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ASBTDC to Host Global Exporting Seminar


JONESBORO — Exporting experts from Arkansas District Export Council will convene to share knowledge on global exporting at a seminar, Wednesday, June 22. “Export U” is hosted by the Arkansas State University Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC.) 

The event begins at 1 p.m. in the Delta Center for Economic Development, 319 University Loop Circle, and will conclude at 3 p.m. Pre-registration is required, and seating is limited. Cost is $35 for the pubic and free for A-State faculty, staff and students. Register online at asbtdc.org/training or call (870) 972-3517.

Topics include preparing to export, developing customer relationships, building a global infrastructure, international logistics, managing payments and financing, and trade regulation and legal issues.

Kelli Listenbee, training coordinator and business consultant at the ASBTDC, stressed small business owners who are utilizing e-commerce could already be exporting. She said, “People think of exporting as a big scary thing, but it could be as easy as selling online. You don’t have to travel to a foreign country to be an exporter. Start small.”

Foreign countries represent untapped markets for expansion and diversification for Arkansas small businesses, but many business owners see exporting as too difficult or too much for their small companies. 

“With more than 90 percent of the world’s consumers living outside the U.S., small businesses need to explore exporting opportunities, and this seminar will give businesses confidence and knowledge about going global,” said Laura Miller, center director at the ASBTDC.

For more information about the seminar, contact Listenbee at klee@astate.edu or (870) 972-3517. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested in advance. 

Co-sponsors for this event include Catlett Law firm, Strategic Business Services, LLC, Federal Express, U.S. Small Business Association, Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce and the A-State ASBTDC.

The ASBTDC is funded through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration through a partnership with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the Arkansas State University College of Business. Core services include free consulting and market research plus affordable training. Learn more at asbtdc.org.


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