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Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 9:57 am

OLEAN — U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said Monday she wants manufacturers from Olean and across New York to ride a wave of increased exports.

Sen. Gillibrand attended an export roundtable at SolEpoxy on Franklin Street with Small Business Administration Administrator Karen G. Mills.

Prior to the export roundtable, the officials toured SolEpoxy with president Jeffrey Belt, who said the company exports 51 percent of its products.

Sen. Gillibrand said the roundtable was designed to listen to local manufacturers, banks, educators, economic development officials and consultants on how to local manufacturers can increase exports of their products. The senator is a newly appointed member of President Barack Obama’s Export Council, and sought to include programs to increase exports by small businesses.

Commissioner Mills said President Obama has set a goal of doubling the nation’s exports over the next five years. Sen. Gillibrand said that with about 34 percent of the nation’s exports coming from small business, many businesses will have an opportunity to increase their exports, while others will be looking to begin exporting for the first time. The SBA, she said, provides counseling, training and financing for manufacturers looking to export their products.

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