contribute data to the report.

NACM President Robin Schauseil, CAE noted that it was fitting for NACM and the Preferred Partner Program to have hit this milestone just ahead of National Small Business Week. "Small businesses continue to be stretched thin by the demands of today's economy, and there's no better way for these companies to reduce the time it takes them to make smart, profitable credit decisions than by enlisting the help of one of NACM's Preferred Partners," Schauseil said. "Not only do these providers offer world-class customer service, they also empower businesses by making it easier to contribute to and use the NTCR, a peerless risk analysis tool that combines trade payment data, days beyond terms and public record data into one convenient credit risk analysis tool."

"More partners mean more ways for companies to contribute their trade data, which ultimately means more value for NTCR. NACM is thrilled to have added 10 solution providers to its list of Preferred Partners already and looks forward to adding even more in the future," she added.

NACM Releases 2014 Issue Brief in Conjunction with National Small Business Week

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Latest version of the commercial credit industry's policy priorities includes updated section on consumer and commercial credit reporting and all-new construction law positions.

Columbia, MD: May 13, 2014—The National Association of Credit Management (NACM) released the latest edition of its Legislative Introduction and Issue Brief today, in conjunction with National Small Business Week. In addition to reiterating its suggested reforms to make the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process work better for commercial trade creditors and smaller companies, NACM's 2014 Issue Brief also includes an updated, expanded section on the important differences between consumer and commercial credit reporting and an all-new section detailing NACM's first-ever positions on reforming construction law in order to better enable small businesses to participate and grow through both public and private construction projects.

"During Small Business Week last year, NACM released the 'Commercial Credit Reporting: What Every Company Needs to Know' fact sheet, which was designed to give smaller companies the information they needed to manage and grow their company's own commercial credit profile, and how this type of credit differs from its consumer counterpart," said NACM President Robin Schauseil, CAE. "This year NACM's Issue Brief charges lawmakers to recognize these same differences, so that when they attempt to enact legislation that regulates the vital resource of business credit information, they do so in such a way that doesn't limit the exchange of this data, which does nothing less than fuel the majority of business commerce."

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