LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Chairman and president of the Export-Import Bank of the United States Fred Hochberg was in Laurel Wednesday. He was in town for a roundtable discussion that was moderated by the U.S. Department of Commerce at Sanderson Farms.
Hochberg joined several business leaders from across Mississippi and discussed ways the export credit agency can equip more of the state's companies to grow their export sales and add more jobs in the state.
"Export is what derives jobs, we've had sixty months of job growth, Mississippi has one of the highest unemployment rates and we're here to help companies, work with companies to do more exporting and therefore put more people to work," said Hochberg. "There are a lot of good tools to help them conquer sales overseas. It may be easier to sell to Alabama or Texas, we want to make it as simple as easy as selling to Alabama or Texas as selling to Mexico or Saudi Arabia or Vietnam."
Hochberg said Ex-Im Bank is a government agency with 90 percent of its customers being small businesses.