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Succeed in International Markets: Two Day Workshop

Posted on Nov 08, 2017

Business to Business meetings at World Trade Center, Seoul, S. KoreaMoses Lake, WA—The Grant County EDC and the Small Business Development center held a two-day export workshop Wednesday and Thursday October 25 and 26; held at Columbia Basin Technical Skills Center in Moses Lake. International Trade Specialist from the SBDC Vern Jenkins led the two-day event. 

Partnership presentations were from Rebecca Weber with the Washington Department of Agriculture, Lee Gibbs from the SBA Export Assistance Center, John Brislin with Export/Import Bank and John Perkins from Expediters (freight forward company). Vern Jenkins teaching at the Export Workshop

The workshop sold out with attendees registered from Bothell to Idaho and Moxee to Wenatchee. Looking for good things to happen and help them along the way to international business. Allan Peterson and Vern Jenkins are already planning the next one.. Bigger and better.....

Some interesting data on small business and exporting. John Brislin with Export Import Bank speaking at the Export Workshop

  • There are about 300,000 US businesses that export goods and services
  • 98%  of these are small to medium size businesses
  • Small businesses export about 33% of the total value of exports
  • Of those that export; 60% are shipping to one country only
  • US businesses export to about 70 different countries, Canada being one of the most popular destinations
  • The US has 3 times the number of exporters compared to 20 years ago, and growing
  • 1 in 3 acres of farmland product is destined out of country
  • Currently about 3.9% of US small businesses export. Canada and Europe have 8%