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Selling Global? – 8 Reasons Why Your Small Business Should Get to Know Business.usa.gov/export

By Caron_Beesley, Contributor
Published: August 23, 2012 Updated: March 2, 2014

Thinking of exporting your products or services? Want to expand your existing exporting business? The U.S. government can help.

The SBA, for example, is making it a priority to help small business owners develop or expand their exporting activities through initiatives such as its Export Loan Programs and free online informational videos.

What else does Uncle Sam offer? Well, did you know the U.S. government can help target and facilitate meetings with potential international partners and buyers? Or that it provides U.S. exporters with international marketing and promotion opportunities?

Let me introduce you to business.usa.gov/export.

Operated by the U.S. Department of Commerce as a collaborative effort with 19 other agencies, Business.usa.gov/export is a goldmine of information, tools and programs for anyone looking to succeed in the global marketplace.

Here’s a quick summary of what aspiring and expanding exporters can learn and leverage:

1. Are you export ready?

If you think you’re ready to start exporting, take a look at this Export Basics guide. Assess your exporting readiness with this quick questionnaire and learn about the fundamentals of exporting through a variety of resources (including this Export University 101 webinar).

2. Find your export market with free research tools

Get free trade statistics and market research reports, plus a step-by-step guide for doing your research, in Business.usa.gov/export’s Market Research guide.

3. Get appointments with pre-screened in-market contacts

The government has U.S. Commercial Service staff in over 80 countries to help you find international partners and distributors. How? Specialists will contact a large group of pre-screened potential overseas business partners on your behalf, and then identify the companies that are interested and capable of becoming a viable representative for you in that market. They will also screen them and arrange meetings. Learn more about this service here.

4. Trade Events – get advice and meet foreign buyers

The government organizes a variety of trade events to help U.S. exporters. These include everything from webinars and seminars on exporting basics such as financing and licensing, counseling and support at international trade shows, and recruitment for meetings with you of foreign buyer delegations to U.S. trade shows. Learn more and search for events here.

5. The government can support your international sales and marketing

In addition to trade fairs, the government offers several ways for exporters to market and sell their products overseas, including:

  • Market Planning – Get help creating an international business plan and conducting market research and due diligence.
  • International Promotion – Place an ad in the U.S. Commerce Department's official export promotion magazine Commercial News USA. Get listed on FUSE, an online directory of U.S. products on government websites around the world, as well as the Export Yellow Pages.
  • Organize a Promotional Event With the Support of Uncle Sam – If you want to host your own export trade event, your local Export Assistance Center can help you get organized.
  • Overcome Trade Barriers and Resolve Disputes – Learn more about how the government can help.

Read more about how the government can be “your international business partner” in business.usa.gov/export's Marketing Guide.

6. Get logistical support

Find out how to get your products from point A to point B, including how to gather the right documentation, prepare products for shipment, and speak to a specialist 

7. Learn how to conduct international e-commerce

To help you “internationalize” your e-commerce site as well as navigate the complexities of payment options, custom duties, etc., visit business.usa.gov/export's guide to Conducting International Business Online.

8. Get exporting help in your town

Many of the services offered by business.usa.gov/export are backed by local export assistance centers in more than 100 cities nationwide. Each center is staffed by trade professionals who can provide local businesses with exporting support, including trade counseling and more information on many of the tools and services mentioned in this article.

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About the Author:

Caron Beesley

Contributor

Caron Beesley is a small business owner, a writer, and marketing communications consultant. Caron works with the SBA.gov team to promote essential government resources that help entrepreneurs and small business owners start-up, grow and succeed. Follow Caron on Twitter: @caronbeesley

Comments:

0 votes Well, lots of tips are there and I can say that implementation of these will will marginally help in expansion but I think there ways for expansion but these ways need to be managed and any facility management module can do it better I think.
This is great information Caron, in my work, I continually talk through the benefits of working with the US Commercial Service, SBA and different programs available through their local states - it's amazing how little awareness there is around some of these very excellent programs! Thanks so much for sharing and continue to spread the word about the resources available for exporting!
Thanks a lot for this informative post! This post has shared some good points related to export rules, services and assistance. It will of great help to small entrepreneurs.
The help of SBA is really good for small businesses.The 8 reasons are excellently described why small businessess should get to know export. Thank you for sharing this Bizworldusa
Caron, I think you doubled on a #6 there :)
Thanks for spotting that!
We are a manufacturer and supplier of moisture barrier bags and mil spec packaging. Even though we are located in Dallas, Texas, we are capable of shipping internationally. Thanks so much for sharing all the information, tools and programs to help us expand in global marketplace--very helpful.

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