This is a recording of a 1-hour recorded with a panel of experts sharing the basics of exporting for Alaskan small businesses. Each panelist will share specific resources, helpful hints, and help answer your questions.
The panelists include:
Abby Martinez – Regional Director of the Western Regional Office of EXIM bank responsible for business development and outreach efforts. She will be based out of Seattle and will handle the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Washington and Wyoming. Abby comes to us with over 25 years of experience as a trade specialist in the banking industry, working with both global and regional banks. During her career, she specialized in various Trade Finance products and has worked directly with EXIM’s programs in the past.
Debbie Franklin is with the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, appointed in October 2015 as the Director for U.S. Export Assistance Center – Alaska where she currently serves on the agency’s Global Teams: Energy, Travel and Tourism, Maritime Technology, Aerospace and Defense, Rural, and China as well as the Arctic Affinity and US Field Safety Groups. Debbie previously established and directed the International Trade Center with Iowa Small Business Development Center where she trained and counseled small businesses on international finance, marketing, compliance, and global logistics. Her hands-on international business experiences come from 10 years department store retailing, 19 years in wholesale manufacturing, sales and marketing where she was a President’s Club award winner, and her own consulting business of export representation and documentation preparation. She also spent 7 seasons as a personal and small business federal tax preparer. Debbie holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. She holds a Certificate in Global Oil & Gas Management from Thunderbird Executive Education. She is an inactive EA and NASBITE CGBP.
John Brislin is SBA’s International Trade & Finance Specialist for Washington State, Alaska and Idaho. He has over 23 years of private-sector international banking and trade finance experience and over 10 years of public-sector export trade finance and risk mitigation experience. John has supported Alaska Exporters for over six years. He looks forward to working with Alaskan Small Businesses so they can turn their export opportunities into actual sales and to achieve the ultimate goal of getting paid—especially on time—for those sales.