Want more customers? Did you know… 95% of the world’s population and 71% or the world’s purchasing power is outside the US? How do you get your fair share?

With the US economy still “sluggish”, have you ever thought about selling your products to customers in other countries?  If not, why not?  And if you already export to one country, why not look at other markets? The US Department of Commerce estimates that between 2010 – 2015, 87% of global growth will occur outside the US.  The Obama Administration put the spotlight on the importance of exporting to the US Economy by the National Export Initiative, with the goal of doubling exports in the next 5 years.  

More often than not, small business owners are afraid to pursue international markets because it is new, different, unknown…  Well, isn’t that what drives entrepreneurship…  innovation, cutting edge stuff with possibilities?  The SBDC at UNF has assembled the premier experts in international trade to share their insight, knowledge and passion to help you expand your business presence in global markets.  The International Trade Certificate Program starts January 20th.  In addition to reps from the SBDC, US Department of Commerce International Trade Administration, Enterprise Florida and JaxPort  (yes, all from the government and all here to help), the line up includes lawyers, bankers, freight forwarders, cargo insurance reps, economists and…  perhaps most important, LIVE CASE STUDIES – business owners that have taken advantage of the HUGE market outside the US – sharing their war stories, challenges and successes!!  Visit the SBDC web site to register now.  And come back to the UNF Small Business Blog again tomorrow for background on the featured speakers, each of them worth the price of admission on their own.

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