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SBDC highlights small business exports during President Obama visit

On the way to April’s Latin American summit, President Obama stopped at the Port of Tampa to announce a new initiative to increase exports for companies in the United States as it’s a key ingredient of the U.S. economic recovery.

Within a day’s notice of receiving the invite-only offer from the White House, the Small Business Development Center at USF organized 10 interviews across regional radio, TV and print media to ensure that the small business focus didn’t get lost in the sea of messages surrounding the excitement of the event.

“Our key points centered on educating business owners about opportunities to diversify through trade,” said SBDC at USF Director Eileen Rodriquez. She added, evidence shows businesses that export grow 15 percent faster and are 15 percent more profitable than strictly domestic companies. The implications of that for the Sunshine State are huge, she said, considering 95 percent of Florida’s exporters are small businesses.

International trade specialists, Eileen Rodriguez and Maria Yepes, teamed up to tackle 10 interviews to ensure the small business focus didn’t get lost in the sea of messages surrounding the excitement of the Presidential visit to the Port of Tampa. 

  • ABC – “President Obama in Tampa Talking Trade”
  • WUSF,  Steve Newborn “Q&A with SBDC”
  • Tampa Bay Business Journal  “Obama calls for more trade in visit to Port of Tampa”
  • The Oracle “Obama visits Tampa to talk exports, meets USF community members”
  • Bay News 9 (two interviews) “Exporting Pays off for Tampa Business”
  • University of South Florida News “Presidential Visit on Trade”
  • Univison, Infomas and RCN.