World Trade Club business luncheon

Money for Indirect Exports

February 20, 2014

Seattle, WA

Interested in $5 million in working capital loan guarantees?

The binds of the recession are loosening, yet access to financing remains elusive. If your company exports or sells to exporters, you may be eligible for up to $5 million in working capital loan guarantees through Federal programs. These are real-time opportunities you can leverage to provide financing for your business.


  • Convert your export-related inventory and accounts receivable into cash
  • Expand your access to financing
  • Encourage lenders to grant you loans
  • Enjoy up to 90% advance rate on foreign accounts receivable
  • Access a 25% discount on multi-buyer insurance premiums
  • Decrease collateral requirements to 25% for standby letters of credit
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Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) 
Large and small businesses can benefit from loan and risk mitigation programs designed to support and encourage expanded export sales. 

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Small businesses can benefit from SBA financial programs designed to support and encourage expanded export sales. 
Companies with 500 employees, or even more, may qualify as a small business concern depending on the industry.


John Brislin
Director, Seattle Regional Office, Ex-Im Bank

John joined the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) in August 2012, bringing nearly 30 years of international banking experience. He was previously the President and CEO of the Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington (EFACW). During his tenure there, EFACW won the Ex-Im Bank City/State Partner of Year Award. Prior to that role, John worked at Bank of California / Union Bank in International Trade Operations, ascending to management roles before transitioning to a Global Trade Sales Officer position covering Trade Finance and Ex-Im Bank Programs for the Pacific Northwest Region. John participates in the Washington District Export Council and has previously served on the Ex-Im Bank Advisory Committee and was a Board Member for both the World Trade Center Tacoma and the World Trade Club of Seattle. Originally from Syracuse, New York, John has resided in Washington State for the past 20 years. He holds a degree in Business Administration from the Boston University School of Management and worked in Trade Operations at the Bank of Boston for nine years.

John Brislin-Seattle office

Sandra Edwards

Regional Manager, U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of International Trade
Sandra Edwards is the new Regional Manager for the U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of International Trade, at the Seattle U.S. Export Assistance Center. Sandra spent the last 10 years as a Senior International Trade Specialist and Director with the U.S. Department of Commerce in California and North Carolina. Sandra started her career working for the Office of the Controller of the Currency, as a National Bank Examiner and spent 15 years with the U.S. Small Business Administration in Los Angeles and Washington providing domestic and international trade loans (so she is not a stranger to the Seattle area). Sandra holds a Bachelor Degrees from Birmingham University in the U.K. and California State University-Northridge, as well as a Master’s Degree from Pepperdine University. Sandra grew-up in Lebanon. She is fluent in Arabic, French, and Spanish.


Thursday, February 20, 2014, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

2200 Alaskan Way, 4th floor, Seattle, WA 98121



Companies that are looking to increase their financing options, whether exporters themselves or selling to exporters, will find this program an invaluable source of information.

  • Suppliers selling into an export supply chain
  • Exporters who need working capital to support sales to overseas customers

This program qualifies for NASBITE CGBP recertification continuing education credits. 


Price includes lunch, program, and networking. Space is limited.

  • Members: $32.00
  • Public: $42.00
  • Student: $22.00
  • This program + individual membership: $110 (30% off the standard individual membership rate).

LUNCH AGENDA:  Money for Indirect Exports

11:30 am Registration and Networking
12:00 pm Welcoming remarks
12:05 pm Participant introductions
12:15 pm Lunch served
12:20 pm
Export-Import Bank of the United States
John Brislin, Director, Seattle Regional Office
12:45 pm
Small Business Administration
Sandra Edwards, Regional Manager, International Trade Finance
1:00 pm Question & Answer session
1:20 pm Closing remarks
1:30 pm Program concludes


Slider Trio—served with Mixed Field Green Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • Beef Kalbi Slider with Kimchee Slaw and Sweet Chili Aioli
  • (Vegetarian option) Balsamic Glazed Portobello Mushroom Slider, Green Goddess Aioli, Onion Jam
  • BBQ Pulled Pork Slider with Chipotle Slaw

Thank you to our partner organizations:

Washington State Department of Agriculture

Customs Brokers and International Freight Forwarders