With nearly 96 percent of consumers living outside the U.S. and two-thirds of the world’s purchasing power in foreign countries, opportunities await U.S. small business. Go where the customers are. There is significant opportunity for small businesses to profit through importing and exporting operations. Do you have what it takes to become a successful international business? Are you ready to make international sales? Importing / Exporting offers great opportunities but requires preparation and planning. This is a two part series taught by international experts from the Georgia Small Business Development Center, a resource partner of the SBA. Module I will aid you in assessing your readiness, understanding what you need to know and consider before pursuing an international strategy. Module II will introduce you to those topics needed to develop and implement your strategy: international pricing and costing issues, proforma export quotations, payment terms, and risk assessment. The workshops will help you gain the knowledge to develop and implement an international plan. You will become acquainted with the key components of an effective import / export plan. The instructors will raise questions you should answer to complete your plan and provide the resources to help you answer those questions. * organizational and product readiness, * market research, * guidance for developing your strategy and marketing plan, * promoting your products in target market, and * complying with US and foreign regulations.