Helpful resources in getting taking your business overseas
Did you know that nearly 96 percent of consumers live outside the United States? And two-thirds of the world’s purchasing power is in foreign countries.
As the numbers show, the international marketplace is huge. So if you are interested in exploring the world of exporting—or have started but need some guidance—check out the following helpful resources:
Export Assistance Centers
Dedicated assistance centers across the United States exist to help small business owners and entrepreneurs exclusively with exporting topics?
United States Exporting Assistance Centers (USEACs) are staffed by professionals from the SBA, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Export-Import Bank and other public and private organizations.
USEACs can help you understand the global marketplace and get you organized to join in and succeed. Some USEACs also have SBA representatives who are available to help you with your SBA export financing needs.
Export Business Planner
The Export Business Planner is a downloadable tool that you can save and customize as you explore your exporting options.
The Planner starts with an introduction to exporting and helps determine your export readiness, then walks you through training/counseling information; marketing and financial materials; transportation and documentation details; and more.
The Planner also provides practical worksheets, templates and forms, in addition to a glossary of industry terms and more helpful resources.
Export.gov is an ideal export resource. And its frequently asked questions page is great to browse, as they have organized responses by categories. From exporting basics to trade agreements and regulations, this is a good place to start if you are looking to learn more but not quite sure where to start.
USTDA Consultant Database
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) maintains a database of companies and individuals who provide fee-based consulting services to small businesses interested in importing and exporting.
Almost all contracts with USTDA are reserved for small businesses, most of which are opportunities for technical experts qualified in the following areas: energy and power; project finance; health; manufacturing; mining & natural resources; telecommunications/information technology; transportation; and water and the environment.
K. Murray is a Community Moderator for the SBA.gov Community, which shares entrepreneurial endeavors and helps point small business owners in the right direction to find other resources for their operational needs.