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Ambassador Kirk Participates In An Export Promotion Forum Sponsored By Senator Richard Durbin

Today Ambassador Kirk participated in an export promotion forum sponsored by Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) and designed to support job retention and growth among Illinois' small and medium-sized businesses. View a webcast of the entire event here.

Ambassador Kirk at the Illinois Export Promotion Forum

Ambassador Kirk was joined by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, Export-Import Bank of the U.S. Chairman and President Fred Hochberg, and an Illinois representative of the U.S. Small Business Administration - all partners in the President's National Export Initiative, which has set the goal of supporting 2 million additional American jobs by doubling American exports in the next five years.

Ambassador Kirk spoke about USTR's role in assisting small businesses in increasing exports by opening new markets and breaking down barriers to exports. Learn more about USTR's work on small business issues click here.