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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. EPA Technology Innovation and Field Services Division

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Carlos Pachon
Technology Integration and Information Branch

PH: (703) 603-9904 | Email: pachon.carlos@epa.gov



Business Planning and Funding

Export Market Funding Sources


Resource

Services for U.S. Exporters

Link

https://www.export.gov/services

Description

This web site provides information on how and where to get financing and insurance for export activities. For example, it refers the reader to pre-export financing available from two expert Export Agencies: Small Business Administration for loan requests of $1.1 million and under, Export-Import Bank for loan requests above $1.1 million. It also addresses financing for foreign buyers, and other government and private financing sources. Various insurance tools are available to help expand and develop business overseas by protecting against various potential losses, such as default of foreign buyer or other foreign debtor for political or commercial reasons. In addition, it leads to sources of insurance against currency inconvertibility; expropriation; and, political violence.

Resource

Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Link

http://www.opic.gov/

Description

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) is a self-sustaining U.S. government agency that supports American private investment in developing nations and emerging market economies around the world by selling financial services that are not commercially available. These services include long-term political risk insurance, and limited recourse project financing.

OPIC can offer up to $400 million in total project support for any one project -- up to $200 million in project finance and up to $200 million in political risk insurance. OPIC provides medium- to long-term funding for new ventures or the expansion or modernization of existing, successful ventures involving significant equity or management participation by U.S. businesses. Rather than relying on foreign government guaranties, OPICís limited recourse financing looks for repayment from revenues generated by the project. This allows OPIC to finance projects in countries where conventional financial institutions often are reluctant or unable to lend on such a basis.

OPIC assists American investors through four principal activities designed to promote overseas investment and reduce the associated risks:
* Financing of businesses through loans and loan guaranties;
* Supporting private investment funds which provide equity for U.S. companies investing in projects overseas;
* Insuring investments against a broad range of political risks; and
* Engaging in outreach activities designed to inform the American business community of investment opportunities overseas.

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Export-Import Bank of the United States

Link

http://www.exim.gov/

Description

Export-Import Bank's mission is to create jobs through exports. It provides guarantees of working capital loans for U.S. exporters, guarantees the repayment of loans or makes loans to foreign purchasers of U.S. goods and services. Ex-Im Bank also provides credit insurance that protects U.S. exporters against the risks of non-payment by foreign buyers for political or commercial reasons. Ex-Im Bank does not compete with commercial lenders, but assumes the risks they cannot accept. It must always conclude that there is reasonable assurance of repayment on every transaction financed.

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The Virtual Foundation

Link

http://www.virtualfoundation.org/

Description

The Virtual Foundation is a unique online philanthropy program which supports grassroots initiatives around the world. Carefully screened community improvement projects in the fields of environment, health and sustainable economic activity are posted on its web site. They can be read and funded by online donors. Most of the funds support environment and health projects across Eurasia. Virtual Foundation projects have no source of funding other than online donations.

The foundation develops and support projects in cooperation with its Consortium Member organizations that have offices and staff working "in country" with groups they know well. They work at the regional and local level to develop community project proposals with low cost budgets. Proposals for these projects are then posted on the Virtual Foundation web site where they can be funded by online donors, who could be anyone.

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