According to the Small Business Administration, nearly 96% of the world’s consumers live outside of the United States, and two-thirds of the world’s purchasing power is in countries other than the U.S. In other words, if you’re not yet exporting, you’re potentially missing out on a lot. Even if you’re not sure where to start–or do know, but need some more guidance–fear not: Your business may be small by definition, but with the help of these resources, you can be well on the way to international success.


Export.gov

Export.gov pulls together resources from across the U.S. Government to assist American businesses in planning their international sales strategies and succeed in today’s global marketplace.

About Export.gov

Export Basics

Foods and Agricultural Products

Free Trade Agreements

International Finance

International Logistics

Licenses & Regulations

Trade Problems and Foreign Trade Barriers

 USTDA Consultant Database

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) maintains a database of companies and individuals who provide fee-based consulting services to small businesses interested in importing and exporting. Best of all: Almost all contracts with USTDA are reserved for small businesses, specifically small businesses dedicated to technical experts qualified in the areas of energy and power; project finance; health; manufacturing; mining; natural resources; telecommunications and information technology; transportation; and water and the environment.

Export Assistance Centers

There are assistance centers across the United States that were set up exclusively to help small businesses  with exporting topics. United States Exporting Assistance Centers (USEACs) are staffed by professionals from the SBA, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Export-Import Bank and other public and private organizations. USEACs can help you understand the global marketplace and get you organized to join in and succeed. Some USEACs also have SBA representatives who are available to help you with your SBA export financing needs.

Export Business Planner

The SBA Export Business Planner (PDF) is a downloadable tool that provides you with an introduction to exporting and helps you determine your export readiness. It then walks you through training and counseling information; marketing plan and financial materials; transportation and documentation details and more. The Planner also provides practical worksheets, templates and forms, in addition to a glossary of industry terms and even more helpful resources.


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