Grow Your Exports to Sub-Saharan Africa

January 05, 2017

In 2014, the Obama administration started the Doing Business in Africa (DBIA) campaign to increase investments and export opportunities to an area of the world that continues to grow. Six countries in Africa are in the Top 10 for fastest growing economies in the world, therefore, there is no surprise why this has become one of the top foreign economic initiatives coming out of the executive branch. This commitment has been spread across each of the government agencies (e.g., Export-Import Bank of the U.S.[EXIM], Department of Commerce, OPIC and more) to focus resources and time on expanding U.S. involvement in Africa.

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Use the eCommerce Innovation Lab to Double Your Exports

December 06, 2016

First-mover companies like Amazon and eBay have had a significant impact in the eCommerce sector as millions of people sell on their platform day in and day out. It’s no surprise that the eCommerce sector is a rapidly growing sector, whether you sell intangible products like software or physical widgets or even services. Where it gets tricky are the obstacles an eCommerce business faces when exporting their products globally. There are many trade barriers associated with exporting abroad and many business owners are unaware or not prepared to face these barriers as they tend to be more reactive than proactive. However, there is a solution to help you double your exports and it’s called the eCommerce Innovation Lab.

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State Trade Expansion Program: A Gift for Small Businesses

November 29, 2016

For a small business, the idea of exporting may seem daunting and the investment in moving forward involves researching new markets, attracting new customers and traveling to international destinations. Sound scary and expensive? There are many, many resources to help you. Today, we’re focusing on the STEP Program, a federal/state partnership intended to increase the number of small businesses that export, and help small businesses that already export increase the value of goods and services they sell to overseas customers.

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