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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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Small Businesses Invited to Half-Day Exporting Program that Highlights Importance of Exploring New Markets in Erie

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The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), along with the U.S. Commercial Service, Manufacturer and Business Association, and Northwest Commission are hosting a half-day program to discuss exporting for small businesses on May 27, 2015 in Erie. More than 70 percent of the world’s purchasing power is outside the U.S. and 97 percent of all U.S. exporters are small to medium-sized companies. Small businesses looking to increase sales and profit, reduce dependence on the domestic market, and stabilize seasonal fluctuations should consider learning more about growing their exports by attending this event.

The morning keynote speaker will be Honorable Phil English, former U.S. Representative, and the lunch keynote speaker will be Honorable U.S. Representative Mike Kelly. Throughout the day, topics discussed during the conference include “Breaking Down Barriers: A Toolbox for Export Success,” “Getting More from Your Export Markets,” “Export Financing Solutions that Allow You to Compete with the ‘Big Guys,’” and “U.S. Export Controls, Embargoes and Compliance.” Sessions will create a better understanding of navigating the challenging world of export trade regulations and opportunities.

U.S. exports had its 5th straight year of record highs reaching $2.35 trillion in exports. In 2014 the U.S. achieved record exports breaking records in 52 export markets. Pennsylvania is and has been a top 10 ranked state exporter, of which 49 percent of exports went to the 20 free trade agreement markets in 2014.  To join in this success, the Pennsylvania SBDC encourage all small businesses to become more aware of the tools and assistance available to make your company an exporting success.

Program Information:

Date and Time
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Registration: 7:30 a.m.
Program: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location
Manufacturer & Business Association
2171 West 38th Street, Erie, PA 16508

Registration
Fee: $35 (Includes continental breakfast & lunch)
Registration Form

Register Online

Questions
Call 814-833-3200 or 800-815-2660

Photo Credit: Flickr / Nicolas Raymond