SBA podcasts offer assistance with small business exporting

The U. S. Small Business Administration offers three new podcasts providing information on issues and challenges small business exporters could encounter when dealing with specific countries.

The podcasts feature interviews with business representatives from Bahrain, Cameroon and Uganda. The interviews focus on what U.S. companies can expect when exporting to those countries and provide information about their respective business and import environments.

“U.S. small businesses looking to increase sales and profit should look beyond the U.S. borders. Nearly 96 percent of the world’s consumers live outside the U.S. and small businesses need to factor that into their strategic planning,” said SBA Administrator Karen Mills. “We’re hoping these tools will help them do that, so they can grow and create jobs here at home.”

The podcasts on Uganda and Cameroon include interviews with two women business owners who are members of the African Women’s Business Network. The podcast on Bahrain features an interview with an official of the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce.

The podcasts are available online from the SBA Web site at They provide information on country infrastructure, types of U.S. products and services in demand, cultural tips on how to conduct business and other relevant issues.

The new podcasts are part of a comprehensive effort by the SBA to promote an initiative to substantially increase U.S. exports. Earlier this year, President Barack Obama announced the National Export Initiative as part of an effort to promote and achieve long-term, sustainable economic growth. The president set a goal of doubling exports over the next five years, an increase that would support 2 million American jobs.

In addition to the podcasts, Small Business Development and U.S. Export Assistance centers are available to assist small businesses interested in exporting. Staff at the centers can help businesses identify potential export markets, facilitate export transactions, develop links between U.S. small businesses and prescreened foreign buyers, advise on participation in international trade shows, assist in obtaining export financing and developing or reorienting marketing and production strategies. Export specialists also are available at eight International Trade Export Assistance Centers.

In Grand Junction, a Small Business Development Center operates out of the Business Incubator Center. For more information, call 243-5242.