More than 150 small-export companies began operations last year, representing growth of six percent, Yehiel Assia, director-general of the Israel Export Institute, reported on Monday. "Small-exporters,: defined as companies which export between $100,000 and $2 million worth of products a year, combined for $1.39 billion in exports in 2006, equaling growth of 5% from 2005, according to the Export Institute. All totaled in 2006, there were 1,731 exporters who shipped $100,000 to $500,000 worth of goods; 523 who sent $500,000 to $1m.; 267 who exported $1m. to $1.5m.; and 165 who exported between $1.5m. and $2m.