About us

SABA is the only Slovenian organization that is exclusively a trade and business association in the USA. Its leadership is headed by a Board of Directors and an Advisory Team.

The Slovenian-American Business Association (SABA) is an expanding business trade development organization based in Cleveland, Ohio. It is focused on building relationships, increasing sales, and promoting member businesses in the global markets with a particular emphasis on Slovenian and American bilateral trade. Using a variety of activities that will include hosting targeted business events, facilitating business introductions, and providing educational opportunities, the objective is to strengthen global business growth for SABA members.

SABA is the succeeding organization to the Cleveland Slovenian Business and Professionals Association (CSBPA) which began in 2007. The CSBPA succeeded in providing excellent social and networking opportunities for Cleveland-area individual professionals.  SABA advanced this idea to a bilateral level through the use of a unique set of tools and continuous support of its members across multiple states in the US. With anticipated support from the Republic of Slovenia (SPIRIT SLOVENIA, Business development agency and other economic institutions) SABA is working to establish itself as the recognized global business association leading in facilitating bilateral trade between America and Slovenia

SABA is working with Slovenian diplomatic representatives in the USA as well as, American diplomats in Slovenia, relevant Ministries of Slovenia and USA, various US federal, state, county and city authorities and with different organizations in the EU.

With all of these organizations along with SABA members we are trying to establish and deliver a variety of business programs, presentations with business information, contacts and support tools to achieve the SABA mission of increasing bilateral trade.

The SABA leadership will support SABA’s Vision and Mission through the recruitment of additional SABA members and assist in the content development and program delivery of information aligned with its Vison and Mission.

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Business Support Support business cooperation between the Republic of Slovenia and the United States of America.

Stimulate Trade Stimulate trade, cooperation in development, investments and other economic relations between Slovenia and the USA.

Stimulate research Stimulate science research connections and cooperations between education institutions for business development support.

Information exchange Initiate and maintain information ties between economy and the state and organize education seminars for representatives of Slovenian and USA companies.

Testimonials

SABA is not only a unique meeting place for Slovenian and American businesses but also a proactive facilitator of trade and investment links. It relies on a vast pool of shared knowledge and can add great value to a very wide contact network of its members.

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Božo Cerar Former Ambassador, Republic of Slovenia

A few years ago, the United States primarily competed within its own borders. Today, we compete with and against the world. It is truly a very fluid business climate. Without strategic partners around the world, it is very difficult to compete.

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Bob Hopkins Project Manager, Godfrey & Wing Inc.

In constant search of new challenges and opportunities we decided to join SABA, the association of experts willing to listen every entrepreneur who wishes to break into global markets. We have a good relationship with SABA and are very pleased with their quick response and counseling.

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Boštjan Cipot Owner&CEO PAMA Hiše d.o.o.

“I am very happy to be partnering with SABA to provide business to business connections with Slovenian firms and companies in Pittsburgh and all over Pennsylvania. We have significant opportunities for collaboration, and SABA is helping us greatly.”

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Petra Mitchell Honorary Consul for Slovenia in Pennsylvania

On behalf of the SNPJ Executive Committee, I am honored to express our full support for the Slovenian-American Business Association (SABA).

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Joseph C. Evanish FLMI National President, SNPJ

As a president of Global Cleveland, I fully support the Slovenian-American Business Association and I look forward to working with them on their future projects to improve business relations between the Republic of Slovenia and the City of Cleveland.

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Joe Cimperman President, Global Cleveland

This organization is designed and intended to assist various organizations in establishing contacts, locating sources of products and services, as well as providing support in the finer arts of business relations.

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Joseph J. Kokal Owner, J. J. KOKAL & ASSOCIATES, INC.