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Getting Started With Exporting: Training and Educational Resources to Help You Take the First Steps

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Getting Started With Exporting: Training and Educational Resources to Help You Take the First Steps

By plester, Former Contributor
Published: July 21, 2014 Updated: August 22, 2014

With two-thirds of the world’s purchasing power in foreign countries, exporting represents a big opportunity to tap in to new markets, expand your customer base, and grow your business.

However, getting started with exporting can sometimes feel like a complex maze of regulations, policies, and other barriers. To help small businesses understand how to overcome these barriers and prepare to sell internationally, the federal government has several free training and educational resources that enable entrepreneurs to chart the path to exporting success. 

  • The Small Business Administration provides a wide range of online and in-person training related to exporting. The Introduction to Exporting course helps determine if exporting makes strategic sense for your business and whether you are ready to take the next steps. The Export Business Planner is a free, customizable document that enables you to work through the critical processes of export planning.
  • Through its network of trade finance specialists located in 19 U.S. Export Assistance Centers (USEAC) throughout the country, the SBA provides training and counseling on trade financing and U.S. government export financing programs to both lenders and small businesses. USEACs are a valuable resource for small business exporters, combining the international marketing expertise of Commercial Service staff with the trade financing expertise of SBA (and in some cities, the Export-Import Bank) staff in one location. Find an Export Assistance Center near you.

For more on exporting, including information on Small Business Administration export loan programs and other financial assistance, go to sba.gov/exporting.

About the Author:

plester
Paul Lester

Former Contributor

I am an author for the the SBA.gov Community, writing about topics that matter to you as a small business owner. Our ongoing goal is to improve this site to meet your needs, so we're happy to receive your feedback and participation. Thanks for joining our online Community here at SBA.gov!

Comments:

Starting a global company is very hard to do. One of the questions that people always ask is how do I get funding to get started. Thanks for writing this blog, I will definitely be sharing it.
There are a lot of different ways to run a small business. As a local San Diego electrician I realized installing Ceiling Fans, Breakers, Troubleshooting electrical and making electrical repairs was only half the job. The business aspect is the other half.
I own a small company which produces table saw. Now I want to export my products to Asia, but my biggest problems are policies of local countries. This article is verry useful for me to solve these problems. Thank you for it.
Starting a global company is very hard to do. One of the questions that people always ask is how do I get funding to get started. Thanks for writing this blog, I will definitely be sharing it.
Training and knowledge is a must for the small business who are looking exporting and importing business. Many a time new and small manufacturing business don't even know whether it will be more profitable in manufacturing at own location or at customer location. There are many such a things that need clear understanding for the business.
Export business is not an easy business to start with, specially with its rules & regulation. But other Govt. bodies are operative enough to help in the growth of exporting good in a channelized way.
ok, plester! very helpful! but... what's the " first steps"? Thank you, plester!

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