The Finance, Credit and International Business Association to Hold Spring Conference at NACM’s 117th Credit Congress & Exposition

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Columbia, MD: May 17, 2013—The Finance, Credit and International Business Association (FCIB) will hold its first Spring Conference at the National Association of Credit Management’s (NACM’s) 117th Credit Congress & Exposition on May 18-21, 2013 at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas. NACM's Credit Congress has always provided a venue for both domestic and international credit professionals who extend business-to-business credit, but with the inclusion of a specialized Spring Conference comes a focus on the growing opportunities in global trade.

“The purpose of the FCIB Spring 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 global markets.”

The FCIB sessions, integrated into the Credit Congress schedule of events, focus on expanding the efficiencies in international credit management. Topics include how to create profit, reduce risks, identify the potential pitfalls in exporting, discuss ethical compliance in order to work effectively on a global level and cover the intricacies of doing business in the United States' largest trading partners, Canada and Mexico.

The Spring Conference comes on the heels of other noteworthy FCIB endeavors. Earlier this month, FCIB entered into a strategic partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service to promote exporting under President Barack Obama's National Exporting Initiative (NEI), which aims to double U.S. exports by the end of 2014. 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.

“With an estimated 95% of the world’s buying power existing outside the United States, U.S. businesses of all sizes should consider the benefits of selling their products and services abroad,” said Chacon. “By incorporating a spring conference into the yearly Credit Congress, FCIB furthers its role in helping companies expand into the international market. With FCIB's sessions open to all registrants, those looking to begin exporting, as well as already-advanced international trade professionals, receive the benefits of tailored education, in addition to numerous networking opportunities and an expo of product and service providers that a large venue offers.”

FCIB and NACM welcome walk-in registrants and the press.

ABOUT FCIB

Established in 1919, FCIB is internationally recognized as the premier association of executives in Finance, Credit and International Business, providing critical export credit and collections insight, practical advice and intelligence to companies of all sizes, from Fortune 500 multinationals to medium and small private companies. With a membership of over 1,100 global credit and trade finance professionals located in 55 countries around the world, FCIB offers unique networking and educational opportunities to enhance professional careers and improve company competitiveness and bottom line. FCIB assists international credit and trade finance professionals in leading and conducting global commercial credit operations. Through education, its powerful global-reaching network, business credit intelligence and related products, services and resources, FCIB promotes best practices and ethical credit management policies. FCIB facilitates discussions and the exchange of information at meetings, conferences, roundtables, providing a forum for its members to advance their knowledge and careers. FCIB is a division and a wholly-owned subsidiary of the National Association of Credit Management. www.fcibglobal.com

ABOUT THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CREDIT MANAGEMENT

NACM, headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, supports more than 15,000 business credit and financial professionals worldwide with premier industry services, tools and information. NACM and its network of affiliated associations are the leading resource for credit and financial management information, education, products and services designed to improve the management of business credit and accounts receivable. NACM’s collective voice has influenced federal legislative policy results concerning commercial business and trade credit to our nation’s policy makers for more than 100 years, and continues to play an active part in legislative issues pertaining to business credit and corporate bankruptcy.www.nacm.org

Its annual Credit Congress is the largest gathering of trade credit and finance professionals who extend business-to-business credit in the world, and is comprised of educational sessions and networking opportunities expertly designed to enhance the skills, abilities and careers of these professionals. The conference’s expo 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.

Media/Press Credentials Contact: Dan LaRusso, 410-740-5560, danl@nacm.org

On-site press passes can be requested at the NACM registration desk, or ask for Dan LaRusso. To obtain a complimentary media pass to attend Credit Congress, individuals must be a reporter, writer, editor, publisher or photographer and affiliated with a media organization. To be eligible for a pass, media professionals must be assigned to cover business-to-business credit and related financial industry topics and must provide proof of employment with eligible media outlet. Limit of one media pass per organization.

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