International Trade (LEXNET)

Certified international trade consultants provide no-cost, confidential assistance to plan export strategies.

International Trade Development

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The Lehigh Export Network (LEXNET) assists clients in developing and implementing export strategies. Consulting services include:

  • International market research
  • Export alternatives

  • Developing an export strategy
  • Financing methods

  • International market research
  • Export alternatives
  • Developing an export strategy
  • Financing methods

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Seminars and workshops on the fundamentals of the export process are held frequently. The program also maintains a comprehensive library of international trade materials. Services offered include:

Consulting

LEXNET provides export consulting to small firms. The trade specialist works with firms on a one-to-one basis to help plan and implement export strategies. Assistance is available for firms in all stages of international business development. LEXNET services include evaluating a firm’s export potential, assessing foreign market opportunities, setting product/market objectives and choosing a method to enter target markets.

Education And Public Awareness

The LEXNET staff provides the business community with information about the importance of exporting by distributing international trade information and conducting seminars. Workshops are offered on introductory, intermediate and advanced levels.

Sales Leads

Lehigh Export Network personnel receive foreign sales leads from numerous sources. These sales leads are evaluated and forwarded to active LEXNET clients at no cost.

Networking

Local businesses can take advantage of a large pool of knowledge, expertise, technical data, and information through our cooperative referral network of public and private sector export service providers.

Product Promotion

The LEXNET staff works closely with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Department of Commerce to assist Lehigh Valley manufacturers with the promotion of their products through foreign trade shows. Qualified companies may be eligible for a Global Access Program matching grant for international trade mission participation.

Information Center

A library of international trade publications and materials is available at the SBDC. The international trade library contains periodicals, reference materials, online databases, and directories of foreign manufacturers and distributors. This library also provides information on license requirements and document processing.

Research

The international trade specialist studies the export participation of the US manufacturers on a continuing basis. Information on the latest trends and developments in the export arena is available to clients and interested parties.

Using LEXNET Resources And Assistance

To receive assistance from LEXNET, clients must first complete a Request for Service form through the SBDC. The international trade specialist will then call and arrange for a meeting. The consulting procedure may include several interviews and an on-site visit. After the international trade specialist evaluates the client’s export potential, a course of action is recommended.

Consulting services are completely confidential and at no cost. LEXNET services are provided regardless of race, sex, creed, or age.

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