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Need Exporting Assistance? Small Business Development Centers Can Help

Need Exporting Assistance? Small Business Development Centers Can Help

Published: March 29, 2013 Updated: July 6, 2016


Have you considered the potential for selling your products or services outside the U.S.?  Your local Small Business Development Center (SBDC), an SBA resource partner, can help you get started.

The many international trade services offered by individual SBDCs vary, but most often include:

  • Product/Service Readiness:  Determine if your products or services are suitable for export, and what product adaptations may be required.
  • Export Readiness: Learn if your company meets the key export readiness factors or, what you need to do to become ready.
  • Market Research: Review possible trade barriers, political and economic risks and competitors, in order to identify and rank the best foreign market opportunities.
  • Documentation/Compliance: Learn how to comply with export regulations, product classification, in-country governmental requirements and the effective use of freight forwarders.
  • Trade Finance: Learn how the trade finance programs of the SBA, the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation may help you.
  •  Partner Identification: Get connected to potential sales with U.S. Commercial Service services such as Gold Key or International Partner Search. SBDCs can also advise you of individual state trade assistance programs and incentives.
  • Specialized Areas: Some SBDCs offer assistance in specialized areas such as product certification (i.e. CE Mark, CCC, etc.).

If you think you have a product or service with foreign trade potential, or are already exporting and want to grow those sales, contact your local SBDC for assistance.

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