The Export-Import Bank of the United States has joined forces with the World Trade Center New Orleans to assist local businesses to boost their export sales and add jobs as part of Ex-Im Bank’s City/State Program.

The program helps ensure that Ex-Im Bank’s export finance products are more accessible to small and medium-sized businesses by way of local, state and regional economic development and business support organizations.

The program is expected to accelerate export business and job growth by connecting bank products and services to a statewide network of Small Business Development Centers.

Each City/State Program member pledges to make financing assistance and entrepreneurial services available to local businesses in order to create, promote and expand exports from their area.

Ex-Im Bank provides members with free marketing and training materials, qualified finance experts to speak at members’ local events, assistance with outreach and counseling, and access to a network of lenders, insurance brokers and U.S. Government export resources.

“We’re very excited about this new partnership with the Ex-Im Bank after working together over the course of several months to get to this point,” said Dominik Knoll, World Trade Center of New Orleans’ CEO. “This partnership furthers our ability to provide Louisiana businesses with the financial resources and information they need to expand internationally.”