Jim Blasingame Moderating at Ex-Im Bank Conference

Leading small business expert moderates panel for Ex-Im Bank annual event

Washington, DC - March 11, 2010

Today, The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank), announced that leading small business expert, Jim Blasingame, will moderate a key industry panel on exporting at its 2010 Annual Conference. The Conference, held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, March 11-12, 2010, is being conducted to promote jobs growth, plus increase sales and profits through exporting.

Jim Blasingame is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on small business and entrepreneurship. Blasingame is president of Small Business Network, Inc., and perhaps is best known as the creator and host of the nationally syndicated weekday small business radio program, The Small Business Advocate® Show.

Ex-Im Bank (http://www.exim.gov/) is the official export credit agency of the United States. Ex-Im Bank's mission is to assist in financing the goods and services U.S. companies — large and small — export to international markets, turning those opportunities into real sales, create and maintain U.S. jobs and contribute to a stronger national economy.

“I’ve known and worked with Jim Blasingame for a long time,” said Ex-Im Bank Chairman and President Fred P. Hochberg. “He is a tireless champion of America’s small businesses, a constant encourager for this sector to find new opportunities through exporting, and will make an important contribution to the success of our 2010 conference.”

“Ex-Im Bank has long been an important financial partner with America’s small business exporters,” said Blasingame. “But that support is especially valuable today in light of the credit challenges we’re seeing for growing businesses. I’m looking forward to working with my friend, Fred Hochberg, as his organization delivers essential resources that help American small businesses compete in the global marketplace.”

In addition to his syndicated small business radio show, which is also simulcast worldwide on the Internet, Blasingame is a syndicated newspaper columnist, blogger, author of two books and founder of www.SmallBusinessAdvocate.com. Blasingame is a high-energy keynote speaker and is often sought out for his exceptional skills as an event emcee and panel moderator.

Small Business Network, Inc. (SBN) produces and distributes multi-media small business content worldwide. SBN sponsors include: FedEx, Administaff and Palo Alto Software.



Davonna Hickman
Small Business Network, Inc.

Niki Sheppard
Ex-Im Bank
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