Nepalese American Receives Business Award

Vermont District Office  - May 10, 2019

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Nurbu Sherpa, owner of Sherpa Foods

Nepalese American Receives Business Award

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. - A local small business that makes traditional Nepalese food is being recognized for its financial success and community involvement.

Sherpa Foods, founded and owned by Nurbu Sherpa, has been named the 2019 Vermont Microenterprise of the Year by the Small Business Administration. By SBA standards, a microenterprise is a sole-proprietor business with five or fewer employees. Sherpa Foods specializes in making momos, a Nepalese dumpling, and momo sauce, a Himalayan style hot sauce.  Sherpa says all of his company’s food is made locally and with fresh and natural ingredients. 

Nurbu Sherpa started the business in 2015 shortly after he and his wife Phura moved to Vermont from New York City where he worked for a national department store chain. During his time in the corporate world, Sherpa said he always wanted to strike out on his own believing his experience could translate to entrepreneurship.

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Global Webinar Series in May

WASHINGTON - As part of World Trade Month, the Small Business Administration along with several other federal agencies, will conduct a four-part webinar series entitled, “Go Global.” This online program aims to help participants gain valuable insights on strategies for international sales success.

Presenting agencies in the webinar series include the SBA, EXIM Bank, and the U.S. Department of Commerce. The webinars are free of charge, and registration is not required.

Go Global Webinar Series – Schedule:

How do I manage challenges in the global marketplace?
Date: May 16, 2019
Time: 2 p.m. EST

Description: Whether it’s protecting intellectual property rights, competing for foreign government procurement, or addressing trade barriers, learn about U.S. Department of Commerce programs that can help.  Once a small business starts selling to global customers, there will inevitably be a few bumps in the road. Knowing how to avoid challenges, or if they occur, where to turn for support can save time and money.

What tools can help me find new markets?
Date: May 23, 2019
Time: 2 p.m. EST

Description: Discover the power of data for finding foreign market opportunities. Get a hands-on tutorial of data tools that can help businesses that are ready to increase international sales. USA Trade Online, the Global Market Finder Tool, and the ITA Market Diversification Tool are available for anyone to use to identify new markets, evaluate existing markets, and perform other market research.

How can I identify trade opportunities in international development?
Date: May 30, 2019
Time: 2 p.m. EDT

Description: Small business exporters can truly make the world a better place by doing good. In our final webinar of the series, gain insights into the work of U.S. development agencies. You’ll also hear about trade opportunities that can grow your business while solving the world’s most pressing problems.

Click here to participate in the webinar series.