Seattle Tech Company Named 2018 SBA Seattle District Exporter of the Year

Owner Cameron Fisher of Mobile Semiconductor Corporation Takes Top Honors, Celebration to Recognize All Local SBA Award Winners May 3
Release Date: 
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Release Number: 
2018-03-07

SEATTLE – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 2018 Seattle District Exporter of the Year is Cameron Fisher, CEO of Mobile Semiconductor Corporation in Seattle.  Founded in 2006, Mobile Semiconductor Corporation builds small memory systems integrated into devices such as cell phones, communication networks and Bluetooth chipsets.

Fisher started the business as a subcontractor on a federal contract awarded to Boeing. He slowly expanded the business into commercial markets but didn’t experience significant growth until 2014 when the business started exporting.

The company utilized SBA exporting finance programs, which Fisher noted as crucial to the success of growing in the international market.

Since then, Mobile Semiconductor sales have doubled nearly every year; and sales from Europe and Asia now make up more than 90 percent of the firm’s revenue.

“Mobile Semiconductor is a great example of how a small business can grow sales by utilizing SBA’s export loan programs to fund their expansion into new global markets,” SBA Seattle District Director Kerrie Hurd said. “With two-thirds of the world’s buying power residing outside of the U.S., incorporating an export strategy is becoming increasingly vital for small businesses.”

The SBA Small Business Exporter of the Year award – part of National Small Business Week April 29-May 5, 2018 – recognizes small business owners who demonstrate staying power and substantiated history as an established business with at least three years of business operation. Winners must also show growth in net worth and business expansion, increase in jobs and sales, innovativeness of products or services, response to adversity and contributions to community-oriented projects.

“I am delighted and honored to earn this award from the Small Business Administration,” Fisher said. “Our work in providing engineers worldwide with the best of memory design tools helps put Seattle front and center on the map in the technical community.”

Fisher also works with other local small businesses that are active in the same career field and pursue the same customer base to promote a stronger local economy and collaboratively grow export sales.

“National Small Business Week is a time to recognize the impact of small businesses in the Pacific Northwest by sharing their inspirational stories of success, resilience and determination,” SBA Regional Administrator Jeremy Field said. “It’s my honor to celebrate the entrepreneurs who use innovation to solve problems, create jobs and make a difference in our local communities.”

A celebration honoring local SBA winners from Washington state and the SBA Seattle District – which serves the state of Washington and northern Idaho – will be May 3, 2018. Other SBA local awards that will be recognized at the celebration include the Small Business Person of the Year, Encore Entrepreneur of the Year, Family-Owned Small Business of the Year, Millennial Entrepreneur of the Year, Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year and Small Business Champion of the Year.

Each year since 1963, the President has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week. SBA recognizes outstanding small business owners for their personal successes and contributions to our nation.

For more information about National Small Business Week, visit www.sba.gov/nsbw.           

About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012 has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.  The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses.  Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. For more information visit www.sba.gov.

About the SBA Seattle District Office:

The SBA Seattle District serves the state of Washington and northern Idaho with locations in Seattle and Spokane, Washington. SBA Seattle District staff provides resources and services in three areas referred to as “the three C’s” – counseling, capital and contracting. Visit www.sba.gov/wa or follow @SBASeattle for more information including resource partners, lenders, workshops, success stories and other resources to help business start, grow and succeed.

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