Weekly Resource #35 Macomb-OU Export Series 2014

macomb ouHappy 2014! With a new year, there is always a roll out of new and updated resources from the many different providers from around the state. As part of this push, Macomb-OU Incubator has released the 2014 dates for their Export Series. Starting January 9th and continuing every Thursday until January 30th, This series of classes will cover many different topics regarding exporting.

The first class in the series titled, Market Entrance: Establishment of Local Sales Agency Relationships will discuss the legalities involved in conducting business with international partners and the advantages and disadvantages of doing so. Understanding the importance of local distribution relationships is the topic of the second class. The third class continues on to educate on how to set up subsidiaries, their employees, and utilizing them to the fullest to conduct trade outside of US borders. The series wraps up with a fourth class on the different forms of foreign joint venture including the advantages and disadvantages of having a local partner and the legal terms common to this relationship.

These classes are intended for experience entrepreneurs who are hoping to build a market overseas for their new or existing business. Visit Macomb OU’s website for more information and to register.

Weekly Resource #2 – Federal Exporting Twitter Hangout

Looking for new opportunities?  Consider exporting.

In celebration of World Trade Month (May 2013),  and in support of President Obama’s National Export Initiative (NEI), several U.S. government agencies and organizations are joining to answer export questions for U.S. companies new to exporting or ready to expand into different markets.

Connect directly with representatives who can answer your questions via Twitter about export opportunities and solutions, export financing, and the federal resources available to help you begin or expand exporting your goods and services to international markets.

Join this Q & A for U.S. companies by adding #TradeChat and tweeting your questions during the following scheduled times or submit your questions in advance and then just follow along (see below).  Agencies will respond to as many Tweets and questions on the topic as possible.

Thursday, May 9th at 2:00pm EDT: Export Opportunities

Thursday, May 16th at 2:00pm EDT:  Financing

Thursday, May 23rd at 2:00pm EDT:  Training and Travel Opportunities

Submit your questions in advance via this online form: or simply sign into your Twitter account at the start time and use #TradeChat to participate.

Participating organizations include the following export, trade & finance related agencies across the federal government:

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency
International Trade Administration
Small Business Administration
Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Export-Import Bank of the United States
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
epartment of State

Learn more…