Global Connect: Arizona Trade Finance Seminar

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Columbia, Maryland: February 19, 2014 – In partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce, a coalition of business, trade, and educational organizations will host The Global Connect: Arizona Trade Finance Seminar on Friday, February 21, 2014 at Thunderbird School of Global Management.

The seminar brings together trade finance experts from both the public and private sectors to discuss the resources available to U.S. exporters, especially local small and medium-sized companies, for their financing needs. This seminar is also offered in support of the advancement of U.S. Hispanic-owned businesses in global markets. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with experts one-on-one.

Keynote speakers include: U.S. Commerce Deputy Assistant Secretary for Services Ted Dean, who leads the Department's efforts to enhance the competitiveness of the U.S. services industries; MBDA Acting National Director Alejandra Castillo, one of the highest ranking Hispanic officials in the Obama Administration; and Ernesto Poza, Thunderbird Clinical Professor of Global Entrepreneurship.

The seminar is co-sponsored and presented by Thunderbird School of Global Management, FCIB – The Finance, Credit & International Business Association, the Arizona District Export Council, the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and NACM of Arizona – Southwest Business Credit Services.

WHO:
Ted Dean, U.S. Commerce Deputy Assistant Secretary for Services
Alejandra Castillo, Acting National Director, Minority Business Development Agency

WHAT:
Global Connect: Arizona Trade Finance Seminar

WHEN:
Friday, February 21, 2014
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Thunderbird School of Global Management
Yount Auditorium
1 Global Place
Glendale, AZ 85306

Media Coverage: This event is open press. To RSVP, please contact Kristian Richardson, the Phoenix U.S. Export Assistance Center, at 602-254-2907 or Kristian.Richardson@trade.gov.

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL TRADE ADMINISTRATION
The International Trade Administration (ITA) is the premier resource for American companies competing in the global marketplace. ITA has 2,100 employees doing business in more than 100 U.S. cities and 77 countries worldwide. For more information on ITA visit www.trade.gov.

ABOUT THE FINANCE, CREDIT AND INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ASSOCIATION
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. FCIB offers unique networking and educational opportunities, enhancing professional careers and improving company competitiveness and bottom line. 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 is a division and a wholly-owned subsidiary of the National Association of Credit Management. www.fcibglobal.com

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