Ex-Im Bank outlined at DBC Int’l Committee breakfast

Ex-Im Bank outlined at DBC Int’l Committee breakfast

Douglas Hale, Executive Director US Chamber of

U.S. Chamber Executive Director Douglas Hale described the benefits of The Export Import Bank of the United States before more than 25 local business leaders, gathered at Sergio’s for a Doral Business Council breakfast.

In his presentation, Hale explained the importance of an official import-export credit agency for many export businesses in Doral. Its mission is to assist in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets.

On average, more than 85% of its transactions directly benefit U.S. small businesses, like so many in the Doral area, Hale advised.

While the Bank does not compete with private sector lenders, it takes on risks and assumes credit that private lenders cannot, helping to level the playing field for small to medium-size businesses, he said.

Over an 80-year period, the Bank has supported more than $567 billion of U.S. exports, primarily to develop markets worldwide.

The breakfast meeting, coordinated by International Committee Chair Efrain Sora, of Sora Global Insurance, is one of many educational and informational opportunities the DBC provides its membership.

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Gloria Burns
A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel as well as non profit consulting and management. Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist writing Gloria’s Gab, a column that focuses on the non-profit activity. Burns was Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee for 6 years and then served as the first Executive Director of Coral Gables Community Foundation for 14 years after which she helped the emerging Community Foundation of Pinecrest. Active in many non profits, she received the 2015-16 President's Best Member Award from the GFWC Coral Gables Woman's Club, 2012-13 CGWC Leadership Award, 2012-2013 Rotarian of the Year Award as RCCG Public Relations Chair and Fund raising Co-Chair, 2011 Florida Federation of Women’s Club Volunteer of the Year for the District 11 and honored by the City of Doral as one of their first recipients for the Doralian Women's Award. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education; helps coordinate charity partners for the Westin Colonnade's Annual Give Kids the World Breakfast; serves on the board of directors of Doral Business Council; is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club; serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and is Publicity Chair; and is a member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee. Gloria is also an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where sings sings in the choir. She can be reached at gloria@communitynewspapers.com

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