On November 18, Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, joined members of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and other Chicagoland businesses at the Chamber’s offices to discuss international trade and its importance to the region’s economy.

The Chamber remains a strong supporter of current U.S. international trade policy proposals, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and reauthorization of the charter of the Export-Import Bank as a way to strengthen the U.S. economy, create and grow jobs, and allow businesses to expand.

This is the second recent visit to the Chamber by a high level Obama administration official to discuss trade issues. Earlier this year, U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and Representative Mike Quigley met with Chamber members to discuss international trade and the TPP.