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Central Standard

Growing From Local to International Business

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Are you a metro-area small business looking to expand into the global market?  Well you're in luck.

On Tuesday's Central Standard  Dr. Lawrence Spinelli of  the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) discusses with Jabulani Leffall how his organization assists area businesses seeking growth opportunities overseas.  From political risk insurance to eligibility requirements, they discuss what a company needs to make a go of of it on the international stage.

More info: You can learn more about how to take your business to the global level as OPIC and the World Trade Center Kansas City host "Expanding Horizons"  on Wednesday, November 14, in The Boardroom at Union Station from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  The seminar is free, but an RSVP is requested.

Dr. Lawrence Spinelli is the Director of Outreach and Public Affairs at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation which is the primary U.S. government agency helping businesses expand into emerging markets.  He is responsible for all outreach and public diplomacy programs at the agency including the Expanding Horizons workshops for small businesses which he launched in 2006 and OPIC's Partners Program.  In January 2009, he  was appointed by President Obama as OPIC's Acting President, a position he held until June 2010 making him the longest serving acting president in the agency's history.  Prior to joining OPIC in 1998, Dr. Spinelli spent over a decade on Capitol Hill working for three members of Congress including then Senator Joseph R. Biden.  Dr. Spinelli was on the faculty of Drew University and American University and he is the author of Dry Diplomacy: The United States, Great Britain and Prohibition

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