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Mark SchmittAmbassador
Director Cochise College Small Business Development Center
"Making Exports to Mexico Simple: Why You Need to Export to Mexico" by Arizona District Export Council Making Exports to Mexico Simple: Why You Need to Export to Mexico Join the Arizona District Export Council for a free two part webinar created especially for companies interested or already exporting from the U.S. to Mexico. With a renewed USMCA and Mexico being the biggest trade partner for Arizona, it is important to understand the impact of the changes to the USMCA and what you need to know when exporting to Mexico to be more successful. Featuring Arizona District Export Council experts, webinars will be moderated by Craig Rochette (Managing Director CYR International LLC) and speakers will cover the following topics: Program Agenda Session 1: Wednesday Sep 23 from 11:00AM – 12:30 PM Understand why you should consider exporting to Mexico – Fernando Jimenez (Sr. International Trade Specialist, US Commercial Service, Phoenix, AZ) Learn what has changed in the new USMCA agreement – Leandro Solorzano (Director, US Commercial Service, Arizona) Apply a Go to Market strategy – Gunnar Light (Managing Director of Global G Group) Differentiate between types of engagement levels – Eduardo Gonzalez (President of 258 Consulting) Session 2: Wednesday Sep 30 from 11:00AM – 1:00 PM  Evaluate your different Shipping options – Ricardo Alcubierre (Director of Marketing, UPS, Desert Mountain District) Consider your different Finance & Insurance options – Fernando Almeida (Regional manager of Penn International Insurance) Learn your Tax benefit options – Steve Rodis (Partner of Wallace, Plese... (More)
Mark SchmittAmbassador
Director Cochise College Small Business Development Center
Thursday, September 24, 2020
2:00pm to 3:00pm EST
Are you interested reaching new customers? Discover how SBA’s 2020 Small Business Exporter of the Year found global success!
Businesses that trade are more resilient. Ninety-five percent of the world’s consumers and two-thirds of all purchasing power are located outside the United States. Nearly 98 percent of American exporters are small businesses accounting for a third of the United States’ $2.2 trillion in export value. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) helps small business owners and entrepreneurs participate in this $46 trillion global trade economy.

In this session you will:

Join SBA's Office of International Trade's Associate Administrator Loretta Greene for a celebration interview with SBA's 2020 Exporter of the Year. Hear how they’re finding success in the global marketplace and their business strategies in the face of COVID-19.
Get the latest information on the CARES Act and learn about SBA’s new Fast Track Service for exporters and businesses in the global supply chain.
Learn about SBA’s State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grants to help businesses reach new customers overseas.
Discover how SBA’s export finance programs can help your business grow from Mary Hernandez, SBA Export Finance Manager for Southern Florida.
This is a can’t miss opportunity to tap into SBA’s export programs and services and go global. Sales opportunities in new markets are waiting for you!

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Mark SchmittAmbassador
Director Cochise College Small Business Development Center
COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners, including agricultural businesses, and nonprofit organizations in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories can apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan. The EIDL program is designed to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

SBA is currently accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) applications from all qualified small businesses, including agricultural businesses, and private nonprofit organizations.

If you have already applied via the streamlined application portal, please do not resubmit your application.


To meet financial obligations and operating expenses that could have been met had the disaster not occurred


3.75% for businesses (fixed)
2.75% for nonprofits (fixed)
30 years
No pre-payment penalty or fees

Working capital & normal operating expenses

Example: continuation of health care benefits, rent, utilities, fixed debt payments.


Required for loans over $25,000
SBA uses a general security agreement (UCC) designating business assets as collateral, e.g. machinery and equipment, furniture and fixtures, etc.

NO – EIDL Loan


30 years


Deferred 1 year; interest still accrues
Borrower may make payments if they choose to do so.

Set up online payments through OR mail payments to:

U.S. Small Business Administration
721 19th Street
Denver, CO 80202