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New Tools Helps Small Businesses Bridge Oceans

 

Want to increase your slice of the U.S. $1.7 trillion export pie of goods and services? The Small Business Administration has launched its Export Business Planner to help you.

Contrary to conventional wisdom, the export is not just the province of corporate giants. Nearly three-quarters (70 percent) of all U.S. exporters have fewer than 20 employees, the SBA said.

This new, free online tool will help small businesses gauge their readiness to export and help them develop an export business plan.

The Planner is downloadable PDF file that features an extensive compilation of worksheets, export research and information, including quick links to websites, video profiles, training podcasts, trade statistics, contact information to counseling resources such as SCORE and small business development centers , a list of current SBA lenders and much more.

The tool is organized in comprehensive chapters that are cross-linked and indexed for efficiency and easy access to related topics.

The customizable worksheets provide templates for developing your export business plan, conducting business assessments and foreign market research, creating your marketing plan , costing and sale projections, goal setting among others.

The tool is organized in comprehensive chapters that are cross-linked and indexed for efficiency and easy access to related topics.

"Creating jobs through exporting is one of the nation’s top economic priorities, as the President indicated when he launched the National Export Initiative," said Karen G. Mills, the SBA administrator. "Giving exporters the tools to do their part in this effort is essential. The new Export Business Planner is one such tool and will serve businesses in the critical process of planning for their success."