There are many ways to become involved in exporting, from filling orders for domestic buyers (such as export trading companies that then export the product) to exporting products yourself. However you choose to export, the development of a detailed and thorough strategy is an important part of the planning process. Steps in developing a strategy include:
The Trade Information Center (TIC) trade specialists can help your company analyze its export potential. The resources listed below are also available to help you better understand the export process and evaluate your company’s export-readiness.
Information on export education events can be obtained through Department of Commerce Export Assistance Centers, state trade offices, and private trade associations. A comprehensive list of Export Assistance Centers located in our near your state is available at http://www.buyusa.gov/home/us.html.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has established a nationwide network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) to provide information and advice to beginning entrepreneurs. To locate the SBDC nearest you, call 1-800-U-ASK-SBA (1-800-827-5722) or visit the SBA website at http://www.sba.gov.
In addition, the SBA website covers a wide range of topics, including how to get started, develop a business plan, and locate sources of financing.
Finally, the SBA's Office of International Trade website at http://www.sba.gov/oit/info/index.html provides a number of resources for small businesses that are new to exporting. These include listings of SBA Development Centers, an online guide to exporting, information on export finance programs, and many others.
For further assistance, please contact the Trade Information Center:
Tel: 1-800-USA-TRAD(E) (1-800-872-8723)
Fax: (202) 482-4473