Richard Duda, International Trade Specialist, US Commercial Service
Richard Duda began his experience in economic development with SBA right out of college underwriting and servicing SBA commercial loans in middle Georgia. He went on to start up 7(a) loan programs with local and national lenders in Atlanta and packaged loans for banks in North Carolina with an expertise in franchising and franchise development. Richard has over 30 years marketing, sales, business, and economic development experience and has owned and operated several small businesses of his own. He joined SBA through the Office of Disaster Assistance assisting small businesses impacted by hurricanes Harvey and Maria to access capital to rebuild. In 2018 Richard joined the SBA Arkansas District office where he was also the International Trade Officer assisting small businesses to export and has recruited and trained SBA lenders on loan eligibility, underwriting, proper servicing, and compliance regarding SBA loan programs. He performed annual compliance reviews with ASBTDC micro-lenders, conducted multi-cultural and rural outreach initiatives and served as the Program Manager for the Emerging Leaders Streetwise MBA Program, an intensive seven-month CEO leadership cohort. In his new role as the International Trade Specialist for the US Commercial Service in Little Rock, Richard counsels current and potential Arkansas exporters to meet their export market development objectives and facilitate their exports, as well as foreign direct investment promotion and trade promotion through client and stakeholder engagement. He analyzes export trade information, conducts market research, and develops strategies for Arkansas business facilitation and trade investment promotion initiatives.
And Richard is available to you, as a current or potential Arkansas exporter!
Contact him at:
International Trade Specialist
U.S. Commercial Service – Little Rock Export Assistance Center
U.S. Department of Commerce | International Trade Administration
700 W. Capitol Avenue, Room 4413
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201