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  • Submitted on 04 June 2015

    Created on June 4, 2015
     

    This post originally appeared on the Tradeology, the ITA Blog

    U.S. Commercial Service Trade Winds - Africa

    Africa is a huge potential market for almost any U.S. exporter, but there are several factors for any business to consider before exporting to the continent:

  • Submitted on 19 May 2015

    Created on May 19, 2015
     

    A Basic Guide to ExportingThis post originally appeared on the Tradeology, the ITA Blog

    Since May is World Trade Month, it’s only fitting that the U.S. Department of Commerce reiterate its commitment to helping companies—especially small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) —that are interested in exporting. Earlier today, we released the 11th edition of ‘A Basic Guide to Exporting’ which will help businesses navigate the avenues of trade.

    U.S. companies, particularly SMEs that are new to exporting, as well as those looking to expand their current export sales, will find this fully revised and expanded publication an invaluable tool. With 96 percent of the world’s consumers outside of the United States, exporting holds excellent opportunities for U.S. businesses to expand market share, build competitiveness, and add to their bottom lines.

    For many businesses, the export process can seem overwhelming and too difficult to pursue. This book dispels the myths that exporters need to be big, or that exporting needs to be complicated, making exporting more viable than ever for even the smallest businesses. In A Basic Guide to Exporting, first-time exporters will find information on topics including:

  • 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 06 March 2015

    Created on March 6, 2015
     

    On March 11th 1:30 pm EST, take advantage of this FREE presentation to learn about our exciting International Trade Compliance Webinar Training Program.

    The program is a webinar series which consists of thirteen one hour to 90 minute webinars starting in early April running through late May 2015. These training webinars will cover

  • 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 11 February 2015

    Created on February 11, 2015
     

    H.E. Ambassador Girma Birru of Ethiopia discussed the bilateral benefits of U.S.-Africa trade at a networking event with business leaders at the Embassy of Ethiopia.It was our honor for the International Trade Administration to join the Virginia-Washington D.C. District Export Council and Ambassadors from three of Africa’s fastest-growing economies at a recent networking event focused on U.S. companies doing business in Africa.

    The message from the Ambassadors from Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania was loud and clear: “We are ready for your business to come to Africa.”

    It’s not just these Ambassadors who think your business should be looking at Africa. The facts support them:

    • Seven of the 10 fastest-growing economies in the world are in Africa.

    • Consumer spending is expected to reach $1.4 trillion by 2020, up from $860 billion in 2008.

  • Submitted on 27 January 2015

    Created on January 27, 2015
     

    Global Connect

    You are cordially invited to attend “The Global Connect: Texas Trade Finance Seminar” on February 20, 2015 at the International Trade Center at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

    This seminar is (1) a must attend event for Texas and Southwest-based businesses, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, interested in entering, growing, and succeeding in global markets; (2) a major networking occasions for financial professionals seeking to expand their client base; (3) a great learning opportunity for students interested in international trade and global businesses; and (4) offered in support of the advancement of U.S. Hispanic and other minority-owned businesses in global markets.

  • Submitted on 03 December 2014

    Created on December 3, 2014
     

    Exporting Planes, Trucks, ContainersThe Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration works hard to help companies that are ready to export compete and succeed in global markets.

    We want to emphasize that it’s never too early for entrepreneurs to start thinking about exporting – determining financing needs, targeting markets, conducting research, etc.

    As we’ve worked with global startups, we’ve learned it can be difficult for entrepreneurs to connect to existing resources to help them go global. We realize that start-ups differ in their capabilities at various stages of the business development process, but want to help young businesses incorporate export plans into their business model as early as possible.

    One great way to get started is to be a part of ExporTech, which can help your company develop its export plan, then have it vetted by a panel of experts. More than 575 companies have participated in Exportech, with an average sales increase or retention of $770,000.

  • Submitted on 09 September 2014

    Created on September 9, 2014
     

    This post originally appeared on the Tradeology, the ITA Blog

    Kenneth R. Mouradian is the Director of the International Trade Administration’s Orlando U.S. Export Assistance Center.

    With the United States continuing its focus on doing business in Africa, we are working to connect more U.S. companies with every opportunity available on the continent.

    From the recent U.S.-Africa Business Forum to the upcoming DISCOVER GLOBAL MARKETS: Sub-Saharan Africa event in Atlanta, the United States has made it a priority to support U.S. companies doing business in Africa.

    Register Now for DISCOVER: Sub-Saharan Africa

 

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