Benefits of exporting
Nearly 96 percent of consumers live outside the U.S., and two-thirds of the world’s purchasing power is in foreign countries. If you’re a small business owner, here’s how to work with the Small Business Administration for your trade needs.
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It may be easier to expand your market than you think. Even small businesses can get into exporting with the help of mentors and modern technology.
Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs)
Trade Tools for International Sales
International Trade Hotline
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Many small business owners don’t realize foreign sales opportunities are well within reach. To reach them, all you need to do is take advantage of federal programs designed to build the bridge to new markets.
State Trade Expansion Program (STEP)
STEP helps small businesses:
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Most U.S. banks view loans for exporters as risky. This makes it harder for you to get loans for things like day-to-day operations, advance orders with suppliers, and refinancing existing debts. That’s why the SBA created programs to provide lenders with up to a 90 percent guaranty on export loans.
To learn more about SBA export loan programs, contact SBA's Office of International Trade.
See a list of participating export lenders.
Export Express loan
Export Working Capital loan
SBA gives select lenders delegated authority to process, close, service, and liquidate SBA-guaranteed Export Working Capital Program loans. See a complete list of EWCP Preferred Lenders.
International Trade Loan
Additional trade resources
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