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Local entrepreneur gets a boost from Small Business Development Center

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On an average day, Trina Worrell Benjamin handles invoices, returns calls and emails, directs a team of nearly a dozen employees and manages a client roster that has included big names like Rite Aid and Toys“R”Us. She admits her first steps into entrepreneurship were not easy. But with the help of…

Local entrepreneur gets a boost from Small Business Development Center

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Duquesne University SBDC Offering Go Global Export Certificate Series with NASBITE CGBP Credits

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Small businesses in the Pittsburgh region interested in learning more about starting or growing their sales through exporting are encouraged to register for the Go Global Export Certificate Series, hosted by the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center (SBDC).  This five-session series will teach attendees about export marketing opportunities, export business plans, and export resources available to help their business.

The series will feature speakers from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Trade Credit Insurance Agency, Pennsylvania Association of Credit Management, U.S. Commercial Service, Center for International Trade Regulatory Assistance and more.

The Go Global Export Certificate Series is pre-approved by NASBITE as a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) recertification program.  Attendees can receive up to 15 CPEs (CGBP recertification credits) toward annual recertification.  Attendees must attend 4 out of 5 sessions in order to receive certification credits.

Each session will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Rockwell Hall of Duquesne University.  The cost to attend each session is $59; however, individuals can register for all five sessions for $275.

Click here to register online for one or all sessions, additional information regarding each workshop is included below.

Session 1: Export Market Opportunities (Tuesday, March 4, 2014)

Learn about export statistics, potential competition in the global marketplace, and discover resources to help penetrate specific markets.  This workshop includes an international marketing workbook to assess a company's export readiness.

Session 2: Letters of Credit, Export Financing & Payment Methods (Thursday, March 13, 2014)

Learn about the financial services of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Export Import (EXIM) Bank and private sources. Observe how public programs will help when commercial banks are unable to assist, and become knowledgeable in how to move your goods overseas.  Crucial export documentation will also be discussed such as letters of credit, documentary collections, and proper use of open account terms. Grant information will also be available.

Session 3: U.S. Export Regulations (Tuesday, March 18, 2014)

Learn about U.S. exports licensing and controls, various types of insurance and what you need to know about product end use to stay in compliance.  Attendees will also learn about environmental regulations and Free Trade Agreements.

Session 4: International Logistics (Tuesday, March 25, 2014)

Because documentation is vital to successful international transactions, this session will introduce basic export rules and take attendees through a step-by-step process of filling out certificates of origin, bills of lading and other important documents for export.  Seminar participants will also learn about incoterms, documentation, customs brokers and the services provided by freight forwarders.

Session 5: Legal Issues (Tuesday, April 1, 2014)

Attendees will be able to learn about international patents, copyrights and trademarks, international agent and distributor agreements as well as international contracts. Joint ventures, trade missions and the legal considerations for various countries will also be covered during this session.