Exporting: Grants to Help Find Your Next Customer

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Office of International Trade

Export News - April 2021

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Exporting: Grants to Help Find Your Next Customer

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Finding your next customer abroad can prove challenging to resource thin companies.  Many rely on sales agents, distributors, or exclusive representatives to help sell products overseas, but finding a qualified partner to import, store, market and deliver the goods to your end customers can prove challenging as well as costly.  Many small U.S. companies don’t have the in-house resources to locate reputable overseas partners.

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) Office of International Trade can help. Through our State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) small businesses can access grant funds to expand your customer base, increase sales, and become more competitive.  In fact, allowable activities of export services for STEP have recently expanded to cover all services in a virtual format, all things cyber and on-line, or a combination.

Read more about grant money available to small businesses to cover the costs associated with entering and expanding into international markets through the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP).

SBA has resources to help small businesses learn about exporting and access funds to support their export journey:

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Global Sales for U.S. Manufacturers in a Virtual Environment

Thursday, May 6, 2021

2:00- 3:15 PM EDT

The global health crisis of the last year has changed the way we do business, but  business is still happening!

Join the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the U.S. Commercial Service for a webinar that explores digital strategies for the global marketplace and how trade mission and trade show coordinator Kallman Worldwide has transitioned to a virtual global marketplace.

Attendees will:

  • Gain insight on digital strategies for increasing global sales
  • Learn about grant funds available to support global e-commerce expansion
  • Learn how manufacturers can take advantage of virtual programs and services for promoting international trade


Register Today


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Going Global with Free Trade Agreements

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

2:00 – 3:00pm EDT

SBA’s Office of International Trade is proud to announce a new Learn to Trade Roundtable Series to help you leverage U.S. free trade agreements.  This series will provide foundational information on trading and the resources available to America’s small businesses.

We kick-off on May 18, 2021 at 2:00 pm EDT with Going Global with Free Trade Agreements an overview of trade agreement basics such as:

  • What is a trade agreement?
  • Which trading partners does the U.S. have free trade agreements with?
  • What you need to know about taking advantage of a free trade agreement?
  • Learn about USG resources to help small business exporters

Future sessions will focus on specific aspects of trading, including protecting your intellectual property, learning about foreign regulations, and more.


Register Today


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SBA Joins VetsGoGlobal Initiative

SBA is excited to join VetsGoGlobal, a Veteran-led initiative of the U.S. Department of Commerce to educate U.S. Veteran-owned and Service-Disabled Veteran-owned businesses about international business opportunities.  

Veteran-owned businesses are particularly suited for international trade – they have exposure and appreciation of the world outside of the U.S., and the disciplined decision-making, perseverance, and ethics ingrained by military service.

This exciting new initiative grew from a local New York area training program to a national drive through its feature on a recent webinar Taking Veteran-owned Businesses into the Global Marketplace hosted by the SBA’s Office of International Trade and the Old Dominion University Veteran Business Outreach Center (VBOC).  VetsGoGlobal now encompasses an entire webinar series focused on export readiness, the five pillars of exporting, and export tools and resources. 

SBA’s Office of International Trade is proud to be affiliated with this important initiative.  For more information and to register for the training, please visit: www.trade.gov/vetsgoglobal.

Due Diligence Resources for Export Deals

Trade.gov's Export Solutions provide the information you need to succeed at exporting.

In Perform Due Diligence, you'll find the following resources to help you minimize risks in your global business:



New Reports about Foreign Market Opportunities

Produced by U.S. Commercial Service trade experts at U.S. embassies and consulates, here are some recent reports:


Or Search for another country or industry.


Selling to Europe? Learn about CE Marking

The CE marking certifies that a product has met European Union health, safety, and environmental requirements, which ensure consumer safety. Manufacturers  must meet CE marking requirements where applicable in order to market their products in Europe.

Read more


New 2021 National Trade Estimate Report from the U.S. Trade Representative

Learn about significant trade barriers that U.S. businesses face when exporting goods and services. 

Read more



Small Business; Big Ideas: Protecting Your IP Rights Webinar

Join the U.S. Embassy in Canada on Monday, April 26 for a webinar that will help U.S. and Canadian SMEs better understand how to protect their creative ideas and intellectual property as they market their products.  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Canada’s Intellectual Property Office will provide information on best practices and tools to protect intellectual property, and Canada’s Border Services Agency will also provide information on how small businesses can address counterfeits crossing the border into Canada.

This webinar is free, but you must register. For questions, please contact Cathy Feig (cathy.feig@trade.gov) or Damon DuBord (dubordda@state.gov).


Doing Business in Canada Webinar Series

Join the U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Service for a series of webinars on the logistics of doing business in the Canadian market that could support your international sales and trading under USMCA. The series includes 4 modules cover different aspects of trading with Canada:

These four webinars are free, but you must register for each webinar separately at the above links. For questions, please contact Tracey.Ford@trade.gov.

In addition, the U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Service will host a Doing Business in Canada webinar focused on Having Your Natural Health Care Products Approved by Health Canada on June 30, 2021.  The cost of this webinar is $35 and participants must register. For questions, please contact Connie.Irrera@trade.gov or Tracey.Ford@trade.gov.


Doing Business in South America Webinar Series

Join the U.S. Department of Commerce South America Team for market briefings with U.S. Embassy staff across South America. Learn about doing business in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Paraguay, Suriname, and Uruguay. Each session will cover the current status of the market, top sector prospects, and information about tools and resources to help exports to the region. 

The schedule for the South American Doing Business webinar series is: Colombia on April 28; Peru on May 12; Paraguay on May 26; Bolivia on June 9; Suriname on June 23; Chile on July 7; Guyana on July 21; and Ecuador on August 4.

The cost is $35 per participant per webinar. You can also register for the entire series for $200 per company.

Full Series Registration


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