To succeed internationally you need sound advice from competent trade professionals. The U.S. Commercial Service and its partner organizations can help.
U.S. Commercial Service (USCS)
The USCS is part of the U. S. Department of Commerce operates U.S. Export Assistance Centers (USEACs) throughout the country, and has trade professionals in over 120 foreign locations. There are two U.S. Export Assistance Centers in Georgia, the Atlanta USEAC, and the Savannah USEAC. They can help you to develop a sound export strategy and find overseas business partners.
Their services include the International Partner Profile, International Partner Search, Gold Key, Platinum Key, Trade Leads, trade events, and more. To download a USCS services flyer click here, or for a webinar click here.
GDEcD provides Georgia exporters with global insight and connections to develop export opportunities through its International Trade Division. Leveraging the state’s international reps in 12 overseas markets, it helps qualified Georgia exporters enter and expand in these foreign markets. It also sponsors a number of trade missions and Georgia pavilions at international trade shows.
The University of Georgia SBDC has an International Trade Office with special expertise in the business aspects of international trade. Its consultants can help you with global market research, business and financial planning, and much more.
The Metro Atlanta Chamber offers a wealth of resources for local companies that wish to grow internationally. It can help you to identify the appropriate resources for your company’s international growth plans and determine the right next steps.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA export loan programs)
The SBA works through banks in Georgia to offer special loan programs for exporters. Basically, these are bank loans that guarantee up to 90% of the loan. These loans can be used to finance direct or indirect exports. Indirect exports can include tourism and the sale of goods to domestic customers who then export them. To find local SBA contacts for international trade click here.
US exporters use EXIM trade finance products to win deals and get paid: Insurance, Working Capital, and Loan Guarantees backed by the US federal government. To learn more about EXIM finance and insurance programs click here. For local EXIM contacts in Georgia click here.
Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBERs)
If you are looking for higher level professional education or research in international business, Georgia is fortunate to have two excellent CIBER programs. One is located at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Scheller College of Business, the other at Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business. These are two of of the seventeen national resource centers of excellence in international business funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Their mission is to ensure the long-term international economic competitiveness of the United States through support of research, business education initiatives, and corporate outreach activities.
These are four regional non-profit organizations that help companies export agricultural products. They are supported by the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. SRGTs offer access to USDA programs and resources, including a variety of training opportunities. the Market Access Program.
- Southern U.S. Trade Association (504) 568-5986). It’s region includes Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
- Food Export USA Northeast (215) 829-9111). It’s region includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont.
- Food Export Assn. of the Midwest USA (312) 334-9200). It’s region includes Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin.
- Western U.S. Agricultural Trade Association (360) 693-3373). It’s region includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Guam, America Samoa.