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Dennis Chrisbaum

Director, International Trade Finance, Office of International Trade

U.S. Small Business Administration

Mr. Chrisbaum serves as Director of International Trade Finance for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  In that capacity, he oversees SBA’s export loan programs and the SBA staff who deliver those programs at U.S. Export Assistance Centers (USEAC) throughout the country.  USEACs combine the international marketing resources of the U.S. Commercial Service and the trade finance expertise of the SBA at 19 U.S. locations. Over the past three years, Mr. Chrisbaum also has worked closely with the inter-agency Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee’s Small Business Working Group in drafting recommendations to expand small business exports under the President’s National Export Initiative. 


Prior to assuming this new position in 2011, Mr. Chrisbaum served as SBA’s representative at the U.S. Export Assistance Center located in Denver, Colorado.  In that role, he oversaw the SBA’s International Trade Finance Program in the five-state, Inter-Mountain West region, which included Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.  Before moving to Denver, Mr. Chrisbaum worked in Washington, D.C. for both the U.S. Small Business Administration, where he developed and oversaw SBA’s national export promotion program, and the U.S. Department of Commerce where he worked in various positions with the Office of High Technology Export Promotion, the Office of the Under Secretary for International Trade, and the President’s Export Council.


Mr. Chrisbaum has an MBA degree in Finance, Investments and Banking and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin, as well as Masters of Arts degrees from Columbia University and Atlantic University. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife, Nancy, who is a documentary film maker.