Monday, July 22, 2013

Arizona Exports: Small Business Style

The country's exports overall are down.
The U.S. Department of Commerce, is now targeting small businesses nationwide to start or increase exports as an incredible profit maximization tool.

In Arizona with funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Arizona Commerce Authority has created a program called "Arizona's State Trade and Export Promotion" program. We'll just call it STEP.

STEP will be offering services and tools to small businesses in Arizona with the goal of enabling them to export for the very first time or to expand existing efforts.

 Through various types of technical assistance/capacity building and levels of financial assistance, the continuum of services and tools offered under the STEP program are as follows:
  • Export readiness assessment of your small business
  • Export education and counseling for your company so that you can be informed and equipped for success on the international stage (this will be done via education/training workshops, seminars and webinars)
  • Assistance with market selection strategy for your company so that it explores and enters markets that are best suited for your product or service
  • Assistance to your company with development of international marketing materials, including brochures and websites (and translation of these materials, if necessary, into the language of the target country/region market)
  • Assistance to your company in identifying actual, potential buyers, agents, distributors, end users, and other strategic partners in international markets
  • Opportunities for your company to participate in sector-specific trade missions/summits (both internationally and in the U.S.) that have been carefully selected, comprehensively prepared, and professionally lead by ACA staff to maximize opportunities for success

  The Flagstaff Chamber is dedicated to making these resources available not only to area manufacturers, but also to companies targeting tourism or to those making food and more!

If you believe your organization might qualify, get in touch with us at the Flagstaff Chamber so we can guide you through the process of applying to participate in this program.

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