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Finding Customers around the World: Announcing SBA’s Export Video Contest

By danielc
Published: July 27, 2011 Updated: March 8, 2016




SBA is teaming up with Visa to ask small business owners: “Where will your next customer come from?”

To recognize successful small exporters and increase awareness toward federal assistance for exporters, we’re sponsoring the SBA Export Video Contest. The contest, presented in partnership with the National Export Initiative and, will award monetary prizes to five successful small business exporters representing a variety of industries.

American small businesses looking to expand are going global. There are a number of advantages to exporting: reaching new customers, increasing sales and profits, and becoming less dependent on domestic demand, to name several. In fact, over two-thirds of the world’s purchasing power is based outside the U.S., where the vast majority of consumers reside. The U.S. government stands ready to help your small business get started in exporting, with an array of programs, tools and resources.

We want to hear your exporting story in a short, original video submitted to YouTube.  U.S. small businesses that have completed a successful exporting transaction are eligible.* To enter, submit your video here.

Winners will receive cash prizes, an expenses-paid trip to be honored at the National District Export Council Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada from November 2-5, 2011, and $1,000 towards a Commerce Department Gold Key service, or various other trade-related events.


How to Enter:

1) Create one original video 3 minutes or less in high-definition format. Contest participants must end their video with the following words: "That's my exporting story. Where will your next customer come from?", along with a referral to for assistance. This referral can be spoken, written, embedded or delivered in any appropriate way deemed effective by the submitter.

2) All videos must have a unique title or they will not be judged. i.e., not "My Export Story."

3) Upload your video to your own YouTube account. In the description, indicate one of the following 5 categories for your video: manufacturing; consumer products; professional services; technology; agribusiness.

4) While viewing the SBA Exporting Contest Video, click the comment box and then click on "Create a Video Response" and enter the URL of your video entry.

Videos may be uploaded starting Aug. 1, 2011. Entries must be received by Sept. 3 DEADLINE EXTENDED: Sept. 30

*See full contest rules and regulations at .


Additional resources for exporting:

SBA Guide to Exporting and Importing

SBA’s Export Business Planner Tool

Co-sponsorship Authorization #11-7080-11SBA

SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and service are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis.

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very good
wow i love this video
Good luck to everybody!
Another great video shared on the site. Wishing luck to all those involved.
I would love to see some of the finalists and hope you can share these videos with us all.
Ha, and what about intellectual export? I mean I provide online services and that can be called export. But I don't deliver good, I provide services.
If you would like professional assistance in scripting, filming, editing and producing your video feel free to touch base here:
I like this info shown and it has given me some sort of desire to succeed for some reason, so thank you.
This is a great contest. I'm hoping they do it again next year.
Hopefully, this will help promote exporting in the USA therefore creating more jobs and money flow. So many people think they need to save money instead of spending too much right now, and it does effect the economy, such as the real estate business. If I exported products, I certainly might submit a video!You can create one using power point at Also,Youtube has videos that show how to use Jing.

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