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  • Submitted on 24 April 2015

    Created on April 24, 2015
     

    Market ResearchDid you know that more than 95 percent of the world’s consumers live outside the United States? That’s a staggering number – and perhaps even more so is this figure: only one percent of U.S. small businesses are selling to those consumers.

    The benefits abound when it comes to selling Made-in-America goods and services internationally. In addition to the cultural exchange inherent when developing global relationships, U.S. businesses – including small, minority- and women-owned businesses – can grow faster, hire more employees and pay higher wages.

    There’s a huge global market for your small business offerings, so here are a few insights from experienced exporters to consider as you go about gathering international market intelligence.

  • Submitted on 14 April 2015

    Created on April 14, 2015
     

    Export StrategyAshley Zuelke is the Senior Advisor for Export Policy, Promotion and Strategy at the International Trade Administration.

    Julia McNerney is the Special Assistant to the Under Secretary at the International Trade Administration.

    Last week, the International Trade Administration (ITA) held the first event in the Startup Global Pilot program at 1776, a local business incubator in Washington, D.C. Startup Global, which Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker launched in February, was designed to help more startup firms think global from the earliest stages of a company’s growth. One of four in a series of pilot program educational events, the  1776 event welcomed 25 startups and experienced startup exporters. The participants all agreed that the theme of Thursday’s event is clear: start planning for international success on day one. The theme is important because:

  • Submitted on 03 April 2015

    Created on April 3, 2015
     

    Laredo, TX on the mapGlobal business opportunities thrive in Laredo, Texas. The City’s unique geographical position neighboring Mexico makes this hub ideal to conduct international business.

    That is why the U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service, in conjunction with Congressman Henry Cuellar are hosting a seminar April 7 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Texas A&M International University featuring this dynamic market. The seminar will offer the opportunities of doing business in Colombia, as well as hearing from local companies who have had success doing business in the South American country.

  • Submitted on 25 March 2015

    Created on March 25, 2015
     

    ScalesThe U.S. Department of Commerce Connecticut District office invites you to participate in a series of thirteen one hour to 90 minute nationally promoted webinars beginning in early April through late May 2015.

    The International Trade Compliance Webinar Training Program will provide U.S. companies either who supply the nation’s largest exporters, including Prime and Tier-one contractors in supply chain, or want to take advantage of the dynamic global market with focused training about compliance with international trade laws.  The program will also focus on the different angles of compliance awareness and current challenges facing the upstream supply chain. 

    The presenters will include legal experts and U.S. government speakers.  The webinars topics consist of:

  • Submitted on 24 March 2015

    Created on March 24, 2015
     

    What is Connect Americas

    Connect Americas is the first social network for businesses in the Americas, dedicated to promoting foreign trade and international investment. It seeks to help SMEs strengthen their businesses, by providing them with direct access to potential clients, suppliers and investors in the region and all over the world, segmented by industry.

    It also provides useful and simple information about procedures and regulations for international commerce, and about the financing opportunities available in IDB member countries. Connect Americas was created by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) with the support of Google, DHL, Visa and Alibaba. If you have questions, comments or suggestions, please contact at info@connectamericas.com.

    Connect Americas offers three key services:

  • Submitted on 18 March 2015

    Created on March 18, 2015
     

    Brazil Airport SignThe International Trade Administration is pleased to announce a webinar for U.S. exporters focused on the opportunities in Brazil’s Airport Sector.

    Since 2012, five of Brazil’s largest airports have been successfully privatized through concession rounds.  The auction generated over US$ 14 billion for the federal government, which is now being invested in 270 regional airports throughout the country through a new Regional Aviation Plan.  Join the U.S. Commercial Service, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and expert speaker from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Dr. Respicio Espirito Santo who will provide a brief overview of the Brazilian airport sector and how U.S. companies can position themselves to make sales.

  • Submitted on 05 March 2015

    Created on March 5, 2015
     

    World Map with business peopleU.S. businesses are selling more goods and services abroad than ever before, reaching an all-time record of $2.3 trillion in 2013 – and 98 percent of American companies that export are small businesses.

    Despite the statistics, many small businesses still face big challenges when it comes to financing and managing their export business. A recent trade seminar, hosted by the Department of Commerce and several other federal agencies, identified three commonly cited financial obstacles small businesses have to going global:

    • Don’t know how to obtain working capital and financing to support export transactions

    • Don’t know where to seek assistance for entering, growing and succeeding in global markets

    • Don’t know how to get paid by foreign buyers overseas

  • Submitted on 27 February 2015

    Created on February 27, 2015
     

    Discover Global Markets: The Americas

    Join the U.S. Commercial Service and the Florida District Export Council for DISCOVER GLOBAL MARKETS: The Americas, the premier international business conference for U.S. executives. Come explore new market opportunities and learn effective strategies from senior U.S. Diplomats and business leaders in the region. Discover Global Markets: The Americas is the ONLY opportunity in 2015 to learn the latest business intelligence from across the Americas all in one location.

    Explore the Markets

    Discover opportunities for today, tomorrow and what challenges lie ahead in our dynamic hemisphere. Hear from panels featuring economists, industry professionals, trade experts, and U.S. Diplomats who will explore these and many other topics to help you to define your competitive strategy in the Americas.

    Join U.S. Diplomats for one-on-one consultations available from the following countries:

  • Submitted on 27 February 2015

    Created on February 27, 2015
     

    Export NumbersU.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced new data that shows 26 states achieved records in goods exports in 2014, while eight additional states experienced growth in merchandise exports over 2013 levels. Total merchandise exports from all 50 states helped the U.S. achieve the fifth consecutive record-setting year of goods and services exports, which reached $2.35 trillion in 2014.

    Secretary Pritzker praised today’s announcement stressing the fact exports are critical to economic growth and job creation in communities across the country. “With 95 percent of the world’s consumers living outside the United States, opening more markets to ‘Made in America’ goods and services is fundamental to our nation’s competitiveness, job creation, and the economic security of our families,” she said.

    Strengthening partnerships with states and rural communities in support of exporters and investment attraction efforts is a key objective for the second phase of President Obama’s National Export Initiative – NEI/NEXT, which Secretary Pritzker launched in May 2014. Through NEI/NEXT, 20 federal agencies are advancing program and policy improvements to provide exporters more tailored assistance and information; streamline export reporting requirements; expand access to export financing; ensure market access and a level playing field; and collaborate with state and local organizations.

  • Submitted on 26 February 2015

    Created on February 26, 2015
     

    Energy and Nuclear IndustriesRegister now to join us on March 10th at 4:30 pm Eastern Time for Japan’s Energy and Nuclear Industries Webinar. There is a $25 fee to register. Instructions for accessing the webinar will be sent to you after completing the registration process.

    The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Global Asia Team is organizing a webinar to highlight upcoming U.S. business opportunities in Japan in the energy and nuclear industries. On May 21, 2015, at the 30th NOA Conference, the Commercial Service in Japan will organize a one-on-one business matchmaking event between U.S. firms and Japan’s electric power utilities and suppliers. On April 9-10, 2015, the U.S. Department of Commerce, with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy, is organizing the second Japan-United States Decommissioning and Remediation Fukushima Recovery Forum (“Fukushima Recovery Forum”).

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