Before you get on a plane and start spending serious money, it’s important to understand the export process. Fortunately, there are some great training resources.
Export-U Webinars are a free resource that helps you learn what you need to know to be a successful exporter. They cover a wide range of practical international business topics which can be studied rapidly by viewing the webinars. You can also test what you have learned using the site’squizzes and examinations.
The Exporter’s Resource Database(also hosted on the Export-U website) offers a free online library of over 200 trade publications, information and other references.
The Basic Guide to Exporting is an excellent and free publication from the U.S. Department of Commerce. This Guide is in fact a complete 239 page PDF book packed with tons of excellent information.
Our Events Page also lists a number of live training opportunities in Wisconsin.
Country Commercial Guides from the U.S. Commercial Service are a great rsource if you know you will be working in specific overseas markets. They are available for download and cover over 150 world markets.
Develop and Import/Export Businessis an introductory class offered each month by the SBDC. It provides a broad view of the export process, and can help attendees decide if they have what it takes to succeed in the export business.
The Export GA Program is a serious training opportunity for businesses wanting to develop global business. Only a limited number of qualified companies are accepted into this outstanding program. Since its inception in 1999, ExportGA has helped over 150 companies sell in excess of $40 million all over the world. The program has been nationally recognized for its quality and effectiveness by the North American Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE) and the U.S. Small Business Administration.
State Regional (Agricultural) Trade Groups (SRTGs) 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, and 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.