Montana’s Senior U.S. Senator invited Montana business owners to a session on “Export Finance and Market Access” at the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center in Bozeman Tuesday, May 17. Baucus invited businesses across the state to the workshop as part of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings he brought to Big Sky this month. The meeting will to open up the APEC conference to even more Montanans than the more than 100 companies already signed up.

“More exports, means more jobs and this seminar will give Montana businesses owners even more tools to break into markets around the world,” Baucus said.

U.S. agencies involved in trade met with Montana firms to provide an overview of markets in Chile, Canada, China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. In addition, senior staff will discuss financing and export risk management tools as well as government programs designed to protect business assets such as intellectual property rights and enforcement of trade agreements.

Montana businesses and an expert panel include the Export-Import Bank of the United States, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Small Business Administration and U.S. Trade and Development Agency Expert Panel. They discussed financing and export risk for Montana businesses at the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center in Bozeman.