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Florida Firm Wins SBA Exporter of the Year Award

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

(SBA)  WASHINGTON, D.C. Ė Endoscopy Replacement Parts, Inc., of Newberry, Fla., has been named Small Business Exporter of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The recognition is part of the celebrations of National Small Business Week, an annual event designed to honor the best small businesses of the nation.

The award will be presented jointly by SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet and Eileen Sanchez, Associate Administrator for the Office of International Trade, on May 2 during a National Small Business Week event at the U.S. Institute of Peace, in Washington, D.C.

David Peter Bello, Sr., ERPIís founder and CEO, will receive the award on behalf of his company.

The substantial, increasing importance of exporting to the U.S. national economy cannot be overstated. In FY2015, SBA lending hit yet another record, with 1,777 loans for a total of $1.45 billion, which resulted in $3 billion in small business export sales.

Small businesses like ERPI are taking advantage of opportunities created by agreements such as NAFTA and, more recently, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. SBA is proud to actively support these free trade agreements as we help American small businesses grow and create jobs through exporting.

ERPI was launched in 1997 with four employees, much as a local provider of parts and replacement products to endoscopy repair shops in the area. Thanks to exporting, the company was able to expand and now has a staff of 14 employees, handles more than 2,000 lines of products, exports to about 70 countries in all continents, from Argentina to Vietnam, and reached sales of over $3.7 million in 2014.

ERPI won the award as SBA Exporter of the Year based on the following criteria: