Press release 23-39

U.S. Small Business Administration Announces Strategic Alliance to Support Small Business Exporters

Memorandum Will Formalize Relations with Trade Association

WASHINGTON Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the signing of the Strategic Alliance Memorandum (SAM) with the International Trade & Forfaiting Association (ITFA). ITFA and SBA strive to facilitate the expansion of trade and trade finance globally to reduce barriers for small businesses selling abroad. Together, the SBA and ITFA will work to educate exporters and lenders on financing methods and risk mitigation solutions necessary to facilitate global trade.  

 “SBA’s new agreement with ITFA aims to build capacity for exporting through education and technical training for both lenders and small businesses. Based on the findings of the SBA’s Total Addressable Market Study published earlier this year, we know there are over 1.3 million small business exporters with a potential export market of 2.6 million. Partnerships with organizations such as ITFA play a key role in supporting these globally minded businesses, said Associate Administrator of SBA’s Office of International Trade Gabriel Esparza. “Our joint efforts will leverage the thought leaders in both the SBA and ITFA to grow support for export finance. By doing so, this partnership helps deliver on the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to create opportunities for small businesses and strengthen our economy for all of us.” 

 ITFA is a global trade association representing the interests of banks, financial institutions, and service providers involved in trade risk and asset origination and distribution, formalizing the SBA’s existing relationship with the association.  

“This milestone joint effort opens doors to immense opportunities, offering greater access to education and global resources for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the US, which may be unaware of alternatives to better manage their credit risks and satisfy their credit needs with the help of our members from around the world,” said Sean Edwards, ITFA Chairman. “By leveraging our combined efforts, we are propelling economic growth and creating a thriving ecosystem that benefits both our members and the SMEs they serve. Together, we will forge new paths, unlock fresh avenues of collaboration, and usher in a new perspective for SMEs looking to expand globally.” 

Through its Office of International Trade, the SBA works to support small and midsized exporters with the goal of increasing both the number of businesses exporting and the dollar value of those exports. This work is done across the Agency by offering access to education and technical assistance, access to capital, and trade policy to support market access for small businesses.    


About the U.S. Small Business Administration 

The U.S. Small Business Administration helps power the American dream of business ownership. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow, expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit 

About the International Trade & Forfaiting Association   

Founded in 1999, it is a Non-Profit Association duly organized in Switzerland and granted 503(c)(6) equivalent status in the United States IRC. ITFA has over 300 members, located in over 50 different countries. Learn more at

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